Paul Magnette is a professor of political theory at the Free University of Brussels. He was Minister of Energy and Climate in the Belgian federal government and Minister-President of Wallonia. He is currently mayor of Charleroi and president of the Belgian Socialist Party.
From the Midlands to Silesia, the Fossil Crescent is characterized by industrial development, environmental upheaval, urban growth, migratory and demographic changes, closely linked social and political movements, and profoundly shaped by the presence of coal. It forms a bioregion that is at once singular and universal. Singular in its genesis and the contrast it provides … Continuedlire l'article
The Fossil Crescent Origins of the Anthropocene
Twenty years ago, Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, Paul Crutzen, introduced the term Anthropocene to describe our modern era. Since the end of the 18th century, he observed, human action on the environment has become so great that “global climate may depart significantly from natural behavior for many millennia to come”. Two decades later, this … Continuedlire l'article
The European City in The Climate Transition
The Green Deal is undoubtedly the most ambitious European policy project of the last thirty years. But, as the European Union is primarily a normative power and does not possess significant means of enforcement or budgetary tools, this extensive plan can only be turned into reality if it is fully integrated into other levels of … Continuedlire l'article