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Waiting in Vain: What we can learn from Europe’s inept diesel policies

Waiting in Vain: What we can learn from Europe’s inept diesel policies
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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Since the mid-1990s, the EU has endorsed diesel fuel and promoted it as the green alternative to petrol. A policy not only harmful for the environment but which also steered the industry into a blind alley: The farfetched dream of “clean diesel” has turned out to be a dirty nightmare. Author: Jonathan Volt While some […]

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Circular Economy: a window of opportunity for a cleaner globe

Circular Economy: a window of opportunity for a cleaner globe
Yago Bastin

Yago Bastin

Yago graduated as a political scientist with specialization in European politics. He obtained a second Master’s degree in General Economics. During his studies he was offered a spot on the board of JEF Ghent, and also had the opportunity to intern at the European Parliament, at the cabinet of MEP Guy Verhofstadt, president of the ALDE Group. Currently he is doing an internship at the Policy and Advocacy department of the European Youth Forum. He is in charge of monitoring the work of the European institutions with a focus on youth issues.
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Author: Yago Bastin A historical moment we can talk about in the next months is the recent deal among 196 nations during the COP21 in Paris to cap global warming. And yes, I am optimistic about it. While recognizing the possibility of countries flouting this agreement, a normality when you don’t sanction offenders, we should […]

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Transition from MDGs to SDGs: a guiding star to the better future for all

Transition from MDGs to SDGs: a guiding star to the better future for all
Rustam Issakhojayev

Rustam Issakhojayev

Issakhojayev Rustam graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2010 with bachelor’s degree in Political Science. During his studies at the USC, he was engaged in directed reading with Dr. Anthony Kammas on the topic “Power Struggle in the Religion, within the context of politics, religion and violence”. In 2015 he defended his thesis “Management of Cash Flow System in the Enterprise” for his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Turar Ryskulov New Economic University. He is currently studying at the Central European University at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, with the focus on transboundary water management in Central Asia. He worked as full time staff for the UNESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific) and was engaged with projects focused on Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).
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Author: Rustam Issakhojayev Adopted at the turn of the millennium, the MDGs have determined development policies of the past 15 years. Their main goal was the eradication of poverty and hunger in the world. While some parts of the world have had relative success in achieving most of the 8 goals and 21 targets set […]

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The future we want?

The future we want?
Jaap Rozema

Jaap Rozema

Jaap Rozema obtained his PhD in environmental politics from the University of East Anglia, UK. He focuses on the governance, geography and science of environmental issues, while increasingly applying these to climate change. Currently Jaap works in policy decision support for a political party in the Netherlands.
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Author: Jaap Rozema  The Future We Want (TFWW) resulted from the Rio+20 conference in 2012, which followed up earlier conferences on sustainable development held in Rio de Janeiro (1992) and Johannesburg (2002). Probably the most significant contribution TFWW has made is advocating the need for a new set of goals to realize sustainable development. And […]

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Politheor’s Special Report on the UN SDGs

Politheor's Special Report on the UN SDGs
Politheor

Politheor

Politheor is a European policy platform that brings together policy analysts in their mutual endeavour to enhance the quality of discussion on relevant policy issues in Europe. Its Advisory and Editorial Board are comprised of experts affiliated with the top education and policy institutions worldwide. The Politheor center also organizes trainings in policy analysis and promotes new generations of policy experts.
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Editor: Mathis Hampel Authors: Ahmad Shariq (Azerbaijan), Ays Sirakaya (Belgium), Beatrice Mumbi (Kenya), Jaap Rozema (The Netherlands), Jonathan Volt (Denmark), Justine Chauvin (Switzerland), Lea Duplan (Germany), Rustam Issakhojayev (Hungary) Download Link: http://www.politheor.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Politheor-Special-Report-on-the-UN-SDGs.pdf

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COP21, success or failure?

COP21, success or failure?
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 2015 ends with a cracker. While you are reading these lines 25 000 delegates are trying to leave their mark at the 21st UN climate summit, the Conference of Parties (COP21) – whose outcome won’t surprise anyone. Because the heavy lifting has already been done. A text was negotiated in the years […]

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Climate Case: the heat goes on

Climate Case: the heat goes on
Jaap Rozema

Jaap Rozema

Jaap Rozema obtained his PhD in environmental politics from the University of East Anglia, UK. He focuses on the governance, geography and science of environmental issues, while increasingly applying these to climate change. Currently Jaap works in policy decision support for a political party in the Netherlands.
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Author: Jaap Rozema In what is simply known as the ‘Climate Case’, the Dutch state has been sentenced to realize veritable climate change mitigation of 25% by 2020 based on 1990 levels – a first in legal history and plausibly marking the onset of climate litigation in which courts decide how much greenhouse gases can […]

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In search of finality: two degrees of global warming

In search of finality: two degrees of global warming
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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On June 8, the G7 agreed on the notorious two degrees target of global warming. In a rare moment of agreement, politicians, environmentalists and corporations signaled their approval of a ‘policy’ which is diversionary at best and socially regressive at worst. Author: Mathis Hampel The global target by which global average temperature should be limited […]

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Which way for Scottish wind energy?

Which way for Scottish wind energy?

Rowan Anderson

Rowan Anderson is an MA French and English Literature student at the University of St Andrews who is currently spending a year abroad in
Strasbourg. She also writes for the St Andrews Foreign Affairs Review
and is a staff reviewer for The Monitor: the Journal of International
Studies at the College of William and Mary.
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Scotland’s vast wilderness and potential for development in wind and wave energy has earned it the label of the ‘Saudi Arabia of renewables’; a concept that the SNP were quick to seize on during their campaign for independence. Author: Rowan Anderson   In the past 5 years, the landscape of Scotland has been markedly transformed […]

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Energy-related CO2 emissions stabilized in 2014 – so what?

Energy-related CO2 emissions stabilized in 2014 – so what?
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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Thus far global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions stabilized or decreased only in times of economic downturn, for example in 2008/09. The stabilization of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2014 when the global economy grew by 3% comes as a total surprise. What to make of this news? Author: Mathis Hampel The “iron law of […]

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