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When Ursula von der Leyen ascended to the Presidency of the European Commission in December 2019, one policy dominated above all others, the European Green Deal.  This ambitious plan aims to bring the EU to net-zero emissions by 2050, in line with the bloc’s commitments under the Paris Agreement, whilst also generating a sustainable economic growth model where ‘no…

Commemorating Charles Darwin, his contributions to science, and the importance of reason, the scientific community celebrates Darwin Day on February 12. The English scientist is probably best known for his publication ‘On the Origin of Species’, which includes his original proposal of the ‘theory of evolution by natural selection’. His life’s story, from adversity and hatred to becoming one of the most famous names in science, can teach us a lot about the importance, but also perils, of publicly presenting scientific advancements.   Charles Darwin’s achievements…

How the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy needs to address its shortcomings to build a future-ready food system. The European Commission published its “Farm to Fork Strategy” (F2F Strategy) on May 20, 2020, proposing the direction of their plan to restructure the European agricultural systems by 2030. It holds enormous potential to provide the basis…

Over the past weeks the global patchwork of economic interactions has unravelled, with economic activity grinding to a near halt as consumer spending collapsed, businesses closed, financial markets imploded, and supply chains fractured. According to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Managing Director, the world has entered into ‘a recession at least as bad as during…

The European Commission recognises that ambitious climate action is ‘this generation’s defining task’. As such, it has proposed a European Green Deal, which aims to transform the EU’s economy to produce zero net greenhouse emissions in 2050 and decouple economic growth from resource use, in line with the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable…

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