All posts by Katrin Heeren

The Forgotten Solution In The Climate Debate Makes It To COP24: Nature Delivers

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Climate change is running faster than we are… The COP24 in Katowice started with ominous messages on the urgency to act on climate change immediately and on all levels, echoing the warnings from the recently released report on the impacts of a 1.5-degree Celsius average world temperature increase from the Inter-governmental Panel of Climate Change. […]

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Climate Negotiations In Poland: How Can We Bridge The Gap From Knowledge To Action?

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The calls for urgent and immediate climate action are becoming louder and louder. Climate scientists’ findings from the most recent 1.5-degree Celsius report made it to the broader public, the awareness on climate change is higher than ever before around the world. The hope is that this will have a real impact on the climate […]

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Why We Need New Leadership Models For Sustainable Investments

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CEOs are confronted with multiple challenges today: Disruptive economies, market transformations, digitalisation, rapidly changing technologies, and a world marked by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, the so-called VUCA world. Global trends like climate change and migration contribute to the VUCA world, and CEOs need to increasingly use scenario techniques, set targets based on science, and […]

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Acting On Climate In Times Of Urgency? Yes, We Can!

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Climate science insights are discussed across all sectors today. The report on the impact of a 1,5 degree increase of global temperature that the IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change launched in October in Korea, became a priority topic for discussions in policy, business and civil society fora around the world. Acting on Climate […]

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How Did The Paris Agreement Impact Key Energy Market Players?


In February 2018, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) published its EU renewable energy scenario report together with the European Commission, revealing that the EU can increase its share of renewable energies cost-effectively to 34% instead of the previously envisaged 27% in 2030. Why is this so remarkable? First of all, the International Energy Agency […]

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Real Climate Actors Change The Power Play – Cities And Mayors For Our Common Future


“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Local governments’ climate activities follow this African proverb by default – we need to go far to decarbonisation, and we have to get there as soon as possible. Instead of jumping on the “high speed mitigation train” mentioned by […]

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TEDxWWF: One Planet Living – Sharing Stories Meant To Be Shared


Do we need to solve our planet Earth? Our planet won’t need us. It’s actually time to solve our species, humankind, whose existence on planet Earth is seriously threatened. Threatened by whom? By humankind. Our enemy is within. We are simply disconnected from reality. The WWF European Office celebrated its 25 anniversary on 13 October […]

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Repair Cafés And Eco-Innovations Expand From Jämtland To Cremona


Cities and regional approaches play an important role in promoting eco-innovations and initiating sustainable business spin-offs throughout Europe. The EU interregional cooperation programmes acknowledge this fact by facilitating exchange between the regions, encouraging good practice sharing and financing promising public-private partnerships in this field. INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Regional Development Fund, helps regions […]

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Transition Starts From The Ground Up: Local Players Initiate Change Tackling Climate Change


While high-level politicians and heads of state keep guarding their belongings, the low carbon revolution has already begun and is taking up speed. “The high speed mitigation train” called for by Rachendra Pachauri, chair of the highest scientific panel on climate change, the IPCC, earlier this year is a grassroots movement embracing all parts of […]

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The Circular Economy: Fighting Lazy Anti-Environmental Populism With Hard Facts

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Who cares about circular economy, unless you present it as an excellent opportunity to creating jobs, saving resources and making profit? It is a matter of communication. In times of the economic and financial crisis, the role of the European Commissioner for the Environment, Janez Potočnik was certainly not an easy task. “If you want […]

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