Meat Atlas

January 7, 2014 - The way in which we produce and consume meat affects many aspects of our lives and our environment: health, animal protection, food safety, agriculture, trade, environment and climate impacts are only some of these dimensions. Our new publication, the Meat Atlas 2014, describes and illustrates these relationships.  more»


Nature, Inc.?

- September 18, 2013 - Governments and international institutions are increasingly adopting a new approach to ecological preservation, based on the view that nature is a service provider. In doing so, they have shifted the onus of mitigating environmental risk onto the private sector and market-based mechanisms – with potentially devastating consequences.
  Barbara Unmüßig, President, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung more»


Powering Africa through Feed-In Tariffs

- April 22, 2013 - Africa is facing a severe energy crisis and fails to meet the increasing demand for electricity. Renewable Energy Feed-in Tarifs (REFiTs) is one tool that has been successful in increasing the use of renewable technologies worldwide. This comprehensive study comissioned by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung and the World Future Council shows that REFiTs can unlock renewable energy development in Africa  more»


Democracy, Democratization and Climate Change

- December 13, 2012 - Relationships between democracy and more particularly democratization on the one side and climate change and responses to that on the other are underexplored in the two literatures on democratization and climate change. A special issue of the journal DEMOCRATIZATION, with contributions by several Heinrich Böll Foundation authors, explores a variety of facets of this complex and interdependent relationship.  DEMOCRATIZATION, Volume 19, Number 5, October 2012 - Edited by Peter Burnell and Jana Mittag more»


Seasons of Change

- November 19, 2012 - The State of Qatar is hosting the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha from November 26 to December 7, 2012. This webdossier compiles analysis and perspectives from the the Heinrich Böll Stiftung and its partners on how climate change, resource and energy politics relate to political and social change.  more»


Critique of the Green Economy. A Conversation with Barbara Unmüßig

- July 6, 2012 - On 31 May 2012, a press conference took place on “Figures, Dates, and Facts about the June 2012 Rio Summit: A Green Economy – Silver Bullet or Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?” Afterwards Schattenblick spoke with Barbara Unmüßig, President of the Heinrich Boell Foundation. Interview with Barbara Unmüßig more»
Fairness in a Finite World - Rio+20


Fairness in a Finite World – Rio+20 and Beyond

- 20 years after the first Earth Summit, the international community will gather once more in Rio de Janeiro from the 20th to the 22th of June 2012. But for a greener, more equitable and more resource efficient world mere declarations will not be enough. A serious shift in priorities is needed. A greener economy is possible, but it needs to be socially just, gender equitable and democratic.  more»


European Climate Leadership – Durban and Beyond

- March 6, 2012 - Can Europe assert leadership on climate change in light of its myriad problems? The EU was key in shaping the outcome of the last UNFCCC negotiations, the so-called Durban Platform.  This paper analyzes the prospects for Europe to continue to act as a driving force towards a greener planet, both at home and abroad. Hans JH Verolme more»
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Policy Paper

Lighting up Ladakh

- February 14, 2012 - Solar power has the potential to provide secure and reliable energy to rural communities in developing countries. This case study examines an off-grid project in India and assesses it implications for national energy policy. Mohd Shawahiq Siddiqui, Shilpa Chohan and Sanjay Upadhyay more»


Climate - Migration - Security

- Growing evidence of links between climate change, migration, and conflict raise plenty of reasons for concern and it’s time to start thinking about new answers to these multifaceted crisis scenarios. - New report on Climate Change, Migration, and Conflict in South Asia!

Policy Paper

COP 17 in Durban: A Largely Empty Package

- December 19, 2011 - With negotiation time extended for more than 30 hours, the South African Presidency was able to conclude the climate summit in Durban with a "Durban Package" of measures. However, while agreement was reached - barely - many key issues remained unresolved, making the COP17 results  in many respects "a largely empty package". By Lili Fuhr, Liane Schalatek and Kulthoum Omari more»


Civil Climate Change Activism in China – More than Meets the Eye

- November 27, 2011 - Transitioning towards a low-carbon economy requires the active engagement of civil society. This report explores the growing role of Chinese environmental NGOs in pushing aggressive climate targets and how the Chinese government enhances these efforts to implement ambitious climate change and renewable energy action. Patrick Schröder more»

Policy Paper

A Future for International Climate Politics

- November 14, 2011 - Two years after the Copenhagen summit, the real world is moving away from a safe and equitable climate future faster than ever. If the G-20 is “the premier forum for international economic development” and we are serious about stopping climate change, we have to ensure that G-20 politics do not undermine our objectives for the climate, the environment, poverty eradica-tion, and global justice. Lili Fuhr and Barbara Unmüßig more»


NGOs in the Climate Crisis

- June 22, 2011 - For many years, the belief has survived that we are one global civil society, which – in a historic mission – will save the world in light of the universal failure of state policies.  This position is experiencing a renaissance, particularly following the disappointing  United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen in 2009. Barbara Unmüßig more»


Reaching Boiling Point? Global Perspectives on the 2011 UN Climate Summit

- June 10, 2011 -

South Africa plays host to the next UN climate conference in Durban from November 28 to December 9, 2011. This dossier provides an analysis of the major issues at stake and the context in which the negotiations will be held. It offers ongoing commentary and updates on major developments in the run up to the negotiations.



Grounding Green Power

- May 26, 2011 - This paper identifies key components of smart renewable energy policy in developing countries, focusing on the power sector. It also provides recommendations for maximizing the effectiveness of international support for deployment of renewable energies, drawn from these on-the-ground experiences in developing countries. Lutz Weischer, Davida Wood, Athena Ballesteros and Xing Fu-Bertaux more»


Marginal Oil

- May 19, 2011 - With conventional oil production in decline, the global oil industry is investing heavily in dirtier and riskier forms of unconventional oil such as heavy crude, tar sands, and oil shale. These investments pose a challenge to the climate, the environment, and local communities. Lorne Stockman and Sarah Wykes more»


Principles Matter for Climate Finance

- December 17, 2010 - Liane Schalatek says climate finance decisions utilising public funds are not made within a normative vacuum. Comprehensive legal frameworks related to environmental protection and universal human rights exist, which together with core democratic principles must be applied to the mobilisation, governance and disbursement of public climate finance more»


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