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The Human Development Index

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) measures the production of goods and services within a country. GDP tells us about the economic development of a country, it shows us how the economy …

Welcome to our course

How this all works Over the next four weeks we will be exploring the important theme of our environment – how it is studied and how our research at the …

Fishing in Indonesia

Indonesia has the second largest fishery in the world after China. Over 12 million people are employed through the fishing industry, landing a catch of about 25.32 million metric tonnes. …

Case study 2: Living close to wind energy

Wind energy – both onshore and offshore – still has significant support in national surveys. However, as outlined in a previous step, there can also be vociferous local opposition to …

Case study 1: Living close to nuclear power stations

Nuclear power, due to its (real or perceived) longtime association to atomic weaponry, radiation, radioactive waste, accidents such as Chernobyl, and concerns about health impacts from contamination and leaks, is …

Histories of development

In 1949 Harry Truman gave a speech upon his re-election as president of the United States of America. Now known as the ‘four point speech’ the fourth point marked the …

Introducing development: Key terms

In this step we are going to introduce some of the key terms that you will come across in development. The language around development can be quite challenging – there …

Aquaculture: pros and cons

In response to the growing challenges facing marine capture fisheries, many have suggested that fish farming, or aquaculture, is the solution. It is true that even if wild fisheries are …

Fisheries management

Given that overfishing is now well recognised to not only be possible, but common, it is essential that fisheries are regulated to keep them sustainable. But importantly we are not …

Alternative cooking options

Globally approximately 3 billion people use solid fuels to cook, such as firewood, charcoal, crop waste, kerosene and dung. In addition to over-exploitation of natural resources and release of greenhouse …

Energy use and tobacco cultivation

In the previous steps we looked at the use of natural resources for cooking and the alternatives options that are available. In this step we are going to look at …