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Items matching "Resource Conflict"
  1. Lush Land Dries Up, Withering Kenya’s Hopes - NYTimes.com | LOKORI, Kenya — The sun somehow feels closer here, more intense, more personal. As Philip Lolua waits under a tree for a scoop of food, heat waves dance up from the desert floor, blurring the dead animal carcasses sprawled in front of him. | 2009--0-9-
  2. BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Science ponders \'zombie attack\' | If zombies actually existed, an attack by them would lead to the collapse of civilisation unless dealt with quickly and aggressively. | 2009--0-8-
  3. Kenya 'will try Somali pirates' | Eleven Somali pirates captured this week by a French warship are being taken to Kenya for trial, the French defence ministry has said. | 2009--0-4-
  4. Rebuilding Haiti: Weighed down by disasters | A modest success for the United Nations is threatened by nature and lassitude (Economist.com) | 2009--0-2-
  5. Job Losses Pose a Threat to Stability Worldwide | High unemployment rates, especially among young workers, have led to protests in countries as varied as Latvia, Chile, Greece, Bulgaria and Iceland and contributed to strikes in Britain and France. (NYTimes.com) | 2009--0-2-
  6. Nigerian city tense after riots | Sporadic gunfire has been heard in the central Nigerian city of Jos, where hundreds are feared dead following two days of religious and ethnic clashes. | 2008--1-1-
  7. Thirsty world: Desperate quest for water | Water is the key to life. It is fundamental to all human activities. Water grows the food we eat, generates the energy that supports our modern economies and maintains the ecological services on which we all depend. Yet billions of people worldwide still lack access to the most basic human right: safe, clean, adequate water. (CNN.com) | 2008--1-0-
  8. Climate change and the poor - Adapt or die | Environmentalists have long said the world should concentrate on preventing climate change, not adapting to it. That is changing. (Economist.com) | 2008--0-9-
  9. Niger Delta rebels ratchet up oil-related violence | LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's main militant group said Wednesday that it had destroyed an oil-pumping station and a pipeline crossing southern Nigeria in a rare daylight attack extending violence in the restive region into its fifth day. (CNN.com) | 2008--0-9-
  10. India farmers die in land protest | At least four farmers have been killed and 50 others - including policemen - injured in clashes in a suburb of the capital Delhi, police say. (BBC) | 2008--0-8-
  11. Population control: The marathon’s not over | In some parts of the world, family planning is still a distant dream THREE decades ago, many pundits were saying that an ever-rising population could lead to global disaster. They argued that ecological catastrophe, resource wars and other tragedies were inevitable unless radical measures were taken to defuse the coming “population bomb”. Happily, a mixture of technological innovation, economic dynamism and successful population-control strategies have helped defuse that bomb, or at least delay its detonation. (The Economist) | 2008--0-7-
  12. Welcome to our shrinking jungle | A political storm over environmental policy has coincided with a rise in deforestation. From the Amazon last month, Brazil's Indian agency released aerial pictures of painted men with bows and arrows who have had little or no contact with modern civilisation. To judge from their hostile stance, they want to keep things that way. But the Amazon is the responsibility of Carlos Minc, Brazil's hyperactive new environment minister. (The Economist) | 2008--0-7-
  13. Middle East water crisis warning | Governments in the Middle East and North Africa need to invest now if they want to avoid severe water shortages in the future, the World Bank has warned. The amount of water available per person in the arid region will halve by 2050, a report from the bank estimates. It blames climate change and population growth for new pressures on supplies. Governments in the region should tackle water waste, build more efficient networks and reduce water use, the World Bank says. (BBC) | 2008--0-4-
  14. BBC NEWS | Business | Rice prices hit Philippines poor | The Philippines faces an extreme rice shortage. Hard-hit by the shortage, peasants and lower-class Filipinos are outraged that the government has denied that there is a serious problem and has not put forward any real solutions. Half the world's population relies on rice as a huge part of daily life, and this shortage could have a lasting impact on much of East and Southeast Asia. (BBC) | 2008--0-4-
  15. Bloomberg.com: Science | Climate change may provoke conflict between the European Union and Russia as Arctic ice melts, easing access to fossil-fuel deposits and opening new sea routes, the 27-nation bloc's top two foreign policy officials said. "A further dimension of competition for energy resources lies in potential conflict over resources in polar regions which will become exploitable as a consequence of global warming," the report said. "There is an increasing need to address the growing debate over territorial claims and access to new trade routes by different countries which challenge Europe's ability to effectively secure its trade and resource interests." (Bloomberg) | 2008--0-3-
  16. Nigeria: A Community's Environmental Albatross | Onigbedu, a community in Ogun State, is currently facing major environmental crises due to alleged unlawful operation of the limestone-mining companies there. One inhabitant explained how the operation of the companies threatened livelihood, and life too had become unbearable because of environmental problems and health hazard their operations had caused since the factories started work at different times in the 1990s. (ThisDay) | 2008--0-3-
  17. Launch of BICC ‘Resource Conflict Monitor’ | Bonner Wirtschaftsblog - Nachrichten aus Bonn | On 12 March, 12:00, BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion in cooperation with UNU/EHS will launch the ‘Resource Conflict Monitor’ (RCM). The RCM is a unique tool for research and information on the nexus between natural resources and violent conflict. For many developing countries, the extraction of natural resources has been a blessing, as their export can provide urgently needed development capital. For others, however, resource wealth has been a curse, as their population still faces extreme poverty and they have been haunted by corruption, government failure and violent conflict. While political and institutional deficits have been widely cited as sources for economic failure and violent conflict, there is still a lack of understanding and empirical study on the impact of governance factors on the resource-conflict dynamic. | 2008--0-3-
  18. Climate Change and National Security | Climate change presents a serious threat to the security and prosperity of the United States and other countries. Recent actions and statements by members of Congress, members of the UN Security Council, and retired U.S. military officers have drawn attention to the consequences of climate change, including the destabilizing effects of storms, droughts, and floods. This report charts both domestic and international effects of climate change, offering both analyses and policies for future action. (Council on Foreign Relations) | 2008--0-1-
  19. Brazil Announces Size of Tupi Oil Field | The sudden November 8 announcement of the size of the Tupi oil field has pushed Brazil into a delicate and potentially powerful economic and political position in the Americas. The oil field is supposedly large enough to make Brazil a liable rival to Venezuela and some smaller Arab countries, garnering the interests of Venezuela and, particularly, the U.S. | 2007--1-2-
  20. Climate Change Threatens (African) Continent | The carbon emissions of developed countries threaten to devastate sub-Saharan Africa in the coming decades, says a major United Nations report issued today. The Human Development Report, commissioned by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), says if the world does not act against climate change within 10 years, a two-degree Celsius temperature increase could have devastating effects for African economy, poverty, and epidemics. (allAfrica.com) | 2007--1-1-
  21. Amazon Fire Wars Exacerbate Global Warming | In Brazil, at the end of the burning season, when people use fire to clear land for farms and ranches, the 'dueling' between land owners leads to more the starting of more fires in order to secure more land. Scientists say this fire cycle is not just destroying parts of the Amazon's southern forests, but altering the climate as well. (NPR) | 2007--1-1-
  22. Where Sudan Is Booming | Oil is both promise and danger for the Sudan. This article looks at the booming oil business and what it could mean while talks are continuing and the potential threat of a renewal of war. (Time) | 2007--1-1-
  23. Britain to claim more than 1m sq km of Antarctica | The United Kingdom is planning to claim sovereign rights to over more than 386,000 sq miles of seabed, and is likely to signal a quickening of the race for territory around the south pole. The claim would be in defiance of the spirit of the 1959 Antarctic treaty, to which the UK is a signatory, specifically stating that no new claims shall be asserted on the continent. The treaty was drawn up to prevent territorial disputes. | 2007--1-0-
  24. Climate Change Sparks Scrap for Arctic Resources | While scientists and conservationists worry about the potentially dire consequences of global warming, politicians and businessmen are already battling over how to reap the economic benefits from the Arctic thaw. | 2007--0-8-
  25. Military Sharpens Focus on Climate Change | The U.S. military is increasingly focused on a potential national security threat: climate change. A report about to be released by a group of retired senior generals lays out a detailed case for how global warming could destabilize vulnerable states in Africa and Asia and drive a flood of migrants to richer countries. It focuses on how climate change "can act as a threat multiplier for instability in some of the most volatile regions of the world," in part by causing water shortages and damaging food production. (washingtonpost.com) | 2007--0-4-
  26. Inside India's Hidden War | Mineral rights are behind clashes between left-wing guerrillas and state-backed militias. Armed with weapons and the opinions of the doctrinaire left, these guerrillas, or Naxalites as they are known, are part of a hidden war in the middle of India's mineral-rich tribal belt. (Guardian) | 2007--0-3-
  27. Climate change seen fanning conflict and terrorism | At a London conference "Climate Change: the Global Security Impact," experts discussed how climate change and global warming could exacerbate tensions between rich and poor countries, potentially increasing security and terrorist threats. As global climate change can create huge flows of refugees, terrorists can exploit these opportunities to their advantage. | 2007--0-1-
  28. Russia oil row hits Europe supply | Russia has cut oil supplies to Poland, Germany and Ukraine amid a trade row with its neighbour Belarus. | 2007--0-1-
  29. Conflict Diamonds | Although this article is from 2001, it shows how conflict diamonds are a key factor in resource conflict. | 2006--1-0-
  30. Diamond Trade Fuels Bloody Wars | | 2006--1-0-
  31. India Struggles to Tap the Monsoon | The article discusses the effect of the torrential rains--the monsoon--in India during the month of August. It also draws a comparison with the current water scarcity in the country. The artice states that the global warming might aggravate the situation. | 2006--1-0-
  32. India Digs Deeper, but Wells Are Drying Up | This NY Times article discusses issues of water resources in India, actions that have lead to overexploitation of groundwater wells, and effects on agriculture, etc. | 2006--1-0-
  33. In Teeming India, Water Crisis Means Dry Pipes and Foul Sludge | This article explores the effects upon humans and the state of population growth, resource shortfall, and environmental degradation in India. | 2006--0-9-