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21 February 2024
Energy
Energy communities vs. energy poverty: power to the people
Energy communities vs. energy poverty: power to the people
Unprecedented gas and electricity bills have led to fuel protests in several countries. Yet, with energy poverty affecting over 50 million Europeans, a study highlights: “Energy communities can provide sustainable and affordable services.
13 February 2024
Energy
Together is better: when engaging citizens makes cities smarter
Together is better: when engaging citizens makes cities smarter
Engaging rather than imposing top-down solutions. Community empowerment and trust-building make European cities smarter: Insights and innovations from a grassroots approach to urban planning.
13 February 2024
Environment
Biodiversity: the unexpected ally of tomorrow’s cities
Biodiversity: the unexpected ally of tomorrow’s cities
How could biodiversity become a valuable asset for enhancing well-being and quality of life in European cities? Its impact on urban planning and decision-making: a transformative change.
02 February 2024
Environment
Reuse or let die. Crucial for life but threatening if in excess: the nutrient challenge
Reuse or let die. Crucial for life but threatening if in excess: the nutrient challenge
Essential for life but threatening for the environment if in excess. The nutrient challenge and the circular response: turning them from waste into biofertilizers to tackle pollution and feed the ...
24 January 2024
Energy
Smart and for all: the city of the future is human and inclusive
Smart and for all: the city of the future is human and inclusive
Smart Cities: what’s in it for the citizens? Technology should empower people, but sometimes it becomes an end in itself rather than a means to an end.
15 January 2024
Society
Lars von Trier & Co. – When the film industry helps cut emissions
Lars von Trier & Co. – When the film industry helps cut emissions
With its engagement in an energy community and its environmental commitment, Lars von Trier’s production company Zentropa is just the tip of the iceberg.
10 January 2024
Bioeconomy
Crucial for tackling climate change, but limited by its own effects – how to help forests break the vicious circle
Crucial for tackling climate change, but limited by its own effects – how to help forests break the vicious circle
Forests are crucial in sequestrating carbon and achieving the targets of the Paris Agreement. Yet, their “mitigation effect” is increasingly limited by the effects of climate change itself.
08 January 2024
Bioeconomy
Figure 1. Credits to La Flerial Eric Lenoir Paysagiste
Éric, the “punk gardener”. When humility and counterculture serve biodiversity
Observing instead of mowing. Questioning rather than executing. Eric is a “punk gardener”. He praises slowness and considers himself a guest in our natural environment. Because “the ...
06 December 2023
Energy
Decarbonising Europe’s coal-reliant regions: the challenge of a “just transition”
Decarbonising Europe’s coal-reliant regions: the challenge of a “just transition”
Some countries are backsliding on climate commitments to be coal-power free, afraid of the impact on jobs and energy costs. How can nations such as Bulgaria overcome the social and economic challenges ...
06 December 2023
Health
From death to discrimination sentence: when surviving cancer equals being denied basic rights
From death to discrimination sentence: when surviving cancer equals being denied basic rights
Being denied loans and adoptions, because of one’s medical records. The ‘return to life of many cancer survivors is a history of discrimination.