Live from COP21: Why not a zero degree target?

UPF:s very own UFS-representative and board member, Kajsa Fernström Nåtby, is, together with Klara Ezvik Nyström from UF Uppsala, spending the week in Paris, following COP21. This is part of a series of posts about their experience there. Enjoy!  “Al Gore’s speech is going to be shown on all screens” …

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Live from COP21: The common voice of climate justice

UPF:s very own UFS-representative and board member, Kajsa Fernström Nåtby, is, together with Klara Ezvik Nyström from UF Uppsala, spending the week in Paris, following COP21. This is the first of a series of posts about their experience there. Enjoy!  The second week of COP21 has taken off and the …

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The Politics of Meat

The Paris Climate Summit has brought about discussion of the various methods to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Despite the importance of this summit in helping reach a global consensus and promoting accountability in minimising global emissions, the issue of livestock and meat consumption has largely been under-addressed. Meat consumption …

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COP21: Will Paris bring about real change?

Surely it hasn’t escaped anyone’s attention that COP21 is taking place in Paris right now. COP21, the 21th Conference of the Parties, hosted by the UN organ IPCCC, is a two-week meeting with the main goal of creating a global agreement focused on reducing climate change. During the opening of …

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Dual nationalities or dual classes – will revoking citizenship deter terrorism?

Many consider Canada to be a leading country concerning international affairs, due to their history of peacekeeping missions. Lately, however, there has been a notable change in both their domestic and foreign policies. A controversial bill on revoking Canadian citizenship for individuals with a dual nationality sparked debate on the …

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The Importance of Rare Earth Metals: a Beginner’s Guide

A wise man once said, “Ladies and gentleman, this is Mambo no. 5!” Ah, the ‘90s; the days of dodgy outfits, cheesy pop, and – most importantly – the Sony Walkman. Remember the trendy music player that accompanied you on public outings, feeding Lou Bega’s seductive voice into your ears as …

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The future of bank accounts – will developing countries skip a step of the technological evolution?

Bank accounts might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about ending poverty. Clean water supply, education, the right to unionise; all these things are perceived to be greater priorities, and perhaps for good reason. One may ask, what use is a bank account if you …

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Catalonia – A New Nation on the Rise?

Growing nationalism and desire for independence have turned the Spanish region of Catalonia into a political “hot potato”. With the emerging possibility of a Catalan independence, many have questions regarding what will happen. The future of 7.5 million Catalans and one of the most famous football clubs is at stake. …

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The African Union: Real power or just a dictators’ club?

The African Union represents over one billion people, with all but one African state being a member. It’s a big organization with big ambitions. In 2023 they plan to establish an economic union with a common currency on the whole continent. But what is the union all about and what …

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The truth is (probably) in the numbers: the excel sheets that could topple giants

The use of opinion polls in elections goes back to the early 19th century, though the current method of representative sampling was developed in the 1930’s. Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first presidential candidate to use polling in the election of 1932, but it was after John F. Kennedy successfully …

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