Globalisation & the Environment

Some Great Podcasts from the WTO’s 2009 Public Forum

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

At the end of September the WTO ran its annual public forum, this year entitled “Global Problems, Global Solutions: Towards Better Global Governance”.  The forum happens each year, and is a chance for governments, NGOs, academics, business and students to come together to discuss and debate some of the major issues which arise out of [...]

Why is Australia still importing illegally-logged timber?

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Yesterday’s edition of Melbourne’s The Age newspaper had a worrying article about the influence of extreme pro-free-trade bureaucrats in derailing new laws aimed at restricting illegal timber imports into Australia. Apparently the federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have been trying to undermine the Rudd Government’s election [...]

Alcoa argues for interests of “future generations” to take precedence over exports

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

What is the world coming to?  It was reported today that Alan Cransberg, chairman of the Australian arm of the mutlinational aluminium producer Alcoa, said that “For too long we have been focused on expanding and maximising energy exports, without proper protection for our own future generations.” What?  Read that again – not only is [...]

Global Trade & Climate Change

Monday, October 27th, 2008

GTW has been making the point for a while is that the global trading system (and how it’s run) affects most other things in the world.  Climate change is a good example. There are a large number of ways that the global trading system and climate change interact, but the most obvious is in driving [...]