Peatland restoration: climate protection and agriculture
Drained peatlands under agricultural use are responsible for seven percent of Germany's greenhouse gas emissions. Restoring drained peatlands turns them into carbon sinks. Paludiculture may create the necessary economic incentives for peatland restoration.
Climate change and the North Sea: Environmental impact of offshore wind farms
Offshore wind power is a source of carbon-neutral electricity. But wind turbines, like all industrial activities, have an impact on the ecosystem. Researchers are investigating how the North Sea’s flora and fauna react to the wind farms there.
How can carbon dioxide be recovered from the atmosphere?
If the global temperature increase is to be kept at a tolerable level (regardless of whether it’s 1.5 or 2 degrees), then there’s a theoretical limit to the amount of CO2 that can be released into the atmosphere. If we subtract the amount of carbon dioxide humanity has released into the atmosphere so far from the maximum tolerable amount, the remainder is the carbon budget we’re left with.
Climate change and the North Sea: Flora and fauna in transition
Global warming is also causing the water temperature in the North Sea to increase. This has consequences: some animal species are retreating or struggling with the changing conditions, while others are benefiting.
What is carbon dioxide and why is it a problem for the climate?
Molecules of carbon dioxide gas (CO2) consist of one carbon atom and two oxygen atoms. Carbon dioxide is a natural constituent of our air, but its concentration is very low. CO2 makes up only about 0.04 percent of the air by volume; air is mostly nitrogen and oxygen. That doesn’t sound like much, but CO2 still plays a very important role.
Climate change and the North Sea: Water is rising here
The global rise in sea level also affects the North Sea, which by 2100 could be a meter higher than it was a century ago. Dangerous storm surges will become more frequent as a result.
Climate action in the G7: an exclusive climate club for all
Despite some progress in recent years, global efforts to combat climate change are making slow progress. For some time, it has been clear in international climate diplomacy that small groups of a few negotiating states are becoming increasingly important. The new G7 climate club has a lot of potential for fighting climate change, but it is questionable whether this idea will gain acceptance.
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Hope for nature and the climate: the Montreal framework agreement
After nearly two weeks of negotiations, the international community struck a deal, adopting a new framework agreement for preserving Earth’s biodiversity. It includes 23 extremely important targets for conservation and climate protection. But the question is which of them will actually be met.