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Apply: Become a Student Reporter at World Resources Forum 2013, Davos-Switzerland

Apply to be a student reporter for the World Resources Forum 2013 in Davos! A conference that Student Reporter has covered since its inception, the World Resources Forum (WRF) in Davos is held bi-annually to exchange knowledge about the economic, political and environmental implications of global resource use. You can review our latest coverage from 2011 and 2012 (held in Beijing). This year, WRF2013 convenes under the theme “Shaping the Future of Natural Resources” and will address topics of resource efficiency, sustainable cities, urban mining, and lifestyles. It will be held 6-9 October, 2013 in Davos, Switzerland. (more…)

China – A Race for Resources

However, according to Dambisa Moyo and her new book “Winner Take All”, China has shown no signs of similarities with European colonialism, such as religious conversion, use of military force, or handpicking the local political leadership. On the contrary, China seems highly uninterested in taking on sovereign responsibilities or political control. Indeed, China’s ‘No Strings Attached Policy’ confirms its disinterest of interfering in other countries domestic affairs. My colleague, Sina Blassnig, explores this angle more deeply in her article. Nonetheless, even if China is not engaged in a type of new colonialism, there is yet a reason why the rest of the world should worry – China’s recent quest for natural resources.

Effective way to communicate the resource challenge?

Harry Lehmann, Director of Environment Planning and Sustainability Strategy at the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA), just dropped off this video ‘Flow’ aiming to explain the resource challenges we face to non-scientists. The video was made by UBA and the Sustainable Design Center eV. While the graphics are attractive and the video gets more dynamic as it progresses, the monotonous computer voice drives me crazy and switches off any sense of humanity, for me. On the other hand, at least this voice can’t sound moralising and patronising, like other educational and campaign videos do. What’s your view- does it effectively inform newbies to the resource field?