• Putting local food back into our cities

    Putting local food back into our cities0

    Food has never been under the policy remit of cities, primarily since it’s cultivated outside of our cities in peripheral and rural areas. Nevertheless, in recent years’ food has emerged as a topic of discussion within urban agendas.

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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?0

    At the end of 2015 the world was full of hope. After 23 years of postponing, staling and log-rolling, we finally had a global agreement on climate change. Even countries that had long been skeptical about global warming, like the US and China, were ready to take action. The world community promised to keep global warming well below 2°C. It finally looked like states, citizens and businesses would be taking the right path.

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  • Egypt and climate change: let your civil society grow strong

    Egypt and climate change: let your civil society grow strong0

    We are in the midst of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC which is scheduled to take place from 7-18 November 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco. During COP 22, parties will begin preparations for the entry into force of the Paris Agreement. The agreement adopted last December to limit global temperature increase below 2C. This reduction can only be achieved through a significant reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases caused mainly by burning of fossil fuels.

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  • Wasting food or creating waste?

    Wasting food or creating waste?1

    Organisations working to reduce food waste, and those calling for a reduction in packaging, are competing for attention these days. Which of the issues is the most pressing? When looking at the bigger picture there can be no doubt; wasting food is creating hunger and potentially a lot more environmental problems than surplus packaging.

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  • 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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  • 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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