Many countries with high levels of natural resource wealth also have higher rates of income inequality. This is known as the “resource curse,” or the “paradox of plenty.”


Extractive industries are a major contributor to climate change, since they are responsible for extracting the natural resources whose consumption and extraction release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.


"From the Hill" is the Columban Center's recap of some of the month's most pressing issues. Staying up-to-date on current events seems especially overwhelming these days, so we're here to offer the Columban take on what's happening in Washington, DC and around the world.


We are now at a critical point in our history. To put it simply: our country is in peril. All the living systems on land and in the seas around us are being ruthlessly exploited. The damage to date is extensive and, sad to say, it is often irreversible.


If the rains do not come, life is even more precarious than usual. Rising temperatures due to climate change and an increasingly erratic rainy season mean rainwater storage is crucial.