• What use is gas if we have no water?

    What use is gas if we have no water?4

    As shale gas shipments cross the Atlantic to Scottish shores, the contentious fracking debate may re-ignite calling the Scottish Government to lift its moratorium under the guise of economic and energy security. This should be seen only as a ruse when sustainable options exist that do not needlessly add to an increasing global water crisis.

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  • Coral Conundrum: the ignored victim of the South China Sea

    Coral Conundrum: the ignored victim of the South China Sea2

    The arbitral tribunal under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) recently ruled overwhelmingly in favor of the Philippines in its case against China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea. After a month, however, the contested waters of Southeast Asia remain mired in military tensions, with little attention given to the “voiceless victims” for which the stakes are higher: the coral reef ecosystems – and the people whose living rely on them.

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  • Can the Energy Union secure the future of European integration?

    Can the Energy Union secure the future of European integration?0

    With anti-Europe sentiment rising through Member States, the EU is facing a crisis of faith. The Energy Union provides an argument for continued European integration, with energy democratisation as the key to its success.

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  • After 10000 years, it’s time for the ocean-agricultural revolution!

    After 10000 years, it’s time for the ocean-agricultural revolution!0

    As the world`s population is rapidly extending, the possibility to explore new sources of food is in place. A big potential is in the oceans. Our approach to land, for already 10000 years, has been agriculture. Regarding the oceans, however, we are still hunters and gatherers – and rather inefficient ones. In order to ensure sustainable food production in the future, we should change our hunting strategies and start the sustainable farming.

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  • Ivory trade: Back on the market?

    Ivory trade: Back on the market?2

    Recently, ivory trade has caused a great deal of furore between the EU, the public and conservation organisations. However, despite a legal misinterpretation leaving the EU misjudged, the resulting message that consumer demand for ivory is lawful, that killing these mythical creatures is acceptable and that they are a resource to be exploited, remains untouched.

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  • It is time for innovation in the EU’s agriculture!

    It is time for innovation in the EU’s agriculture!1

    The agricultural sector encounters undoubtedly a form of crisis in Europe. In France, hundreds of farmers continue to unleash a torrent of almost daily protests against the collapse of milk and pork prices. In Italy, the situation is alarming too. Last year, Coldiretti, Europe’s largest agricultural professional organisation, rang an alarm bell: agriculture may disappear in thirty-two years in Italy.

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