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Grey is the new Paris: How green can defeat the smog

Grey is the new Paris: How green can defeat the smog
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The month of Christmas started off rather harsh for the Parisians as the smog levels went up to an alarming rate. In order to reduce the level of pollutants in the air, the city banned half the cars from the traffic by introducing an even/odd license plate system; the plates with odd numbers can go […]

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GMOs and Organic Farming: Can they be friends?

GMOs and Organic Farming: Can they be friends?
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Two years ago, on 24 March 2014, the European Commission adopted the legislative proposal for a new Regulation on organic production which will come into effect in 2017. The proposal prohibits organic producers from using genetically modified seeds for production. This seems about logical at first sight, as organic production is often believed to be […]

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The EU-Turkey Deal: Outsourcing Humanitarian Obligations

The EU-Turkey Deal: Outsourcing Humanitarian Obligations
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Author: Ays Sirakaya The action plan on refugees between the EU and Turkey was already signed back in November 2015, however, the route to implementation has been unclear until the 18th of March. The implementation plan consists of several key points, and, to some extent, all of them make one question the EU’s dedication to […]

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Urban Agriculture: Not Just for Hipsters

Urban Agriculture: Not Just for Hipsters
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Author: Ays Sirakaya We are becoming more and more aware of our food’s journey. We want to know where the food comes from, how it is produced, where it goes, how long it travels for, who it meets on the way and how it treats mother nature. Although we may sound like control-freaks, it is […]

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Are all biofuels evil?

Are all biofuels evil?
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Author: Ays Sirakaya The biofuel critics’ main reasoning is that the food crop based biofuels would result in the increase of food prices, environmental damage and, most importantly, indirect land use change (ILUC). ILUC is criticised for turning forests into agricultural lands in order to grow crops for biofuels production, resulting in increased carbon dioxide […]

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Climate change, cities and heat waves: how soon is now?

Climate change, cities and heat waves: how soon is now?
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  Author: Ays Sirakaya Summer in the city is a challenging experience. In 2015 five consecutive heat waves hit western and central Europe where temperatures rose up to 40 degrees Celsius. We could not think of having an office without air conditioning to cope with that hot hot heat. Ironically, air conditioning as conventional ‘climate […]

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SDGs and Urban Biodiversity: Protecting rats and pigeons?

SDGs and Urban Biodiversity: Protecting rats and pigeons?
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The freshly released Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) please ecologists: Unlike the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the SDGs have ‘environment’ firmly enshrined in almost half of the 17 Goals. And yet Goal 15 on biodiversity loss makes us grin to a certain extent, as it seems to assume that nature can only be found on the […]

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