On 24 April 2012, Ecologic Institute had the distinct honor of hosting Dr. Michael Beck at a dinner dialogue to discuss his work on building coastal resilience to climate change and coastal hazards. Dr. Beck is the Lead Marine Scientist at The Nature Conservancy as well as an adjunct faculty member at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is...Read more
In the F&E project "KüstenKlima" a range of solutions and recommended actions have been produced to show how spatial planning together with the instrument of Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) could support collaboration and conflict solving in settled or semi-natural German coastal areas – also with regard to climate protection and climate change. Ecologic Institute's Susanne Altvater, Franziska Lehmann, and Dr. Nico Stelljes have, together with the planning office "Raum und Energie," created various working aids for administrators and conductedRead more
At the largest annual event for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities in the United States, Michael Mehling, President of Ecologic Institute in Washington DC, described European experiences with renewable energy in agriculture.
Speaking on a panel titled "Developments in Renewable Energy and Climate Policy", Michael Mehling drew attention to renewable energy opportunities for farmers in the European Union, highlighting recent trends and policy developments. During the discussion, participants expressed particular interest in the amended legislative framework forRead more
Scientists and practitioners have rarely had the opportunity to exchange their ideas on climate adaptation in such an up-to-date and direct way as at the second RADOST annual conference on 18 and 19 May in Travemünde. What are the expected impacts of climate change at the regional and local level at the German Baltic Sea coast? How can local stakeholders adapt to these? What kind of scientific information do they need as a basis for implementing such measures? These questions were discussed by 75 scientists in the fields of climate and natural science research, political science and sociology, together with representatives from politics, administration, economy and civil society in several science-practice dialogues. This offered stakeholders willing to promote climate adaptation in their region another opportunity to get involved in the design of this development process.
Ecologic Institute writes a legal commentary on the German PRTR-Act. Under this law and an EU-Regulation, operators of certain installations in Germany have to report data on pollutants for publication in a German as well as to a European pollutant release and transfer register (PRTR). The legal commentary is mainly addressed at authorities and operators to facilitate the application of the rules without in-depth knowledge on their legal background.Read more