Ecologic Newsletter No 93 – September 2010
- Ecologic Institute celebrates its 15th anniversary with over 200 guests
- US climate policy after a hot summer - from "Yes we can" to "Sorry - we tried"? – Climate Talk
- The Role of Ecology in Security Politics: Climate Change, Conflict and Security – Presentation
- Environmental Policy Think Tanks in the EU and USA - How influential? How independent? – Presentation
- The path to a mandatory US-ETS: the Chicago Climate Exchange, RGGI, and other starting points – Presentation
- Land and Ecosystem Degradation and Desertification: Assessing the Fit of Responses (LEDDRA) – Brochure
- Decoupling: Economic Growth - Transport - Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Video
1. Ecologic Institute celebrates its 15th anniversary with over 200 guests
On 1 September 2010, Ecologic Institute celebrated its 15th anniversary along with 200 other guests in the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW). In addition to Ecologic Institute's fifteen years, there were other reasons to celebrate: Ecologic Institute was awarded its 50th research project from the European Commission, "InContext – Supportive environments for sustainable living" and just hired its 100th employee, Prof. Dr. Christoph Stefes. You can find a photo gallery of the party and the "Ecologic Birthday Trailer" online at our anniversary website.
2. US climate policy after a hot summer - from "Yes we can" to "Sorry - we tried"? – Climate Talk
What do the developments in Congress mean for American climate policy? Could the states, the economy or civil society become driving forces in climate policy if progress can no longer be made at the federal level? These questions were discussed with selected experts in the field of climate policy at the 16th Climate Talk, hosted by Dr. Camilla Bausch and Benjamin Görlach of Ecologic Institute and Dr. Susanne Dröge of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs at the end of August 2010.
3. The Role of Ecology in Security Politics: Climate Change, Conflict and Security – Presentation
Climate change threatens access to essential resources for millions of people. Moreover, climate change also directly threatens the lives of people. The conflicts that might result from climate change could thus escalate into violent conflicts within and between states. In his presentation, Christoph H. Stefes, Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, discussed under what circumstances conflicts might turn violent and how the Western community could assist in preventing or solving these conflicts.
4. Environmental Policy Think Tanks in the EU and USA - How influential? How independent? – Presentation
As it implements policy reforms, China needs think tanks to work across traditional divisions of government, contest presented research, and produce new ideas. R. Andreas Kraemer of Ecologic Institute addressed the importance of environmental think tanks in jointly facing global challenges at the conference on "Think Tanks in Global Comparison – Modes of Operations" convened by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and Zhejiang University in Hangzhou (China) on 25 and 26 August 2010.
5. The path to a mandatory US-ETS: the Chicago Climate Exchange, RGGI, and other starting points – Presentation
Hessen's State Ministry for Environment, Energy, Agriculture and Consumer Protection and its partners held a half-day conference on the themes of emissions trading and climate policy in the USA as part of a year-long series of events. Dominic Marcellino, Fellow at Ecologic Institute Washington DC, gave a presentation on the current political situation in the United States with respect to climate change.
6. Land and Ecosystem Degradation and Desertification: Assessing the Fit of Responses (LEDDRA) – Brochure
The Ecologic Institute is a part of the LEDDRA consortium. Launched in April 2010, the project will contribute scientific and policy-relevant knowledge as well as refine already existing knowledge, especially within a cross-national context, and will elaborate scientifically sound practices and informed policies to combat land and ecosystem degradation and desertification. A brochure was published that represents the LEDDRA philosophy, approach, objectives, methodology, case study sites and partners and can be downloaded online.
7. Decoupling: Economic Growth - Transport - Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Video
Road transport is the most important driver for increasing greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union and therefore plays a critical role in achieving the EU's 20% greenhouse gas reduction target by 2020. The objective is to decouple economic growth and the demand for transport in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This video (8:36 min) presents European data on economic growth, transport and greenhouse gas emissions.