The Government of Kenya has proposed a 1,050 Megawatt (MW) coal plant to be built in Kwasasi, Lamu County, 20km from Lamu Town. The project will be operated by Amu Power on a joint venture by two Kenyan companies, Gulf Energy and Centum. Residents of Lamu County are opposed to the power plant due to the negative economic, environmental, and health impacts it wil have on the ecosystem in Lamu. Building the plant will cause Kenya to be in violation of international treaties and impact Kenya's ability to keep its Nationally Determined Contribution to the Paris Accord.
With the publication, "Reach Everyone on the Planet ...," the Gunda Werner Institute wants to honor Kimberlé Crenshaw and to illustrate the importance of the intersectional approach through a variety of contributions.
Nous avons l'intention avec cette serie, de fournir aux experts africains une plateforme d'expression de leur opinion sur l'actualité des affaires politiques dans leur région. Perspectives fait un focus sur l'Afrique australe, l'Afrique de l'Est et l'Afrique de l'Ouest où la fondation a établi des bureaux.
Updated just before COP 23 in Bonn (Morocco), this series of 12 short introductory briefings, written in co-operation with the Overseas Development Institute, looks at various aspects of climate change financing drawing on data from www.climatefundsupdate.org, the tracking project of ODI/hbs focusing on dedicated public climate financing instruments from pledge to project.
Geoengineering technologies are considered by many to be the most practicable solution to overcome the climate crisis. They are mainly a means to secure the predominant role of fossil fuels in the economy.
The Katowice climate package brings minor progress, but COP 24 failed to deliver on the most fundamental issues such as raising ambition of national contributions, implementing human rights, and ensuring support for developing countries.
The 14th Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the Convention on Biological Diversity will take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from the 17th to the 29th of November 2018. The Heinrich Böll Foundation stands in solidarity with Egyptian civil society and will therefore not take part in this year’s COP in Sharm El-Sheikh.
By forcing laboratory-made genes on an entire population or species, cutting-edge gene-drive technologies have the power to transform entire ecosystems in one fell swoop. But where leading industrial agriculture firms see dollar signs, farmers in the regions where gene drives could be unleashed see a mortal threat to their livelihoods.
State elections in Bavaria mark a shift in the party countryside in Germany. Civil society sees environmental issues to be addressed by political actors and respective policies as an important cause of action now and in the future.
In a joint effort, a group of authors from civil society and academia point out that the impacts that plastic and the chemicals in it have on our bodies need to be assessed in the full lifecylce of this enduring an ubiquitous material. You can read the executive summary of their study here.
The Mediterranean no longer marks the southern border of the European Union. With the help of surveillance technology, border fences and military checkpoints, the border was "externalised" to North Africa. This new EU external border is located in Libya, Niger, Senegal, Algeria and Tunisia and is intended to stop migration and block refugee routes already in the Sahara.
Against a background of political and cultural disruption, Perspectives approached writers to inquire, speculatively or not so speculatively, into an African future. The result is an eclectic mix of contributions and conversations across the arts, culture, philosophy and politics. They offer glimpses of African futures – fantastic, idealistic, or sober, but always self-confident – that place the continent at the centre of a world to come.