Green Living

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The G20 Hamburg Summit in July 2017 will be about nothing less than how globalization should be governed in the future. The G20 countries will have to respond to the key question of our times: How should a globalized world economy be coordinated for the benefit of all humanity against the backdrop of economic uncertainty, higher levels of inequality, climate change, refugees and migration?

Along with 160 global groups the Heinrich Böll Foundation signed the call for a global moratorium on genetically-engineered gene Drives. Support against gene drives also comes from the German government.

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

Publications

The Guanabara Bay is one of Rio de Janeiros postcard symbols and venue for the regattas of the Olympic Games 2016. This book by journalist Emanuel Alencar shows that the Olympic Games passed without fulfilling one of its important promises: the clean-up of the bay.

Species are vanishing at such high speed that researchers are talking in terms of a sixth major mass extinction happening within human history. This introductory publication clarifies the vital development-policy significance of the discussion over biodiversity.

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The gene-drive technology is supposed to enable deliberate extinctions of “pest” species, in order to save “favored” species and stop the global biodiversity loss. The risks are obvious - and the existing regulatory framework is absolutely unsuitable.

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At this year's World Conversation Congress in Hawai'i ethical and social concerns about the use of a controversial synthetic biology technology were raised: gene drives. This genetic engineering technique has the ability to change the world we know.

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In his support of, in and for Paris, President Obama has emerged as the first real “Climate President” of the United States. Nevertheless, whether or not his country and predecessor will remain faithful to this legacy remains uncertain.

Jutta Kill's paper "Economic Valuation and Payment for Environmental Services: Recognizing Nature's Value or Pricing Nature's Destruction?" explores where the recent initiatives aimed at ending the economic invisibility of nature' differ from previous approaches to economic valuation of nature.

Synthetic Biology describes a set of new genetic techniques for designing and engineering lifeforms for industrial purposes. So far, there is neither a public debate worth mentioning nor any regulation by law. Our dossier looks at the risks Synthetic Biology poses for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

Green Living

A “green transition” is not a distant proposition, it is a reality: Alternative energy sources are replacing coal, oil, and gas; in our cities the car is loosing some of its former status; and, globally, environmental technologies are booming. Technological innovation and a new, sustainable lifestyle are two sides of the same coin. Things have been set on the right track, yet we have to speed up developments in order to win the race against a total environmental disaster.

Events

Apr 30
Call for applications. Deadline: 30.04.2017
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The Urban Art Platform of Eastern Europe
Berlin
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The Urban Art Platform of Eastern Europe
Berlin
May 30
Investment and Sustainable Development on the African Continent
Berlin
May 31
Investment and Sustainable Development on the African Continent
Berlin
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