Two billion people still without clean drinking water
Progress towards universal access to clean water has stalled because of climate change and the inability of governments to provide infrastructure.
UK government to cut aid
The UK Parliament voted on Tuesday to cut Overseas Aid from 0.7% of GDP to 0.5% of GDP, a cut which The Guardian refers to as a ‘hammer blow’ for some of the world’s poorest peoples facing persecution in countries such as Yemen and Syria. This is an important update for any student studying the…
Japan to Release Fukushima Nuclear Waste into the Sea
Japan announced today that it’s going to release one million tonnes of contaminated water from the old Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea – which will no doubt have negative consequences for fishing around Japan and maybe in neighbouring countries. It was 10 years ago when an earth quake ruined the nuclear plant, putting…
How Pollution and Toxic Waste harm development
Western models of development are built around high levels of production and consumption to increase economic growth, and all other things being equal, the more we produce and consume, the more pollution and waste we produce. According to the World Health Organisation, Air Pollution kills 7 million people a year, most of whom live in…
Global Warming and the threat to Human Development
This post explores the extent to which Global Warming poses a threat to continued social and economic development. According to the latest data from Climate.gov global warming is currently causing sea levels to rise by 0.3 centimetres a year, which means that sea levels may have risen by up to 2.5 metres by 2100. …
The relationship between industrial development and the environment
Does industrial development lead to environment decline? This is one of the key questions in the Global Development for A-level sociology. The historical relationship between industrialisation and harm to the environment Historically, both Capitalist and Socialist models of development have largely ignored the environmental impact of development for most of the last 200 years, with…
The Role of Developed Countries in War and Conflict
A summary of Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein and David Harvey’s views on mainly American militarism
Ongoing Wars and Conflicts in the World Today
The worst ongoing wars in 2021 are in Afghanistan, Yemen and Mexico….
Why do Developing Countries have so many Health Problems?
Health and Development is one of the aspects of development students taking the global development option for A-level sociology have to study… There are a number of fairly obvious explanations as to why low income countries face poor health conditions. Lack of an improved water source Hundreds of millions of people in sub Saharan…
Theories of Development applied to Health
As a genera rule, people in developing countries suffer from poorer health than people in developed countries – with higher rates of deaths from preventable causes resulting in higher child mortality rates and lower life expectancies. Theories of development aim to explain why this is the case and what the most effective solutions to improving…