Climate Change and food security: How Belo Horizonte is killing two birds with one stone

Malnutrition

There are 842 million undernourished people in the world today who do not have access to sufficient quantities of healthy food. The impacts of climate change threaten to significantly increase the number of people at risk of hunger and malnutrition over the next decades. The effect of a changing climate on food production is intuitive: Warming temperatures, floods, droughts and pestilence are already devastating harvests in many parts of the world. Volatile and unreliable food production leads to famine, migration and war. Modern agriculture’s impact on the climate is obvious as well: Production and distribution of food within a globalized economy account for high CO2 emissions because of energy intensive farming systems and long transportation routes. [Read more →]

September 13, 2014   Comments Off on Climate Change and food security: How Belo Horizonte is killing two birds with one stone

How to spend $100 billion effectively?

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Developing countries are most vulnerable to the devastating impacts of climate change. It is therefore of utmost importance to empower these countries to cope with the loss and damage already happening as a consequence of climate change. However, next to these necessary adaptation measures it is also important to mention, that the Global South can accelerate the economic development along a green trajectory while reducing poverty through the development of renewable energies. This has to be taken into account when discussing the design of newly emerging international funding mechanisms such as the Green Climate Fund (GCF) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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November 12, 2013   Comments Off on How to spend $100 billion effectively?

Can President Obama really claim a leadership role in the energy transition?

U.S. President Barack Obama

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With his climate change speech on Tuesday, President Obama wrote history. He wrote history because he highlighted what most people on this planet already knew: climate change is real! He referred to science, put the attention on those who are already experiencing climate change and pointed out that societies are already paying the price of inaction. President Obama wrote history because he emphasized the responsibility of the United States and other countries to act. He wrote history because he reminded Americans and the world that the US should be the leading nation that shapes the future. [Read more →]

June 27, 2013   1 Comment