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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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EU climate policy: Energy market integration as political disintegration?

EU climate policy: Energy market integration as political disintegration?
Mathis Hampel

Mathis Hampel

Mathis Hampel holds a PhD in Social Science and Public Policy from King's College London. Trained as a natural scientist with a BSc in Ecosystem Analysis from Lund University, and an MSc in Physical Geography from Exeter University, Mathis became more and more interested in the politics of global governance. As science student equipped with expert knowledge of both the science and the politics of, inter alia, climate change and geoengineering, he is particularly interested in how knowledge and social order are co-produced across space and time.
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Author: Mathis Hampel Poland is proving to be a major veto player in the Union threatening to opt out of the EU climate pact. Even more so than its predecessor, the newly elected conservative Polish “Law and Justice” (PiS) one-party government is on collision course with the EU’s greenhouse gas emission reduction, energy efficiency and […]

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Firewood in Afghanistan: An example of weak sustainability

Firewood in Afghanistan: An example of weak sustainability
Ahmad Shariq

Ahmad Shariq

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Ahmad Shariq holds a Bachelor in Business Management from Bangalore University, India and is currently in his second year of the Public Policy Masters program at ADA University, Azerbaijan. He is interested in environmental policies, green solutions to different environmental issues and sustainable development of natural resources.
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Author: Ahmad Shariq Southern and Eastern regions of Afghanistan that supply the major portion of firewood have been vastly deforested. Statistics show that currently woodlands cover 2% of overall territory of Afghanistan, while in 1970s it was estimated to be 5%. Civil wars have been a major cause of the disappearance of forests. In addition, […]

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Why the Paris Climate Agreement matters in Afghanistan

Why the Paris Climate Agreement matters in Afghanistan
Ahmad Shariq

Ahmad Shariq

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Ahmad Shariq holds a Bachelor in Business Management from Bangalore University, India and is currently in his second year of the Public Policy Masters program at ADA University, Azerbaijan. He is interested in environmental policies, green solutions to different environmental issues and sustainable development of natural resources.
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Author: Ahmad Shariq The celebrated Paris Climate Agreement presents an opportunity for Afghanistan, whose economy depends on agriculture – revenues from the agriculture sector constitute 20% of the country’s GDP – and whose relative political stability is threatened by radicalization. Firstly, according to the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) of Afghanistan 85% of population in […]

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

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

Ays Sirakaya

Editor at Politheor: European Policy Network
Ays is currently working towards her PhD at Ghent University, Faculty of Law, Department of European Public and International Law. Her PhD topic concerns the legal protection of urban biodiversity. Ays also works as a consultant on biosafety regulations and WTO at the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations.
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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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Christmas is a meat feast: Let it at least be special!

Christmas is a meat feast: Let it at least be special!
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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Author: Jonathan Volt Especially around this time of the year meat consumption is enormous. Christmas shows us that celebrations are culturally and socially important and eating meat is an integral part of these festivities. And maybe we should celebrate with beef, pork, lamb, fish and poultry, but if we do that on a daily basis, […]

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UN Sustainable Development Goals; does Africa have what it takes?

UN Sustainable Development Goals; does Africa have what it takes?
Beatrice Mumbi

Beatrice Mumbi

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am a Kenyan national currently pursuing an MA in Public Policy and Administration. I am currently working with an international refugee-serving organization Kenya as the regional advocacy officer covering five countries in Eastern Africa. Previously, I have worked with organizations promoting human rights and civil society development both in Kenya and in the islands of the South Pacific (Vanuatu and Fiji). My interests include democratization in Africa, African foreign policies, immigration and asylum policies and sustainable development.
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Author: Beatrice Mumbi Many Africa countries are experiencing armed conflicts due to varying underlying reasons. Elsewhere, corruption and pillage of public resources is normalized to the extent that good stewardship is the exception, not the norm. Michela Wrong’s book ‘It’s our turn to eat’ is an apt representation of how political leaders in Kenya have […]

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