On Sunday I took part in the Battle of Ideas session Organ donation: dead or alive? We discussed a number of questions with a lively and engaged audience, but the issue on this occasion came down to essentially two points: is the current definition of death right, and do we trust the medical profession to manage it?
Monthly archives: October 2012
The EU Commission has this week proposed a new target for the percentage of transport fuel from renewable sources to be made up by food crop-based biofuels. Specifically, the proposal says: “The share of energy from biofuels produced from cereal and other starch rich crops, sugars and oil crops shall be no more than 5 per cent, the estimated share at the end of 2011, of the final consumption of energy in transport in 2020.” This five per cent is half of the 10 per cent of total EU transport fuel demand to be met from renewable sources by 2020, a target set in the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive.
Following in the steps of my colleague Hugh (see previous post), I too crossed the Channel this week to take part in a Europe-wide discussion of organ donation and transplantation: this time through a workshop for journalists hosted by the European Commission. The aim of the workshop, attended by journalists from nearly twenty different countries, was twofold – first to provide background information from a range of perspectives, including an ethical one, and then to discuss the role and impact of the media on donation.
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