Seasons of Change - Climate, Energy and Resource Politics in the MENA Region
In the midst of turbulent times in the Middle East and North Africa, the State of Qatar is hosting the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha from November 26 to December 7, 2012. This trilingual webdossier presents analysis and perspectives from a wide range of international and regional experts on how climate change, resource and energy politics relate to political and social change. more...
Structural Change and Climate Protection: How Climate Policy Transforms the Economy and the Working World
In this study, Jϋrgen Blazejczak and Dietmar Edler both from the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) document the state of research on the economic consequences of a stringent climate protection policy. The authors draw a differentiated portrait of the costs, opportunities and uncertaintees engendered by the ecological restructuring of modern industrialized societies. more»Jϋrgen Blazejczak and Dietmar Edler
Can Europe assert leadership on climate change in light of its myriad problems? The EU was key in shaping the outcome of the last UNFCCC negotiations, the so-called Durban Platform. This paper analyzes the prospects for Europe to continue to act as a driving force towards a greener planet, both at home and abroad.
Hans JH Verolmemore»
The 1992 Rio Earth Summit is celebrating its 20th anniversary. But is that really a reason to celebrate? How far have we come down the road to achieving sustainable develoment around the world? How many objectives have been implemented from the Agenda 21, the Rio Declaration, the environmental conventions on Climate Change, Biodiversity, Desertification and Forest which were adopted 20 years ago?
Climate - Migration - Security
Growing evidence of links between climate change, migration and conflict raise plenty of reasons for concern and it's time to start thinking about new answers to these multifaceted crisis scenarios. more»
- November 24, 2011 -
Two years after the Copenhagen summit, the real world is moving away from a safe and equitable climate future faster than ever. If the G-20 is “the premier forum for international economic development” and we are serious about stopping climate change, we have to ensure that G-20 politics do not undermine our objectives for the climate, the environment, poverty eradica-tion, and global justice.
Lili Fuhr and Barbara Unmüßigmore»
In this latest report of the Climate Network, policy-makers, civil society actors and local stakeholders in both the US and Europe address how to enhance renewable energy policies in rural and industrial regions despite current economic and political barriers.
In co-operation with the BlueGreen Alliance, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung’s Climate Network brought eight representatives of labour unions and environmental organisations on a green-jobs focused tour to Europe from September 26 to October 5, 2011.
South Africa plays host to the next UN climate conference in Durban from November 28 to December 9, 2011. This dossier provides an analysis of the major issues at stake and the context in which the negotiations will be held. It offers ongoing commentary and updates on major developments in the run up to the negotiations.
- February 18, 2011 - Conditions for US climate and energy policy have considerably changed after comprehensive climate and energy legislation has failed in the 111th Congress. In the newly elected 112th Congress, emphasis will likely shift away from climate change to more orthodox supply side energy strategies. Sascha Müller-Kraennermore»
- February 6, 2011 -
The year 2010 offered mixed results concerning global climate policy, with serious setbacks as well as some small victories. Find more in the Regional Analysis of Climate Policy in 2010 and the Cancun Climate Conference (COP 16)
No doubt, Copenhagen was a major setback. Although much remains to be done, the great transformation is on its way: within the energy sector, in construction, in industry – and in Europe, the US, and China alike. To be sure, political decisions will be a major factor in how swiftly and powerfully change will occur. Yet, the future is not the exclusive domain of governments. All of us can be and will have to become actors in an ecological turnaround.
- Two months after the Copenhagen climate summit, hbs staff members from around the globe shed some light on the different regional and national evaluations of the conference and analyse how perceptions on the outcome vary between key countries and regions. By Tilman Santarius, Gudrun Benecke, Thomas Fatheuer, Chen Jiliang, Arne Jungjohann, Ingrid Spiller, Sanjay Vashist, Jorge Villarealmore»
- News about climate change certainly isn’t getting any better. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stated more definitively than ever in 2007 that human activity was responsible for a strong upward shift in global temperatures, and outlined all of the impacts continuing this trend would have in the future. By Jason Anderson more»
- Policymakers must make sure that the restructuring of the financial system lays the ground for an ecological transformation. This, in turn, will stimulate the economy. To secure its international competitiveness Europe needs to retain its leadership in energy efficiency and green collar industries. By Roderick Kefferpütz more»
The Greenhouse Development Rights Framework provides an interesting approach towards combining sustainability goals and development equity. Revised second edition, November 2008, with new analysis based on updated data! more»
Last year we invited 15 young people from the southern member states of the eurozone and from Germany to Brussels in order to discuss the future of their own countries with their peers and EU stakeholders.