Carbon calculators are too complicated. How many people are going to analyse their electricity usage or accurately assess the number of miles or kilometres they drive every year? Almost none. How much meat do you eat every year? Seriously? Here’s a carbon calculator I have implemented that simplifies the whole process of calculating individual carbon … Continue reading A new carbon calculator.
The readers of this blog will know that I am critical of current approaches to conservation. This because most current approaches don’t work. Conservationists never seem to be able to conserve anything. There are a few local success stories, but conservation needs to succeed on a much grander scale than is currently the case. My … Continue reading Pie In The Sky: Conservation and REDD+
Conservation in Africa isn’t working. Elephant, rhinoceros, lion and many other species are declining. The overwhelming outcome of the campaign minded, single species, animal rights centred conservation organisations is the failure to conserve wildlife. The outcome of banning the trade in ivory, rhino horn or other wildlife products has been failure. It’s harsh criticism but … Continue reading Pay African Leaders to Conserve Wildlife. Not Conservationists.
Amidst the controversy around Cecil the Lion, people who are concerned about Africa, and especially the area where Cecil comes from, are missing the point. There is potential for far bigger problems in the region than the illegal killing of an old, if iconic lion. To be sure, Cecil is symptomatic of one of these … Continue reading There’s a Perfect Storm Brewing over South Central Africa.
When you come from a consumer culture, like (I assume) most of my readers do, it’s difficult to draw the line on when you have enough and what you have enough of. Most of us accumulate possessions constantly. If anything is an indictment of Western society it is the constant, and largely fruitless search for … Continue reading Sustainable Livelihoods in rural Africa: More is not better.
When the Elinor Ostrom won the Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences in 2009, it was huge boost for the study of Common Pool Resources (CPR) like fisheries, forests, grazing lands and water resources. It gave the field new relevance and injected a bolt of enthusiasm into studies of how rural communities all over the word use … Continue reading Managing Common Pool Resources Sustainably: It’s a matter of trust.
For the last 4 years I’ve been researching the Zambezi Teak forests of Western Zambia. Or what’s left of them. It’s a pretty depressing picture. I used Landsat satellite images from 1975 (these are the earliest images available) to measure the forests as they were in the early 1970s. It’s important to know that this … Continue reading The Zambezi Teak forests of Zambia: A tale of mismanagement.
This article was first published by the St Andrews Foreign Affairs Review who have kindly given me permission to repost here. The deadlock between parties at international climate negotiations has ceased to be headline news; nevertheless, obstacles to any final, substantive agreement remain. The parties are divided between the bloc of nations with forests that absorb … Continue reading Forest Carbon and REDD+: The ultimate equaliser in global North-South Relations?