Issue 555 | January 2023

The January edition of The Parliament Magazine is now available to read online for free

Welcome to the final issue of The Parliament for 2022. It has been a somewhat fraught year to put it mildly – Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the accompanying energy and cost of living crisis has hit many EU Member States hard, and most of us will be grateful to put this year behind us.

However, we can at least see 2022 out with a fascinating final issue. For our policy focus, we look at arguably the biggest job our generation will face: the challenge to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.

This takes in so many aspects of our day-to-day lives, one of the most significant of which is how we choose to holiday – in this issue, Dr Hrvoje Carić, Dr Josep Lloret and Dr Lora Fleming explore what a sustainable cruise industry looks like, while Thomas Gelin from Greenpeace calls for a ban to short-haul flights. Of course, another of the other big talking points is farming. There’s also Sean Craig’s in-depth look at a question not often asked: as we try to protect the environment by driving meat out of the human diet, what new ethical issues might arise in the process? Rather more than you might imagine, it turns out.

Outside of policy, we have a host of other features and fripperies to keep you entertained until the end of the year. We very much liked Breandán Kearney’s tour of non-alcoholic beers, all of which sounded delicious – although they face stiff competition from Vladimír Bilčík, who shares an extremely appetising recipe for oven-baked carp with white wine.

We also found Philippa Nuttall’s interview with Erica Thompson, author of Escape from Model Land – who tells us why mathematical models don’t always lead to the best choices in the real world – completely fascinating. Hope you enjoy, and wishing you the best for 2023!

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