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Climate Change and Democratisation

The paper examines whether democracy at the country level and global climate change matter for another. It raises the question of how to support democracy’s advance in the face of multiple challenges that include the adverse effects of global warming and extreme weather events merits much more attention than it has received so far

By Peter Burnell

Conference on "Global Carbon Budgets and Equity in Climate Change"

The crucial global climate policy issue today is the current unequal occupation of carbon space with the developed nations having occupied far more than their fair share of carbon space. Without these nations sharply reducing their emissions, it is evident that other nations cannot get their fair share. From the carbon space perspective, it is also clear that no nation can lay claim to more than its fair share, and that the burden of mitigation will fall progressively on all nations as they approach their fair share of global carbon space

A Green New Deal in India?

Although India can be perceived as a low-carbon economy, with only 1.3 tons CO2 emissions annually per person, it is already the fourth biggest CO2 polluter worldwide. Therefore a green change within India’s development framework is badly needed.

By Dr. Michael Köberlein

Mehr Verlierer als Gewinner

Dr. Michael Köberlein über die Gewinner und Verlierer des Kopenhagener Weltklimagipfels und warum die Etablierung eines funktionierenden Klimaregimes ohne Alternative ist.

Threat to Himalayan glaciers is real

Dr. Jürgen Kropp from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) about the errors of the last IPCC report and the direct impact of melting of Himalayan glacier on water resources and agriculture in India

Opportunity or Failure?

If the Copenhagen Accord on climate change can be called a small step forward or a grand failure depends on the regional perspective. Two months after the Copenhagen climate summit, this paper sheds some light on the different regional and national evaluations of the conference and analyzes how perceptions on the outcome of the conference vary between key countries and regions

The Great Betrayal at Copenhagen, India caves in to a bad deal:

India along with other countries forming together BASIC group supported developed countries move to clinch a deal leaving vulnerable and poor countries aside. The outcome was ‘Copenhagen Accord’ that were criticised widely in terms of low ambition. Praful shares his analysis on role of India in such move

Future of International Climate Regime

Climate change is on top of the international and national political and strategic agendas. Dr. Michael Köberlein, Director, Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF), India gave a 30-minute presentation on "Future of International Climate Regime" on 15th March. The session was chaired by Dr. Arvind Gupta, Lal Bahadur Shastri Chair at IDSA 

Copenhagen cop out

It is apparent to everyone that the Copenhagen Accord is a travesty of what the world needs to avert climate change. Instead of an ambitious, effective, equitable and binding treaty with stringent emissions-cut targets for developed nations, we have a hollow Accord without legal status. The North has offered a 16 per cent emissions-cut when 40-45 per cent is needed. Years of talks have been set at nought by a dirty collusive deal between the United States and Basic (Brazil, South Africa, India and China), extended to cover only 26 of the 193 countries represented in Copenhagen

Distributed Renewable Energy Projects in Rural Areas of India - A guide to Implementation

The need for renewable energy resources is real and pressing today simply because our current dependence on conventional petro -based fuels and energy sources cannot be sustained. Electrification Scheme over the past two decades there remains a lot of work that needs to be done. The numbers of villages which still don’t have access to electricity continue to be very high and in a number of these village the grid reaching them may still be some years away.

Initiativen auf fast allen Seiten

Indien will sich bei den Klimaverhandlungen nicht von den Industriestaaten unter Druck setzen lassen Klimaschutz ist in Indien Chefsache. Doch auf rechtlich verbindliche Ziele will sich das Land nicht festlegen lassen. Das bedeutet jedoch nicht, dass es keine politischen Aktivitäten gibt. Ob die in Kopenhagen eine Rolle spielen werden, muss sich allerdings noch herausstellen. Derweil warten 700 Millionen InderInnen auf Hilfe bei Anpassungsmaßnahmen an den Klimawandel

By Michael Köberlein und Sanjay Vashist

Nuclear Suppliers Group

The India specific safeguard agreement has been approved by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 1 August 2008, and India and the USA have now approached the NSG to ask for a waiver for India from the NSG guidelines. In the forefront of the meeting of the NSG on 21 August 2008 in Vienna, hbf has conducted an interview with Siddharth Varadajan

The Release of the Tata Nano

The concept of “automobility” originating from the Greek term “auto” for self puts emphasis on the self-determined, individualistic mode of transportation characteristic to modern society. This concept is increasingly spreading among the world, entering on fast track into the upcoming newly industrialized countries.

What special threat does Bangladesh face from global warming

The 21st century is expected to see warming more quickly than at any time in the past 10,000 years due to many anthropogenic activities, which will affect the fundamentals of human life, including food, water, health, fodders and fuel. It seems that we cannot prevent climate change.