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    Approved: Strategic approaches to ecosystem services

    A POSTnote on strategic approaches to ecosystem services will provide an overview setting out the challenges of conserving ecosystems and their services efficiently. It will review the scientific evidence needed to support integrated management of ecosystem services. It will examine the potential effectiveness of different approaches and the policy needed for delivery across scales.

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    New POST work: September 2019

    The POST board has approved 10 new POSTnotes. 3D printing in medicine, Algorithms and accountability, An update on autism, Bioenergy and carbon capture and storage, Climate change and aviation, Infrastructure and climate change Online extremism, Screen time in young people, Plant genetic resources, Sustainable cooling.

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    Approved: Algorithms and accountability

    A POSTnote on algorithms and accountability will examine how algorithms can be accountable and transparent. It will look at the design and auditing of data, and present how algorithms can become biased and possible solutions.

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    Approved: Infrastructure and climate change

    A POSTnote on infrastructure and climate change will look at how resilient the UK’s infrastructure is to extreme weather conditions predicted by climate change. It will include the side-effects of extreme weather such as coastal erosion, and examine solutions.

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    Approved: Online extremism

    A POSTnote on online extremism will examine the extent of the problem and explore solutions. Following the Government's 2019 Online Harms White Paper companies could be responsible for the safety of users. This note will look at digital & face-to-face solutions.

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    Approved: 3D printing in medicine

    A POSTnote on 3D printing in medicine will review the latest medical applications of the technology, such as the production of printed tissue and biologically active scaffolds. It will examine the regulatory issues that such approaches raise.

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    Approved: Autism update

    A POSTnote on autism will update our work from 2008. It will outline changes in awareness and research and examine the extent to which these have improved service provision for people with autism.

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    Approved: Sustainable cooling

    A POSTnote on sustainable cooling will look at how we can sustainably cool homes and goods in a warming world. It will review UK preparedness, balance cooling needs against electricity demand and carbon goals, and explore solutions.

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    Approved: Climate change and aviation

    A POSTnote on climate change and aviation will look at the carbon footprint of commercial flights. It will review potential technical solutions and other policy options including carbon offsetting and ways to reduce flight demand.

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    Approved: Bioenergy and carbon capture and storage

    A POSTnote on bioenergy and carbon capture and storage will summarise the technology. It will explore the magnitude of bioenergy carbon capture and storage needed to mitigate climate change and the land pressure and other challenges that arise.

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    New POST work: June 2019

    Three new POSTnotes were approved during the latest POST Board meeting on June 12, 2019. The POST board has approved three new POSTnotes. A global deal for nature, Resilient food supply chains, and Non-custodial sentencing.

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    Approved: Non-custodial sentencing

    A POSTnote on alternative sentencing will examine how alternatives to imprisonment might help reduce prison overcrowding and re-offending. It will present current alternatives as well as alternatives being trialled internationally.

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    Approved: Global deal for nature

    A POSTnote on a global deal for nature will summarise the link between climate change and biodiversity loss. It will explain why experts are calling for formal protection for 30% of the Earth from human activities, to go alongside the Paris Climate Agreement.