The UN Climate Conference in Paris was a test to see whether national politicians could keep up with the change we are seeing in the real world. Looking at the final agreement published today, one must note: No, unfortunately, our national governments have not passed the test. Instead of a climate deal that phases out emissions by 2050 and allows the world to keep global warming below harmful 1.5 degree, we rather see a text that still tries to manage emissions instead of phasing them out. This is well reflected by the fact that parties could only agree upon the goal of “achieving a balance between anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks of greenhouse gases” rather than a pact for decarbonisation. [Read more →]
December 12, 2015 Comments Off on Despite a weak outcome: Paris was first “renewables COP”
While national negotiators work to broker a climate deal in Paris, mayors from around the world showed yesterday that a global movement of local climate action is already underway. At the Climate Summit for Local Leaders, about 1000 mayors signed a declaration that supports a transition to 100% Renewable Energy. And in fact, events across the COP21 amplify the leadership of local governments and their important role for combating climate change. [Read more →]
December 5, 2015 Comments Off on Cities For Climate at COP21 in Paris
Dirty industrialization or green electricity? Populous emerging countries are facing this important decision. In cooperation with Greenpeace, an indigenous community in the jungle of Indonesia demonstrates how sustainable modernisation is possible.
July 30, 2015 Comments Off on The sun rises in Java