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Can we experiment our way out of climate change?

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As the climate continues to change at alarming rates, many have lost faith in traditional international approaches to address the issue. As a result, climate policy innovation and associated experimentation are en vogue.[1] The thinking goes that if old approaches are perceived to be failing, we need new and innovative ones. The hope is that […]

An Existential Crisis? The European Union, Austerity and Paris 2015

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Since 2010, the European responses to the global financial and economic crises have been dominated by a narrative of austerity. European governments have sought to bolster confidence in their economies by rolling back public spending. Austerity may pose an existential crisis for the European Union (EU), both regarding austerity-hit states being forced to leave the […]

Theoretical Theatre: An innovative teaching method for EU Studies

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The European Union has an image problem. The “permissive consensus”[1] (aka non-informed consent) that supported European integration up to the early 1990s is long gone, and the image of “the European construction” as a guarantee of peace is no longer sufficient. Even the last European Commission thought a “new narrative for Europe” was required. Of […]

Will Britain be left behind by energy storage?

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The prospect of either a UKIP government or a UKIP Tory coalition after the general election in May, could spell disaster for Britain’s renewable energy industry as well as the energy storage industry within the UK. UKIP’s energy policy is built around climate change denial, and the party is planning to repeal the 2008 Climate […]

Gorillas, baboons and the wildilfe tourist ‘You’ in Uganda

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‘Our cousins’ A furry face with a long snout and inquisitive eyes. He was not looking at us, the viewers – his attention was focused on the lush green jungle. The photo was taken in Uganda. ‘This is the baboon, our cousin,’ explained Dr. Busulwa, from the Makerere University [1]. Later I was to learn […]

Fair Trade – insights from Africa and the UK

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Fairtrade – the global success story Fairtrade celebrated its 20th anniversary in October 2014. Growing from an obscure niche market to a globally recognized phenomenon, today the label is an established part of the UK commercial industry. Fairtrade International (or ‘FI’ – formally known as Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International or ‘FLO’) is the international body made up of the […]

‘European ways’ threaten a shy forest giant in Uganda

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  The giant forest hog, a once abundant species in Uganda, now faces an uncertain future. ‘The giant forest hogs, they live in Uganda with us…,’ states Dr. Busulwa, a visiting scientist at Cambridge, from the Makerere University [1] . His ethical stance indicates attitude, different from the traditional conservation approaches, in which the goal has been […]

German Environmental Science-Policy Interactions – Greening Policies, but on a Par with Economic Competitors?

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The use of knowledge has become increasingly important in policy-making for tackling important societal challenges such as climate change. As a result, the role of scientific evidence has grown as well. Particularly, the role of environmentally-related scientific knowledge has becomes more important. A significant example of this development is the 2011 100% Renewables Report of […]

Climate Change Skepticism in the UK Independence Party

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On 6 May 2005, the day after the UK general election, the Euroskeptic UK Independence Party (UKIP) had much to be concerned about. Despite fielding 558 national candidates, UKIP had no seats in the UK Parliament and had won only nine seats on local councils. Ten years later, things have changed. UKIP currently holds 370 […]

British manufacturer helping to make the German Energiewende a reality

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On 17th February 2015, the British electrolyser manufacturer ITM Power announced it had delivered a proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser, to the energy company RWE Deutschland AG at Ibbenbüren in Germany. According to ITM Power this was the third rapid response power-to-gas PEM electrolyser installed by ITM Power in Germany. (1.) The delivery of the […]

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