- Sustainable Fishing Helps Preserve Fish Stocks (Digital Development Debates 2013) – Although the fishing industry keeps upgrading its vessels, catches continue to fall. According to scientists and environmental associations, many stocks have been overfished, calling for a radical shift towards sustainable fishing.
- The laws of the Wild West. The European Union’s environmental policies have contributed significantly to the return of wild animals in the region, and the protection of their habitats (GEO International, 2012).
- THE INFINITE ABUNDANCE OF LIFE (Patchwork report, GEO International 2010). May 22, the International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD), was the perfect time for GEO to celebrate the biodiversity of the planet by holding Action Days in 44 countries. Accompanied by budding biologists of all ages, invited experts set off on a quest to document animal and plant species across the world’s most diverse ecosystems.
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- Are cows climate killers? 26.03.2013 – Livestock farming is a major industry in many parts of the world, but how much does it contribute to global warming? There seems to be no simple answer to that question – scientists are still divided on the issue.
- Green gadgets: smart, fun and eco-friendly 01.05.2012 – Green gadgets are devices we use on a daily basis that are both practical and sustainable. With their smart, innovative features, they also help raise new awareness about renewable energy.
- Empowering children to protect nature 28.02.2012 – What draws children to the environment? What does nature look like through their eyes? GLOBAL IDEAS reporter Torsten Schäfer takes a journey back to his childhood to find the answers.
- China struggles to reach ambitious green goals 28.08.2012 - China is a world leader in renewable energies, but the industry is not developing as efficiently as originally hoped. The road to clean energy is fraught with obstacles.
- Cooling with the heat of the sun 09.06.2011 – The sun’s rays can boil water, but they can also cool buildings and keep food fresher longer. While solar-cooling technology is advanced and environmentally friendly, it is also prohibitively expensive.
- Africa ‘hugely threatened’ by loss of species 21.12.2011 - Global Ideas spoke with Volker Homes, a specialist in species conservation at WWF Germany, about how Africa’s national parks can adapt to climate change and better protect its wildlife.
- In Ukraine, climate protection is seen as a luxury not a necessity 15.02.2011 - Ukraine wastes more energy than just about any other country in Europe, and awareness of energy efficiency is taking a long time to dawn – not least because the government has other priorities.
- In Colombia, critics dispute government’s green credentials 01.02.2011 - In recent years, the Colombian government has been touting its environmentally-friendly policies abroad. But critics say the grand rhetoric doesn’t live up to the grim reality on the ground.
- In economic rethink, experts call for putting price tag on nature 28.09.2010 – Amid growing evidence of the global loss of biodiversity and ecosystems, economists are pushing businesses and governments to factor the price of ecological destruction into their decision-making.
- Poor Labeling Curbs Sale of Organic Products 26.01.2008 - How do you know if organic food really is organic? As the sector booms, more customers are looking for official certification labels. But there are several types that are often confusing and sometimes even hard to find.
- Energy Expert: Don’t Expect Much From Bali Conference 01.12.2007 – As the UN Climate Conference gets underway on Bali, energy expert Hermann Scheer told DW-WORLD.DE not to get hopes up. The Alternative Nobel Prize winner suggested a few other ways of protecting the earth.
- Sarkozy Rocks EU Boat With Controversial Economic Ideas 14.07.2007 - French President Nicolas Sarkozy is stirring up the EU with controversial economic proposals and attacks on the European Central Bank’s monetary policies. Critics say they’re endangering the bloc’s financial fundaments.
- Calls Increase For a Two-Speed Europe 28.06.2007 - Following last week’s EU summit, calls are increasing for a core Europe in which countries can cooperate without being blocked by others. In some policy areas, a Europe of different speeds has long since become reality.
- Russian Bear Aiming to Recover Former Military Roar 21.06.2007 - Ambitious plans for new satellite and rocket programs reflect Russia’s attempts to flex its muscle and recover lost prestige on the international stage, say German experts.
- EU’s Environmental Policy Flounders 05.04.2007 - As experts in Brussels wrangle over the wording of a UN report on the impact of global warming, the EU’s own climate policy is stagnating. Even the emissions trade, once held up as a model to be emulated, is floundering.
- Germany Behind the Curve With Emissions-Based Vehicle Tax 21.02.2007 – Germany’s transportation minister is causing a stir with his proposal for an emissions-based motor vehicle tax, while other EU countries are already seeing the benefits of the tax they implemented long ago.
- Baltic Sea Gas Pipeline Meets European Resistance 17.02.2007 - Resistance to a planned Russian gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea is growing in Europe. Sweden is especially uneasy about the project. Besides environmental concerns, some Swedish politicians fear it may be used for spying.
(Privater Blog von Prof. Dr. Torsten Schäfer). Ich sammle fremde Zitate, eigene Fotos, Verse und Notizen sowie Ausschnitte aus neu entdeckten Büchern, Filmen und Texten zu Natur, Umwelt, Wildtieren, Ferne und Reisen, Spiritualität und Zeit – zu Themen, die mich umtreiben und zu denen ich auch teils an der Hochschule Darmstadt lehre.