Newly published official publications from :
The European Union
The link between biodiversity loss and the increasing spread of zoonotic diseases. This analysis covers; the risks associated with zoonotic diseases, the main interactions between biodiversity and zoonotic diseases, and policy options and conclusions.
New psychoactive substances: Global markets, global threats and the COVID-19 pandemic : an update from the EU early warning system. “In this update from the EU Early Warning System, the EMCDDA aims to provide insights into what is happening with new psychoactive substances in Europe, based on data from the agency’s early warning and risk-assessment activities. This report covers the period until October 2020.”
Prolonging life time of old steel and steel-concrete bridges (PROLIFE). “With thousands of old European steel and composite bridges, there is a need of rational methods to strengthen existing bridges to compensate not only for their age, but also for higher and more frequent loads. This report is based on three distinctive ideas which each has the potential to reduce strengthening costs as well the environmental impact and traffic disturbance.”
Westminster and the UK Government
The Erasmus Programme. “This House of Commons briefing provides information on the Erasmus+ programme and discusses the future position of the UK with regard to the scheme post Brexit. On 24 December 2020 the Prime Minister announced that the UK would no longer participate in Erasmus+ and would develop its own replacement programme – the Turing Scheme.”
The Government response to the Online Harms White Paper consultation was published last month. “The White Paper proposes establishing in law a new duty of care towards [internet] users, which will be overseen by an independent regulator. Companies will be held to account for tackling a comprehensive set of online harms, ranging from illegal activity and content to behaviours which are harmful but not necessarily illegal.” The consultation ran in the summer of 2019.
The Scottish Parliament and Government
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