Beneath the surface: Natural resources and national economies

Volume
8,
Number
4
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13 May 2014
13 May 2014
Among the world’s most coveted commodities, gold has long been associated with wealth, beauty, and even immortality. But sourcing the precious metal can often have serious environmental and social costs, ranging from deforestation and mercury emissions, to child labour and conflict. For example, a...
13 May 2014
Small-scale miners in developing countries have sought to profit from increased gold prices on international markets. Bus ensuring sustainable social and environmental conditions will require concerted efforts and partnership from actors across the supply chain.
13 May 2014
Shale gas has become not only an energy exploration and production issue, but has been catapulted up national policy agendas, now impacting macro-economic policy, global environmental debates, public health and safety concerns, as well as energy security questions and potential trade flows.
13 May 2014
Fish are an important source of food and income for millions across the globe, but oceans and marine ecosystems are suffering from heavy exploitation and degradation. How might a new set of sustainable development goals help in this area?
13 May 2014
Bans on the trade in wildlife may do more harm than good. Regulated trade provides sectors space to improve sustainability and animal welfare practices, and increase benefits for rural communities.
13 May 2014
China has appealed the WTO’s recent ruling on its rare earth export restrictions, a case brought to the global trade arbiter in 2012 by the US, the EU, and Japan.
13 May 2014
Against a tense geopolitical landscape and rocky trade relations, Moscow is taking Brussels to the WTO over the EU's energy regulations, arguing these are discriminatory.
13 May 2014
Climate pre-summit sees call for global carbon price The World Bank Group and partners have launched a statement of support for strengthening carbon prices, urging countries and leading businesses to join their support. “A carbon price provides a necessary signal for investment in low-carbon and...
13 May 2014
Complexity in Global Energy-Environment Governance – Minnesota Journal of Law, Science and Technology – February 2014 This article calls for a re-conception of the global effort to mitigate climate change. Instead of being framed as an environmental law problem the article suggests approaching the...