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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.

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    Approved: Resilient food supply chains

    A POSTnote on resilient food supply chains will explain how new techniques could help track food. Such developments could help consumers, businesses, and policy makers understand the environmental impact of food imports and build more sustainable food systems.

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    Approved: Food waste

    A POSTbrief on Food waste, will identify and evaluate the evidence base for food waste prevention interventions from farm-to-fork. It will look at broader food security and resilience goals in the context of the Brexit Agriculture Command Paper.

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    Approved: Heat networks

    A POSTnote on heat networks will explore to what extent they could replace conventional heating systems, such as boilers, within individual homes. It will outline how heat networks work, how they could contribute to decarbonisation, and current regulation.

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    Approved: Regulating germline therapies

    A POSTnote on regulating germline therapies will look at new genome editing techniques and how they could be used to edit human eggs, sperm, or embryos. It will examine current definitions, applications, alternatives, and concerns surrounding germline therapies.

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    Approved: Civilian drones

    Use of drones (unmanned aircraft) is rising for both recreational and commercial applications, with the British Airline Pilots Association recording 117 near misses between aircraft and drones in the UK between January and November 2018. This POSTnote will update PN 479 on Civilian Drones. It will consider current and future uses of drones as well as their regulation. It will consider the role they could play in enforcement and look at anti-drone technologies and their associated technical challenges.

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    Approved: Blockchain technology in the food chain

    Blockchain could assign a digital certificate to each new interaction (e.g. manufacturing steps) with a food product, and store the entire record in a secure manner. A POSTnote on this topic would look at the pros and cons of such approaches.

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    Approved: Insect population decline

    This POSTnote will summarize the evidence for insect declines in the UK, the drivers of trends, and interventions to support the recovery of insect populations. It will explore the data limitations for understanding insect declines and emerging methods to address these limitations

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    Approved: Research glossary

    This POSTbrief will outline different approaches and methods used within research and review the strengths and limitations of each. The purpose of this is to provide an overview of key terms and approaches that can be used to inform parliamentary scrutiny.

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    Approved: Outward medical tourism

    POSTbrief on Outward Medical Tourism will present recent data suggesting that there is an increasing number of UK citizens travelling abroad for medical treatments. Poland, Hungary, Romania, Turkey, and Spain were among the most visited countries for medical treatments in 2016.

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    Approved: Industry influence on public health policy

    A POSTnote on Influence of Industry on Public Health Policy will examine the evidence of the extent and methods through which corporate interests influence public health policy-making, including in the tobacco, food, and alcohol sectors.

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    Approved: Researching gambling

    This POSTnote will describe the scale and nature of gambling in the UK. It will summarise the landscape within which gambling research is conducted, the evidence emerging from research and how this might inform policy.

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    Approved: Causes of obesity

    This POSTnote will examine the evidence base for the links between such factors and obesity and assess its relevance to informing policy.