Climate Change Archive

  • Berlin, 07/20/2016 – Banks and insurers can play a crucial part in stabilizing the climate, while at the same time safeguarding their clients’ assets. Leading representatives of finance and climate research will discuss the best strategies for a turnaround in investing this Thursday in Berlin. The event is hosted by the Swiss global bank UBS, the French multinational insurance firm AXA, CDP, the European innovation initiative Climate-KIC, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Divestment – the diversion of capital from fossil fuel industries to green innovation and sustainable businesses – is a new approach to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, which could turn out to be a global “game changer”. The Great Investment Turnaround: how to finance a sustainable world economy Already today, investments of billions of Euros are being redirected. Pioneered by students of wealthy US universities, divestment has reached financial big shots like Allianz […]

    The Great Investment Turnaround: how to finance a sustainable world economy

    Berlin, 07/20/2016 – Banks and insurers can play a crucial part in stabilizing the climate, while at the same time safeguarding their clients’ assets. Leading representatives of finance and climate research will discuss the best strategies for a turnaround in investing this Thursday in Berlin. The event is hosted by the Swiss global bank UBS, the French multinational insurance firm AXA, CDP, the European innovation initiative Climate-KIC, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Divestment – the diversion of capital from fossil fuel industries to green innovation and sustainable businesses – is a new approach to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, which could turn out to be a global “game changer”. The Great Investment Turnaround: how to finance a sustainable world economy Already today, investments of billions of Euros are being redirected. Pioneered by students of wealthy US universities, divestment has reached financial big shots like Allianz […]

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  • Berlin, 07/20/2016 – Banks and insurers can play a crucial part in stabilizing the climate, while at the same time safeguarding their clients’ assets. Leading representatives of finance and climate research will discuss the best strategies for a turnaround in investing this Thursday in Berlin. The event is hosted by the Swiss global bank UBS, the French multinational insurance firm AXA, CDP, the European innovation initiative Climate-KIC, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Divestment – the diversion of capital from fossil fuel industries to green innovation and sustainable businesses – is a new approach to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, which could turn out to be a global “game changer”. The Great Investment Turnaround: how to finance a sustainable world economy Already today, investments of billions of Euros are being redirected. Pioneered by students of wealthy US universities, divestment has reached financial big shots like Allianz […]

    How to Finance a Sustainable World Economy

    Berlin, 07/20/2016 – Banks and insurers can play a crucial part in stabilizing the climate, while at the same time safeguarding their clients’ assets. Leading representatives of finance and climate research will discuss the best strategies for a turnaround in investing this Thursday in Berlin. The event is hosted by the Swiss global bank UBS, the French multinational insurance firm AXA, CDP, the European innovation initiative Climate-KIC, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Divestment – the diversion of capital from fossil fuel industries to green innovation and sustainable businesses – is a new approach to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, which could turn out to be a global “game changer”. The Great Investment Turnaround: how to finance a sustainable world economy Already today, investments of billions of Euros are being redirected. Pioneered by students of wealthy US universities, divestment has reached financial big shots like Allianz […]

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  • The Electrification Financing Initiative, ElectriFI opens its doors on 15 April and interested parties can submit their project proposals through www.electrifi.org. ElectriFI is an innovative mechanism to unlock, accelerate and leverage investments providing access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy. The initiative was launched by the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Mr Neven Mimica, at the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and was also acknowledged by the G7 Leaders’ Declaration. The implementation of the initial € 75 million allocation to ElectriFI was entrusted to the European Development Finance Institutions led by the Dutch Development Bank. This first EU contribution to ElectriFI will support investments that can improve the lives of more than six million people living principally in rural, underserved areas, promote rational use of energy for productive uses and social services benefiting the bottom of the pyramid. For […]

    Electrification Financing Initiative ElectriFI invites proposals

    The Electrification Financing Initiative, ElectriFI opens its doors on 15 April and interested parties can submit their project proposals through www.electrifi.org. ElectriFI is an innovative mechanism to unlock, accelerate and leverage investments providing access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy. The initiative was launched by the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Mr Neven Mimica, at the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and was also acknowledged by the G7 Leaders’ Declaration. The implementation of the initial € 75 million allocation to ElectriFI was entrusted to the European Development Finance Institutions led by the Dutch Development Bank. This first EU contribution to ElectriFI will support investments that can improve the lives of more than six million people living principally in rural, underserved areas, promote rational use of energy for productive uses and social services benefiting the bottom of the pyramid. For […]

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  • Every year on the International Day of Forests we celebrate the ways in which forests and trees sustain and protect us. This year we are raising awareness of how forests are key to the planet’s supply of freshwater, which is essential for life. Key messages 1. Forested watersheds and wetlands supply 75 percent of the world’s accessible fresh water for domestic, agricultural, industrial and ecological needs Forests are a key component of watershed management – an integrated approach of using natural resources in a given geographical area drained by a water course. It is by maintaining and providing high-quality freshwater that watershed areas have a pivotal role in the earth’s ecology and contribute significantly to the wealth and welfare of human societies. 2. About one-third of the world’s largest cities obtain a significant proportion of their drinking water directly from forested protected areas The populations of major cities such as […]

    How do forests contribute to our water needs? #IntlForestDay

    Every year on the International Day of Forests we celebrate the ways in which forests and trees sustain and protect us. This year we are raising awareness of how forests are key to the planet’s supply of freshwater, which is essential for life. Key messages 1. Forested watersheds and wetlands supply 75 percent of the world’s accessible fresh water for domestic, agricultural, industrial and ecological needs Forests are a key component of watershed management – an integrated approach of using natural resources in a given geographical area drained by a water course. It is by maintaining and providing high-quality freshwater that watershed areas have a pivotal role in the earth’s ecology and contribute significantly to the wealth and welfare of human societies. 2. About one-third of the world’s largest cities obtain a significant proportion of their drinking water directly from forested protected areas The populations of major cities such as […]

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  • 2015 sees the start of a new development and sustainability agenda. The United Nations post-2015 agenda sets new global goals that apply to all states equally, be they rich or poor, developing or industrialised, in the South or in the North. It is designed to firmly anchor the idea of sustainability in people’s minds. This will require radical structural and institutional transformation, but most of all a change in our convictions, values and interests. Yet transformations do not follow a blueprint, which is what makes them so difficult to manage. For this reason, the Bonn Conference for Global Transformation 2015, entitled ‘From Politics to Implementation’, will provide an opportunity for experienced decision-makers from all over the world to discuss strategies and solutions and to form new networks and alliances. Individuals from the fields of business, research and academia, civil society and policy-making are invited to share their experiences with one […]

    From Politics to Implementation: Bonn Conference for Global Transformation 2015

    2015 sees the start of a new development and sustainability agenda. The United Nations post-2015 agenda sets new global goals that apply to all states equally, be they rich or poor, developing or industrialised, in the South or in the North. It is designed to firmly anchor the idea of sustainability in people’s minds. This will require radical structural and institutional transformation, but most of all a change in our convictions, values and interests. Yet transformations do not follow a blueprint, which is what makes them so difficult to manage. For this reason, the Bonn Conference for Global Transformation 2015, entitled ‘From Politics to Implementation’, will provide an opportunity for experienced decision-makers from all over the world to discuss strategies and solutions and to form new networks and alliances. Individuals from the fields of business, research and academia, civil society and policy-making are invited to share their experiences with one […]

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  • The European Development Days 2013 had a focus on building the new partnership for development. Here is a live stream of the closing session Speakers Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary General, United Nations Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia – Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development Paul Collier, Co-Director, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford, UK Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya Chair, Southern Voices on Post-MDGs, Centre for Policy Dialogue Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International Simon Maxwell, Senior Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute – Moderator

    European Development Days close showing the way forward to a new development agenda

    The European Development Days 2013 had a focus on building the new partnership for development. Here is a live stream of the closing session Speakers Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary General, United Nations Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia – Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development Paul Collier, Co-Director, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford, UK Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya Chair, Southern Voices on Post-MDGs, Centre for Policy Dialogue Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International Simon Maxwell, Senior Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute – Moderator

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  • TUNIS, Tunisia, February 27, 2013/ — The African Development Bank (AfDB) has laid out solutions some African countries are about to apply, with help from the AfDB and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), to respond to complex problems that climate change is creating on their combined sectors of water, food and energy. The article, part of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF’s) newly released 2012 Annual Report “Creating the Climate For Change” (https://www.climateinvestmentfunds.org/cif/sites/climateinvestmentfunds.org/files/2012_Annual_Report.pdf), reflects Africa’s uniquely challenging circumstances in the water sector caused by climate change with repercussions in the agricultural and energy fields, and countries’ work to apply innovative solutions with AfDB and CIF support. Claiming that “by 2020 up to 250 million people in Africa are projected to be exposed to increased water stress with disastrous effects on Africa’s most vulnerable,” the article cites examples of countries which are set to apply innovative integrated approaches to strengthening their water, […]

    African Countries’ Integrated Climate Resilience Solutions in the Water Sector | AfDB CIF Global 2012 Annual Report

    TUNIS, Tunisia, February 27, 2013/ — The African Development Bank (AfDB) has laid out solutions some African countries are about to apply, with help from the AfDB and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), to respond to complex problems that climate change is creating on their combined sectors of water, food and energy. The article, part of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF’s) newly released 2012 Annual Report “Creating the Climate For Change” (https://www.climateinvestmentfunds.org/cif/sites/climateinvestmentfunds.org/files/2012_Annual_Report.pdf), reflects Africa’s uniquely challenging circumstances in the water sector caused by climate change with repercussions in the agricultural and energy fields, and countries’ work to apply innovative solutions with AfDB and CIF support. Claiming that “by 2020 up to 250 million people in Africa are projected to be exposed to increased water stress with disastrous effects on Africa’s most vulnerable,” the article cites examples of countries which are set to apply innovative integrated approaches to strengthening their water, […]

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  • “What am I?” is a short film realized by the winner of the first award at Germanwatch’s new script competition. Producers were asked to hand in script ideas along the lines of an ongoing NGO project called “Dialogue on Transformation”. The well-known guessing game “What am I?” is played by four friends all representing one of the multiple crises which could challenge the social-ecological equilibrium on earth: food crisis, climate crisis, depleting fossil fuel reserves and financial speculations. Soon, the four friends guess the roles they are representing – and the first easy going atmosphere darkens. They agree on a second round of the game – with changed signs: This time, they want to take positive solutions as their roles, and all of them unknowingly choose the same term: The Great Transformation. This video received the special award:

    “What am I?” wins Germanwatch award on Dialogue on Transformation

    “What am I?” is a short film realized by the winner of the first award at Germanwatch’s new script competition. Producers were asked to hand in script ideas along the lines of an ongoing NGO project called “Dialogue on Transformation”. The well-known guessing game “What am I?” is played by four friends all representing one of the multiple crises which could challenge the social-ecological equilibrium on earth: food crisis, climate crisis, depleting fossil fuel reserves and financial speculations. Soon, the four friends guess the roles they are representing – and the first easy going atmosphere darkens. They agree on a second round of the game – with changed signs: This time, they want to take positive solutions as their roles, and all of them unknowingly choose the same term: The Great Transformation. This video received the special award:

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  • All regions of the world would suffer – some more than others – but the report finds that the poor will suffer the most. WASHINGTON, November 18, 2012 – The world is barreling down a path to heat up by 4 degrees at the end of the century if the global community fails to act on climate change, triggering a cascade of cataclysmic changes that include extreme heat-waves, declining global food stocks and a sea-level rise affecting hundreds of millions of people, according to a new scientific report released today that was commissioned by the World Bank. Turn Down the Heat, a snapshot of the latest climate science prepared for the World Bank by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Climate Analytics, says that the world is on a path to a 4 degree Celsius[1] (4°C) warmer world by end of this century and current greenhouse gas […]

    Risks of 4 Degree Hotter World by End of Century

    All regions of the world would suffer – some more than others – but the report finds that the poor will suffer the most. WASHINGTON, November 18, 2012 – The world is barreling down a path to heat up by 4 degrees at the end of the century if the global community fails to act on climate change, triggering a cascade of cataclysmic changes that include extreme heat-waves, declining global food stocks and a sea-level rise affecting hundreds of millions of people, according to a new scientific report released today that was commissioned by the World Bank. Turn Down the Heat, a snapshot of the latest climate science prepared for the World Bank by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Climate Analytics, says that the world is on a path to a 4 degree Celsius[1] (4°C) warmer world by end of this century and current greenhouse gas […]

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  • This is a film about a technique that could save more carbon emissions annually than all global aviation. It is a film about one of the biggest contributors to tropical deforestation and global warming: slash and burn agriculture. Up in Smoke feature doc – 4’30” trailer from Adam Wakeling on Vimeo. The film follows British scientist Mike Hands, who has laboured for 25 years to perfect a sustainable farming technique to replace slash and burn farming in equatorial rainforests. And he’s found it. Get more from Inga Foundation | Sustainable Solutions to Stop Slash and Burn, working with farmers and communities to halt the devastating practice of slash and burn agriculture by providing a sustainable, organic and low cost alternative: Inga alley-cropping.

    Up in Smoke – Film about Mike Hands and his Agroforestry system

    This is a film about a technique that could save more carbon emissions annually than all global aviation. It is a film about one of the biggest contributors to tropical deforestation and global warming: slash and burn agriculture. Up in Smoke feature doc – 4’30” trailer from Adam Wakeling on Vimeo. The film follows British scientist Mike Hands, who has laboured for 25 years to perfect a sustainable farming technique to replace slash and burn farming in equatorial rainforests. And he’s found it. Get more from Inga Foundation | Sustainable Solutions to Stop Slash and Burn, working with farmers and communities to halt the devastating practice of slash and burn agriculture by providing a sustainable, organic and low cost alternative: Inga alley-cropping.

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  • In the last decade, almost one million people have been killed by disasters and more than one trillion dollars have been lost. Yet only 1% of international aid is spent to minimise the impact of these disasters. Find out more in this powerful clip: Every dollar invested into disaster preparedness saves seven dollars in disaster aftermath. Get involved and help us spread the word!

    ActNow, Save Later | actnowsavelater.org

    In the last decade, almost one million people have been killed by disasters and more than one trillion dollars have been lost. Yet only 1% of international aid is spent to minimise the impact of these disasters. Find out more in this powerful clip: Every dollar invested into disaster preparedness saves seven dollars in disaster aftermath. Get involved and help us spread the word!

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  • According to a group of environmentalists, the European Commission has been too slow in advancing earth-friendly policies on agriculture and energy. Ten environmental organisations argue in a scorecard of the EU executive’s performance that the Commission has been too reserved across an array of conservation issues, chemicals regulation and pollution, and in some cases has retreated in the face pressure from lobbyists and EU national governments. “Overall, we’re extremely concerned that the Commission is very behind in the race to create a better environment in Europe,” said Jorgo Riss of Greenpeace, one of the 10 groups involving in grading the Commission. Speaking of agriculture as “the most important delivery mechanism for biodiversity and resource efficiency,” Tony Long of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), saidthat the Commission’s proposals for the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) have failed to make the link between farming, land management and biodiversity protection. The report also […]

    EC fails with earth-friendly policy

    According to a group of environmentalists, the European Commission has been too slow in advancing earth-friendly policies on agriculture and energy. Ten environmental organisations argue in a scorecard of the EU executive’s performance that the Commission has been too reserved across an array of conservation issues, chemicals regulation and pollution, and in some cases has retreated in the face pressure from lobbyists and EU national governments. “Overall, we’re extremely concerned that the Commission is very behind in the race to create a better environment in Europe,” said Jorgo Riss of Greenpeace, one of the 10 groups involving in grading the Commission. Speaking of agriculture as “the most important delivery mechanism for biodiversity and resource efficiency,” Tony Long of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), saidthat the Commission’s proposals for the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) have failed to make the link between farming, land management and biodiversity protection. The report also […]

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