Ecopotential – Insights to an EU-funded project

Reading Time: 3 minutesAbout three weeks ago, researchers and specialist from all over Europe came to Burg Rabenstein, a castle in the heart of Franconia. The reason for this encounter was Ecopotential, an EU-funded project that has the aim to monitor European ecosystem services through Earth observation, using satellite imagery and remote sensing. Ecopotential focusses on protected areas […]

Cross-country skiing and coping with the cold: 11th Jyväskylä Winter School of Ecology

Reading Time: 2 minutesThree GCE students attended the 11th Jyväskylä Winter School of Ecology organized by the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) from 12. -23.02.2018. In the first week, the wild life in the deep snow was studied as part of the topic boreal ecology. This included, besides the structure of snow and a general overview, also important topics […]

Global Development Goals in Jeopardy

Reading Time: 3 minutesA few days ago, the 6th plenary meeting of IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) ended in Medellin, Colombia, where the regional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services for Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Central Asia were approved. The extensively peer-reviewed reports are providing answers for the questions: Why is biodiversity […]

Biodiversity and Nature’s Contributions Continue Dangerous Decline, Scientists Warn

Reading Time: 4 minutesHuman well-being at risk: Landmark reports highlight options to protect and restore nature and its vital contributions to people A few days ago, the 6th plenary meeting of IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) ended in Medellin, Colombia, where the regional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services for Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, […]

“I want to reward companies with a good impact”

Reading Time: 6 minutesIt requires a little luck and steadiness to reach Benjamin Von Wong. And it also requires a lot of organizational talent regarding the time difference between Germany and the US west coast. But when we finally “meet” via Skype, the 31-year-old photographer is a very interesting and dedicated interview partner and not really what one […]

Experiment: Tracking down palm oil

Reading Time: 4 minutesIn my last article, I wrote about palm oil and the problems with this substance found almost everywhere. Instead of only writing about the problems I decided to take action and have a closer look at how palm oil is influencing my daily life. So, let’s begin with the facts. To find out when I […]

The price for soft skin and a sweet breakfast

Reading Time: 3 minutesSmoke swells from the thick, green canopy of Indonesian rainforests. Orphaned orangutans cry for their mothers who were killed in the bush fires. Local inhabitants, children, women, men are inhaling the yellow swaths, only protected by dirty, once white masks; the air is filled with almost invisible particles of ashes coming from the burning forests. […]