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Newsletter February 2020

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Ecology
The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2019 (WNISR)

The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2019 (WNISR2019) provides a comprehensive overview of nuclear power plant data, including information on age, operation, production and construction.

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World Nuclear Waste Report - Focus Europe (WNWR)

Report The amount of nuclear waste is growing worldwide. But even 70 years after the beginning of the nuclear age, no country in the world has found a real solution for the radiating legacy of nuclear power.

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Nineteen Dos and nine Don'ts

explained, which are helpful for developing a successful Global Biodiversity Framework.

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Not So Green, Not So Clean: Are Green Technologies Silencing Local Communities?

Norway is considered one of the ‘greenest’ countries on the planet but recently the country has come under fire for approving a copper mine in the Arctic described as the “most environmentally damaging project in the country's history”. This article aims to explore how green technology is still being recapitulated by capitalism and ‘business as usual' and uses a gender lens to explore the relationship of nature, green technologies and capitalism.

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Manipulating Mother Nature: The gendered antagonism of geoengineering

Mother Nature is once again the subject of the male gaze but this time the impact may be even more oppressive. This article expands the feminist concept of ‘male gaze’ towards nature and critiques geoengineering as being an inherently male/masculine technology that is a product of and a means to further capitalistic agenda.

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An EU Green Deal for trade policy and the environment

The EU is the world's largest trading bloc. It provides the biggest export market for around 80 countries; and EU Member States account for 16% of world imports and exports. Consequently, the EU has a considerable impact on third countries through trade, including the way in which international trade is conducted and how environmental and wider sustainability related aspects are addressed. This policy paper explores what a truly green EU trade policy under the EU Green Deal should look like.

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Democracy
Algorithmic Injustice: Mend it or End it

Computers are often thought of as neutral technology. However, it becomes alarmingly clear that machines learn from training data made up of outdated social norms, values and attitudes towards race and gender. This can have insidious consequences.

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Slovak 2020 General Elections: Analyses of Parliament Scenario(s)

Slovak political landscape is exceptionally fragmented ahead of February 29 general elections. One of the last opinion polls published before the election polls moratorium foresees eight parties to be represented in the parliament. However, conceivable scenarios include 6 to 12 parties possibly entering the parliament.  This pre-election analysis was published by EuroPolicy in cooperation with the Prague office of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.  

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Goodbye, UK! Taking stock

After countless hours of negotiations, frustration and the United Kingdom officially withdrew from the European Union after 47 years of membership bearing the words “Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations. 31 January 2020”.

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International Relations
Places of Safety in the Mediterranean: The EU’s Policy of Outsourcing Responsibility

It is of vital importance that rescuees are brought to a “Place of Safety”. However, SAR and the disembarkation of persons in distress at sea in the Mediterranean continue to be met with great reluctance by EU Member States and EU institutions. The study analysis to which extend third countries can be considered "safe" and NGO rescue vessels can be obliged to disembark rescued migrants and refugees in places which are unsafe.

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20th Foreign Policy Conference 2020

After Germany and France launched an Alliance for Multilateralism at the margins of the UN General Assembly in September 2019, the 20th Foreign Policy Conference of the Boell Foundation explores this concept in depth.

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