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

The Meaty Side of Climate Change

While energy giants like Exxon and Shell have drawn fire for their roles in warming the planet, the corporate meat and dairy industries have largely avoided scrutiny.

By Shefali Sharma


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.



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.


Vaca Muerta Megaproject: A fracking carbon bomb in Patagonia


Argentina’s shale gas and shale oil resources are estimated in second and fourth place globally. Almost all of this potential is concentrated in the Neuquén basin in Northern Patagonia. This paper deals with the great risks to global climate and the impacts on the environment, health and society in the affected communities.

The Big Bad Fix: The case against geoengineering


The “Big Bad Fix” provides a comprehensive overview of the key actors, technologies and fora relevant in the geoengineering discourse. It opposes geoengineering as a technofix for climate change and as a threat to world peace, democracy and human rights.

Smoke and Fumes

Oil industry actors had early knowledge of climate risks and important opportunities to act on those risks, but repeatedly failed to do so. Those failures give raise to potential legal responsibilities under an array of legal theories.

Fact sheet: Big meat and dairy's supersized climate footprint


The top 20 meat and dairy corporations emit more greenhouse gases (GHGs) than Germany. Business as usual growth of meat and diary production makes the Paris Agreement impossible and climate catastrophe inevitable. Our Fact Sheet shows the data and possible solutions.

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Green Living


Natural ressource struggles: Shrinking spaces for civil society


Governments and corporations are driving the demand for water, land and organic resources of all kinds as never before. Citizens are fighting for their rights and working to preserve their livelihoods. Our study "Tricky Business" shows how the mechanisms of expropriation work.

Energy Transition

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

Urban Development


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.


Our web dossier sheds light on the risks of geoengineering for human rights, indigenous and community rights, peace and democracy, food security, biodiversity and ecosystem integrity.


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

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Downloads of the Agrifood Atlas 2017

All graphs of the Agrifood Atlas are published under a Creative Commons License CC BY 4.0. and can be continued to be used, processed and published under the mentioned conditions. You can find all downloads available in various formats (png, pdf) here.

Protests, boycotts and resistance

In many countries, people are resisting agrarian and trade policies that boost the power of the multinationals. Individual companies also come in for criticism.

By Reinhild Benning

Dossier on the UN Biodiversity Conference in Cancún


Mainstreaming Biodiversity is the central motto of the Cancún conference taking place 4-17 December, 2016. Our dossier follows the negoations in Mexico particularly on the issues of Synthetic Biology, New Economy of Nature and Geoengineering.


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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