Extractive Diplomacy? EU Development Cooperation for the Green Deal

The industrial transformation and circular economy promised by the European Green Deal hinges on the EU’s ability to anchor the supply of strategic extractives and thus, finds itself needing to tap oversea resources. To do this sustainably and in a way that also benefits resource-rich countries, the EU’s development cooperation must step-up to lead extractive alliances responsibly and ethically. […]

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The Renovation Wave and A Cultural Phenomenon: What European Bauhaus Could Look Like for the European Union’s Energy Efficiency Goals

President Ursula von der Leyen’s September State of the Union Address (16 September 2020) was a call to arms for the Next Generation EU recovery package – so unsurprisingly, the European Green Deal was one of the core elements of her address. Along with proposed increases for the 2030 emission target reduction, President von der Leyen also included a statement regarding Europe’s ‘Renovation Wave’ that surprised and inspired comment […]

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To bee or not to bee? How the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity strategies address pollinator decline

The 20th of May, 2020 was marked by several notable events: the global number of coronavirus cases hit 4,789, 205; the hashtag #hydroxychloroquine started trending after American President Donald Trump’s controversial admission that he was taking antimalarials as a prophylaxis for SARS-CoV-2; and Brazil became the pandemic’s third most affected country. […]

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The Human Cost of Climate Change: Climate migrants (Part 1)

The new decade emerged with biblical proportions: fires swept across Australia, record breaking storms blew through Europe, swarms of locusts decimated crops in Africa, and now, a pandemic has plunged the world into the worst global recession since WWII. Unequivocally, the severity of these events was further mitigated by effects of climate change and human destruction of habitat. […]

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