This paper assesses potential impacts of the current financial crisis on the investment industry's efforts to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in general, and climate change issues in particular, in its products and processes.
Who we are and what we want to achieve: “Observing, Analysing, Acting” under this motto Germanwatch has been engaged since 1991 for global equity and the preservation of livelihoods.
This paper is a follow-up study that analyses and evaluates the audited parts of the management reports / annual reports 2007 of major European automobile companies. Main focus is the analysis and evaluation of appropriate reporting of climate change related risks and uncertainties. The annual reports were analysed with respect to whether they meet the requirements of the Directive 78/660/EEC and whether financial and non-financial key performance indicators relevant to particular businesses were included. It takes only into account the parts which were audited by accountants.
Climate change threatens to make the already difficult situation of food security in the world even worse. The Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - based on the evaluation of many scientific studies - has made a critical assessment of the possible impacts of climate change on agriculture, livestock and fishing, particularly in the countries of the tropics and sub-tropics.
The brief legal opinion analyses the obligations of automobile companies in Germany, France and Italy in regard to the European Community and domestic law for reporting of climate change and oil price risks. Reporting of those risks is of special interest for shareholders and investors alike.
This discussion paper elaborates 10 central themes on the measures that China is taking and will take to combat climate change in the dimensions of political and civil society. The paper identifies areas where the EU…
This survey analyses and evaluates the annual reports 2006 - audited by accountants - of major European automobile companies concerning appropriate reporting of climate change related risks and uncertainties. The reports were analysed with respect to whether they meet the requirements of the Directive 78/660/EEC and whether financial and non-financial key performance indicators relevant to particular businesses were included.
The Germanwatch Climate Expedition is targeting students from the age of ten years on all over Germany. More and more teachers, trainers, social groups and religious groups are asking for presentations for internal or external climate education events.
Hot summers, floods, and winters without snow – during the last decade extreme weather events have given rise to worldwide concerns. One can hardly fail to notice that these extreme events indicate potential impacts of climate change in the future. Other consequences, however, which are at least as serious, emerge only gradually. One example are rising sea levels which threaten huge areas and coastal settlements and have serious effects particularly on people in developing countries.
The spectacular worldwide receding of mountain glaciers is one of the most reliable evidences of the changing global climate since mid 19th century. Mountain glaciers therefore, are seen as key indicators for climate changes and act as a sort of "global thermometer" (Haeberli et al. 1998b, IPCC 2001, OcCC 2002). And although the global temperature rise of about 0.6°C in the last hundred years might seem negligible at first sight its impacts are tremendous. Alone the Alp glaciers have lost around one third of their surface area and half of their volume by the 1970s. Likewise, since the 1980s 10-20% of the estimated 130 km3 of ice reserves have been lost (Maisch/ Haeberli 2003).