Comboni Missionaries' Team

Mining Resources in Africa: Curse and Opportunity

Mining operations and global consumption of natural resources continue to increase annually. However, while developed countries and regions such as the European Union protect their natural resources with sustainable development policies and high social and labour standards to protect the environment, the economies of developing countries are increasingly becoming dependent on export of its natural resources. …

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South Africa: More space for sun and wind

The ministry of energy has decided to abandon the use of coal for generating electricity. A complicated but strategic manoeuvre. Coal-fired electricity generating stations provide three quarters of South Africa’s electricity. This arrangement creates much pollution and increasing problems for the grid, with the risk of extensive blackouts while old power stations are being dismantled. …

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Military spending around the world is booming

Total world military expenditure rose to $1822 billion in 2018, representing an increase of 2.6 per cent from 2017, according to new data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The five biggest spenders in 2018 were the United States, China, Saudi Arabia, India and France, which together accounted for 60 per cent of global military spending. …

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