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"Collecting used plastic is vital to create a circular economy in the industry and prevent fossil fuels from being used to produce new plastics."

Fixing plastic collection seen as vital to success of chemical recycling

Two billion people worldwide do not have access to proper waste collection services, leading to ever-growing plastic pollution in oceans and waterways, particularly in the global south

In 2016, Trump’s victory came as a surprise. While the 2016 race had narrowed significantly in the final two weeks of the 2016 campaign, the Realclearpolitics average of national polls had still indicated a 3.2% lead for Clinton on the eve of the vote with 46.8% versus 43.6% for Trump.

US Elections Update: A Narrower Lead for Biden

Despite a tightening race, another come-from-behind victory for Trump as in 2016 is very unlikely in 2020

Over 60 years EU farm policy has been blind for farming’s impact on nature, rewarding farmers for producing more and expanding their farms.

Greenpeace rings emergency bell for nature, climate and small farms

While the Council of the EU heralds that its negotiating position on the post 2020 common agricultural policy (CAP) reform package puts forward strong commitments from member states for higher environmental ambition, Greenpeace let us know that the European Parliament has ‘signed a death sentence for nature, climate and small farms’

"Democracies that defend liberty must recover their unilateral sovereignty, politically and philosophically, if they want to promote the universality of human rights and defend the victims denied them."

U.N. and Human Rights

Cuba, China, Pakistan, Russia and Uzbekistan, all notorious for abusing human rights, are among the 14 countries elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council on October 13, bringing the proportion of nondemocratic states on the world’s top human rights promoting body to 60%

"If the EU will not provide an ambitious agenda for the Balkans, then other great powers – such as China, Russia, or Turkey could step in and extend their dominance directly at the EU’s door."

EU-Western Balkans: Time is of the essence

Earlier this month the European Commission adopted its annual enlargement package, which includes a communication on EU enlargement policy assessing the current state of the Western Balkans integration within the EU and outlining priorities for future action

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Protecting society from organised crime, and in particular tackling trafficking in human beings, is a priority under the new EU Security Union Strategy.

Europe

Eradicating human trafficking: Persistent risks call for strategic approach

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Commission is presenting its Third Report on the progress made in the fight against human trafficking

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"Effective intellectual property system and safeguards for developers".

Europe

Parliament leads the way on first set of EU rules for Artificial Intelligence

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

On Tuesday, MEPs adopted proposals on how the EU can best regulate Artificial Intelligence (AI) in order to boost innovation, ethical standards and trust in technology.

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UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Culture, Ernesto Ottone R.

Interviews

"The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing the culture sector to adapt", states the UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Culture, Ernesto Ottone R.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

It is no surprise that 2020 has been a very challenging year for the culture sector worldwide. The cultural and creative industries are among the most severely impacted with more than 7 million jobs affected in Europe

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"The EU’s reactions to the extraordinary, persistent, and peaceful demonstrations in Belarus—in which the security forces become more violent by the day—are shameful."

Europe

Europe Must Grow Up and Stop Moaning About Trump

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

No matter who sits in the White House come January 2021, Europe must grow up and take responsibility to rebuild multilateralism, fix the transatlantic relationship, and revive arms control

"As the former president and father of the nation, Nursultan Nazarbayev, continues watching over the nation, younger generations of politicians and bureaucrats slowly take over new roles and responsibilities, both closer to the top of the country, but also closer to the people."

World

Asia’s Heart, Nursultan

Monday, October 19, 2020

The 1990s were a period of relief after almost 50 years of Cold War

"Four years of radically revisionist U.S. international policy have emboldened autocrats around the world, prompted foreign adventurism, escalated conflict on Europe’s borders, and sowed division among partners."

World

Can the United States Regain Its Global Leadership?

Friday, October 16, 2020

The world is in desperate need of American leadership. But what should America’s allies and competitors expect from the next U.S. president? Here are Carnegie’s views from China, Europe, India, Lebanon, Russia, and the United States

"If it were not for the virus, the devastating wildfires we’ve witnessed over the past year in the Amazon, Australia, Indonesia and the US, just to name some examples, would arguably have made global warming a more central topic."

World

COVID-19 could distract the world from even greater threats

Friday, October 16, 2020

COVID-19 has unquestionably delivered one of the biggest shocks to our planet in generations

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“This year, more than ever, we need the Erasmus Days to celebrate the unique opportunities offered by the programme, and to convey a message of strength and resilience to the whole Erasmus+ community”.

Europe

Erasmus celebrated worldwide as MEPs push for more funding

Friday, October 16, 2020

As Europe celebrates its flagship educational mobility programme, lawmakers in the European Parliament are fighting to increase the budget for what is widely regarded as one of the EU’s greatest achievements

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Ocean temperatures are known to rise and fall, but this recent spike falls outside of scope of natural patterns.

Analyses

New research shows the Atlantic Ocean just had its hottest decade in 3000 years

Friday, October 16, 2020

This past decade has been the Atlantic Ocean’s warmest in nearly three full millennia

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Blue foods tend to be ignored in discussions about how to feed the world’s growing population sustainably.

World

Why the future of food must be blue as well as green

Friday, October 16, 2020

Fish are food. We know that. And yet, in discussions about the future of food, that simple fact tends to be forgotten

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The Commission aims to at least double renovation rates in the next ten years and make sure renovations lead to higher energy and resource efficiency.

Europe

European Commission’s Renovation Wave Strategy

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Renovation Wave: doubling the renovation rate to cut emissions, boost recovery and reduce energy poverty

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In Germany, about 40% of people wanted to work from home at least some of the time even before the pandemic struck.

World

Germany drafting law to give people the legal right to work from home

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Germany has said that it wants to give its citizens the legal right to work from home

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Greenpeace rings emergency bell for nature, climate and small farms

N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

While the Council of the EU heralds that its negotiating position on the post 2020 common agricultural policy (CAP) reform package puts forward strong commitments from member states for higher environmental ambition, Greenpeace let us know that the European Parliament has ‘signed a death sentence for nature, climate and small farms’

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Digital: The EU must set the standards for regulating online platforms, say MEPs

Digital: The EU must set the standards for regulating online platforms, say MEPs

Parliament calls for future-proof rules on digital services, including online platforms and marketplaces, and for a binding mechanism to tackle illegal content online

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EU countries must match promises with policy on wind power, industry says

EU countries must match promises with policy on wind power, industry says

EU member states must introduce policies to support their wind power ambitions, according to industry lobby group WindEurope

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