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The hunger for organic is growing – but how best to feed it?

The hunger for organic is growing – but how best to feed it?
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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After three years of intense negotiation, the European Commission has finally reached a preliminary decision on the reformation of organic legislation. In effect from July 2020, this overhaul of existing organic legislation is an attempt to harmonise and promote sustainable development of organic production in the EU, whilst also improving customer confidence by introducing more […]

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Clean up or close down: the European Union’s response to polluting power industries

Clean up or close down: the European Union’s response to polluting power industries
Regan Turner

Regan Turner

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Regan first studied at the Robert Gordon University, where she successfully completed her BA Law and Management and attained a First Class LLB (Hons), followed by a LLM in European Energy and Climate Law specialisation at the University of Groningen and a Diploma of Legal Practice at the University of Strathclyde. Following some professional practice in Scotland and Singapore, and teaching European Environmental Land Law and Delict, Regan is now entering the legal practice as a trainee solicitor in Scotland.
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On the 17 August 2017 the European Commission published the decision to revise ‘LCP BREF’ industrial standards, introducing stricter pollution limits for large combustion plants (LCP). This change was prompted by the growing recognition that air pollution is a persistent threat. Air pollution has a host of detrimental impacts on health, with an estimated 400,000 […]

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Can the EU’s fight against illegal logging help to preserve forest ecosystems in timber producing nations?

Can the EU’s fight against illegal logging help to preserve forest ecosystems in timber producing nations?
Ann-Kathrin Beck

Ann-Kathrin Beck

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Ann-Kathrin Beck is currently finishing up her graduate degree in the Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals and the School of Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest. Previously, she has gained professional experiences with the German Agency for Development Cooperation (GIZ) in Ghana, Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Indonesia and the German Embassy in Kazakhstan, always eager to find the connections between environmental and development policies – her two main research interests. Her master thesis focusses on the external dimension and potentials of EU forest governance.
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In 2003 the EU passed the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan, a path-leading framework to fight illegal logging and deforestation. However, fifteen years later there is still a lot of work to do until EU FLEGT unfolds a positive impact on climate change, forest ecosystems and local communities as intended. 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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Climate change and biodiversity: Two global challenges for the price of one

Climate change and biodiversity: Two global challenges for the price of one

Darragh Cunningham

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Darragh Cunningham holds an MSc in Environmental Policy from University College Dublin. He is primarily interested in policy issues related to climate change, green infrastructure, smart cities, sustainability and urbanisation. Darragh has recently undertaken a policy research internship for the Green Party in Ireland. From January 2017 he shall be part of the Projects Team for the EuroCities Network in Brussels on a work experience placement.
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It takes two to tango and boy what a show we have in store Ecosystems and biodiversity are extremely vulnerable to deteriorating climatic conditions. Such trends have significant repercussions for both society and ecosystems. Climate change can influence crop yields, alter rainfall patterns, affect the infectious disease burden, human health and increase the frequency of […]

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Putting local food back into our cities

Putting local food back into our cities

Darragh Cunningham

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Darragh Cunningham holds an MSc in Environmental Policy from University College Dublin. He is primarily interested in policy issues related to climate change, green infrastructure, smart cities, sustainability and urbanisation. Darragh has recently undertaken a policy research internship for the Green Party in Ireland. From January 2017 he shall be part of the Projects Team for the EuroCities Network in Brussels on a work experience placement.
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Currently, many Europeans are unaware of where their food comes from. Supply chains are lengthy and complex, oftentimes coming from far-flung destinations which makes finding the provenance of one’s food far from being a straightforward process. Sustainable local food and urban gardening are concepts which have arisen to prominence in recent years. Citizens are increasingly […]

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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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Wasting food or creating waste?

Wasting food or creating waste?
Tine Stausholm

Tine Stausholm

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Tine has a BSc in biology and a MSc in biogeography, both obtained in her native Denmark. She has been working with science communication and public engagement since her graduation. Alongside this she has been doing research and surveying of land use and cover in the EU for Eurostat. Her international experience includes working as a education mentor on a rhino relocation project in Zambia and a stint as a research diver in Mexico. She currently lives in London where she works as a freelance writer and editor of research funding opportunities.
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Food packaging is not a subject that gives a lot of people sleepless nights. Packaging is considered a waste product. It’s something we remove from our groceries and put in the bin as soon as we return from the supermarket. Our food, especially fruit and vegetables, look more authentic without it and we don’t feel […]

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