The need for action Scale and urgency

Unlike the current global economic crisis, the climate impact of our present CO2 emissions will persist for a very long time. Even if fossil CO2 emissions are reduced to zero, the concentration of atmospheric CO2 will only decrease very slowly. Around half the quantity of CO2 remaining in the atmosphere in the first few years after emission - i.e. amounts not immediately absorbed by the oceans or the terrestrial biosphere - will persist there for 1000 years. For that reason, even in a zero...

Solving the climate dilemma The budget approach

Translation Christopher Hay, Seeheim-Jugenheim, ecotranslator t-online.de and Thomas Cullen, Olching, info cullentranslations.de The R& D project that generated this report was conducted on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety under grant number 01RI0708AA. Responsibility for the content of this publication rests with the author. This work is licensed under a creative commons...

Transforming energy systems a labour market opportunity

Transforming global energy systems towards more efficient end use and renewable energy sources also improves general employment prospects. In many cases, investments in the relevant fields lead to macroeconomic growth in employment in net terms - i.e. taking account of all the adjustments triggered by the investments. One adjustment commonly to be expected is that if renewable energies are increasingly promoted jobs will be lost in fossil energy production (substitution effect). Similarly, the...