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Jacqueline McGlade

The head of the European Environment Agency explains why northern Europe should brace itself for more flooding, what role technology can play in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, and why she wants to replace income tax with "pollution taxes"

By Alun Anderson   September 2007

When I interviewed Jacqueline McGlade, she was getting ready to climb into a kayak, paddle across a fjord in Greenland, and then race up a 1,000m mountain. That was the start of the Siku Extreme Arctic Challenge, a 250km, five-day competition that draws teams of adventurers from around the world. McGlade was there, with seven fit teammates from the European Environment Agency (EEA), to draw attention to the melting of the Greenland ice cap.

McGlade has been head of the agency for four years and combines interests that do not fit the stereotype of an EU bureaucrat. She loves deep-sea…

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