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Seaweed Energy: Food or Fuel?

  A recent small-scale study in Norway, Scotland and Ireland revealed that seaweed could start playing a major role in our energy production. Dutch scientists got all excited and even started calling the Netherlands the “new Saudi Arabia of the Seaweed!”. Within only 5 years, seaweed could compete with the total amount of energy that windmills produce, it cleans harmful ... Read More »

Hawaii: too Green to Function?

With an ambitious bill planning a 100% renewable energy use in 2050 pending in the Hawaii legislature, states are looking towards the island for its example. With fossil fuels occupying an 80% of the total energy use, the country still has a long way to go. Yet, the utility company managing the second biggest grid on the island even claims ... Read More »

Effective Environmental Policies – Seeking for the Impossible?

When discussing environmental issues, firstly their potential effectiveness needs to be determined. How does one ensure active participation in the governmental contests, which in turn culminates in effective decision-making procedures? Some argue – and this article shall assert in accordance – that the environmental policies lack the immediacy of a relationship between the issues indicated and our personal experiences. Or ... Read More »

It is Getting Hot in Here: The Politics of Climate Change in 2015

The G7 leaders recently reaffirmed their commitment to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius and phase out non-renewable energies by the end of the century. Naturally, this was well received with environmental NGOs and concerned citizens. But what does this mean in our current context? What is the state of the climate and its accompanying policies and politics in ... Read More »

UNEA: from economic to sustainable development

At first glance “UNEA” appears as just another agency of the international community with an abbreviation that hardly anyone recognizes. However, a second look reveals a new development in the international arena. UNEA, the United Nations Environmental Assembly, was held for the first time in June this year. The newly constituted body is a child of the UN Environmental Programme ... Read More »

The Sixth Great Extinction?

Reports about the changing climate and human’s role in it are plenty. The prognosis these studies give are often snowed under by the fierce debates that follow them, questioning the effects these changes in temperature really will have. A recent study however comes with a new angle: the extinction rate. And according to it, we’re ’at the verge of a ... Read More »

“White Gold”- changing symbol of wealth and power?

 Nature has repeatedly been portrayed as the enemy of human, which has evolved into the civilized urban environment. The common narrative follows along the line “First humans lived like savages in forests and caves hardly different from apes and other animals. But then, we started to think and invent technology to assist in our daily life. We learnt how to ... Read More »

Carrying trade into cold waters

“No, there are no penguins in the Arctic.” The confusion about the polar regions is still not settled in the popular mind, while on the other hand serious business interests start to come into play in one of the globe’s most fragile ecosystems. With climate change advancing at a pace never experienced before, the sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean ... Read More »

Die Energiewende: Germany’s Green Transformation

In the latest edition of our magazine, Japan’s path towards sustainable development was assessed with concluding lessons other states could learn from the country in the Far East. In this article another contender for rigorous green transformation appears: Germany. Can the Energy Transformation campaign prove that prowess and willpower can overcome the current political impotence? Indeed, Germany is taking a ... Read More »