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We actively promote North-South equity and the preservation of livelihoods. We observe, analyse and act. In doing so, we focus on the politics and economics of the North with their worldwide consequences.
Cover EU Responsible Mineral Sourcing Regulation
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EU Responsible Mineral Sourcing Regulation

Civil Society Response to the Council Mandate Agreed by Coreper on 17 December 2015

The devastating impacts of the trade in minerals linked to conflict and human rights abuses are well documented. The problem has not gone away. >> mehr
Cover WIM Briefing
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ExCom #2 - Addressing the Climate Risk Gap

Insights for the 2nd Meeting of the Executive Committee

While Paris has been a success in terms of environmental diplomacy and politically acknowledged the risks of climate change especially if global mean temperature exceeds 1.5° C, the current level of domestic targets would result in much higher global warming. This emission gap directly translates into a climate risk gap resulting in loss and damage for people and ecosystems. This is the backdrop against which the Warsaw International Mechanism's performance needs to be compared. >> mehr
Climate & Development Knowledge Network
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Climate finance options for cities

Post by Lisa Junghans, January 2016

Lisa Junghans, Policy Advisor – Climate Change, Adaptation and Urban Transformation at Germanwatch talks at the Climate & Development Knowledge Network- Website about a recent CDKN-supported publication on financing climate compatible development in cities. The publication is an output of CDKN supported project. >> mehr
Paris Climate Agreement Business Declaration: 35 Companies
Meldung
9. December 2015

Paris is the global decarbonisation turning point

Paris Climate Agreement Business Declaration

[Unauthorised translation of the German original: http://germanwatch.org/de/11433] The conference in Paris has impressively confirmed the growing international consensus that was last demonstrated at the 2015 G7 summit in Germany. Governments around the world are now serious about taking decisive action well before the end of the century to phase out fossil fuels in accordance with the findings of climate science. We welcome the clear commitment made by large industrial countries to undertake the necessary transformation of their energy systems by the middle of the century. This undertaking is now more feasible than ever thanks to declining costs for renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. >> mehr
CCPI 2016
Pressemitteilung
8. December 2015

Global decarbonisation on the starting block

Indications for a turning point, but not yet a steady trend / Australia, Japan and Korea worst performers of all industrialized countries - a Press Release Germanwatch and Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe

The millennium started with a lost decade in terms of climate protection and, as indicated in the eleventh edition of the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI), global emissions were still growing in 2013. For 2014, there are signs of a slowdown or even a halt of this trend. >> mehr
Bild: Germanwatch Pressemitteilung
Pressemitteilung
4. December 2015

Climate Lawsuit: Peruvian Farmer sues German Utility RWE

Invitation to Press Conference on Saturday, 5 December 2015, Paris

For the first time, a company responsible for climate change faces legal charges in Europe: last week the Peruvian farmer and mountain guide Saúl Luciano Lliuya filed a lawsuit against the German utility RWE at the Regional Court in Essen, Germany. >> mehr
Bild: Germanwatch Pressemitteilung
Pressemitteilung
3. December 2015

Global Climate Risk Index 2016: Serbia, Afghanistan and Bosnia-Herzegovina hit hardest by extreme weather events last year

Germanwatch: Index results underline need for an ambitious Paris outcome that protects the most vulnerable

Serbia, Afghanistan and Bosnia and Herzegovina were the countries most impacted by climatic events in 2014. This is the result of this year’s Global Climate Risk Index, launched today by Germanwatch at the climate summit in Paris. "Heavy rains, flooding and landslides have been the defining hazards of the new Global Climate Risk Index", said Sönke Kreft, author of the study and Team Leader for International Climate Policy at Germanwatch. "Patterns of extreme precipitation is what people and countries will likely face in a warming climate." >> mehr
Cover Briefing Note Climate Action
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Climate Action: decrease your footprint – increase your Hand Print

Staying below two degrees means ending the use of coal, oil and gas

The international community has agreed several times that climate change must be limited to below 2°C. Many of the most vulnerable countries demand that this upper limit be tightened to 1.5°C to avoid further negative impacts on their populations. These global temperature limits will likely be included in the Paris Agreement as well. But temperature goals are very abstract. Paris will deliver an agreement – but emission reductions have to be realized on national, subnational, local and private levels... >> mehr
Cover 2 Degree Criteria
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Developing 2°C-Compatible Investment Criteria

This report studies the development of criteria for assessing the compatibility of financial investments with the international goal to limit global temperature increase to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The findings are intended as a starting point and a key input for a longer term process to develop consensus-based 2°C investing criteria. The focus here is placed on investments in projects and physical assets, in particular of development and climate finance organisations. >> mehr
Bild: Germanwatch Pressemitteilung
Pressemitteilung
24. November 2015

Peruvian farmer sues German utility RWE over dangers related to glacial melting

For the first time, a company responsible for climate change faces legal charges in Europe

Today, the Peruvian farmer and mountain guide Saúl Luciano Lliuya is filing a lawsuit against the German utility RWE at the Regional Court in Essen, Germany. The reason: The energy company’s immense emissions threaten his family, his property as well as a large part of his home city of Huaraz. Climate change has caused the glacial lake to quickly grow in size, making it a risk for the Andean city of 120,000. >> mehr

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Short about the CO2 intensive lifestyle of a metropolitan. Directed by Peter Wedel with Benno Fürmann.

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