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Landwirtschaft und Ernährungssicherung in der Mongolei

Although Mongolia's GDP has grown consistently in recent years due to the booming mining sector, poverty is still widespread. This article aims to determine the extent to which agriculture contributes to food security in Mongolia and highlights the problems and challenges this sector is facing. In this article, published in the Geographische Rundschau, the authors Zoritza Kiresiewa (Ecologic Institute), Ankhtuya Altangadas, and Jörg Janzen answer these questions.Read more

From "Brokenhagen" to "Cancún Can!"

The Cancún Climate Summit and its Significance for Transatlantic Relations
The climate summit 2010 in Cancún has mostly been considered a success. The revival of multilateralism has been prized as the most important outcome. However, it remains that the most difficult decisions, were postponed in Cancún. Michael Mehling of Ecologic Institute outlines the importance of the results for transatlantic relations. The article is available for download.Read more

Nachhaltigkeits- und Wirtschaftsindikatoren verknüpfen

Jetzt die richtigen Weichen stellen
Mainstream economic indicators still dominate practical policy making. In this journal article, Lucas Porsch explains how the connection of sustainability measures and these mainstream indicators can be a tool for policy makers to understand and manage trade-offs between different sustainability categories.Read more

Migration and Risk

Net Migration in Marginal Ecosystems and Hazardous Areas
The results of a research project undertaken by the Center for Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University to which Ecologic Institute Senior Fellow Tanja Srebotnjak contributed have been published in the scientific journal Environmental Research Letters. The study produced geospatially explicit estimates of human net migration across ecosystems between 1970 and 2010.Read more

Germany, Fukushima and Global Nuclear Governance

After the Fukushima incident, Germany was unique in being able to pass a law aiming to close all nuclear power plants by the end of 2022. Investments in the development, demonstration, and deployment of renewable energies over the past decades, along with the "feed-in tariff," which since 1991 has rewarded successful operators of renewable power plants, enabled Germany to do soRead more

Dissolving the 'Westphalian system'

Transnationalism in Transboundary Water Management
The "Westphalian system" of international relations, based on delineation, non-interference, and separation, hinders effective management of environmental resources, such as trans-boundary rivers. In this article, R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute explains how cooperation and sharing responsibilities over watercourses between states provided the basis for the US Constitution and the institutional order of the EU, and now drive a new transnationalism that erodes the Westphalian system. The article is available for download.Read more

Kein Geld für Gier bei Fisch und Acker

This article, written by Ruta Landgrebe and Benjamin Boteler from Ecologic Institute in the theme issue of the German League for Nature, Animal Protection and Environment’s (DNR) newsletter, concerns environmentally harmful EU subsidies in the agricultural and fisheries sectors and argues for continued support for the "greening" of the EU budget, including the elimination of environmentally harmful subsidies for the new seven-year funding period 2014-2020.Read more

Improving the Clean Development Mechanism Post-2012

A Developing Country Perspective
The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) should remain in place beyond 2012 and be improved to facilitate more meaningful participation by developing countries in climate mitigation efforts. This is the conclusion reached in an article written by, inter alia, Michael Mehling, President of Ecologic Institute Washington.Read more

Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services through Reformed European Agricultural Policies

In this article published in Conservation Letters, members of the interdisciplinary Research Group on Ecosystem Services examine the possibilities and perspectives for a reorientation of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The authors find that the current reform proposals do not take into account the knowledge generated by ecosystem research. They argue that the CAP should be reformed such that it serves as an instrument to safeguard ecosystem services from agricultural land.Read more

How Germany Became Europe's Green Leader: A Look at Four Decades of Sustainable Policymaking

Over the last 40 years, Germany has retooled policies to promote more environmentally sustainable growth. Michael Mehling contributed to an article focusing on four case studies from Germany in the areas of energy, urban infrastructure, and transportation. The article identifies potential opportunities for policy transfer from Germany to the United States as well as barriers that may hinder such transfer.Read more

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