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Adapting/Adopting: Perspectives on International Cooperation in Addressing Climate Change

6 May 2008

Alina BokdeNicole WilkeOn May 6, 2008, an Ecologic International Riverside Chat brought together Alina Bokde and Nicole Wilke to discuss the topics of adaptation and adoption of climate policies in the context of addressing the challenges associated with climate change....Read more

International Cooperation on Climate and Energy

4 May 2008 to 10 May 2008
Berlin, Dessau and Bonn
From 4 - 10 May 2008, a visitors programme on climate and energy issues took place in Berlin, Dessau and Bonn. The programme was organised by Ecologic in co-operation with the German Federal Foreign Office, addressing policy-makers on the state, regional and municipal level as well as journalists. It included appointments with experts from ministries, the UNFCCC, think tanks and NGOs as well as field visits to leading examples of the German "ecological industrial policy". Read more

Climate Change and the Economy

28 April 2008

As part of the celebration of its 25th anniversary, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) hosted a workshop on "Globalization, Trade, and Environment: German-American Cooperation or Confrontation?" in Berlin on 28 April 2008.  R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic moderated the panel on Climate Change and the Economy.

The Speakers were:

  • Claudia Kemfert, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW)
  • Sascha Müller-Kraenner, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
  • Miranda Schreurs,
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New Threats Arising from Climate Change and Energy Scarcity – What Role for International Governance?

24 April 2008

At an Ecologic Dinner Dialogue in Brussels on 24 April 2008, Jamie Shea and Helga Schmid discussed the role for the EU and NATO in responding to threats arising from climate change. Jamie Shea is Head of Policy Planning at NATO. Helga Schmid is Policy Unit Director at the EU Council Secretariat. Both agreed on the importance of the issue. While it is already on the agenda and reflected in various EU documents, Jamie Shea laid out reasons why it is not yet at NATO’s agenda and made recommendations that could help change the current situation.

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The European Emissions Trading Scheme: Coming of Age?

An Assessment of the EU Commission Proposal for a Review of the Scheme
Based on the first three years of experience with the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), the European Commission has put forward its proposals for a review of the scheme on 23 January 2008. This article by Benjamin Görlach, Olaf Hölzer-Schopohl, and Hauke Hermann, a Fellow with Ecologic, summarises some of the main changes proposed by the Commission in response to identified deficits, and outlines some of the most contentious points expected to feature prominently in further debate. Read more

How Much Does Nuclear Energy Really Contribute to Climate Protection?

11 March 2008
The debate regarding the expansion of nuclear energy capacity has gained new prominence in the face of climate change. In scientific and political scenarios, nuclear energy is often seen as an important element of a future energy system. Against this backdrop, the Climate Talk tried to evaluate the actual contribution of nuclear energy towards greenhouse gas reduction targets. Taking into account existing and emerging alternatives, the experts assessed the future role of nuclear energy in the international climate policy regime.Read more

European and American Approaches to Climate Change: Prospects for a Common Trans-Atlantic Agenda

9 March 2008

Chaired by Madeleine Albright, the Aspen Atlantic Group (AAG) is an initiative of former serving North American and European foreign ministers, from across the political spectrum.  The AAG dedicated ist 8th Meeting on 6 to 9 March 2008 in Copenhagen, Denmark, to the Political Implications of Climate Change, and invited R. Andreas Kraemer to speak on European and American Approaches to Climate Change: Prospects for a Common Transatlantic Agenda. Deliberations at the meeting covered a range of topics, including U.S. movement to address climate change, the integration of emerging countries, the national security implications of a climate shift, the prospects of a global deal during the Copenhagen 2009 summit, and European and American approaches for dealing with this issue.Read more

Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic

The aim of this paper, prepared by the Arctic Centre in September 2008 as part of the Arctic TRANSFORM project, is to present the situation of the Arctic indigenous peoples in relation to the changing marine environment. The Arctic region is home to several groups of indigenous peoples (including Inupiat, Yup’ik and Aleut in Alaska, Inuit in Greenland and Canada, Saami in Fennoscandia and Russia and, Yup’ik, Chukchi, Even, Evenk and Nenets in Russia). Out of the total population of 4 million people in the Arctic, 10 % are indigenous. Climate change significantly impacts the traditional harvesting and other activities of indigenous peoples.Read more

Current Developments - International

More than any previous year, 2007 saw momentum build for concerted international action on climate change. With a lively public debate and several high-profile events, global warming enjoyed unprecedented media attention and also a prominent place on the political agenda as the year came to an end. In this article Camilla Bausch, Head of Energy and Climate at Ecologic, and Michael Mehling, Head of the Ecologic office in Washington, D.C., review central developments in the area of international climate policy in the last quarter of 2007. Read more


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