Seven years of environmental book reviews

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May 2020 – More than 50 reviews of environmental books from authors including William Nordhaus, Kim Putters, Simon Rozendaal, Ben van Beurden, Ernst Ulrich von Weizs√§cker, Rene ten Bos, Tim Morton, Bas Eickhout, Jan Rotmans, Marjan Minnesma and Stephen Emmott. That is what resulted from more than seven years of book reviews for the Dutch Network of Environmental Professionals VVM. A new review appeared in issue 2020-3 of the magazine ‘Milieu’, this time of the book of Andrew McAfee, ‘More with Less’.

After Corona: The Great Mentality Shift?

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April 2020 – Long-term effects on global sustainability of the corona crisis have to be sought in a fundamental and lasting mentality shift in the minds of people because of the crisis. The main change is likely to be the increased perception of vulnerability and dependence on nature by people in industrialised countries. Read more >>

Subsidising Dutch gas fields is not a good idea

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February 2020 – Dutch Government and some researchers think that subsidising new investments in Dutch gas fields in the North Sea is beneficial for the climate and for reducing dependency on Russian gas. Stephan Slingerland and Harro van Asselt argue in an opinion article published in the Dutch newspaper Trouw on 21 February 2020 that this is not a good idea for long-term international climate policy.

Will the European Green Deal be successful?

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January 2020 – Shortly before the Christmas break the new European Commission published its long-awaited Green Deal. Once more the European Union showed its green ambitions and proclaimed environmental leadership by drafting a document full of strong environmental objectives. However, more will be needed than only big words. The Green Deal will need to make at least three fundamental connections in the coming year in order to be successful. Read more.

The Earth is not Flat, but Circular

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August 2016 – For the International Spectator, SPA has prepared a dossier on geopolitical consequences of the circular economy and the potential impacts for the Netherlands. Authors Michel Rademakers (HCSS), Dirk-Jan Koch (Min Foreign Affairs), Marjolein de Ridder (Min Foreign Affairs), Arnoud Tukker (CML Leiden University), Arnoud Passenier (Min Environment) and Tjitske IJpma (Min Environment) discuss international, European and Netherlands’ views on the circular economy. Read more >>