Raging forest fires, receding glaciers, or starving polar bears: scientists paint a bleak picture of our planet’s future that might challenge the survival of the human species. Despite this terrifying forecast, liberal democracies in particular… [Read more]
Climate Crisis & Environment
This section covers the climate crisis, environment, and energy systems, especially focusing on recommendations for governance in regard to climate crisis adaptation and mitigation policies.
One tariff to rule them all
The European Union wants to put a tariff on the CO2 content of imports. Can it protect both European industry and the global environment? Steel manufacturers are a resilient species. They are used to working… [Read more]
Going, Going, Gone: Trump’s Plan to Sell off US Infrastructure Projects to the Highest Bidder
Let’s face it, the USA’s infrastructure is crumbling. Though politicians across the aisle have been calling for massive transportation infrastructure projects for decades, nothing significant has stuck. Though it’s easy to blame Trump for this… [Read more]
Leveraging the Ratchet Mechanism: Why 2020 is our Chance to Globally Strengthen National Climate Policy
Despite the Paris Agreement’s creation of targets aiming to limit global temperature increase to 1.5C, scientists continue to project that warming will exceed 3C by the end of the century. How can activists leverage the… [Read more]
Turning the Tide: The Role of Indigenous Stewardship in Natural Resource Management and Addressing Climate Change
Indigenous communities around the world are living on the frontlines of the climate crisis. As the changing climate threatens the wellbeing of their communities, Indigenous activists are calling for the renewal of nation-to-nation relations and… [Read more]
Certifications as a tool for reaching zero deforestation?
Companies play an integral role in reducing deforestation globally, but does their approach towards forest loss lead to impact? In our latest article in our Climate for Change series MPP student Sanggeet Mithra looks at… [Read more]
Humans of Climate Change
While the international community rightly points at the plight of millions fleeing war and terrorism every day, those people fleeing rapidly escalating climate catastrophes are often forgotten. So who are climate refugees? And why do… [Read more]
Mitigation policies: bridging the gap between internationally set targets and domestically implemented goals – the role of civil society
In the previous article of our series ‘Climate for Change’, we took a look at the role protests can play in galvanising us to push for political action. Luiza, a second year MIA student… [Read more]
The Price of Failure or an Opportunity to be Counted?
In the second part of our ‘Climate for Change’ series, Gaurav traces his journey from despondence to optimism as he looks at the fundamental duality associated with climate change: is it an insurmountable problem, or… [Read more]
An Epoch to Remember: Humanity’s greatest legacy may be how quickly we’re killing off other species.
Nick Lloyd-Kuzik explores the alarming loss of biodiversity in ecosystems around the world and reflects his interview with Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Kolbert following her visit to the Hertie School of Governance. Dr. Selena Ward… [Read more]