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Thursday 21st April 2016

Drone Security: Why we need to develop new safety procedures

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"The need to develop new procedures for drones [RPA] to operate safely in or near controlled airspace is a matter requiring urgent attention in order to ensure air safety and to assure public confidence." Birmingham Policy Commission on the Security Impact of Drones: Challenges and Opportunities for the UK, 2014.
Date:
Thursday 21st April 2016
Thursday 14th April 2016

Freshwater ecosystems in the Arctic: understanding environment-biodiversity linkages in a changing climate

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This winter many extreme weather events have been recorded around the globe. Temperatures broke records in February and 2016 is expected to become the hottest year on record. Although partly due to the El Niño phenomenon, anthropogenic climate change is also responsible and the Arctic isn't exempt.
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Thursday 14th April 2016
Thursday 7th April 2016

Tax havens and the flow of money: Incentives matter

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The leakage of the Panama papers has brought the issue of tax havens into the spotlight. Revelations that the rich and powerful feature in these papers is no surprise. There has been the expected outcry against the unfair advantages that tax havens confer on the wealthy and calls to legislate against tax avoidance more vigorously are only to be expected.
Date:
Thursday 7th April 2016
Thursday 31st March 2016

Passover in 2016: reflecting on the current refugee crisis

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As we approach the Jewish festival of Passover in 2016 we are witnessing in the millions an exodus of refugees from war torn countries in the Middle East. Having survived unspeakable violence, this present day exodus leaves Europe with many strangers in our communities and untold more hoping for food and shelter.
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Thursday 31st March 2016
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