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Black and dirty: The coal challenge in India

Coal contributes over half of India’s primary commercial energy and is likely to remain India’s most important source of energy for the coming decade or two. This article summarizes the challenges produced by coal as well as the challenges that affect the sector and perspectives of an energy future for India.

The “doha climate gateway”: Will the camel go through the eye of the needle?

Expectations for the climate summit in Doha were so low that it is quite remarkable that the meager results still managed to fall short of them. The UN climate talks appear to have a recurring theme: The process was saved, unfortunately the climate wasn't. Did Doha move us even the tiniest step forward ?

By Lili Fuhr and Liane Schalatek

The german energy transition

Germany has drawn a lot of attention for the Energiewende - the aim to switch to a renewable energy economy, phase out nuclear power and leave fossil fuels behind. But what exactly is the German energy transition: How does it works and what challenges lay ahead? Check out this new website.

By Arne Jungjohann

Critique of the green economy - Toward social and environmental equity

The idea of growth as the way to end poverty and escape economic and financial crisis remains largely undisputed and is currently reflected in the concept of the green economy. But not everything that is “green” and efficient is also environmentally sustainable and socially equitable. This essay outlines a policy of less, of wealth in moderation, to enable the Earth’s resources to make a life of dignity and without need possible for all.

The Green Economy – The New Magic Bullet?

In this essay, the president of the Heinrich Boell Foundation, Barbara Unmuessig, critically reflects on the opportunities for and the shortcomings of the concept of a "Green Economy" to influence economic policy making globally, its relationship to the paradigm of sustainable development and the need to rethink our understanding and focus on growth

By Barbara Unmüßig

Pakistan - India Track II, (Climate) Change for Peace

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE - New Delhi) and the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI - Islamabad), with the support of Heinrich Böll Stiftung India and Pakistan offices, organized a 3-days dialogue “Climate Change for Peace - Track II” in the Best Western Hotel, Islamabad, on 13th to 15th February 2012

Smugness still rules in India’s nuclear establishment

The Fukushima nuclear disaster has shaken the global nuclear industry. But in many ways, India remains an exception to this trend. While the public is deeply upset, India's government, and the Department of Atomic Energy in particular, remain largely complacent.

By Praful Bidwai

Myth of Nuclear Power - A Guide

Some lobbyists and politicians carry on the myth that nuclear power is reliable, secure, and a source of unbeatable energy. The newest myth paints nuclear power as the necessary bridging technology to the solar age - in Europe and around the world. To address the myths of nuclear power, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung has commissioned renowned international nuclear experts to deliver reports that provide the public with an overview of current, fact-rich, and nuclear-critical know-how

Where does international climate policy stand after Cancún?

One year ago, the climate summit in Copenhagen failed, leaving the UN climate negotiations in tatters. The result of the following summit in Mexico – the Cancún Agreement – was a pleasant surprise for many observers, whose post-Copenhagen blues left them with little expectation of an agreement. An analysis

By By Lili Fuhr and Ingrid Spiller

Climate Finance Fundamentals – Series of Short Issue Briefs

In cooperation with ODI, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung is offering a new series of short introductory briefing on various aspects of climate financing. Called “Climate Finance Fundamentals” the short briefs, which include tables and graphs, are meant for those readers new to the debate on global climate change financing and its myriads of facets and needing a quick overview

No lessons from the past

The ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) remains a bundle of convenient contradictions. In its latest decision on the environment and forest clearances for the integrated steel plant and captive port for the South Korean company Pohang Steel Company (M/s Posco), the ministry has listed 28 and 32 extra conditions which the company will need to follow.

By By Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon

“Step in the right direction”

In Cancún UN members affirmed that average temperatures on Earth must not rise by more than two degrees. They also decided to establish a new Green Climate Fund and called for a timely follow-up to the Kyoto Protocol. In an interview with Hans Dembowski, Barbara Unmüssig, board member of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, assessed the results

By Barbara Unmüßig

A Crevasse in the Regulatory Environment

With the formation of the Green Tribunal, its predecessor, the NEAA has ceased to exist. But the NGT is not fully ready to hear cases, and this has put the regulatory environment off-course. Kanchi Kohli reports.

By Kanchi Kohli

Heinrich Böll Stiftung supports dialogue between Pakistan and India on Climate Change

Pakistan’s recent floods perhaps illustrate better than anything else the political and economic consequences of climate change. It raised additional awareness among the country’s policy makers as well as the public. Since climate change knows no borders, comprehensive efforts and regional cooperation in South Asia are needed to tackle the problems