• “Gasoline Trees”: A matter of forest management, or is it time to cut them all?

    “Gasoline Trees”: A matter of forest management, or is it time to cut them all?1

    The eucalyptus – one of the most extended species in warm climate areas – is recently under the spotlight after a tough summer -and autumn- for firefighters in Southern Europe, especially in Portugal, since the tree species is considered to be more fire-prone. Is it time to replace them with local species, or to improve forest management in keeping the current plant masses?

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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?0

    With the organic market booming, there has been a recent overhaul in European organic legislation designed to meet this ever-growing demand and expand organic production. Whilst this is a move that should be welcomed, we should nonetheless be wary of the repercussions this regulation reform brings for the organic project. There is still work to be done to reach a satisfactory compromise between promoting organic agriculture whilst maintaining the values of the organic movement.

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  • Ireland continues to limp towards its climate commitments – Unwilling or unable to comply?

    Ireland continues to limp towards its climate commitments – Unwilling or unable to comply?5

    Still showing the wounds of the global economic crisis and in the midst of the greatest political minefield of a generation in Brexit, Ireland has sought to address the challenges of climate change with the recent unveiling of the National Mitigation Plan (NMP). However, as the dust has settled, what has become evident is that it is less of an actual action plan and more of a discussion document, tasking questions in the form of “what could be done” rather than “how they can be done”. The lack of bite in the document drew a not unexpected collective sigh of disappointment from the environmental community.

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