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Articles from Science for Environment Policy

22.04.2014
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Articles from Science for Environment Policy

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Disease risk predicted by new climate change adaptation tool
A tool to calculate the risk of food and waterborne diseases under current or future climate change conditions has been presented in a recent study. Free to use, the online tool can help guide climate change adaptation, such as improvements to water management, by estimating the likelihood of contracting four diseases under a range of environmental conditions.
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Local food collectives: what role should public authorities take?
Local food systems, such as vegetable box schemes or farmers' markets, can encourage sustainable consumption. However, authorities must take care before becoming too involved in such citizen-led initiatives, because these collectives may be wary of government intervention, a new study suggests.
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Green technology transfer promoted by emissions standards - even in absence of trade
China does not export cars to Europe, yet it has adopted the Euro emissions standard for vehicles. A recent study argues this is because international standards can encourage foreign investors to share advanced technical knowledge with companies in developing and emerging economies - thus bringing a package of environmental and economic benefits. In China's case, its car industry is now better prepared for future trade in a global market, thanks to this strategy.
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Sustainable agriculture with profitable farming and biodiversity conservation
A framework to combine economically viable agriculture with effective biodiversity conservation has been described in a recent study. According to the researchers, their approach provides a simple guide designed to help planners and farmers achieve sustainable agriculture.
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Individual non-methane VOCs have large impacts on human health
Emissions of non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) can have damaging effects on human health. New research has now revealed that only three substances out of a large number of NMVOCs are responsible for almost all damaging effects on human health. Air pollution policies should be designed to target these substances specifically, rather than overall NMVOC emissions, the researchers recommend.
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