Month: December 2017

Hydropolitics: water as a weapon of war

Hydropolitics: water as a weapon of war

Freshwater gives a country geopolitical clout. Snowmelt and mountain streams swell into rivers that give Turkey control over its arid and fractious neighbours; the glaciers of the Tibetan plateau give China hegemony in South Asia; and smaller states, such as Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, can project […]

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Fracking: why it’s fracking fluid that’s the grey area

Fracking: why it’s fracking fluid that’s the grey area

Fracking is a highly contentious term for a highly contentious practice. Environmentalists gained the upper-hand with the verb ‘frack’: harsh, cacophonous, and the euphemism for campaign posters the world over. The industry prefers the term ‘hydraulic fracturing’, with its clean, efficient, and neutral tone. Which […]

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Oil sands, cancer, and government greenwashing

Oil sands, cancer, and government greenwashing

Oil sands are unquestionably bad for the environment. They are one of the most politicized fossil fuels on the planet ever since oil prices rose post-2003 making the deposits profitable to extract. Environmentalists loathe them, blackening their name: Naomi Klein describes them as a “parched, […]

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