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n Conflict Trends - Climate Change in Africa, Camilla Toulmin : book review

Volume 2011, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818

Abstract

For centuries, the world has become dependent on energy production and consumption to propel its economic growth. Starting with the Dutch peat industry, and evolving from British coal to American oil, fossil fuels have driven states to world dominance and commercial expansion. It is "through new energy sources, new tools, and new market connections" that the world has "acquired greater and greater leverage over the environment", the effects of which were almost entirely ignored. Yet many of the benefits realised by this process of industrialisation came at the expense of the African continent - a process that began a trend of ostracising local people from discussions on resource distribution.

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