Sometimes the battle for the future of the Tropics isn’t just a war of words…

Death of Community Member in Sumatra Places Asia Pulp and Paper’s Social Responsibility Commitments in Question Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has recently learned of the tragic news that on Friday, February 27, 2015, Mr Indra Pelani, a resident of Lubuk Mandarsah village in Tebo district, Jambi Provine, Sumatra and a member of the Sakato Jaya…

My special place in the tropics – Nusa Lembongan

A bunch of my mates are currently discovering the place in the tropics I go back to more than any other - a small island off the east coast of Bali called Nusa Lembongan. It draws people for its surf breaks, its dive sites (awesome reef condition, not much big stuff) and it's laid back atmosphere…

Rothwell and Aboriginal “non-compliance” in a tropical context

One of the more frustrating aspects of Indigenous affairs is that there is an almost total disconnect between thinkers in this area and those in international development. As a consequence, while terms like "underdevelopment" and "dependency" are occasionally used in an Indigenous, fourth world context, they remain almost entirely un-theorised and un-explained there. Nicholas Rothwell has written…

Is madness part of the essence of the Tropics?

Part of the reason for keeing this blog is to uncover what the essence is or universal features of the Tropics are. The power of nature and colour has come up so far - but let's be more provocative - is madness also an inescapable part of the Tropics? The pre-eminent chronicler of the Tropics, Joseph…

Woodlark Island – a case study for tropical futures?

Woodlark Island (Muyua) is a large island of the coast of Papua New Guinea. It's been isolated for a long time, so it has a lot of unique species. It's also going to be the first virgin area mine in PNG for 10 years, according Kula Gold. But that's not all - it looks like there…