Ecology

Regulated destruction of biodiversity

Corporations and governments can legally destroy protected natural areas if they compensate the loss of biodiversity elsewhere. Why that is not working but increasingly happening.

By Jutta Kill

Special

Focus on G20: From Germany to Argentina

After Germany, the G20 presidency has now moved on to Argentina. Find everything you need to know about the G20: Infographics, in-depth analyses and facts about the Group of 20.

Podcast

Dossiers

Dossier: New Economy of Nature

How did forests become ‚natural capital‘? Our web dossier illustrates what the concept of the „New Economy of Nature“ stands for and explains nature’s role in the Green Economy and why this approach has been of increased interest to economy and politics recently.

Publications

Forcing The Farm

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This report is being issued as  an alert to governments, civil society organisations and grassroots movements. It points to how gene drives, while promoted as a tool for medicine and conservation, will find their real use in food and farming by agribusiness.

Radical Realism for Climate Justice

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial is feasible. This publication is a civil society response to the challenge of limiting global warming to 1.5°C while also paving the way for climate justice.

What is wrong with Solar Radiation Management?

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A briefing explaining why Solar Radiation Management (SRM) experiments are a bad idea. SRM describes a set of geoengineering techniques that aim to counter human-made climate change by artificially increasing the reflection of heat from sunlight (solar radiation) back into space. 

A Crack in the Shell: New Documents Expose a Hidden Climate History

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Oil Giant Royal Dutch Shell has known about climate risks of fossil fuel production for six decades. As early as the 1980s Shell knew about their accountability for 4 % of global carbon emissions. Still, while pragmatically protecting their own offshore oil rigs from the dangers of sea level rise, Shell massively promoted climate denial and climate obstruction as the CIEL report shows.
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Green Living

Soils are more than carbon sinks

Agriculture and climate change are closely linked, and soils store vast amounts of carbon. But what happens when carbon sequestration in the fields of smallholders becomes a new focus in climate and agricultural policies? 

By Magdalena Heuwieser

Resources

What's at stake for COP 24?

Briefing

The Katowice UN Climate Change Conference will take place in Katowice from the 3rd till the 14th of December 2018. 

By Don Lehr

Energy Transition

Energy Atlas: Figures and Facts about Renewables in Europe

Dossier

The European Energy Atlas 2018 is published at a time when the EU Member States are discussing their energy and climate strategy until 2030. It thereby not only provides a compass on the differing energy discussions in Europe but also reveals how a Europeanization of the energy transition will be the more efficient and cost-effective option for all Europeans.

Urban Development

Dossiers

Radical Realism for Climate Justice

Dossier

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial is feasible. Our Dossier is a civil society response to the challenge of such a limitation  that's also paving the way for climate justice. Because it’s is neither ‘naïve’ nor ‘politically unfeasible’, it is radically realistic.

Agrifood Atlas

Agrifood corporations have gained so much in power, that they are shaping markets and policies. The Agrifood Atlas sheds light on the agrifood industry by delivering facts, analysis and infographics.

Climate

More articles on ecology

Just Say No to Agricultural Gene Drives

By forcing laboratory-made genes on an entire population or species, cutting-edge gene-drive technologies have the power to transform entire ecosystems in one fell swoop. But where leading industrial agriculture firms see dollar signs, farmers in the regions where gene drives could be unleashed see a mortal threat to their livelihoods.

By Mariann Bassey-Orovwuje

Fossil-Fuel Doublespeak

On paper, almost every government in the world is committed to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and keeping global temperatures limited to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. But too many governments, parroting the oil and gas industry's misleading claims, are actually supporting the expansion of fossil fuel production.

By Lili Fuhr, Hannah McKinnon

A Climate-Friendly Response to Trump’s Protectionism

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Rather than allowing itself to be dragged into Donald Trump’s destructive trade games, the European Union should turn them on their head, by introducing a CO2 levy, including border adjustment. Such a response would help protect the environment and boost the EU's own international clout.

By Barbara Unmüßig, Michael Kellner

Nguy Thi Khanh: Changing the world for the better

Vietnamese environmental activist Nguy Thi Khanh, co-founder and executive director of the Green Innovation and Development Centre Vietnam, was honored with the Goldman Environmental Prize. Lars Blume and Do Minh Tam from GreenID celebrate her work and explore Vietnam’s energy transition.

Linking Sectors: Power, transport, heat united

Energy Atlas

Heating, cooling and transport consume huge amounts of fossil fuels. Converting them to renewable energy poses challenges, but also offers solutions to the problem of variable power generation.

By Dr. Joanna Maćkowiak-Pandera

Ecology

Ecology and sustainable development are central areas for securing the future of humanity – areas which should by no means be treated as a political football. It is to the credit of the green movement within and outside parliaments that ecology has become one of the main arenas of politics. There is hardly another subject which, within the last 30 years, has been thus transformed from the concern of a few scientists, activists (often thought of as "nutters") into a topic of world conferences.

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