Carbon Footprint, Climate Talks, COP23 - Fiji & Bonn, Mitigation

Get your mitigation straight, Germany – Fossil fuel phase-out demanded soon

This article is written by Mona Hosseini.

The 23rd Conference of the Parties will be hosted by Fiji in the headquarter of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany. A country which is marked by contrasts: a renewable energy success story on the one hand and a coal-burning record on the other. Actually the conference venue is not far situated from the coal mining area in the Rhineland [1] which is Europe´s largest carbon dioxide emitter [2]. Nevertheless, Germany has traditionally, and according to a recent study of the EU Climate Leader Board, a good reputation as a climate leader. This does not reflect the complete reality of Germany and its coal tradition [3]:1 Lire la suite « Get your mitigation straight, Germany – Fossil fuel phase-out demanded soon »

Carbon Footprint, Climate Action

August, 2nd 2017 – Earth Overshoot Day: Tilting the ecological debt balance through individual commitment and action

This article is written by Rachel Wu & Sofia Kabbej.

Image 1 (Overshoot Day)

From birthdays to historical milestones, international observances to the occasional solar eclipse, one can count on social media and globally integrated information feeds for the quipping reminder and comprehensive commemorative signposts. Earth Overshoot Day, which lands on the 2nd of August this year, might come to pass with a more muted buzz than that which might follow a total solar eclipse, but its collective significance is no less planetary and the date calls for its very own repertoire of action.

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Carbon Footprint, Carbon Markets, Climate Politics, Paris Agreement

The development of carbon markets – and what they have become

This article is written by Birte Kurbjeweit.

The if and how of carbon markets is a heavily discussed issue in climate politics. Supporters of carbon markets argue that emissions trading systems are the most liberal and economic form of carbon reduction while strengthening the economy. Opponents on the other hand refer to the rather inefficient carbon markets set up by the Kyoto Protocol and the EU’s Emission Trading System (ETS), where the emission limits were set too high and carbon prices too low to incite green development. Additionally, through carbon offset programs polluters have been given the opportunity to make money in carbon markets.

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Carbon Footprint, CliMates' 5th Anniversary

5 ways you are emitting carbon without realizing it

This article is part of our anniversary special for CliMates’ 5th birthday!

Article written by Tatiana Rinke

carbon_footprint_cartoonWe know we emit greenhouse gases every day and many of us already adopted habits that limit these emissions in an effort to reduce our personal carbon footprint. Ride your bike to work, insulate your house correctly, recycle, … Being aware of these emissions and actually acting upon it is one way to contribute to a greener, safer and more resilient planet. Unfortunately, we aren’t aware of all the ways we actually emit greenhouse gases in our daily life. We are going to present you 5 ways you emit GHG… (probably) without even realizing it!

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