UN climate talks vital but not the only way

From Qatar: COP18 UN Climate Change Conference 2012

Despite the frustration felt in the UN climate process such talks are still vital. Countries have to sit together and find consensus on climate change because it is a problem that doesn’t recognise country borders. It is still important for industrialised nations to take responsibility on climate change and for developing countries to clearly say that they have not created the problem but are feeling the effects. That being said, the UN process is not the only way. The process is frustrating as more and more of the population understand the impacts and causes of climate change, while at the same time the political will to act declines. There are, however, signs of hope – Germany is one example. If someone had told me a few years ago that Germany would be able to increase their share of renewable energy from 3-25% and create 380,000 jobs in just 10 years he would have thought they were crazy. We see now that such a trajectory is indeed reality, as policies have enabled households in the country to generate their own power.

December 5, 2012   Comments Off on UN climate talks vital but not the only way

Communications flop at COP18: from > 2°C to <2°C

The big challenge of this year’s UN Climate Change Conference COP18 hosted by the Qatari government is to agree on a pathway to drastically reduces global emissions and ensure that global warming stays well below 2 degrees Celsius.

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November 29, 2012   1 Comment

Interview: Re-fitting Africa with renewable energy

From Qatar: COP18 UN Climate Change Conference 2012

The majority of African countries are facing an energy crisis that is leading to a loss of productivity for manufacturers and is a major barrier to social development. The policy framework necessary to create renewable energy in the region is not in place. It is not possible to simply copy and paste the policy framework from the global north and implement it in the global south, and therefore it is important to find solutions within the context of Africa. [Read more →]

November 28, 2012   Comments Off on Interview: Re-fitting Africa with renewable energy