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EU’s environmental policy is blatantly incomplete. The consumption side is missing.

EU’s environmental policy is blatantly incomplete. The consumption side is missing.
Fivos Petsinaris

Fivos Petsinaris

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Fivos Petsinaris holds a MSc in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Copenhagen and a BA in Economics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. His research interests generally revolve around the interactions between economic and ecological systems and how these are reflected in environmental policy decisions. He is primarily interested in integrated water resource management, sustainable production and consumption patterns, and in environmental justice issues that arise from the transition to a low-carbon economy.
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There are, in other words, high emissions embodied in international trade that accompany the flows of products from the point of origin to the point of consumption. The most characteristic example is the case of China, where one-third of its GHG emissions are associated with the production of goods that are exported and consumed in […]

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Changing energy model dynamics one community at a time

Changing energy model dynamics one community at a time
Liam McDonnell

Liam McDonnell

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Liam McDonnell holds an MSc Environment and Resource Management from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam which focused on sustainability issues through economic and policy standpoints. Within this program he specialized in sustainable energy analysis and climate policy and holds a particular interest in the flow of goods and services in the economy and their relationship with natural systems and energy infrastructures. He has carried out research internships with Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) and Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and currently performs stakeholder research for Westminster Forum Projects on upcoming policies and developments involving energy, environment and health in the UK.
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With an inherit shift in cultural identity needed bringing the fight towards grassroots level has the potential to pay high dividends in the grand scheme. Community Energy Projects (CEPs) are attracting increasing attention as they do not just enhance the technical basis of renewable energy but also increase social acceptance of core issues involved with […]

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Have our food waste policies passed their expiry date?

Have our food waste policies passed their expiry date?
Natasha Emily Foote

Natasha Emily Foote

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Natasha holds a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Bristol and an MA in Environment, Development and Policy from the University of Sussex. She has a particular interest in issues of food production and alternative approaches to agriculture, as well as in conservation, notably the ways in which human and conservation interests conflict.
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Over a third of food produced goes straight into the bin. Across Europe, the annual amount of food waste is estimated to be a whopping 89 million tonnes, which is expected to rise to around 126 million tonnes by 2020. Environmentally speaking, this represents a catastrophic loss of valuable inputs such as water and soil […]

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Indigenous resiliency through renewable energy

Indigenous resiliency through renewable energy

Angela Reed Clavijo

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Angela Reed Clavijo has been working to promote economic and social advancements first locally in post-Katrina New Orleans then globally out of San Francisco, California. She is currently part of a team of Responsible Sourcing Managers working with large corporations to understand and encourage improvements of their suppliers' working conditions.
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While claimed to be the safest and most efficient method to transport oil, its construction has come at the expense of indigenous rights violations and a neglect of the environment –a reflection of the United States’ seemingly relentless approach for quick business gains. Many US news sources claim there was not an adequate consultation with […]

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2016 was a terrible year for climate change. Will 2017 be worse?

2016 was a terrible year for climate change. Will 2017 be worse?

Charlotte McLaughlin

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Charlotte’s background is in Politics and Economics at University College Dublin but she has had a long interest in journalism - having worked previously for the BBC and Irish radio stations. As a reporter at shecco, Charlotte is covering breaking news about climate friendly technology in the HVACR industry. She currently writes for online industry platforms and contributes regularly to shecco’s Accelerate Magazines. She is also currently writing for Politheor about the environment and energy.

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Now, after a year of disappointments, it does not seem very likely. Climate change is moving faster than previously predicted. The first six months of 2016 were the warmest six-month period in NASA’s modern temperature record, which dates back to 1880. The devastating effects of global temperature rise might be here sooner than we think. […]

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Egypt and climate change: let your civil society grow strong

Egypt and climate change: let your civil society grow strong
Menna Soliman

Menna Soliman

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Menna Soliman is a human rights lawyer based in Egypt. She received her LLB from Ain Shams University in Cairo. She has worked as a legal advisor for a refugee aid organization providing legal assistance to the refugee communities in Egypt.
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While the Paris Agreement was widely celebrated, the pledges voluntary undertaken by governments will allow an increase of temperature of about 2.7C, according to the UN, significantly more than what was agreed upon. This would unleash rising seas, extreme heat and other upheavals. Egypt is especially vulnerable to multiple climate change threats like sea level […]

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Coral Conundrum: the ignored victim of the South China Sea

Coral Conundrum: the ignored victim of the South China Sea
Crystal Chow

Crystal Chow

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Crystal Chow is a Hong Kong-based journalist and writer specializing in international affairs and development issues. She holds a master’s degree in Global Energy and Climate Policy with an elective in International Environmental Law from SOAS, University of London. She has previously worked for a legislator in Hong Kong as a research officer, where she advised on environmental and energy policy. Inspired by her on-field reportage and volunteer experience in the Philippines, the Malaysian Borneo and Kenya, Crystal’s interests involve clean technology transfer, political transition and sustainable development in the Asia Pacific, as well as marine environmental governance.
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The arbitral award, issued at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, will shape international norms that are vital to a rule-based order in Asia. It has been celebrated as a landmark ruling in blasting the legal basis of China’s over-reaching “historic rights”, and, as a moral victory for the Philippines. Yet, nationalistic narratives have overshadowed what […]

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City-led climate change mitigation: persisting inequalities

City-led climate change mitigation: persisting inequalities
Emma Donnachie

Emma Donnachie

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am a renewable energy policy enthusiast with an LLB in European Law and an MSc in Environment and Development. My interests particularly lie in the potential of off-grid renewable energy in the transition to a low-carbon economy, as well as the role of energy policy and law in assisting leapfrogging in international development. I am currently working as a programme co-ordinator in an international charity which raises funds primarily for humanitarian and environmental causes, and carries out projects throughout Africa and Asia.
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With great emissions comes great responsibility The role of cities in mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change is undeniably crucial. With more than half of the world’s population currently living in urban centres, a number predicted to rise to 65%-75% by 2050, it is important to realise that at current levels these […]

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The EU Timber Regulation: Three years of ineffective implementation

The EU Timber Regulation: Three years of ineffective implementation
Vladislav Vejnovic

Vladislav Vejnovic

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Vladislav holds a double master degree in European Forestry at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna and at the University of Eastern Finland. His research interests cover a wide range of international environmental policy topics, particularly, EU forest governance, illegal logging and illegal trade matters, legality verification and the economics of natural resources. He is also experienced in project development and cooperation, as well as in the education matters in Africa. Furthermore, Vladislav has been very active on the international networking scene. He was working for several NGO's, such as the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), as well as the European Forestry Institute (EFI), where he actively participated in several notable symposiums (e.g. FAO World Forestry Congress 2015, United Nations Forum on Forests 11).
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Illegal logging is a global and widespread problem which exact scale and value are hard to estimate and quantify, however, the impacts of illegal logging directly challenge and weaken sustainable economic growth, equitable development and conservation of the environment. According to the World Bank estimates, illegal logging and illegal wood trade practices cost governments and […]

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Change must also come from within: Sustainable Sweden is far from sustainable enough

Change must also come from within: Sustainable Sweden is far from sustainable enough
Jonathan Volt

Jonathan Volt

Jonathan has studied Political Science and Economics at Lund University, where he recently graduated in the top of his class with a two-year Master’s degree in Political Science. He has practical experience from the Earth System Governance Project, where he conducted research on the Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Among other things, he wrote a well-liked opinion piece on Public-Private Partnerships and the SDGs.He was also responsible for the project’s different social media channels and the website linked to the SDGs. Furthermore, Jonathan has gathered experience from the UNFCCC secretariat in Bonn where he worked as an intern for six months in the Mitigation, Data & Analysis (MDA) Programme. During his time in Bonn he supported the MDA programme in preparing for the first Multilateral Assessment process, which was finalized at the SBI41 session in Lima 2014. Jonathan prepared and presented a praised presentation to the secretariat containing his analysis of the Multilateral Assessment process. Jonathan also supported the work on the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) process and its related multilateral negotiations held in Bonn October 2014. Before that, he was working as an assisting project manager for a national health care project, initiated by Region Skåne, aiming to improve different processes within the Swedish health care system. The project was the first of its kind and enhanced the interregional collaboration within this sector.
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“How can all these people Afford so many things? When I was young People wore what they had on” (Neil Young – Falling from Above) Author: Jonathan Volt Sustainability cannot just be about greening the production cycle – it is a chance for us to change and, again, live in accord with the planet. When […]

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