“Remember to look up at the stars” – Stephen Hawking

“Remember to look up at the stars. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem there is always something you can do and succeed at.” Stephen Hawking   Today, one of the most brilliant minds of our time passed away: Professor Stephen Hawking died this morning at the age of 76. GCE student Nikunj Pathak […]

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Stay focused

World Conference Center Bonn, a venerable venue for this event that links what has been achieved in Paris to what will be worked on in Marrakesh. Delegates negotiating about LULUCF (land use, land use change and climate) have a beautiful view on what they are to preserve: the chestnut trees outside in turn are gently […]

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#YFGDay (Young and Future Generations Day) #COP21

  Today, December 3rd is Young & Future Generations Day at the #COP21 in Paris! The day was kicked-off by the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres at the Climate Change Studio together with the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi. Those supporting this event are sporting […]

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COP21 Day 2: Ready, set go! #COP21 #ParisClimateConference

Today is the first day of negotiations, our second day at the COP, and the impressions keep pouring in. The Climate Generations Area opened today, a space accessible to the general public. On an impressive area amounting to 27 000 m², 340 civil society organizations are showcasing their work and engaging in debates, not only […]

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We’ve arrived! #COP21 #ParisClimateConference

Following long journeys from all across Germany, the delegation of Global Change Ecology students and alumni has arrived safely in Le Bourget, Paris, France. Registration and opening ceremonies took place on Sunday, November 29th, and Monday, November 30th and so far we can say that we are significantly impressed by the sheer size of this […]

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National interests cause tension while revising the African Regional Assessment

On Thursday, the 15th of January 2015, after the plenary meeting, the delegates divided into their regional groups (e.g. Americas, Europe, Africa) to draft the regional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services. I was particularly interested in hearing African points of view, since I know Africa contains many biomes and high biodiversity, but its climate […]

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