Category Archive for: Climate Change

The year starts with a record heat in Australia!

With hurricane Sandy still in our minds, the year began with another catastrophy as a result of climate change: Australia experiences a record heat! It can easily be seen that this is not a usual heat wave as the Australian weather office had to introduce a new colour to show temperature forecasts of more than 54…

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After the Fiscal Cliff, let’s focus on the Climate Cliff

Stock exchanges can be happy: In the latest possible moment (actually, even a bit later), the embarrassing US Fiscal Cliff negotiations came to the anticipated successful and positive ending with a lot of compromise (and a deferral of the problem, as if negotiators would have studies Austrian grand coalition politics). So, as we’ve found a solution to the…

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Let’s continue to act!

Let’s face it: COP15 was a historic political failure which didn’t produce anything valuable and does not guarantee further political action. As climate change won’t take a break after Copenhagen, it is our task to sustain the momentum of the civil society movements that have sent so many great signals through the whole world in…

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Barack Obama and Wen Jiabao disappoint!

After today’s speeches by Wen Jiabao and Barack Obama today at noon it became clear that COP15 will end with a disappointment. The US and China have not moved with regards to their emission reduction targets compared to the insufficient targets that were already discussed before the summit in Copenhagen. So, the public expectations for…

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Interview on Bulgarian TV: “Climate change is a matter of responsibility”

This week, the Bulgarian national TV station interviewed several TH!NKers about climate change and the COP15 summit. In my interview on the morning show, I tried to talk about the aspect of global responsibility, to highlight some possibilities for individual action and to emphasize the importance of ambitious emissions reduction goals and comprehensive adaptation funds…

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180 Austrian schoolchildren demand action from politicians

Renewable energy, electromobility, public transport, airtravel, nuclear power, migration, penalties for CO2 emissions, eating habits, the COP15 climate summit, personal lifestyle, deforestation or CO2 food labels – rarely, so many aspects of a topic are debated in the Austrian parliament like in the “Youth.Climate.Parliament” some days ago. After presenting “Climate protection now!” banners in the…

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A global challenge: Climate change, hunger and migration

Today is Blog Action Day on climate change and tomorrow is World Food Day with this year’s theme “Achieving food security in times of crisis”. So, I’d like to take this opportunity to write about the interesection of climate change, hunger and migration which is one of the most pressing issues in terms of global…

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There’s no such thing as “clean coal”!

It was recently reported that the European Union will additionally invest € 50 billion in energy technology research over the next ten years. Unfortunately, a closer look at the actual numbers reveals that 40% of the funds will go into the technologies of the past (nuclear and coal), with € 13 billion for carbon capture…

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