How does the new German government affect climate policies?

Reading Time: 3 minutesFinally, we have certainty: After months and months of negotiations, hope, disappointments and lots of discussions, Germany has a new government! But what does this mean for the German climate politics? The green party „Die Grünen“ was not able to join the government after the surprising drop-out of the FDP (free democratic party) and the […]

Daisies in December

Reading Time: 3 minutesLast year in December I walked around in the Ecological-Botanical Garden (ÖBG) in Bayreuth and was surprised to find a variety of plants already being in their full bloom. It has been a mild winter since, but it still seemed odd to me to find daisies and snowdrops at that time of the year. While […]

Brace yourself – Winter is not coming!

Reading Time: 3 minutes“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” – who hasn’t heard Bill Cosby’s song and dreamt of a snowy landscape for Christmas? Wouldn’t you like to go skiing in an idyllic, snow-covered landscape in the Fichtel Mountains, just a stone’s throw away from your doorstep? And doesn’t taste mulled wine in the Winterdorf even better when […]

Everything you need to know about COP23

Reading Time: 1 minuteBy: Katharina Funk Bula! from the UN-Climate Conference in Bonn. Bula is Fijian for “life” and is most commonly used as a greeting, wishing one good health. In this article we want to present an overview of what the COP23 is about. The UN-Climate Conference takes place from 6 – 17 November 2017 in Bonn […]

COP23: Eat what’s worth saving

Reading Time: 4 minutesBy: Katharina Funk “Biodiversity is a global public good.”– Marie Haga On the morning of the 9th of November there were strange plastic bags pinned on the wall of the Nordic Pavilion. They contained oranges, peanuts, bananas and, yes, chocolate. The bags represented nine time capsules, containing endangered food that will disappear in the foreseeable […]

COP23: Ready to play a game of Jenga?

Reading Time: 2 minutesBy: Katharina Funk After weeks of planning, organising and waiting, the COP23 has finally begun! 19 GCE students have made their way from Bayreuth to Bonn for the first week of the climate conference and another 19 will come for the second week. They will participate in side events, negotiations, and – most importantly – […]

Global Change Ecology Students at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn

Reading Time: 2 minutesBy: Katharina Funk What once seemed unthinkable is now unstoppable. – Ban Kin Moon, former UN general secretary The groundbreaking 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, France (21st meeting of the conferences of the parties, COP21) was an important step towards fighting climate change globally. 197 states committed to keeping the warming of […]

Fireside Evening Series: Munich RE with Dr. Faust

Reading Time: 4 minutesAbout the GCE Fireside Evening Series The Global Change Ecology M.Sc is not only about lectures and exams, spending all day in the lecture hall and all night in the library, writing long papers about complicated scientific issues. It is also about events and initiatives outside the University of Bayreuth such as scientific conferences, networking […]