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The circular economy and the European Green Deal

According to anthropologists, around 12 000 years ago at the dawn of the Neolithic Revolution, when humans ceased hunting and gathering, there may have been between 2 and 20 millio...

Beyond the Lockdown

In the United States there are 36 million people already out of work. In Europe, by the end of May, 60 million could, be laid off or suffer a sharp reduction in salary. In the rest...

The Return to a Green-Thinking Italy

Within the first 100 days, Timmermans will have to present the first European law on climate. Additionally, he will have to follow the existing circular economy pathway, continuing...

Is it Always Circular to Turn a Product into a Service?

As more companies begin to explore alternatives to the linear “sell it and forget it” business model, Product as a Service (PaaS) is gaining traction. One of the five core busines...

A Circular Green New Deal

This coloured history includes Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, a work of literary and personal discovery, John Muir’s conservationism, Rachel Carson’s denouncement of pesticides in S...

Onwards Europe!

We are encountering a global sustainability crisis that has three dimensions: the climate crisis, the biodiversity crisis and the crisis caused by the overuse of natural resources....

XR

  Coupled with stark warnings issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report last October on the impact of 1.5C and 2C warming above pre-industrial levels...

The Time is Now: Investing in a Climate Emergency Plan

Coupled with stark warnings issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report last October on the impact of 1.5C and 2C warming above pre-industrial levels, and...

Europe on the Edge

Polls in early March told a story of ultra-nationalist, sovereigntist and even openly neo-fascist parties gathering widespread political support. From the Visegràd Group to Lega No...

Repairing the Economy

Here is why: Manufacturers in general do not design products to be reused, repaired, or culled for valuable parts at their end of life. This isn’t nefarious – it is the result of d...

Decarbonise Now

The Mauna Loa observatory, in Hawaii, has found the average concentration of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, to be above 410 parts per million (ppm), the highest level see...

The Future Demands Ambitious Goals

But, as the latest round of the UN climate change talks begin in Katowice, Poland, it is worth remembering that we have, in the 2015 Paris Agreement, the framework we need to build...

Marx Reloaded

For over a century, social activists and trade-unions have battled for new rights, including those of women, and have fought for changes such as the universalisation of paid holida...

Chile's Journey

Over the last few years, the circular economy has gained momentum in Latin America. Historically, Chile has based its economy on an agro-mining export model focused on the extracti...

A Global Affair

“Without a true valorisation of agricultural production coca cannot be stopped,” explains a local small-scale farmer called Nico, when interviewed. Even if this is an extreme examp...

The Circular Rush

Sustainability requires a radical change in how we use resources. We need to reach the same level of production and wellbeing with one tenth of the resources and one tenth of the e...

The Age of Plastic

The media is full of Chris Jordan’s famous pictures of seagull carcasses with their stomachs full of bottle caps, tubes and other plastic paraphernalia. Documentaries denouncing ...

A Fiscal Update: The Winning Strategy

The latest study by The Ex’tax Project, New era. New Plan. Europe., shows that by implementing the tax shift, the European Union and EU member states would benefit from higher econ...

A New Renewable Matter

In fact, “economy” derives from oikosnomos (οἶκοςνÏ�μος), meaning the management of a household, its resources (which are limited), and in synergy with all actors on the global...

The World is only 9% Circular

Over decades, even centuries, since the boom of the Industrial Revolution, it has delivered tremendous living standards, wealth and comfortable lives to some people, in some parts ...