News

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...

30 September 2020

Uncomfortable Knowledge in WEF Nexus Governance: Results from MAGIC

MAGIC Final Policy Event | 30 September 2020 | 16:00 – 17:30 CEST | online |  The issues of water, energy and food (WEF) security are deeply entangled into each other. The WEF Nexus needs to be understood and governed as a complex system in order to overcome silos in scientific and political institutions. MAGIC is coming to a close after...

23 September 2020

The Nexus Times Book is out!

The MAGIC consortium proudly released its book: The Nexus Times! This book is an attempt at providing glimpses of Nexus issues in an accessible form for a general audience. It consists of short and sometimes very short articles that originally were published in our on-line newsletter with the same title. A range of topics related to...