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The Energy Efficiency Directive and Possible Implications on the EU ETS

At present, energy efficiency is considered one of the most crucial pillars to EU policy.  The more efficiently energy is consumed and produced, the higher the possibilities for cost reductions at consumer as well as at industry level.  Furthermore, savings … Continue reading

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CSR in SMEs – A Force from Within

When discussing CSR in business, a commonly held belief is that this can only be confined to larger corporations who have the capacity to run and fund a dedicated department. Due to their low margins and comparatively small sphere of … Continue reading

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No Longer Business as Usual

Social entrepreneurship – seeds of opportunity…   The 2008 financial crisis brought corporate greed to the fore.  The amplitude of huge bonuses, unsustainable business models and high level risks made in the name of profit were revealed to the disbelief … Continue reading

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Farming Intensity = Food Security?

The term “global food crisis” was brought to our attention in 2008 when rapidly increasing food prices brought about a period of both social and political unrest in many countries across the globe.  The food system suddenly did not appear … Continue reading

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Sustainable Palm Oil

I found the final part of the Environment and Ecological Management class particularly interesting.  This session covered the topic of certification schemes and how they are used to monitor and layout standards to ensure sustainability in various industries. I was … Continue reading

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The Importance of Ecotones

An Ecotone describes an area that acts as a transition or boundary between two ecosystems. This could be, for example, an area of marshland between a river and the riverbank, a clearing within a forest or a much larger area … Continue reading

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Punished for being you: Uganda’s Disturbing Reality

Homophobia – A Threat to Civil Society Each one of us has a sexuality. This is an integral part of what make us who we are.  Psychologists agree that a person’s sexuality cannot be chosen, forcefully changed or inherited. Despite … Continue reading

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Urban Regeneration in Sheffield

Key Facts Sheffield is located in the North of England in the county of South Yorkshire, 40km south of Leeds.  According to the 2011 census the city has a population of 513234, with an estimated population density of 1,395 people … Continue reading

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No Change on Climate Change

Typhoon Haiyan that battered the Philippines in November 2013 provided the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Warsaw with a suitably sober context upon which to build discussions.  While the effects of Haiyan are still being assessed, … Continue reading

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