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  • 19.01.2017

    The move towards alternative energy. A clean solution – for Europe!

    Politicians have been saying it for some time now: "The move towards alternative energy is coming!" The tag line alone promises change – a turn for the better!

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  • The Last Paradise - part #6

    The Last Paradise - part #6

    Subdue the earth

    Finally, let us briefly revisit the image we started with – the Garden of Eden, which provided Eve and Adam and their fellow creatures with everything that they could possibly need in order to live.

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  • The Last Paradise - part #5

    The Last Paradise - part #5

    The Cerrado savanna

    To the north and east of the Pantanal is another conservation area – the Cerrado. Even here, the largest savanna in Brazil (with an area six times the size of Germany) large swathes of land have been cleared.

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  • The Last Paradise - part #4

    The Last Paradise - part #4

    The Pantanal

    Covering an area of around 230,000 km², the Pantanal (Portuguese for marsh) is one of the largest inland wetlands in the world. Located in the mid-southwest of Brazil, in the federal states of Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso Do Sul and the Mato Grosso Plateau, this barely accessible, sparsely populated nature conservation area extends out the west to the borders of Paraguay and Bolivia.

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  • The Last Paradise - part #3

    The Last Paradise - part #3

    The Amazon region

    It stands to reason that the Amazon jungle in northern Brazil is the first thing that comes to mind when we think of the term “rainforest”. The Amazon rainforest is the largest contiguous expanse of forest in the world, and is home to over 1,300 species of bird, around 3,000 species of fish and nearly 450 species of mammal. The region is named after the Amazon river, the second largest river in the world, and the largest in terms of volume of water discharged, stretching over 6,450 km through the northern part of the country.

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  • The Last Paradise - part #2

    The Last Paradise - part #2

    What remains of these paradise worlds at the bottom of the abyss?

    The term “Brazilian rainforest” is somewhat misleading. When we talk about virgin forest in Latin America, we generally mean the vast forests in the Amazon basin. It is a lesser-known fact that, while this is the largest, it is certainly not the only rainforest in Brazil. With its 8.5 million square kilometres, Brazil accounts for around 47% of the total land mass of South America. Spanning several time and climate zones, there are three other connected rainforests besides the Amazon, which also help to make Brazil the pearl of the natural world that it is, with their unimaginably rich biodiversity. And in addition to the tropical rainforest, there is also the Pantanal – a tropical wetland, the tropical savanna of Cerrado, and the subtropical rainforest, Mata Atlantica (as well as numerous other, smaller conservation areas). This magnificently diverse range of habitats, in which up to 600 plant species can be found in one hectare of land, makes Brazil the most biodiverse country in the world.

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  • The Last Paradise - part #1

    The Last Paradise - part #1

    From Manaus to Porto Alegre – Brazil’s endangered rainforests

    These are some of the last natural refuges on earth; the last virgin forests either side of the equator that have grown without human interference and remain, for the most part, undisturbed and unexplored: the tropical and subtropical rainforests. Every year, some 100,000 km² of rainforest falls victim to wanton, wholesale destruction. Among those most affected by this trend of devastation are the virgin forests of Brazil, where vast tracts of burning rainforest can be see one after the other from the air. Columns of smoke visible from miles away rise into the azure skies like great memorial stones. The rainforest is literally going up in smoke.

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  • 13.12.2016

    Climate pilot: Regain your joy of driving knowing your conscience is clear

    Climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face today. The problem is primarily caused by industrial emissions and vehicle exhaust fumes, and by 2050 there will be 2.7 billion cars on the world's roads. In many regions it is not possible to simply switch from travelling by car to using a bicycle or public transport, and it is precisely this problem that is addressed by the innovative "climate pilot" project from Swiss company carbon-connect AG.

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  • 21.11.2016

    The same procedure as last year?

    Every year, the best is saved for last: the Marrakesh Climate Change Conference

    2016 is drawing to a close. Like every year, the world is again hoping that the best has been saved for last. This doesn’t mean the presents under the tree at Christmas but, rather, a renewed hope that the decisions made at the climate conferences will finally be implemented. The climate summit is traditionally held towards the end of the year, and this year’s event took place on 7-18th November 2016.

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  • 14.11.2016

    CORSIA aviation climate agreement

    Fierce criticism from environmentalists of the CORSIA aviation climate agreement

    “Above the clouds…” – the air is no longer clean.
    “Above the clouds, freedom must be boundless”, goes a popular German song that extols the virtues of flying. The airline operators themselves have also enjoyed near-boundless freedom up until now, with the aviation industry’s longstanding exemption from carbon offset responsibilities affording it special status in relation to other sectors. Alongside the airlines, air travellers are also currently benefitting from falling fuel prices. “The savings ought to be ploughed into offsetting CO2 and other aviation-related emissions,” urge environmentalists. All this is finally set to change, however, with the introduction of a new agreement.

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  • 08.11.2016

    What does carbon neutrality mean?

    Whatever we do in life, be it working, travelling, consuming products and services or providing them, one thing is certain: in both our private and professional lives we produce CO2 emissions which affect the world's climate. As it is impossible to prevent all emissions, it was necessary to find a way of offsetting these unavoidable emissions.

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