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A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Prof Michael Norton on burning wood as renewable energy

Interview with Professor Michael Norton, Environment Programme Director at the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) and Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Shinshu University and Tohoku University. According to a Joint Research Centre (JRC) publication, the global production of wood pellets reached 29 million tonnes in 2016, of which more than 50% was produced ...

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Is burning wood really a form of renewable energy?

Over the last few decades, we have been presented with various possibilities for producing cleaner forms of energy. Recently, the climate change crisis has forced national governments, international institutions and organisations to develop programmes to reduce our pollution of the environment. The main question that has arisen is: How can we respond to the increasing ...

Biomass cogeneration plant

The European Commission’s opinion: Interview with Tim McPhie on burning wood as renewable energy

Interview with Tim McPhie, (European Commission spokesperson service) to questions related to the use of biomass in the Renewable Energy Directive Is wood a form of renewable energy from the perspective of the European Commission? Biomass from forestry, agriculture and organic waste is the main source of renewable energy in the EU, accounting for over ...

Biomass cogeneration plant

A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Dr Jacopo Giuntoli on burning wood as renewable energy

Interview with Dr Jacopo Giuntoli, sustainability scientist, life cycle assessment expert and EU bioeconomy researcher, that is collaborating with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. Several Joint Research Centre (JRC) researchers, along with scientists from the European Environment Agency’s Scientific Committee, have stated that burning wood would have a larger impact on the ...

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Moving climate up the news agenda: Interview with Meera Selva, co-founder of the Oxford Climate Journalism Network

Interview with Meera Selva, deputy director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and director of the institute’s Journalist Fellowship Programmes at the University of Oxford, UK. In October, the Reuters Institute launched the Oxford Climate Journalism Network (OCJN), which Selva co-founded with visiting fellow Wolfgang Blau, who was previously global chief operating ...

Sylvain Sebert, Pollution global Issue

A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Professor Sylvain Sebert about Climate change & Health (exposome)

Professor Sylvain Sebert leads a multicultural team of researchers who study the life-course trajectories to unhealthy ageing via the alteration of cardio-metabolic functions at the Centre for Life Course Health Research of the University of Oulu, Finland. Sebert and his team combine various sources of data from the foetal period until old age through exciting ...

Martine Vrijheid, Pollution global Issue

A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Professor Martine Vrijheid about Climate change & Health (exposome)

Interview with Professor Martine Vrijheid, an environmental epidemiologist and head of the ISGlobal Childhood and Environment Programme. Her research focuses on the impact of environmental exposures on child health and development. Professor Vrijheid coordinated the Horizon 2020 funded HELIX (Human Early Life Exposome) project, spearheading the push for a more holistic exposome-based approach to studying ...

EU project European Human Exposome Network, Pollution global Issue

EU project: European Human Exposome Network

The European Human Exposome Network is the world’s largest network of projects studying the impact of environmental exposure on human health. It brings together 9 research projetcs, receiving over €100 million from Horizon 2020, the EU’s framework programme for research and innovation. These projects address issues such as exposures to air quality, noise, chemicals, urbanisation ...