Category Archives: Global Challenges

Towards Commercial Seabed Mining – Sustainable or Sacrilege?

Dr James Harrison The presence of minerals on the deep seabed was first discovered by the HMS Challenger expedition in 1873. Polymetallic nodules and other seabed resources (polymetallic sulphides and crusts) offer abundant supplies of valuable minerals, including manganese, cobalt, … Continue reading

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The climate negotiations process: getting nowhere?

The 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has been ratified by virtually all states in the world. The Convention acknowledges that the adverse effects of global climate change are a common concern of humankind, and undertakes to … Continue reading

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MASTERS NETWORK – Global Environment & Society Academy Welcomes You!

Who are we? The Global Environment and Society Academy (GESA) is a network of experts collaborating to develop innovative solutions for the world’s most challenging problems.

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The Year of Environment and Health

“A point has been reached in history when we must shape our actions throughout the world with a more prudent care for their environmental consequences. Through ignorance or indifference we can do massive and irreversible harm to the earthly environment … Continue reading

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The Counterfactual Geography of More Sustainable Energy.

In this blog post Dan Van der Horst explores our very human relationship with energy.  He challenges us to peek over the garden fence at the smorgasbord of sustainable energy practices being creatively devised and adopted by our European Neighbours.   … Continue reading

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The Four Tortoisemen of the Apocalypse

In this blog post Dr. Richard Milne makes the case that the greatest threats to human civilisation – contrary to media hype, take place slowly over very long periods of time.  These threats are are driven by our own society’s … Continue reading

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Fracking – A Path to Energy Security or Climate Vulnerability?

A Perspective on Fracking by Prof. Dave Reay I like gas. Each morning it is the source of instant heat for making my coffee. Each winter’s evening it is the roar in the boiler that spreads warmth through the house. … Continue reading

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