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Governing the Big Bad Fix? What to do about geoengineering

Geoengineering – large-scale manipulation of the Earth’s natural systems – is increasingly being presented as a strategy to counteract, dilute or delay climate change. Which international legal norms and agreements would contradict the different measures?

By Duncan Currie

Katowice: A European coal capital goes green

Nowhere in the EU is smog more suffocating than in southern Poland. This year, the polluted Polish mining city Katowice will host the COP24 climate conference. Ahead of that, change is in the air — and on the ground.

By Richard Fuchs

When Climate Leaders Protect Dirty Investments

In 2016, global spending on oil and gas projects was more than double the total spent on renewables. This imbalance can only be tackled by restructuring the mechanisms.

By Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder , Jörg Haas

The Fiji UN Climate Summit 2017, COP23: what is at stake in Bonn?

The UN climate summit COP 23 will convene from 6 to 17 November 2017 in Bonn, Germany, under the presidency of the government of Fiji. This article provides an overview of key issues at stake and a summary of our expectations for the COP 23.

By Don Lehr, Lili Fuhr, Liane Schalatek

Renewable Energy in ASEAN

Southeast Asia is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change. Anyway the countries are planning to cover lacks in energy demand and supply mainly with coal. However, renewables from solar over biomass to wind have a huge potential in the region.

By Phuong Minh Khuong

The Energiewende as a European project

What options do German policymakers have when shaping the European Energiewende debate? The Heinrich Böll Foundation proposes a set of recommendations.

By Rebecca Bertram

A just transition: The way forward for coal communities

We brought US community leaders to Germany for a week-long tour of former coal regions. On the tour, we explored ways in which coal communities can adapt to changing markets, and reinvent themselves for a sustainable future.

By Nora Löhle

Why Germany needs a European Energiewende

From the national unilateralism to the European project. The German energy market will only be successful if it cooperates with its European neighbors.

By Rebecca Bertram

Energy Sustainability

The endorsement of the Paris Agreement at the Chinese G20 was clearly a step forward for energy sustainability in the face of climate change. Still the indications of how it might be achieved is limited in scope.

By Elizabeth Bast, Alex Doukas

Fossil fuel subsidies and finance

G20 governments are spending $444 billion every year to support fossil fuel production. These financial flows are limiting the expansion of renewable energies that could curb global warming and meet a variety of sustainable development goals.

By Elizabeth Bast, Alex Doukas

Green finance and climate finance

The G20 uses the term “Green Finance” as a broad umbrella term that refers to the major shift in financial flows required to support projects that benefit the environment and society by reducing pollution or tackling climate change.

By Motoko Aizawa

The Limits to Green Growth

The attempt to connect environmental and economic objectives turn out more difficult than expected. The green transformation must be seen as a political task.

By Lili Fuhr, Thomas Fatheuer, Barbara Unmüßig

European Energy Policy

The Heinrich Böll Foundation focuses in its work programme 2016 on the impacts of the fossile ressource coal, and on ideas and opportunities a European energy union could offer to its citizens.