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Peter Howson

Peter Howson

Senior Lecturer in International Development, Northumbria University, Newcastle
Peter Howson is a Researcher in International Development at Northumbria, where he leads the MSc in International Development.

His teaching and research interests span political ecology, critical theory, gender, race and development, ‘green violence’, blockchain-based environmental management and geo-politics in the Global South. Most of Pete's teaching draws on his research interests and professional experience in the Asia-Pacific region.

Before joining Northumbria, Pete was a Lecturer in International Development at Nottingham Trent University. In 2016 he was a Post-doc Researcher at Colorado State University, looking at Palau’s National Marine Sanctuary. Before that, he was based at University of Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand. His PhD research explored the political ecology of climate finance in Indonesia.

Pete's current projects include analysis of the ‘blue belt’ network of marine protection measures in the UK Overseas Territories. Peter is also looking at how cryptocurrencies and carbon trading are coming together to make trees more valuable standing than cut down, and what impacts the practice is having on forest-dependent communities in Indonesia.

Blockchain Revolution Series

NFTs: why digital art has such a massive carbon footprint

Apr 04, 2021 10:00 am UTC| Technology

How much would you be willing to pay for a one-of-a-kind work of art? For some collectors, the limit lies somewhere in the region of hundreds of millions of dollars. What about a work of art that has no tangible form, and...

Digital Currency Revolution

Bitcoin isn't getting greener: four environmental myths about cryptocurrency debunked

Feb 20, 2021 12:38 pm UTC| Technology Digital Currency

The price of bitcoin has reached US$50,000 (36,095) another all-time high. Its hard to believe that 10,000 bitcoin would only buy a couple of pizzas ten years ago. Its even stranger to think that bitcoins are completely...

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Economy

The US persuading Taiwan to supply more chips to its automakers

The US is persuading Taiwanese chip manufacturers to prioritize the needs of its automakers in easing chip shortages in the near term. US Commerce Department Secretary Gina Raimondo said theyre working to get Taiwan...

PepsiCo expands functional beverage portfolio with Soulboost sparkling water

PepsiCo launched Soulboost, a new sparkling water brand for wellness-focused consumers, to mark another foray into the functional beverage category The sparkling water beverage is blended with real juice and infused...

Hyundai Heavy Industries inks deal with 9 groups for East Sea green hydrogen project

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) signed a deal with nine entities to build a 100-megawatt plant to produce hydrogen from seawater using electric power generated in a floating offshore wind farm in the East Sea by 2025 and...

Namyang Dairy involved in a new scandal over patent

Namyang Dairy Product recently lost two of its leaders - chairman Hong Won Sik and CEO Lee Kwang Bum this week. The two decided to leave over the controversies created by the companys claim about the effectiveness of its...

Sony brought to court for PlayStation Store exclusivity practice

Sony is the latest major company that may be facing a lawsuit. The Japanese company may be sued as its PlayStation Store reportedly stopped allowing third-party stores such as Amazon and Best Buy to sell its digital game...

Politics

Donald Trump social media ban: Facebook oversight board to announce decision on ex-POTUS' suspension

Former President Donald Trump has been away from social media for several months following the January 6 insurrection. Facebook is already turning to its oversight board to make a decision regarding the former presidents...

Joe Biden COVID-19 vaccine: House Democrats want POTUS to waive vaccine patents

With over 200 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines already administered, many are now urging US President Joe Biden to provide help to other countries. House Democrats are now urging Biden to waive the vaccine patents...

Hillary Clinton warns of consequences the US will face following withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan

US President Joe Bidens decision to finally withdraw US troops from Afghanistan was met with mixed reactions across the board. While many praised the decision, others, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,...

Nancy Pelosi blasts House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy for promoting COVID-19 relief plan provision despite opposition

The successful passage of Joe Bidens COVID-19 relief plan was done on party lines without any support from Republican lawmakers. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called out House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy for promoting...

Science

First human-monkey embryos created – a small step towards a huge ethical problem

Scientists have created the worlds first monkey embryos containing human cells in an attempt to investigate how the two types of cell develop alongside each other. The embryos, which were derived from a macaque and then...

Shifting toward 'open peer review'

Twenty years ago, it was difficult to find information about local restaurants, except from the restaurants themselves. Now, thanks to the Internet, independent evaluations are easy to find. Its past time we make that the...

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter flight on Mars opens up new frontiers in space exploration

History has been made on Mars: NASAs Ingenuity helicopter just achieved the first powered and controlled flight on another planet. Ingenuity is a small, lightweight, drone-like helicopter that was carried on the...

How we found hints of new particles or forces of nature – and why it could change physics

Seven years ago, a huge magnet was transported over 3,200 miles (5,150km) across land and sea, in the hope of studying a subatomic particle called a muon. Muons are closely related to electrons, which orbit every atom...

How scientists are restoring boreal peatlands to help keep carbon in the ground

Peatlands are one of the most valuable terrestrial ecosystems in our fight against climate change. These deep layers of partially decayed plants and other organic material are tens of thousands of years old. Globally,...

Technology

Google Account users to be automatically enrolled in two-factor authentication ‘soon'

Google celebrated World Password Day by reminding its users how vulnerable these sets of characters can be. On that note, the tech giant announced its plan to have Google Account users be automatically enrolled to...

E3 2021 adds Square Enix, Bandai Namco, Gearbox, and Sega in participating companies

More well-known video game developers and publishers are confirmed to join this years Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The announcement comes nearly a month after the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) confirmed...

Nintendo has now sold more than 84 million Switch consoles

Nintendo Switch continues to reach new records in terms of unit sales amid a year of pandemic and the launch of new-gen consoles from Microsoft and Sony. The Japanese video games giant has updates the portable consoles...

Krafton relaunches ‘PUBG Mobile’ as ‘Battlegrounds Mobile India’ in the region

The much-awaited announcement of PUBG Mobiles relaunch for Indian gamers finally happened with the franchises South Korean developer, Krafton, leading the efforts. The company also maintained that the players privacy and...
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