Category: Agriculture, Climate Change & The Environment

Community-based Conservation: A Complex History

The Western idea of nature being separate from culture once dominated the field of conservation development.  Now, a different approach is taking the stage: community-based conservation arose through the dialogue with local communities that were negatively affected by international environmental efforts,…

The End of Life As We Know It

On September 14, 1930, the first dust storm traversed the Southern Plains, wandering through southwest Kansas and into Oklahoma. At the time, the local weather bureau didn’t know what it was exactly, but simply noted it as an anomaly and…

No Clean Water for First Nation Communities: Repeated Settler Colonialism Within the Canadian Liberal Government

Canada holds one fifth of the planet’s fresh water. Moreover, according to the United Nations development program, over 99.8 percent of Canadians have access to clean drinking water and clean water for sanitation purposes. Yet in March 2016, Health Canada…

(You)th and Sustainable Development

The United Nations in New York City held the 55th Commission on Social Development from February 1st to 10th of 2017. This year’s theme was “Strategies for Eradicating Poverty to Achieve Sustainable Development for All.” The commission was attended by member…

The Birth of an Agribusiness Behemoth: The Far-Reaching Implications of the Controversial Bayer-Monsanto Merger

In September 2016, after four months of bidding, German pharmaceuticals giant Bayer AG acquired American agribusiness firm Monsanto Co. for the whopping sum of $66bn, the largest German takeover of a U.S. firm to date. The deal was recently approved…

The World Rings in a New Year of Uncertainty for the Environment

More than one year after the groundbreaking Paris Agreement, environmental protection as a policy issue remains less certain than many environmentalists would hope. Despite progress in 2016 in countries around the world, such as Costa Rica and Sweden, and new…