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 »

Adaptation, Climate Talks, COP23 - Fiji & Bonn

Technical talks on Adaptation ahead of COP23

This article is written by Viktor Jósa.

12th Meeting of the Adaptation Committee (AC) – 19-22 September 2017 – Bonn

slide_2The AC did not begin today

The Adaptation Committee (AC) – is a technical UNFCCC body, which was launched at COP16 in Cancun in 2010 and serves as one of the key bodies in carrying forward the political momentum of Paris. In September 2017 in Bonn the Adaptation Committee members convened for the last time before COP23 to discuss priorities for work in the upcoming months. The Adaptation Committee will have to satisfy two general expectations.

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4sea, Oceans

Biodiversity and its threats in the Wadden Sea

This article is part of the 4sea Project

The European Wadden Sea

The European Wadden Sea is located in the North Sea and reaches from Den Helder in the Netherlands, through Germany to Esbjerg in Denmark. There are other parts of the world where tidal regions also exist for example in Mauritania in West Africa and in Georgia Bight in the USA. With the expanse of the European Wadden Sea of 10.000 square meters it is the longest, connected tidal region worldwide [1].

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4sea, Oceans

Does heat stress amplify the negative effects of micro plastics on marine benthic filter feeders?

This article is part of the 4sea Project

Since the 1950´s, the worldwide plastic production has continuously increased to a maximum of roughly 288 Mio tons in 2013. Of this vast amount of plastic litter about 4.8 to 12.7 Mio tons enter the oceans annually even though it is a fact that plastic and especially small plastics particles (< 5mm), termed micro plastics pose a serious threat to marine organisms and their ecosystems [1]. These small particles are ubiquitous in the marine environment and can mistakenly be taken up by marine organisms, like bivalve species causing severe negative effects. Micro plastics can lead to tissue inflammation, reduction of filtering activities, the production of pseudofaeces, impact the reproduction, or even cause death [2].

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Oceans, SDGs

The SDGs turn 2 – Time to get to know #SDG14

This article is written by Mona Hosseini.

Back in September 2015 193 governments came together after a process of discussions and negotiation to sign the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs then replaced the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs were meant to be reached until 2015 whereas the SDGs are part of the post 2015 agenda, namely the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development [1].

The Sustainable Development Goals turned 2 this year which is only one of many reasons to pay attention to them. Before taking a closer look at the 14th SDG about life below water we will discuss Sustainable Development in general and have a broad but short overview of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

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4sea, Oceans

Climate change and fishery: How climate change strongly impact food security in Sub-Saharan-Africa?

This article is part of the 4sea Project

In the whole world, fisheries play an important role providing food supply and being an income generator and nutrition source to millions of people. Indeed, some 43,5 millions of people live directly from the fishery sector. If you add all the fishery associated activities, it is some 200 millions of people (Essam Yassin Mohammed and Zenebe Bashaw Uraguchi, 2013) who live directly from fishery.

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Civil Society, Desertification

Desertif’Actions 2017

This article is written by Charlotte Blondel.

The international summit of non-state actors on desertification, Désertif’Actions 2017, took place in Strasbourg, France, from 26th to 28th June, 2017. It was co-organized by Climate Chance, CARI and the UN Convention on Desertification (UNCCD), and supported by the city of Strasbourg.


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