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Climate-Related Loss and Damage: Finding a Just Solution to the Political Challenges

A Position Paper by Brot für die Welt supported by ACT Alliance und Germanwatch

In August 2015 an unusually intense monsoon caused devastating floods and landslides leading to the death of many people across Asia. Particularly in Myanmar, the rain destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes and streets and flooded rice paddies. In its most recent report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that climate change will increase the duration and intensity of such and similar extreme weather events (IPCC 2014b). This will also lead to an increase in climate- related loss and damage (L&D), either as a result of extreme weather events or associated with slow-onset climate change, when glaciers melt, permafrost thaws and sea levels rise. >> mehr
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Progress on national climate action plans for the Paris conference: "Climate action? - It's better to join in than to be out!"

Blogpost by Rixa Schwarz, October 2015

At the United Nations Climate Conference in Lima in 2014, it was decided that all countries should submit their national climate action plans to the United Nations in the course of 2015. These so-called intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) will be an important basis for the new global climate agreement to be concluded in Paris in December 2015. Shortly after the 1 October 2015 deadline for countries to submit their plans, the European Commission and the Government of Morocco convened the INDC Forum in Rabat from 12-13 October 2015. >> mehr
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The Challenges of Communicating Climate Change in India

Blogpost by Darpan Vaishnav, October 2015

If the 'common' people in India are supposed to be made aware of climate change and its impacts, they are supposed to hear it in their 'language' or precisely, their medium of understanding. And they will start to act with their own means. This message floats out as a clear conclusion in this article judging from my interaction with people from different walks of life. This article focuses not only on some key questions that highlight the challenges faced over climate change awareness raising but also some communications goals in accordance to different segments of people in India. >> mehr
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What to expect of India's INDC in comparison to the EU's climate contribution?

By end September 2015 most countries will submit their climate contributions (INDCs) for the new climate agreement to be adopted in Paris this December. The EU has already announced its contribution of at least 40 percent emission reduction by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. In India, the preparations for the INDC have been finalized, too. What is expected of the Indian INDC? What would be equitable? >> mehr
Cover: Kriterien für 2 Grad kompatible Investitionen

Developing criteria to align investments with 2°C compatible pathways

The German government, through the German Federal Environment Agency, commissioned a consortium consisting of NewClimate Institute, Germanwatch, and the 2° Investing Initiative to explore criteria to measure the alignment of investment and financing with the 2°C limit. The project focuses in particular on development finance institutions. >> mehr

The Benefit of Climate Protection

Why the 5th Assessment Report of the IPCC falls short

Coming soon >> mehr
Cover BestGrid Legal Report

Opportunities and restrictions for public participation in European transmission grid projects

A legal report submitted to the BESTGRID Project

This report describes the planning and licensing process for extra high voltage transmission lines under EU and national law regulatory framework. It is shown that the TEN-E Regulation 347/2013 introduces binding priorities (PCI, Projects of Common Interest) into national planning processes, shifting participation requirements to the EU level. The comparison between the German and the UK system of planning and permitting displays the different approaches: while the regulatory system is much more refined in Germany, granting much access and public participation, the participatory approach in the UK is more open, and access to justice is easier. >> mehr


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