News

02 July 2021

Can crop residues provide fuel for future transport?

A new publication from MAGIC researchers of the University of Twente examines to what extent crop residues can provide fuel for future transport. Bioethanol production from non-crop based lignocellulosic material has reached the commercial scale and has been increasingly advocated as a possible solution to decarbonize the transport sector....

20 May 2021

Food, energy or biomaterials? Are EU policies ready for the bioeconomy?

A new publication from MAGIC researchers from Wageningen University and Research and University of Bergen analyses the policy coherence between agro-food and bioeconomy policies. The European Union envisions a bioeconomy, a model of the economy based on replacing fossil-based products with biomass-based products, to address challenges such as...

08 May 2021

Why should the EU implement electric vehicles?

A new publication by MAGIC researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona questions the material coherence of electric vehicle justification narratives in the EU. Electric vehicles are a dominant policy solution in the EU. In policy documents, the transition to electric vehicles is justified through promises of economic, environmental,...

UKH Webinar Announcement

14 April 2021

UKH Webinar: Altered States: Cartesian and Ricardian dreams

This coming April 14th, 2021, Erik Reinert and Andrea Saltelli join the discussion on Uncomfortable Knowledge, offering insights on how the Cartesian and Ricardian dreams have contributed to the modern crisis in science and economics. They will address the following questions among others: Until around 1900 most US economists got their education...

17 March 2021

Cutting through the biofuel confusion

In a new article published in Energy Strategy Reviews, MAGIC researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona propose a novel conceptual framework to assess the performance of energy systems with a strong focus on biofuels. The proposed framework integrates four key aspects of biofuel systems: (1) the social factors determining...

23 February 2021

UKH Webinar: Where Energy Modeling Goes Wrong

The economy is approaching near-term collapse, not peak oil. The result is quite different. UKH webinar, 23 February 2021, 16:00 – 17:30 (CET) // 10:00 – 11:30 (EST), Invited speaker: Gail Tverberg, Moderator: Mario Giampietro. Most people assume that the limit on fossil fuel production is determined by the size of oil reserves available in...

04 December 2020

MAGIC launches Uncomfortable Knowledge Hub

MAGIC proudly launches its Uncomfortable Knowledge Hub (UKH), a legacy of more than four years of interdisciplinary environmental and social research into the water-energy-food-environment (WEFE) nexus. A key experience of the MAGIC project was that many WEFE Nexus issues, in policy domains such as the common agricultural policy, energy...

30 November 2020

Labor embodied in imports seen to majorly boost the EU's standard of living

In a new article published in the journal 'Ecological Economics', MAGIC researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona take a close look at the virtual labour hours embodied in the goods and services traded by the EU, USA and China. Human labor is a crucial yet often overlooked biophyscial limit to sustainable growth. While in...

19 November 2020

Why does the European Union produce biofuels?

A new article by MAGIC researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona takes a critical look at the narratives around biofuels production in the European Union. The authors seek to clarify the confusion created by the simultaneous use of non-equivalent policy discourses and address the inconsistency between long-term goals and...

12 October 2020

EU food security and environmental health heavily depend on agricultural imports

A new article of researchers from the MAGIC consortium and the European Environment Agency published today in the journal 'Ecosystem Services' points at the dependence of EU food and environmental security on imports of agricultural commodities. In the EU, national-scope efforts to protect local ecosystem services are greatly helped by the current...