Environment

Unscrambling Europe’s egg scandal

In recent years, the spotlight has been put on the hidden face of the food industry, especially when it comes to animal breeding. The conditions in which animals are kept has always been something controversial, but we are also discovering that practices, like the use of chemical products affect our …

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Can the world fight climate change without Trump?

In December 2015, 195 countries came together in Paris, France to adopt the Paris Agreement, which aims to mitigate the effects of climate change by limiting global warming to 2°C. The agreement, a first of its kind, was long in the making. After increasingly alarming atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide …

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Winter is Coming to Westeros but Disappearing on Earth

There is squabbling between the kingdoms in the fantasy world of  the HBO TV series “Game of Thrones”, and a great enemy to all is near. But what could this famous fictional world tell us about the real world we are living in? Is there a threat so great that …

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Clickbait Catastrophe: the Case of Mumbai’s Blue Dogs

India is home to the world’s largest population of stray dogs, numbering in the tens of millions and responsible for about a third of rabies deaths worldwide. Since 2001, dogs have been protected under Indian law, and over the last fifteen years their population has skyrocketed. Street dogs have become …

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Australia’s Carmichael Coal Mine: Slow Dancing in a Burning Room?

(Picture: Takver, Flickr)

“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them” – George Orwell. The Australian government’s approval in April of the Carmichael Coal and Rail Project, just 3 months after ratifying the Paris Agreement on climate change, illustrates a paradox at the …

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The Whanganui River and Indigenous Property Rights

Ever since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi (Tiriti o Waitangi) in 1840, it has been plagued by controversy. From alleged differences in the English and Māori versions, to the land grabbing that followed, and, lastly, the treaty settlement process in the 20th century, the controversy has by no means …

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Border Lake on the Border of Collapse – How Illegal Mining and Pollution Desecrated a Sacred Place

Lake Titicaca rests majestically on the border of Peru and Bolivia at an altitude of 3812 meters, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and the beautiful Isla del Sol. Upon visiting the lake, it is not hard to understand why the Inca considered it sacred, proclaiming it the birthplace of the sun. …

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Eating Climate Change

Animal agriculture is one of the main causes of climate change, with different sources claiming that our meat production and consumption produces between 14.5% and 51% of global greenhouse-gas emissions. The tremendous effect of climate change on the economy and society has received a great deal of attention in the …

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Climate Change in 2017 – A Tale of Two Cities

In Washington, the Trump administration is currently repealing the previous administration’s climate change regulations. It is becoming clear that this administration won’t take a leading role in the fight against climate change. In Beijing, however, the Chinese government is sending out a different message. “It was the best of times, …

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Sea Level Rise – Climate Refugee Issue to be a Watershed for Bangladesh

In October 2016 a roadmap on climate finance by developed countries was released, targeting $100 billion for developing countries by 2020 to face global warming consequences. Set out in the COP21 Paris Agreement and the Green Climate Fund (GFC) framework, it aims to help developing countries anticipate future environmental hardship. …

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