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December 12, 2012 | Climate Change: The US and its Credibility Problem

Neither the Bush nor the Obama administration could successfully alter the bad US image in combating climate change. ++ Given latest decisions in US climate policy, the US seems unwilling to take the lead. ++ However, the US …More

December 3, 2012 | Arctic Strategies

Abstract: “The future of the Arctic, as its ice melts by land and sea, has become a hot topic in governmental as well as academic and media circles.  Over the last decade, each of the eight countries that founded the Arctic Council - Canada, Denmark, …More

November 8, 2012 | Breakfast with the President

Alexander M Battaglia: The Atlantic Initiative and the Heinrich-Böll Foundation organized a breakfast in Berlin to watch the US election results, concession and victory speeches. The majority of the 300 mostly young people seemed overjoyed that Barack Obama had won, yet looked upon the next four years with a weary and restrained hope. …More

October 31, 2012 | A European Union for Renewable Energy

The report “A European Union For Renewable Energy - Policy Options for Better Grids and Support Schemes” is written by Sascha Müller-Kraenner and Susanne Langsdorf and commissioned and published by the …More

October 8, 2012 | The US Doesn't Get to Choose its Areas of Concern

As China becomes more assertive, its neighbors are looking for US support. ++ Obama announced that US foreign-policy will “pivot” toward Asia in 2011, however there is no escaping the importance of the Middle East and Central …More

August 8, 2012 | Vying for Sovereign Rights in the Central Arctic Ocean

Balazs Ujvari: In sharp contrast to media assertions, there is an international legal framework which is applicable to the Arctic Ocean, namely the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which will be discussed in this paper, along with the practice of five Arctic coastal states. …More

August 2, 2012 | Climate Change: Central (Asian) Puzzle of the 21st Century

Bobur Nazarmuhamedov: The detrimental effects of climate change can be felt throughout the world. In Central Asia, which is especially prone to these externalities, climate change primarily interrupts the regions’ ecological and socio-economic systems. The region’s leaders should devise a strong and targeted policy agenda.
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March 16, 2012 | From Energy Security Towards Climate Protection

Stephan Vormann: Due to the finiteness of fossil fuels, the development of a low-carbon industry has become an economic necessity. A new approach to energy security that goes beyond NATO’s current “safeguard foreign energy supply” is in dire need. A focus on secure energy after “the age of oil” is therefore in. …More

January 10, 2012 | Brazil: A Key Ally on Global Governance

Markus Fraundorfer: Brazil has turned into a crucial actor in several policy areas of global governance, surpassing fellow emerging powers like China and India to take important roles in health, hunger, and climate change policy. The EU can no longer afford to neglect Brazil as a decisive partner for the future. …More

January 5, 2012 | Durban Debacle: What Next?

Vijeta Rattani: A climate deal can be formalized only if the issues of equity and technology transfer acquire centre stage in climate talks. Further, the global community, specially the West has to well absorb the fact that climate disaster will affect everyone and not just the poor developing countries. …More

November 24, 2011 | Only the EU Can Lead at Durban Climate Summit

Vijeta Rattani: With the Kyoto framework nearing an end, the Durban climate summit that begins on November 28 is a crossroads for international climate agreements. It can only be successful if the EU shows bold leadership by, despite economic woes, adopting an action-oriented stance rather than repeating the same rhetoric. …More

October 12, 2011 | Is a World Resource War in Our Future?

“If we look at the history of peacekeeping operations mandated by the Security Council, we find that 10 operations costing a total of US$35 billion dollars have been deployed to countries where natural resources have played a key …More

October 4, 2011 | The Role of NGOs in Effectively Addressing Climate Change

Vijeta Rattani: Climate change is a broad concept of which global warning is just one facet. NGOs should take the lead in informing the world about the complex reality of climate change and move away from focusing exclusively on carbon emissions. …More

June 4, 2011 | EU Needs to Drive Forward the Debate on Climate Change

Vijeta Rattani: The EU was weak at the Cancun Summit last year, but it cannot afford to lose its influence in the climate debate as it is the most credible player to take a lead on the issue. Climate change should be given precedence over other objectives in view of its global implications and greater emphasis should be put on assisting developing countries. …More

June 3, 2011 | Germany: Extra Carbon Emissions to Come

Merkel’s ambitious plan to shut down all German nuclear power plants urges the renewables to generate “an incredible 42.4 percent” of state’s electricity. ++ Drastic reductions in energy use will not save German …More

March 29, 2011 | NATO Change to Address Climate Change

Roni Kay Marie O'Dell: NATO must be concerned with current and future adverse effects of climate change as a major unconventional security threat. In order to address the threat, NATO’s interests and identity must shift in three key areas: client focus, core mission, and strategies and activities. …More

March 29, 2011 | Climate Change is Everyman's Problem

Shubha Jaishankar: While deniers cite that climate change is only a rich man’s problem, however, the issue transcends class. Both the rich and the poor, and the believers and the skeptics, will benefit from the job creation and economic boosts of promoting green technology. …More

March 22, 2011 | The World Needs a Unified Policy on Water

Vijeta Rattani and Trupti Sahu: Water is becoming an issue which will change the dynamics of international relations. This has been raised and asserted many times in the past, yet surprisingly, the response of the global community has been passive and vague. The current situation offers the EU and US a chance to work together formulating a multilateral global water policy. …More

February 7, 2011 | Playing Politics with Climate Change

Jean Pierre Schaeken Willemaers: The issue of climate change was politicized decades ago and has lost its purely scientific character in the service of ideological, political and economic aims. For the past 10 to 15 years, emotions and feelings appear to be progressively taking precedence over science. …More

December 10, 2010 | Transatlantic Leadership by Example: Toward Inclusive Climate Change Policy

Memo 29: The United States and the EU countries need to lead by example on climate change in order to reestablish moral authority. Environmental sustainability should be made part of the criteria for diplomatic relations. An online and democratic global patent pool will enhance technology transfers. …More

December 7, 2010 | The Cancun Conference Gives Combating Climate Change a Chance

Editorial Team: Even though talks in Cancun had not been expected to result in much, a last-minute, surprise agreement now gives new hope to the fight against climate change. Enthusiastic about the agreement reached among the major global players, German policymakers are intent on picking up the baton and resuming the lead in the battle against global warming. However, it remains the subject of much debate whether the results of the Cancun summit truly herald a turning point in climate matters. While some politicians seem content, critics caution that, unless there is a legally binding agreement, little true progress will have been made. …More

December 2, 2010 | Not So High Hopes for the Climate in Cancun

Expectations for the Cancun summit are rather low. ++ The main objective pursued will be an extension of the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012. ++ While agreement on larger issues seems unlikely at Cancun, progress on concrete projects to …More

November 30, 2010 | EU and US Should Lead By Example

Philip Strothmann: Actions against climate change need to be global. However, the US and the EU have a historical responsibility to ensure that they lead by example. Accordingly, EU-US should realize that climate policy is energy policy and focus on renewable energy technology as a way forward. …More

November 29, 2010 | Let Us Not Doom Cancun to Failure

Progress on curbing greenhouse gas emissions at this week’s climate conference in Cancun, Mexico, is vital. ++ Yet, after the debacle of Copenhagen last year, expectations are extremely low. ++ The core problem is that the opposing positions of …More

November 29, 2010 | Learn from Mistakes of Past International Environmental Treaties

Dominik Hübner: Diverse national interests have halted progress during previous climate negotiations. The EU and US can lead efforts in combating climate change by advocating smaller, regional cooperation forums with fewer actors. These would prepare the ground for a future workable global treaty. …More

November 29, 2010 | Identity, Incentives and Action: A New Approach to Climate Change

Salvador Santino F Regilme: For the EU and US to tackle global climate change, they need to adopt a three pronged approach: Revive their identities as normative powers, incentivize companies toward cleaner technology and act upon their soft power to convince the developing world. …More

October 22, 2010 | The Great Pakistani Floods: Crisis and Apathy

Sidra Tariq: The international media’s apathy in covering the 2010 Pakistan floods has been one of the most disappointing aspects of the crisis. With grossly exaggerated reports of Taliban involvement in the rescue efforts, it seems as if the international media and community have forgotten about the predicament of the innocent flood victims. …More

September 24, 2010 | Measuring National Green Reputations

Jeremy Tamanini: A new report published by Dual Citizen Inc. shows that Northern European countries are widely perceived to be emerging as global green leaders. As climate and clean technology issues gain momentum, the survey also highlights the growing importance of levels of “green perception” for countries in securing influence on the world stage. …More

September 20, 2010 | Upswing in Green Economy Risks Leaving US Behind

The “discrediting” of climate change science by elements of the Right in the US is leaving America at a disadvantage in what will be “the next great global industry”. ++ Conversely, America’s …More

September 8, 2010 | Climate Induced Challenges to Food and Water Security in Africa

Alexandra Dobra: Climate change is a global risk that affects far more than only the environment. Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 75 percent of the people suffering from absolute poverty worldwide. This chronic crisis calls for a renewed discussion of food and water security. …More

August 17, 2010 | Biotechnology Offers Climate Change Solutions

Manfred Ringpfeil: Controversial opinions on climate change have precluded preventive measures. This hesitance results from a lack of knowledge and experience. Scientists have a responsibility to provide explanations that will convince politicians, industry, and the larger public that a restructuring of energy production is of paramount significance. …More

August 4, 2010 | Wildfires Warm Russia to Global Warming

In the past, the Kremlin has discredited the idea of global warming as international media hype. ++ Russia’s ruling elite has regarded the climate debate as nothing more than “an invention of the West to bring Russia to its …More

August 1, 2010 | Sascha Müller-Kraenner, European Representative of The Nature Conservancy

Foreign policy, European integration and environmental policy are subjects of predilection for Sascha Müller-Kraenner and questions on which he has extensively published in the past. He …More

July 26, 2010 | Nuclear Tax Heats Up Climate Debate

Editorial Team: It was perhaps the unprecedented heat wave in July that lent the ongoing debate on global warming a new note of urgency in Germany. A new study advocated that the ordinary German eat less meat and consume less dairy products. That alone could lead to a whopping 80 percent reduction of CO2 emissions related to agriculture by 2055. Even low-emissions energy producers like nuclear power came under fire in July. The German government announced that it intends to impose a new tax on nuclear fuel elements in 2011. The government wishes to use the additional income to reduce the deficit, while its critics would rather see the money benefit the development of clean energy. …More

July 16, 2010 | Europe Must Choose a Low-Carbon Future

The European Union should raise its emissions target from a 20 to a 30 percent reduction of the 1990 levels by the year 2020. ++ At the current set target, Europe puts itself at a competitive disadvantage behind China, Japan, and the US in …More

June 29, 2010 | Consumers Can Change Climate

A new study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research shows that a 80% reduction in the emissions caused by agriculture is possible by the year 2055. ++ Considerably less methane and nitrous oxide would be released into the atmosphere, if …More

June 9, 2010 | Climate Policy Post-Copenhagen: A Three-Level Strategy for Success

Dirk Messner et al.: Germany needs to revitalise the multilateral climate process. Policy makers and civil society in Europe must take on a self-confident leading role in global alliances with selected ‘climate pioneer’ countries. Civil society initatives deserve greater support. …More

April 23, 2010 | How to Revive Climate Negotiations

A exceptionally cold winter in the Northern Hemisphere revealed inaccuracies in climate data, and the Copenhagen Climate Summit debacle have combined to put the issue on the back burner. ++ If climate change negotiations are to be renewed …More

April 19, 2010 | Aftermath of the Volcanic Eruption

Over 6 million travelers have been disrupted, and airlines are losing  US$200 million a day from airports being closed as a result of Iceland’s volcanic eruption. ++ These losses have undermined airlines as they try to rebound …More

April 8, 2010 | Reasons for Green Optimism

The UN FAO’s last survey of the world’s forests reveals positive news on mother Earth’s health: deforestation, including human-related deforestation, is slowing. ++ However, massively replanted forests such as those in China, do not preserve …More

March 25, 2010 | The EU Stakes its Claim in the Arctic

Shakti Prasad Srichandan: There is currently a race between the great transatlantic powers for North Pole resources. The Arctic’s future will be determined by collective action of the world community. The EU will play a key role not only in terms of security policy but also in terms of environmental protection and the fight against climate change. …More

March 16, 2010 | Geo-Engineering: Researching on a Global "Sun Block"

Faced with the grim reality of global warming, one researcher or the other may have dreamed of coming up with a type of sun block for the planet. This dream may yet come to pass. Canadian scientists are confident that …More

March 15, 2010 | A Rocky Road to Recovery for Chile

Tremors could literally be felt during Sebastian Pinera’s inauguration ceremony as Chile’s new President, just two weeks after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake rocked the nation. ++ “The earthquake and particularly …More

March 11, 2010 | Norway and the Arctic: The End of Dreams?

Paal Sigurd Hilde: Norway is a bright example of how moderation can prevail even when the stakes seem high. Those dreaming of an Arctic El Dorado have been sorely disappointed. Will the other states rushing to the Arctic also come to their senses?

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March 10, 2010 | Sea and State Change

Klaus Dodds: The Arctic is in a state of interregnum. The opening of new shipping routes and possible resource exploitation are points of contention. While it is overblown to suggest inevitable geopolitical disorder, tensions will run high. …More

March 10, 2010 | Taking the Temperature of Arctic Governance

Editorial Team: The Arctic region tops the agenda at atlantic-community.org for the next week. As the melting ice cap reveals unprecedented commercial and resource exploiting opportunities, we invite our members to reflect on and debate how to make the fight against climate change prevail over states’ interests and consider the need for transatlantic leadership in Arctic governance. …More

March 5, 2010 | Climate Change Leaves Europe Out in the Cold

The EU, despite its historical role as the leader on climate negotiations, lacked any concrete influence at the failed Copenhagen conference. ++ “If the US and China don’t play ball, where does that leave Europe?” ++ A frigid …More

March 1, 2010 | Social Media Shapes Public Opinion This Article contains Flash-Video

Interviews at DLD: Peter Berger of the website Suite101.com asserts that it is essential for governments to participate in social media. New media is making the spread of information across borders instantaneous. …More

February 22, 2010 | Global Weirding, Not Global Warming

Record snowfall in Washington has fueled American skepticism of climate change. ++ The scientific community must act tough and stop reacting defensively. ++ “The weather gets weird-the hots are expected to get hotter, the wets wetter, the …More

February 11, 2010 | The Need for an International Environmental Agency

The high hopes placed in the multilateral decision-making process at the Copenhagen Climate Conference were sorely disappointing. The meeting brought 192 states and 110 heads of state and government together but failed to …More

February 10, 2010 | The Global Warming Movement is Cooling

There has been a sharp shift away from the urgency for a climate deal in the lead up to Copenhagen. ++ “Climategate,” the failure to reach a meaningful deal at Copenhagen, and the faulty evidence produced by the IPCC have all …More

February 1, 2010 | Bio-Fueling Europe

Manfred Ringpfeil: Nothing could be better for the environment than using natural carbon cycles more effectively and imaginatively, especially considering Europe’s agricultural sector and highly sophisticated technology. In that way, bio fuels have the dual incentives of producing ‘cleaner’ power as well as increasing European energy security. …More

January 22, 2010 | Ecological Freakonomics

More and more countries in the world push towards the rationalization of environmentally friendly policies by putting a price on Mother Nature. ++ “Misallocation of resources” is central to preserving biodiversity and ecosystems in order to …More

January 19, 2010 | Think Global, Act Local

After a short hopeful break, there is more room for “green-scepticism” than ever before. ++ First, Climategate undermined public confidence in the impartiality of academics. ++ Second, the hope put into the Copenhagen conference was …More

January 12, 2010 | Go Green For Real

In the aftermath of the sound failure of the Climate Conference, the first symptoms of a growing lack of interest from corporations for the Kyoto carbon dioxide scheme are becoming apparent. ++ The worldwide infatuation for climate change issues last …More

January 11, 2010 | Europe Must Act Tough on Climate Change

According to the latest scientific research, the climate is warming more rapidly than previously anticipated, not least because the oceans are progressively losing their ability to absorb CO2. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact …More

January 11, 2010 | Eco-Business through Fear Mongering

Heinrich Bonnenberg: It is time to look past the close-minded approaches to climate protection, which are being promoted by self-interested groups. Free market competition is being stifled by ‘eco-despots’ to the detriment of our future. A new global ethic must be developed that takes into account the physical demand of the world’s population. …More

January 6, 2010 | The New Russian Doctrine on Climate Change

Russia is paving the way for a truly objective review of the causes and effects of climate change with its new doctrine. ++ It acknowledges that the human impact on climate change is still unclear, encouraging new independent studies. …More

December 23, 2009 | Polluting the Climate Change Debate

Lyle Brecht: The catastrophic consequences of global warming pose a far greater threat than any national defense initiative, yet military spending consistently trumps climate change legislation in American politics. Rational thought is absent from the decision making process and the public is simply going along for the ride. …More

December 22, 2009 | HOT ISSUE: Losing HOPEnhagen?

Editorial Team: According to some, the resulting accord is an important first step, while others decry Copenhagen as a “climate crime scene.” As of now, the European Union has the only binding carbon deal in the world. What are the real lessons learned from COP15? …More

December 21, 2009 | A Very BASIC Agreement

The fact that the Climate Accord was organized by the US, Brazil, South Africa, India and China is not a bad thing. ++ Since the US had never participated in UN climate talks before, and emerging economies had been left out of the process, Copenhagen was …More

December 21, 2009 | "Europe's Rising Global Role"

Global governance structures need to be revisited to ensure they work for people everywhere. ++ Multi-lateral engagement is necessary to address major international issues like climate change, which – aside from the environmental …More

December 18, 2009 | Don't Blame the Middle-Men

The climate change meetings have been characterized by frustration, walk-outs, and demonstrations - but it is not entirely because of the negotiators. ++ Many representatives’ hands have been tied by their governments, who have spent the last …More

December 15, 2009 | Crystal Clear on Copenhagen

Following a meeting in Brussels last week, EU leaders have come to an agreement on climate change assistance for developing countries and now expect Washington to follow suit. ++ A total of EUR2.4 billion annually from 2010-2012 was pledged for …More

December 14, 2009 | Don't Forget About The Public

Less than half of the US public regards man-made global warming as a proven fact. ++ Although the US is an outlier, few electorates are sufficiently convinced to support the policies that many climate scientists are calling for. ++ The key …More

November 23, 2009 | Pointing a Finger at Climate Change

The United States Senate stands in the way of a binding agreement in Copenhagen. ++ The US must take responsibility for its own emissions, which the Senate has manifestly failed to do. ++ The lower chamber passed legislation on both climate …More

November 20, 2009 | No Plan for Procrastinators

Have Obama’s comments in China killed the chances that Copenhagen might deliver? ++ With the United States and China responsible for 40 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, there can be no effective agreement with out them. ++ The best …More

October 19, 2009 | The Planet Has No Plan B

The developing world will bear the brunt of climate change and we should take a moral approach to solving the problems it will produce. ++ The crisis bears with it large economic potential: “Building the low-carbon economy that we need will unleash a …More

October 16, 2009 | Stop Climate Change, Break The Deadlock

With the Copenhagen UN climate summit coming up, the deadlock between the major developed and developing economic powers on how to divide up necessary greenhouse gas reductions, must be broken. ++ It is a common misconception that …More

October 6, 2009 | China's Quest for an Ecologically Sustainable Culture

James Miller: China has to consider its environmental future and must look to concepts of sustainability to do so. With the indigenous religion of Taoism Beijing has all the tools it needs to foster a culture of sustainability. …More

September 16, 2009 | Bulbs and Bimmers

Jens F. Laurson & George A. Pieler: Banning the Edison bulb is an outrageous example of legislative overkill. Energy efficiency is an important issue, but governments have not the right to dictate their people what kind of light they have to use. Laws addressing such personal decisions are a gross violation of one’s right to privacy. …More

September 14, 2009 | Cleantech: Sino-American Cooperation Could Provide a Breakthrough

The world’s two largest CO2 emitters, the US and China, are working hard to find a solution to climate change. In addition to drastically reducing oil imports and improving environmental protection measures, …More

September 14, 2009 | New Geopolitical Conflicts Will Arise With Energy Turnaround

In order to solve the biggest security risks globally a change in the use and distribution of energy resources is increasingly necessary. Most people now agree that energy needs to be produced with a low carbon …More

September 7, 2009 | The Arctic Puzzle

The so-called Arctic 5 of Russia, US, Canada, Norway and Denmark are set for conflict over ownership of land around the North Pole increasingly revealed due to climate change. ++ “Countries are…deeply aware that an ice-free Arctic Ocean would have …More

August 24, 2009 | The US Must Return to Its Green Roots

The panic is over but “although the worst [of the financial crisis] was avoided, much pain remains.” ++ Unemployment still rises in the West, further dislocating the political economies. ++ The US stimulus plan failed to …More

August 17, 2009 | How the US Can Replace Saudi Arabia's Black Gold

American reserves of natural gas could easily substitute Saudi Arabian oil as an energy resource. ++ “Harnessing this large supply—plus developing wind, solar and biofuel energy sources—is essential to achieve …More

August 10, 2009 | Time for US & China to Seize the Day on Enviroment

After recent promises, China and the US must find a way of reducing carbon emissions at the Copenhagen summit later this year. ++ It is time for compromise as China insists on “common but differentiated responsibilities” to …More

July 29, 2009 | Our Approach to Climate Change Remains Inadequate

The fight against climate change proclaimed by European Members of Parliament will have little effect. ++ “Even a great new agreement in Copenhagen is insufficient… [yet] necessary.” ++ The climatic challenge …More

July 24, 2009 | US Should Stop Apologizing

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was wrong to apologize to India for contributing to “most significantly to the problems that we face with climate change.” ++ The United States can be proud of its contributions to mankind’s efforts of “inventing, …More

July 21, 2009 | India Should not Sacrifice for Climate Change

India is not responsible for the current levels of greenhouse gas emissions and cannot be asked to sacrifice its development goals for the sake of combating climate change. ++ “Everyone is now burdened by the omissions and …More

July 16, 2009 | US Cannot Force Poor Countries to Curb Emissions

Obama could not get developing countries to accept the idea of binding emissions cuts. ++ Poor countries are unwilling to act on climate change because it would require them to abandon plans to ever conquer poverty. ++ “The …More

July 7, 2009 | US House Votes for Energy Law: Time for an Energy Revolution?

Barack Obama’s
entrance into the White House awoke all manner of hope for a fundamental
turnaround in US energy policy. Yet this is not the first time that the world
has looked to Washington in hope that the …More

July 7, 2009 | Blair Solves Global Warming in Seven Easy Steps

When G8 leaders discuss climate change this week, they need the same spirit of doing “whatever is necessary” they brought to the economic crisis. ++ Major emissions reductions are possible, but developed countries must …More

July 6, 2009 | Japan to Propose Priniciples to Assist Food Security

Investment, not charity, is the key to ensuring food security. ++ Japan will make a new proposal to “promote responsible foreign investment in agriculture, in the face of so-called ‘land grabs’ - the growing trend for …More

June 30, 2009 | Africa is a Role Model for Climate Catastrophes

In the face of uncertainty as to when the impacts of climate change will begin to hit harder, developed societies must improve their ability to adapt to the crisis. ++ Poor southern countries are expected to be the first struck, …More

June 25, 2009 | Green Revolution Can Overthrow Iran's Oppressors

The only way to deal with Iran’s theocratic dictatorship is investing in renewable energy. ++ US President Barack Obama should enhance his efforts to end America’s reliance from Iranian fuel. ++ It is “the one thing we could …More

June 19, 2009 | Climate Change: Irreversible and Catastrophic

Editorial Team: The phenomenon of climate change has proven to be incontrovertible. However, recent studies claim that climatic worst-case scenarios are inevitable because global warming has already outstripped all temperature limits.
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June 15, 2009 | The Climate-Industrial Complex

Bjoern Lomborg: Some businesses see nothing but profits in the green movement. They are cozying up with politicians and scientists to demand swift, drastic action on global warming. This is a new twist on a very old practice: companies using public policy to line their own pockets. …More

June 12, 2009 | Africa Needs a Bold Leadership to Deal with Crises

The economic crisis affects Africa disproportionably - with climate change - it imperils hard-won progress. ++ Bold, focused leadership is the solution. ++ Africa’s leaders need to work with local farmers and international …More

June 8, 2009 | IEA Presents "BLUE Map" for Reducing CO2 Emissions

The financial and economic crisis appears to be a blessing for the
environment.  Due to marginal growth,
short-term emission reduction goals can be achieved more easily. However, the
energy sector continues to …More

June 5, 2009 | Climate Change will Affect the World's Poor First

The repercussions of climate change are far more fatal than expected, a new report says. ++ Millions of the world’s poor are the most directly affected. ++ “This number will likely more than double - making it the greatest …More

May 20, 2009 | Is Western Civilization in a State of Decline?

Florian Kuhne: The global financial crisis is just one of many issues the West is facing which could mean it has met the “limits of growth”. Capitalism is overstretched and finite resources are running out. Affluence will start to level out across the world and the west could face a decline in living standards.
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May 8, 2009 | Beware of Climate Change Hysteria

Supporting green policies as a result of climate change hysteria is misguided not only because of the uncertainty of the dangers that global warming might pose, but also because they will be damaging. ++ The economic downturn means it will be …More

April 24, 2009 | The Global Water Challenge

Problems of water supply and security will be exacerbated if action is not taken. ++ Better water management and efficiency of use will go some way in dealing with the problem. ++ Both developed and developing countries will be affected, with …More

April 21, 2009 | Earth Day: A Reminder of the Global Climate Challenges Ahead This Article contains Flash-Video

Editorial Team: April 22nd marks the annual celebration of Earth Day. Founded in the US in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson, the now global events sees people come together to call for a safe and sustainable environment through a range of different community activities. …More

April 17, 2009 | Greening the Debt

Jakob von Weizsäcker: It is still possible to stop climate change in this current economic environment. Governments should “green the debt” from their fiscal stimulus packages by repaying it with proceeds from higher carbon taxes and cap and trade systems, improving both economic and environmental sustainability. …More

April 17, 2009 | Imaginary Trees Will Not Solve Climate Change

According to the WWF, the world is living beyond its environmental means. ++ Environmental organizations state that to offset carbon dioxide emissions, new forests are needed. ++ This oversimplifies the problem and does not take …More

April 14, 2009 | Death of Cap and Trade System to Be Celebrated

To combat climate change, environmentalists should stop supporting carbon taxes and unworkable market-based cap and trade systems in favor of emphasizing investment in alternative energy. ++ This should be done by implementing …More

April 7, 2009 | Global Governance in 2020

Memo 14: The challenges faced in an increasingly globalized world demand a change in the approach required to tackle them. The current economic crisis has shown that no one country alone can solve the world’s problems. The “superpower” age is now at an end, and the world must adapt accordingly. …More

April 3, 2009 | Is the Crisis a Watershed Moment for Sustainability?

Both climate change and the increasingly perceptible scarcity of primary commodities are responsible for the current economic crisis. Endlessly rising energy and food prices have also played their role in destabilizing …More

March 30, 2009 | Brazil at the Avant-garde in Fighting Global Warming

“Brazil’s experience shows how developing countries can contribute to combating climate change globally.” ++ The country derives 46% of its energy from renewable sources against the global average of 13%. ++ Yet, it is …More

March 16, 2009 | Turning Myth Into Reality

The debate on renewable energy sources produced many failed ideas and attempts. ++ Hence, the motto that viable fusion energy is “20 years away and always will be.” ++ But the government sponsored National Ignition Faculty with its …More

March 12, 2009 | Governance and Science: The Emerging Fourth Sector

Noah Chutz: Structures of global governance are too clumsy to effectively respond to the challenges of climate change. The international community and the private sector will continue to operate in an uncoordinated and self-interested manner. Only science, a new fourth sector, can rescue the planet from its impending peril. …More

March 3, 2009 | Developing World: Prosperity via Energy Efficiency

The key for increasing
prosperity in developing countries lies in higher energy efficiency. Sustainable
management of this costly good could reduce the growth of these countries
energy demands in the coming twelve years by …More

March 3, 2009 | Copenhagen Summit: The Key to Success Is to Include the BRICS

Marek Kubista: Obama’s attitude towards the environment creates hope that the US will be more supportive of the environment. The upcoming Copenhagen summit could end in great success. To this end, the US should first secure cooperation with Europe and then both should focus on consulting and including the BRICS. …More

February 26, 2009 | Obama Must Allow Ocean Oil Drilling

All US presidents say they want to change our dependency on foreign energy, and yet US oil imports have doubled in 35 years. ++ In the future we should not be choosing between coastal oil drilling and energy conservation, but do both. ++ We …More

February 17, 2009 | Next Year is Too Late; Act Now for Green Growth

The recovery of the economy lies, justifiably, at the center of political attention. ++ But while states are busy coming up with stimulus plans they should not neglect the environment. ++ A three-step plan should be conceived. …More

February 16, 2009 | Carbon Tax: Miracle Solution to Cut Co2 Emissions

The attempt of the EU to cut Co2 emissions by setting up high emission targets has failed. ++ The US should draw conclusions from this example and consider alternative measures to fight climate change. ++ Yet, Sen. Boxer, …More

February 10, 2009 | Fixing the Economy and the Planet In One Go

If the international community acts carefully, the economy and the climate can be healed in tandem. ++ Incentives to cut greenhouse emissions could “kick-start private investment and refuel the economy.” ++ To coordinate …More

February 3, 2009 | Obama's Green Plan Revolutionizes Business

Obama’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 and obtain 10% of US electricity from renewable sources is great news for companies that provide climate change solutions. ++ “Three well-established socially responsible …More

January 29, 2009 | Join America in the New Green Revolution

Will the massive clean energy investments made in the US over the last couple of years be able to make it through the financial storm? Current perspectives are very encouraging: President Barack Obama seems to be committed, as is …More

January 23, 2009 | Enough With Coal

The collapse of one of Tennessee Valley Authority’s containment ponds poured toxic coal out in the open causing huge environmental damage. ++ However, there may be something to be gained from the catastrophe as the accident is ringing alarm bells and …More

January 21, 2009 | World Economic Forum Focus Week

From the Editorial Team: We are hosting a 5 day run-up to the WEF Conference (conference begins Jan 28) and focusing on two of the major issues: the Global Economy and Climate Change. We are asking you, our readers, to contribute. …More

December 19, 2008 | One Year Left to Tackle Climate Change

Last week’s UN climate conference at Poznan made it clearer than ever that 2009 will be a crucial year in sealing the fate of the planet. ++ The participants showed an egoism and lack of generosity which is particularly …More

December 17, 2008 | "A Green Growth Engine"

To achieve low carbon emissions and green growth, an “eco- efficient, information technology-based approach” is needed. ++ The US believes that a 7% increase in broadband services will “reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.45m …More

December 9, 2008 | Poznan Climate Talks are Haves vs. Have-nots

No solution is in sight at the COP 14 talks. ++ “The line of division runs between the developed countries and the developing ones.” ++ Saudi-Arabia wants no reduction of oil consumption, while Pacific islands are in threat of …More

December 5, 2008 | US Financial Crisis as Kick-starter for Green Technology

Falling auto prices, bank crashes, mass layoffs: the economic crisis has taken full hold of the United States. Current prognoses predict that the crisis will persist for at least another year. In addition, climate change …More

December 3, 2008 | Global Carbon Tax Is the Answer

Barack Obama should adopt Al Gore’s proposal for a carbon tax on a global scale. ++ In today’s hyper-globalized economy, cap-and-trade systems that only apply to certain countries are not a viable solution. ++ A harmonized tax would allow for …More

December 2, 2008 | US Agenda for Renewable Energy: Will it Benefit Europe?

Markus Drake: The opportunity for structural change that the economic crisis offers cannot be overlooked. With climate change no longer a “left” question, but rather in the center of society, business is realizing that there is profit to be made. But is it European companies that will benefit from Obama’s policies? …More

November 27, 2008 | Obama Must Rekindle Climate Debate

The US elected a president to meet the challenge of climate change. ++ Obama has chosen energy experts and supporters of cap-and-trade programs for his cabinet. ++ By 2050 he intends to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80%. ++ He wants to …More

November 27, 2008 | America's Challenge: Combating Climate Change and Nuclear Proliferation

Strobe Talbott: President-elect Obama faces a host of short term crises. Long-term issues, though, such as climate change and nuclear proliferation must be at the top of his agenda. To tackle these challenges he has to recognize these priorities and act quickly together with allies—above all Europe. …More

November 14, 2008 | After a Vote for Change, Obama Chose Continuity

Washington’s handling of the Wall Street bailout is incompetent, maybe illegal. ++ The Democrat response is to either defend the Bush administration or refuse to intervene. ++ Bush is violating the conditions of the original …More

November 13, 2008 | Only Less Consumption Can Stop the Crash

The disastrous effects of unfettered consumption have been known and understood for 40 years already. Back then, American environmental researchers Paul Ehrlich and John Holdren created the “Ehrlich equation,” a tool that can also be …More

November 10, 2008 | Op-Ed Competition: Global Governance in 2020

From the Editorial Team: We are proud to announce our first opinion article competition for students (both undergraduate and graduate level), in cooperation with the Humboldt Viadrina School of Governance. The best entries will receive a monetary award and will be published in a memorandum for decision makers. …More

November 3, 2008 | Business Interests Trumping Environmental Concerns

The biggest loser from the global recession will be the environment. ++ In the interest of business, Gordon Brown and his Labour Party look set to revive talks over an expansion of Heathrow and Standsted airports. ++ Although …More

October 23, 2008 | Low-Carbon Growth: Financial Security's Best Chance

High-carbon growth must be limited to avoid a climate disaster and prevent a dangerous global transformation - population movements and conflicts. ++ World emissions must be cut by 50% by 2050. ++ Investments in …More

October 21, 2008 | Climate Change Threatens Security

Climate change “is not a traditional problem of national security, but one related to our collective security in a fragile and increasingly interdependent world.” ++ The European Commission recently released a report saying that climate change …More

October 20, 2008 | Crisis is No Excuse to Dodge Climate Declarations

It’s tempting to use the economic slowdown as an excuse to dodge ambitious declarations for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. ++ We mustn’t forget that our current economic problems are small compared to the …More

October 14, 2008 | Education: The Solution to the Environmental Crisis

As the captains of industry continue to rake in profits with the help of bailouts from “government cronies” without a care for the environment, the ecosystem is facing disaster. ++ We live in a “culture of wastefulness,” …More

October 7, 2008 | California: Where the Players Play

Given the Bush administration’s obstinacy in refusing to take action against climate change, many US states have stepped up to the challenge - none more so than California. ++ California has taken the bold step of becoming the nation’s …More

October 6, 2008 | Avoiding the Worst-Case Scenario

Efforts to address carbon emissions must be undertaken with exigency. ++ Developing countries like China, India and Brazil are responsible for half of all carbon emissions worldwide; their output has doubled over the past two decades. ++ 8.47 …More

October 6, 2008 | "Another Inconvenient Truth"

Producing biofuels will further drain “the world’s most valuable, irreplaceable and finite natural resource: fresh water.” ++ For example, 9,000 gal. of water are needed to make just one gal. of diesel fuel; 666 gal. are used daily …More

October 1, 2008 | Kangaroos to Help Against Climate Change

Australians should replace eating beef and lamb with kangaroo meat in order to fight climate change. ++ Marsupials, such as Kangaroos, produce low-emission waste and have less biophysical impact on water scarcity. ++ Kangaroo had been …More

September 30, 2008 | Obama Promises a Better Environmental Future

Obama’s overall environmental record is shorter, but looks better than McCain’s. ++ Both want to use technology that is not ready and neither plan is as clear as it should be, but Obama wants to move the country away from …More

September 29, 2008 | Empowering International Organizations to Manage Climate Policy

John Mathiason: The Copenhagen Conference will hopefully produce a successor to the Kyoto Protocol; but then the real work begins. Independent organizations will be necessary to tackle adaptation and mitigation requirements, while ensuring, through effective monitoring, that states comply. Self-policing is not an option. …More

September 29, 2008 | Alexander Ochs, Center for Clean Air Policy

Alexander Ochs is director of International Policy at the Center for Clean Air Policy. As such, he provides strategic guidance on all aspects of international climate policy at the center. He oversees CCAP’s international efforts …More

September 26, 2008 | Local Authorities are Key to Transatlantic Climate and Energy Cooperation

Dale Medearis: Following the collapse of a cap-and-trade climate bill in the US, it is evident that any substantive policies will begin at the local and state levels. Fortunately, this also happens to be the level at which the US and Germany can pursue very solid and mutually beneficial cooperation. …More

September 15, 2008 | Carbon Capture Must be Utilized

In reality there are no means by which to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels before 2050. ++ Therefore, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) stations are needed to control the amount of carbon that is emitted into the atmosphere. ++ The Group of …More

September 3, 2008 | The World Needs a Third Industrial Revolution

Alexander Ochs: This policy report examines the twin challenges of climate change and energy security for the US and Germany, focusing on the third industrial revolution – the revolution that has to occur to transform our current combustion engine-based societies into an energy-efficient and climate friendly world. …More

September 3, 2008 | Humanity Must be Earth's Physician

While geoengineering may tempt mankind with promises of correcting global warming, we must not fall prey to the vicious cycle of scientifically tinkering with our planet. ++ Instead, humanity must adapt to a changing and warming environment …More

September 2, 2008 | "America is Not an Environmental Villain"

In many ways the US has always been ahead of Europe in creating tough environmental protection policies and is less lenient in its standards. ++ As for climate change, the US has fallen far behind. ++ However, it is unfair to …More

August 28, 2008 | "Sustainable Thinking" Beats "Cap and Trade"

Current “cap and trade” approach to the fight with global warming will not effectively solve the problem. ++ At its core, climate change is not a problem of technology or policy – the problem lies in our frame of mind. …More

August 21, 2008 | We Need an International Court for the Environment

So far all global efforts to tackle climate change have lacked impact, legitimacy and transparency - the situation is dire and calls for more radical solutions. ++ It is crucial to create a global legal structure of control in …More

August 8, 2008 | Product Prices Need to Reflect Environmental Costs

The problem of modern capitalist markets in times of global warming is that we do not have to pay the true environmental costs of the products we buy. ++ There are two possible solutions: either we apply green taxes to …More

August 1, 2008 | The Next Big Project for the EU is Energy

Michaele Schreyer and Ralf Fuecks: Current energy crisis poses a significant threat to international economic and political stability. The current make-up of the EU is ill-equipped to deal with this challenge. The Union urgently needs an institutional reform: a European Community for Renewable Energy which would transform its economy into an energy-efficient system. …More

July 28, 2008 | It is Time to Create a Global Energy Agency

We only have a few decades before world’s oil supplies start to run out and we have to use that time wisely to develop long-term solutions to the world’s energy needs. ++ To achieve that, the world needs a global energy …More

July 25, 2008 | The G8 Leaders Must "Get Their Act Together"

There are four main problems that deepen the world crisis: incoherence of American leadership, lack of global financing, lack of contact between scientific experts and politicians, and finally the fact that the G8 ignores the UN …More

July 24, 2008 | "The Good News About Energy"

The tendency to use cleaner, lower carbon fuels is gathering speed without mandates or subsidies. ++ Indeed, the necessity to adapt infrastructure and emerging economies’ use of whatever their indigenous resources to industrialize means the …More

July 23, 2008 | We Need to Challenge Climate Change Consensus

Scientists who challenge the mainstream theory of global warming and claim that the increase in global temperatures is not caused by greenhouse gas emissions struggle to attain funding and publish their findings. ++ Mankind’s …More

July 21, 2008 | Gore Calls for Carbon-Free Electric Power

Former Vice President Al Gore said that Americans must abandon electricity generated by fossil fuels within a decade. ++ Although his engagement against global warming is well known, Gore argued in this speech that the reasons for …More

July 18, 2008 | Atomic Energy Will Never be a Green Panacea

Because of climate change and the oil crisis, political leaders are reinforcing nuclear power. ++ Gordon Brown called for “a renaissance of nuclear power” in a “post-oil economy.” ++ Nonetheless, even our language fails when we try to …More

July 15, 2008 | Clean Technology Fund to Tackle Climate Change

The Clean Technology Fund - a multilateral initiative developed by the G8 and the World Bank -, would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by financing the use of clean technology in developing countries. ++ CO2 emissions of …More

July 11, 2008 | Cowboy Diplomacy and Climate Change

Bush’s “cowboy diplomacy” is changing the way the world addresses climate change. ++ The new G8 document reflects the approach of the White House since 2002. ++ For the first time, the G8 acknowledged that progress will depend on …More

July 11, 2008 | G8 on Climate Change: Promises Are Not Enough

G8 group agreed to cut green house emission by 50 percent. ++ But the final agreement establishes no interim goals that would require prompt and meaningful investments in cleaner energy. ++ China and India made clear that it is …More

July 10, 2008 | Resetting Earth's Thermostat

Samuel Thernstrom: Currently, cutting emissions or adapting to a warmer planet are the only policies receiving serious consideration. Yet if implemented correctly, geo-engineering could be an inexpensive and timely solution to climate change woes. …More

July 7, 2008 | G8 Should Grant China and India Full Membership

Leaders who will gather in Hokkaido are ill-positioned to address the challenges of climate change and global economic slowdown. ++ G8 meetings will remain inadequate as long as China and India are not granted full membership. ++ …More

July 7, 2008 | Let's Make it the G3

The G8 format is unwieldy, ineffective, and unable to deal with global challenges. ++ The G8 has proven bigger does not necessarily mean better; admitting new countries has turned the meetings into a “giant public relations exercise with little real …More

July 4, 2008 | Global Challenges Require Urgent Actions

Climate change and economic “stagflation” threaten the very future of our planet. ++ The only way to solve these challenges is to act globally. ++ Essentially, to resolve the food crisis, export restrictions need to be …More

July 2, 2008 | Geoengineering an Answer to Climate Change?

Geoengineering as a solution to the problem of global warming deserves more attention from policymakers. ++ Solutions such as injecting ultra-fine sulfur particles into the stratosphere or spraying clouds with saltwater to increase …More

July 2, 2008 | Recession Pushes the Planet Down the Agenda

A recent Ipsos Mori poll suggests a gradual loss of interest in the issue of climate change. ++ The specter of recession intensifies political pressure to abandon green policies. ++ Governments try to save the economy and the planet …More

June 30, 2008 | Global Boom in Wind-Generated Power

A Scottish island was a trendsetter for second hand wind turbines in 2004, now covering almost all its annual demands. ++ Long waiting lists for new turbines, the EU CO2 reduction targets, and 40% price reduction makes used turbines …More

June 25, 2008 | Global Warming Heats Up the Issue of Arctic Sovereignty

Markus Kaim: Climate change is causing a growth of possibilities for the use of the Arctic. Canada’s Arctic policy, dominated by claims to sovereignty and territory, conflicts with that of its direct competitors in the region (Denmark, Canada, USA, Russia, and Norway) and is at odds with German and European efforts to support multilateralism and uphold international legislation. …More

June 24, 2008 | Using the Oil Shock to Prevent Climate Shock

Reducing the West’s dependence on fossil fuels from Russia and the Middle East requires lowering reliance on this type of energy altogether. ++ Many governments are “doing their utmost to increase and subsidize supplies” but this is …More

June 18, 2008 | Are Second Generation Biofuels a Curse or a Blessing?

In the debate regarding climate change and the shortage of fossil fuels, biofuels were for a long time considered to be the ideal solution. However recently, they have increasingly come under fire. Critics denounce the …More

June 18, 2008 | Climate Change Brings Forth a Century of Violence

Until now, no one really seems to realise what kind of threat climate change represents for human beings living together on Earth. In his book “Climate Wars”, the social psychologist Harald Welzer therefore warns us against only …More

June 16, 2008 | Inefficient Water Use Will Leave us High and Dry

Rising demand for foodstuffs and the biofuel craze are causing an agricultural crisis requiring a significant increase in productivity. ++ Yet for this to succeed, the reasonable and efficient use of water needs to be urgently …More

June 14, 2008 | Pollution as a Human Rights Issue

XXX: This article has been removed from the website in accordance with the author’s request. …More

June 11, 2008 | Addressing the Emerging Challenges of Climate Change

Frank-Walter Steinmeier & David Miliband: Germany and the UK want to develop an effective European and multilateral strategy to anticipate the new policy challenges of climate security. Indeed, an off-balance global climate will spawn ravaging crises, conflicts, and disasters that require an international response. …More

June 9, 2008 | Tourism and Climate Change: The Guilty Gain

International tourism is undergoing very rapid changes. New travelling habits, an increased awareness of price, short notice and short term holidays - and the wish for more flexibility and individuality as well as rising energy …More

June 5, 2008 | High Oil Prices Increase Consumption

When “greenies” sing the praise of high oil prices, perhaps they are praying to a false god. ++ Science is yet to produce hard evidence for climate change. ++ Emissions reduction lobbyists are ridden with corruption, and left …More

June 4, 2008 | Antarctica's Sea Ice is Deceptively Growing

Since the late 70s, scientists have observed that the size of Polar South’s sea ice is expanding. ++ At a first glance, this could be mistaken for a positive development, however, other readings have shown that inland ice is …More

June 3, 2008 | Climate Change in EU Environmental Policy Needed

While the EU champions progressive environmental policies, further inspection reveals that the EU-15 only reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 2% between 1990 and 1995, and that they will fail to meet their Kyoto Protocol …More

June 2, 2008 | High Hopes for an US-EU led International Climate Change Policy

Axel Berg: After the elections in the US, Europeans are expecting to forge ahead with transatlantic cooperation on climate policy. Whoever is in the White House, expectations are high, especially among the Germans who want to set precedents and increase pressure on the international community. …More

May 30, 2008 | A 10-Point Plan for Tackling the Food Crisis

The global food crisis is not a natural catastrophe, but a man-made one. ++ The nexus between high energy and food prices is unlikely to be broken, and will be exacerbated by climate change. ++ To ensure that the poor do not suffer, …More

May 30, 2008 | US Must Lead the Global Climate Change Initiative

The climate change bill currently being debated in the US Senate is paramount for actual, sustainable improvement. ++ Not only for the sake of the environment, economies have recently experienced that innovation and emissions …More

May 29, 2008 | A New Cold War Heats Up the North Pole

Sparked by a recent Russian territory claim at the North Pole, a meeting has been called this week in Greenland over the future of the Arctic. ++ In the midst of a decade old rivalry, the US, Canada, Russia, Norway and Denmark have a …More

May 29, 2008 | G8 Adopts a Cooperative Approach to Climate Change

At this year’s G8 summit, the focus will be convincing big emitters (China, US) and developing countries to commit to the Kyoto protocol. ++ Making attractive proposals to encourage emission cuts and highlighting their benefits …More

May 9, 2008 | Saving Lives is the Immediate Priority in Burma

The reluctance of Burma’s military rulers to help their own people in the aftermath of cyclone Nargis is criminal. ++ The international community should use a measured approach in encouraging Burma to accept aid and de-prioritize …More

May 8, 2008 | "Mass Starvation is Completely Avoidable"

Even without the food crisis, hundreds of millions do not have enough food. ++ We should demonstrate utmost concern and use this crisis as an opportunity to bring long overdue reforms and help vulnerable populations overcome …More

May 6, 2008 | Fighting Global Warming While the Earth is Cooling

German researchers have reported that natural climate variability may offset the noticeable effects of human-induced global warming over the next decade, until 2020. ++ In the short term, policymakers should not ease efforts to …More

May 2, 2008 | The Children Will Pay for Climate Change

Since global warming – by causing “natural” disasters, disease, and conflict – is threatening the lives and livelihoods of ever more children in the third world, we need to increase our contribution to the cost of …More

April 30, 2008 | Resentment Could Fester Deadly Anger

Climate change, resource shortages, and crippling, high food prices caused by the increased consumption of advanced and developing economies has unleashed a tide of resentment in poorer regions. ++ If Western culture and influence gets the …More

April 24, 2008 | International Institutions Are in a Crisis of Confidence

While the most global threats like climate change or terrorism are at an impasse, the existing international institutions do not provide the needed framework for their solving. ++ They do not reflect the real distribution of economic and military power and ignore the needs and interests of developing countries. ++ To overcome mutual mistrust, G8 und G5 should be combined into one grouping.

April 23, 2008 | The Failure of Food-to-Fuel Mandates

The production of foodstuffs for biofuels was intended to reduce US energy dependency, mitigate climate change, and encourage crop-price stability. ++ Since they have proven highly inefficient, detrimental to the environment, and largely …More

April 23, 2008 | Curbing Capitalism Could Contain the Food Crisis

Capitalism and luxury consumption are responsible for the world’s environmental problems, and the emphasis on biofuels has created the global food crisis. ++ The solution is to change economic models, give up excess …More

April 23, 2008 | New US President Must Deliver Hope for Conservation

While it is undisputed that a new Democratic president would improve environmental policies, it might not be enough. ++ A call for the US to set an example in conservation for rising industrial economies must be heeded. ++ Restricted by domestic approval, each candidate proposes little in the way of emissions reduction, whereas studies show that a greener policy would hardly dampen the economy.

April 22, 2008 | Google Gathers Earth Day Pledges

Googlers from around the world are exchanging ideas and intentions on how to combat climate change on the Earth Day-specific mashup map. ++ The “nifty map” is part of the initiative “go green with Google” which provides …More

April 21, 2008 | "International Rice Market Has Become a War Zone"

Cereal stocks have not been this low since 1980, but the food crisis can be explained by human greed. ++ To avoid mass hunger, climate change and trade protectionism must be addressed. ++ If international cooperation is …More

April 8, 2008 | Green Lighting Opportunities

London’s goal to become the first city with streets illuminated by LED’s indicates a promising trend towards green lighting technology. ++ Indian cities should pay more attention to LED lighting. ++ Through LEDs India could “leapfrog the ‘dirty’ …More

March 27, 2008 | After Bali: A Shift in Climate Policy Leadership

Sascha Müller-Kraenner: The EU and the US have the responsibility as well as the financial and technological means to address the climate challenge. Yet their approach needs to be internationally orientated so that it also offers a platform to the new assertive voices of China, India, Russia and others. …More

March 14, 2008 | The High Cost of Decarbonizing the Economy

The US and the EU should stop priding themselves for having slowed or reduced their CO2 output mainly thanks to the outsourcing of production to other parts of the world. ++ Environmentally sustainable consumption will require cutting living standards and massively restructuring major economies. ++ As consumption rather than production matters, biofuels and renewables are compounding the problem.

March 10, 2008 | The Perverse Effects of Biofuels

Despite progress on climate change, there is an imminent threat on food security. ++ Decreased rainfalls and the rush to grow biofuels in an unsustainable manner is causing food prices to soar and putting the world at risk of a food crisis. ++ …More

January 28, 2008 | India and China on Climate Change: Let's Work Together

Apart from hosting international sporting events in the near future, Delhi and Beijing have a lot in common at the moment, according to Narayani Ganesh of the Times of India: both face increasingly serious environmental …More

January 24, 2008 | Greenhouse Gas Emissions at the World Economic Forum

Despite climate change being among the chief topics of this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, hundreds of participants have landed in private planes as large as Boeing 767s and traveled to the secluded winter …More

January 23, 2008 | Climate Change Threatens International Security

The geopolitical consequences of climate change are determined as much by political, social and economic factors as by the climatic shift itself. As a rule wealthier countries will be better prepared to cope with the effects of …More

January 22, 2008 | Don't Forget America

James Cricks: The key to the future of the West is respect and cooperation. The US and Europe still have much to learn from one another. …More

January 15, 2008 | Should the Polluter Pay?

One of the policy recommendations of the Shadow G-8 was to establish the framework for a more equitable system of dealing with climate change. Among the aspects of this suggested framework was the incorporation of the so-called polluter pays …More

January 11, 2008 | Why We Can Be Optimistic About Climate Change

The world has taken an important step toward countering climate change by agreeing to the Bali Action Plan. The plan may not look like much, since it basically commits the world to more talking rather than specific actions, yet …More

January 11, 2008 | EU Achievements for Its Citizens 2007

Nanne Zwagerman: of the European Tribune is critical of a list recently published by the EC, highlighting their achievements in 2007. Being relatively low on the radar the EC does need to advertise itself, but hopefully they will have a little more to boast about next year. …More

December 20, 2007 | Going Green - Cheaper Than You Thought

From early 2007 a research team from McKinsey and Company worked to develop a consistent fact base to estimate the costs and potentials of different options in reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG’s) in the US over a 25 year …More

December 11, 2007 | New Climate Change Performance Index Reveals Poor Results This Article contains Flash-Video

The recent index, published by Germanwatch, shows that even those countries, such as Sweden and Germany, with the highest scores still only have average grades, while seven of the world’s biggest CO2 emitters are …More

December 10, 2007 | Climate Change Increases the Risk of Terrorism

Julianne Smith and Alexander T. J. Lennon: We contend that in the years to come climate change will further disrupt the stability of already volatile regions, which has the potential of producing multitudes of discontented individuals prone to radicalization. …More

October 23, 2007 | Germany and US: Models of Environmental Policy

Sub-national units — namely states or regions — are playing an increasing role in environmental policy-creation find R. Andreas Kraemer and Miranda A. Schreurs in “Federalism and Environmentalism in the United States and …More

September 7, 2007 | For Transatlantic Future, Look Beyond Heads of State

Casey S Butterfield: The German foreign minister’s recent visit to California illustrates an important trend: the Atlantic Community as we know it is expanding. Today’s global challenges call for more cooperation between cities, states, civil societies, and citizens. …More

September 7, 2007 | Blame Governments, Not Climate Change, for Future Failed States

Idean Salehyan, coauthor of “Climate Change and Conflict: The Migration Link,”argues in Foreign Policy that climate change cannot be the exclusive cause of future wars for water and resources. Corrupt and …More

September 3, 2007 | Addressing the Security Consequences of Climate Change

Josh Busby: I offer solutions on how countries can get from concern about the security consequences of climate change to action on its effects. Expanded support for adaptation and disaster response is needed, with continuing focus on emissions reductions. …More

August 17, 2007 | Burying Carbon Underground - Solution for the Future

With hundreds of tons of CO2 pumped into the sandstone of Ketzin, Germany, project manager and professor for mineral and rock physics Frank Schilling believes he has found a way to store carbon dioxide for generations. As …More

August 16, 2007 | Jeffrey Sachs: Hundreds of Millions Destined to Flee Environmental Pressures in the Coming Decades

Jeffrey D. Sachs writes in the Scientific American that the coming decades may see the mass-migration of hundreds of millions of “environmental refugees” seeking better living …More

August 15, 2007 | Civil Nuclear Power Might Be Too Hot to Handle

Is nuclear power the cheap energy and climate change holy grail? In their latest Oxford Research Group Briefing Paper, Frank Barnaby and James Kemp say no. Apart from the security problems a nuclear renaissance would bring, the …More

July 13, 2007 | The Rise of Liberal Japan

Joseph S. Nye: We cannot overlook Japan as a global powerhouse. How its people and government respond to emerging China will be “one of the great questions for this century.” …More

June 13, 2007 | US and EU Should Cooperate on New Energy Technology

Katherina Reiche: I remind you that the G8 agreement on emission reductions means that all nations will have a part to play in reducing greenhouse gases. The transatlantic partners must work together now - on energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energies - to ensure market leadership in the future. …More

June 5, 2007 | Transatlantic "Climate War" Threatens G8 Summit

Ulf Gartzke: Bush’s last-minute climate change proposal threatens the historic consensus that was to be Merkel’s crowning achievement as G8 president. Is Bush serious about reducing greenhouse gases, or could this be an attempt to sabotage the Summit? …More

May 31, 2007 | IPCC Spells Out Course of Action on Climate Change

All regions can contribute to the mitigation of climate change, concludes the third part of the latest IPPC report, and there may be positive effects on some inter-related issues such as energy security. Efforts in only some …More

May 30, 2007 | American Mayors Going Green, Reports Anne Underwood

Anne Underwood of Newsweek reports on the campaign by American mayors to conserve energy and mitigate climate change. City leaders across the United States have joined together and drafted the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection …More

May 21, 2007 | Pro & Con: Climate Change

The Bush government still refuses to commit the United States to the multilateral climate change regime set up under the Kyoto Protocol. Although transatlantic action on climate change was discussed at the recent “(external)US-EU …More

May 15, 2007 | Jeffrey D. Sachs on the Climate Change Revolution

The time is ripe for international action on global warming, argues Columbia Economist Jeffrey Sachs. Scientists have clearly identified the causes of the problem, as well as affordable solutions, and recommendations must be …More

April 25, 2007 | Andrew C. Revkin on the "loser-regions" of Climate Change

The world’s richest countries and greatest contributors to global warming are investing billions of dollars to limit the worst consequences, reports journalist Andrew C. Revkin. These same countries are …More

April 12, 2007 | Claus Leggewie on US Environmental Leadership

Europeans should look to the United States as an emerging global leader in energy policy, says Claus Leggewie of Giessen University. The Director of the Center for Media and Interactivity describes a “greening” of the US political …More


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