Climate Change

Climate policy together or not at all

Transatlatic Media Fellowship

The dispute between the supporters of globalisation and the defenders of national sovereignty rages around the world. This also concerns climate policy. 

By Wojciech Jakóbik

Pittsburgh doesn’t want to choke on smog. How does it manage?

Transatlantic Media Fellowship

Despite being over 7000 kilometres apart, Kraków and Pittsburgh work with a similar target in mind: they both want to be leaders in the fight against polluted air, even if this means working against state policies. Pittsburgh wants all buildings to use renewable energy sources by 2030. Kraków will introduce a ban on burning coal in households in just 8 months’ time.

By Dominika Wantuch

What's at stake for COP 24?

Briefing

The Katowice UN Climate Change Conference will take place in Katowice from the 3rd till the 14th of December 2018. 

By Don Lehr

Can we still make it? 1.5°C as a climate challenge.

Report

What kind of actions are indispensable to take on by cities, regions, countries, business, societies, namely the entire international community, in order to enhance the responsibility and efficiency towards the climatic threats? How can we all take an action towards the emissions while still having the possibility of sustainable development and ensuring the poverty decrease?

By Katarzyna Ugryn

The Geoengineering Fallacy

Geoengineering technologies are not yet deployable globally, but support for them is advancing fast, thanks to backing by powerful advocates eager to start experiments. But no silver bullet for climate change exists, and we must not abandon proven methods for the sake of a promise that one will be found.

By Barbara Unmüßig

Poland again. Will they be pushing coal this time, too?

In the wake of the conclusions of the recent UN climate summit in Bonn it is worth casting an eye across the next conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Poland will be leading the negotiations for a fourth time and hosting delegates for a third. After Poznań 2008 and Warsaw 2013, Katowice’s turn has come. At the twenty-third Conference of the Parties (COP23) it was frequently heard that the talks would be returning next year to Poland, which hardly ranks among the progressives in terms of climate policy ... and the summit may once again be met with a defence of coal. Many delegates remember the coal summit which ran alongside COP19. It’s hard to forget, especially since COP24 will be taking place in the middle of Silesia, a region best known for coal mining.

By Urszula Stefanowicz

Publications

Contracts for Sustainable Infrastructure

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Report

Infrastructure is essential to the achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and to the success of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Our partner IISD presents why governments must invest in sustainable infrastructure and how they can integrate sustainability into infrastructure contracts.

Climate Change

Today, everybody is aware of how much the earth’s climate is changing. We are campaigning for a global climate treaty that is to be overseen by the United Nations. At the same time, we are involved in efforts towards climate change mitigation, the financing thereof, and in ensuring  that the consequent burden be shared in an equitable manner on the local, national, and regional levels - the whole world over.

A comprehensive dossier on energy & climate politics, including regional analyses from international offices of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, climate finance, green economy and many more related topics.

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