Alpine Convention: Dealing with natural hazards

Like matches fallen out of their box, massive trees are sticking out the dirty masses of snow that cover the ground. It is as if a giant had played Mikado on the steep slope of the mountains. Debris, snow and ice chunks, trees and bushes – it looks like in an apocalyptic film. But it […]

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Klimawald Bayreuth: About planting trees and seeing change

„I feel responsibility for the project”, Kun Woo Ro says. He is sitting in the Asia section of the Ecological-Botanical Garden in Bayreuth, on a bench surrounded by blooming Rhododendron bushes. Yellow, orange and pink flowers are turning this part of the garden into a colourful idyll. The project he is talking about is “Klimawald […]

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IPBES 7: How to express the proceeding catastrophe?

“Human actions threaten more species with global extinction now than ever before.” (p. 3) “Nature across most of the globe has now been significantly altered by multiple human drivers, with the great majority of indicators of ecosystems and biodiversity showing rapid decline.” (p. 3) “Climate change is a direct driver that is increasingly exacerbating the […]

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One conference – 132 languages?

At the IPBES-7 conference, 132 member states cooperated. How did communication work with such a variety of different countries and languages? As I wanted to know more about it, I went to the interpretation cabins in one of the lunch breaks and spoke with a technician who was sitting next to the interpreters and who […]

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Diary: GCE at IPBES-7 (29-04-19 to 04-05-19)

GCE students daily reported from IPBES-7 in Paris:   +++ IPBES-7 Day 6 (04-05-19) +++ Today, the final IPBES 7 day took place. Obviously, for some delegates it was a pretty short night. Today´s time was restricted because the conference had to be finished by 18.00 o´clock at the latest. At around 09.30 o´clock, Dr. […]

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GCE at IPBES7 in Paris

From April 29th to May 4th, GCE students are attending the IPBES7 in Paris. IPBES is the “Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services”. It is an independent intergovernmental body which was established by governments in 2012 and currently consists of 132 member states. IPBES is a platform for dialog between the scientific community […]

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The easiest environmental action in the world

Why an initiative in Berlin wants to send stickers to everyone in Germany… … and why it helps to reduce waste. It is April the 14th. I’m returning from my two-week holiday break, coming home exhausted from a long train ride. I’m tired and all I want is to get in my bed quickly. But […]

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Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland 2018

By: Alexander Lentge In December 2018, fellow GCE students and I went to the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference which was held at Katowice, Poland. I attended the second week of the conference from December 10th to 14th. As I stayed in Kraków, I used a shuttle bus every day to get to and […]

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Klimawald: forest-for-future

By: Theresa Landwehr , Kun Ro, and Nikunj Pathak  Tree plantation: 25-27 April 2019 Back to the 17th century, when the mining industry in Saxony was threatened by the scarcity of forests, Hans Carl von Carlowitz formulated principles for sustainable forestry. In his work Sylvicultura Oeconomica oder naturmäßige Anweisung zur wilden Baum-Zucht (Sylvicultura Oeconomica or […]

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