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Ecologic Newsletter No 20 - October 2004

Ecologic Newsletter No 20 - October 2004

  1. Kyoto and Beyond: Climate Change and Transatlantic Storms - Dinner Dialogue with Lee Lane
  2. Effects of the Ecological Tax Reform - Workshop
  3. How to strengthen the European Strategy for Sustainable Development - Publication
  4. On Top of a Melting World: the Impact of Climate Change on Indigenous People in the Arctic Region - Dinner Dialogue with John Crump 
  5. Public Policies for Changing the "European Way of Life" - Lecture by R. Andreas Kraemer
  6. The Dismantling of the German Federal Health Agency: A Case of (Failed) Institutional Precaution - Publication

1. Kyoto and Beyond: Climate Change and Transatlantic Storms - Dinner Dialogue with Lee Lane
International Climate Protection Policy was the subject at the Dinner Dialogue in honor of Lee Lane, Executive Director of the Climate Policy Center in Washington DC. The roots and the role of growing US conservatism as the driving force of American climate policy were controversially discussed, as well as the most efficient and promising approaches to tackle climate change issues. The Dinner Dialogue took place on 6 October 2004 in Berlin.
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2. Effects of the Ecological Tax Reform - Workshop
On behalf of the German Federal Environmental Agency, Ecologic analysed together with the German Institute for Economic Research the effects of the ecological tax reform. The study placed emphasis on the reform's impact on the private sector with particular regard to enterprises which have successfully adjusted to the changes due to the reform. First results of the study will be presented to the public on 16 November 2004 in Berlin and discussed with representatives of politics, non-governmental organisations and trade associations.
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3. How to strengthen the European Strategy for Sustainable Development - Publication
The transition to a sustainable development is a strategic aim of the EU. To this end, the European Council, adopted during the meeting in Gothenburg 2001 a European Sustainable Development Strategy. Next year (2005), the mid-term review of the strategy is scheduled. But how does the European Sustainable Development Strategy perform? In the article "From Lisbon to a Sustainable Europe? How the European Sustainable Development Can be Strengthened", Ecologic analyses the relation between the Sustainable Development Strategy to the Lisbon process, the weaknesses of the strategy and suggests a way forward.
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4. On Top of a Melting World: the Impact of Climate Change on Indigenous People in the Arctic Region - Dinner Dialogue with John Crump
The Arctic has been described as an indicator region for global environmental health. Both in the case of persistent organic pollutants and in the case of global warming, detrimental effects on indigenous peoples are becoming visible throughout the region - impacts that will also be felt in other parts of the world. A Dinner Dialogue with John Crump discussed possible impacts and the actions taken by the Arctic Council in response to these threats. The Dinner Dialogue took place in Berlin on 13 October 2004.
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5. Public Policies for Changing the "European Way of Life" - Lecture by R. Andreas Kraemer
In an Environmental Policy Lecture on Sustainable Consumption and Production - Public Policies for Changing the "European Way of Life", R. Andreas Kraemer presented the international framework and current activities in Europe and Germany. Faculty and students attended this event at Duke University, Durham, NC, on 21 September 2004 and engaged in a lively debate.
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6. The Dismantling of the German Federal Health Agency: A Case of (Failed) Institutional Precaution - Publication
The precautionary principle is one of the guiding principles of European environmental policy. Looking at Germany's scandal of AIDS contaminated blood bottles, Axel Conrads examines the failure of the German Federal Health Agency in the fight against AIDS. He identifies potential conflicts looming in the implementation of the precautionary principle and requirements for a suitable institutional framework.
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