Former advisor to British Prime Minister Tony Blair highly critical of U.S. recovery of energy and investment in food production.
In 2008, an increase in production costs of grains and rice, coupled with American policies on foreign trade agreements triggered a hike in food prices.
Before the food crisis, 1.3 billion are estimated to have […]
The CO2-neutral innovation race is on. In the private sector, that is. Whether it is pure PR or do-good spirit that drives it, CO2 neutral initiatives are all over in the business world. Costumers and their consciences love it, and everything points to companies going green or going under in the future because in business […]
Action is needed immediately if we are to fight the loss of biodiversity caused by global warming, according to two scientists.
The scientists attending the Beyond Kyoto conference are stressing that we need to attend to the loss of biodiversity immediately. They say we are already seeing the dramatic results that environmental problems such as […]
The fourth session of the nanotechnological theme has just ended, and I want to do some short interviews with the speakers on hydrogen as a future energy carrier. However, after attempts to ask them if they have a minute for a few comments, they ask me to join them for lunch instead.
It wasn’t exactly […]
Professor Frede Hvelplund, Aalborg University
The search for cleaner technology is in limbo as failing markets and oil dependency have businesses scrambling
Competing financial and environmental interests threaten the pursuit of green technology, said Aalborg University Professor Frede Hvelplund at the ‘Beyond Kyoto’ conference on Friday.
With government and business shifting their focus […]
As global warming thins the arctic ice, moving with sled dogs is becoming increasingly dangerous for the Inuit people. Source: Flickr
Unstable ice, difficulties in hunting seals, migration of fish, thawing permafrost… These are some of the problems encountered by the Arctic indigenous people. As they live in a very extreme region, adaptation […]
Electricity-powered Smart car. Source: flickr
Alternative fuel cars have been presented at the ‘Beyond Kyoto’ conference on Friday as a key way to significantly reduce CO2 emissions.
All day a seemingly endless line of cars cut through the misty grey of the early Danish spring and […]
Nanotechnology is about manipulating particles to make new materials. In one of the potentially most far-reaching projects, scientists want to prevent heat from disappearing during the burning of fossil fuels. This will dramatically increase the efficiency and reduce global warming.
Imagine if your jacket could […]
Introducing the seven recommendations at the Beyond Kyoto closing ceremony.
Money and private investments; this is what the climate summit in Copenhagen in December needs more than anything, if the world’s leaders want it to succeed. This was the clear message from the more than 1.000 experts and other participants assembled at the Beyond […]
Stephen P. Long before his speech on efficient crops for biofuels.
The crops currently used for green fuels in Europe are inefficient and contributes to global warming. In Brazil you can fill your car with environmentally friendly ethanol for half the prize of gasoline.
Maize is bad, so is […]
Samso islanders have invested $70 million of their savings and government grants in wind turbines, solar panels and biofuels. Source: flickr
A young boy cooking hot dogs by solar energy, a retired teacher showing his new solar panels on the roof of his house or a farmer being co-owner of a windmill. […]
Deforestation and burning in the Amazon. Source: Leo Freitas
In the future, green consumers might be faced with a difficult choice: Do they want to buy meat from grazing, grass-fed, cows who emit 50% more greenhouse gasses than their locked-up counterparts? Or do they want to prioritize the fight against climate change by […]
The media has a responsibility to inform the public about climate change. And right now, the media are not doing enough.
People at the Beyond Kyoto conference are not only talking about global CO2 emissions. Some also practice what they preach on a personal level. Simple things the average person can do to reduce […]
Jonas Kofoed Nielsen, Student and Journalist
Jonas Kofoed Nielsen is a student at the Danish School of Journalism. He covered the Beyond Kyoto conference for the scientific website videnskab.dk.
“I think a conference like this is important because you have all the big scientists from all over the world together.”
Jonas focused on […]
Pec and Susanne Møller
Pec and Susanne Møller from Odense, Denmark are on a short vacation in Aarhus.
Pec Møller: “I didn’t know that there was a climate conference”.
“I think in maybe a year, the financial crisis will be over, but the climate is still going to be bad. So I think it […]
Protesters at the Climate Change Camp 2007 at Heathrow Airport in London. Source: Flickr
Everyday people need to be more active in the environmental debate and decision making; this is Aarhus Convention Secretary Jeremy Wates’ message.
The United Nations’ Aarhus Convention presents how the participating countries would like the environmental case to be […]
Providing specific data and facts about climate change may not be enough to change people’s habits. Unfortunately, many people concerned about climate issues discuss it in a way that ordinary people simply cannot understand. Having entertainment programmes address green issues could make people sit up and listen.
Just as in advertising, the […]
Here are the final recommendations from the Beyond Kyoto conference:
Climate Policy: All sectors of society must be involved in future climate solutions Biodiversity and Ecosystems: Biodiversity must be an integrated part of the general mitigation and adaptation effort Agriculture and Climate Change: We must increase agricultural productivity to use less water and land Nanotechnology […]
Many developing countries have already been taking action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. These efforts have not been driven by climate policy but by the need for development, poverty alleviation and energy security.
The attempts to link efforts for development and the fight against climate change could signal a new type […]
The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) may have encouraged EU member states to comply with the Kyoto Protocol and contributed to growth of the global CO2 trade market, but there is still plenty of room for improvement.
According to Deputy General Director of Dansk Energi, Lars Aagaard, the cost of CO2 emissions […]
Walruses gather at waning ice. Source: US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The habitat of polar bears and other arctic wildlife is already disappearing due to climate change. The remaining habitat could soon be actively destroyed by arctic oil drilling, said Jesper Madsen of the National Environment Research Institute at Aarhus University on […]
Speakers and participants at the Beyond Kyoto Conference agree that the climate challenges are global and are likely to hit the developing world harder than anyone else. They also agree that the issue needs to be addressed and discussed internationally, across borders, religions and economies. But a short look at the list of speakers reveals […]
Observers flock to Beyond Kyoto to make December in Copenhagen a success
A Danish green think tank overseeing discussions at the Beyond Kyoto climate conference will make recommendations to politicians during the lead up to the COP15 conference.
“One of the issues we will address in our recommendations so far will be the need to […]
Sanford Gaines, University of New Mexico (USA)
Sanford Gaines, Research Professor of Law, University of New Mexico (USA): “The World has delayed much too long in being serious about climate change. So I think it is very important to have this conference, one next week in Copenhagen and then the COP15. These are very […]
Butterflies fleeing the heat might be one of the first indications of environmental developments that would later affect larger species and humans.
Scientists are keen to focus their research on butterflies because they respond so quickly to changes in their environment. The way butterflies react to climate changes reveals how other species might eventually […]
Flemming Poulsen, Sales manager of the Radisson Hotel: “Yesterday, we just received our Swan Brand, the most important green brand in Denmark. It means that we now have a environmental policy.”
“An example of our new policy is that you can buy a CO2-free stay here. We work together with an external environmental company. […]
Hans Buhl, Aarhus University (DK)
Hans Buhl, Aarhus University (DK): “I think it’s even more important [to have a climate conference] because of the economic crisis. I had a speech this morning arguing that the economic crisis is partly caused by the climate crisis and high energy prices. To me it appears that it […]
Anne Jensen (DK) visits the Beyond Kyoto conference for professional reasons.
Anne Jensen, Grundfos Management (Denmark) employee:
“I’ve only been to two sessions today but I’ve enjoyed them both. I find it quite hard to know what you’re going to hear about beforehand. This morning I listened to talks about low-energy buildings and (she […]
"Unregulated fishing in the Arctic region has enormous potential consequences for the ecosystem of the area and eventually the whole world." Professor Torkel Gissel Nielsen, Aarhus University
Life in the Arctic is changing dramatically, as the ice sheet melts due to climate change. Estimates predict that as early as 2040, polar bears could […]
India needs adequate climate change policies to face the environmental challenges ahead
Villagers wade through flood waters in Madhepura District in India's Bihar state, where about two million people are displaced or stranded after the Kosi river burst its banks, breached safety embankments and submerged roads leading to the region. (Photo: […]
Source: BBC News
Environment groups are disputing the viability of carbon capture storage (CCS) on the grounds that the technology is not proven, unsafe and according to Friends of the Earth “would take 20-30 years to have any effect on carbon emissions.” Green peace have stated “CCS isn’t commercially viable; there are no […]
Henrik Skov, Journalist for Aarhus University:“We have journalists from nearly all over the world, it’s quite nice really.”
“It’s great talking to people from other countries, different mentalities. In Denmark we have a bit of a reserved mentality compared to the Americans. Last night I was having a glass of wine and eating at town […]
Jakob Bek-Thomsen, Aarhus University Press Coordinator: “The conference is going very well, it has been a huge success so far and we’re all very pleased on how things are going.”
“I don’t think it’ll be an annual event in this scale at least. There might be some smaller conferences but I don’t this we’ll do […]
J.P., Aros Museum security guard: “I think about high time that people do something about these climate problems. Politicians are too slow and we all have a commitment and duty to slow down.”
By Sophall Duch and Portia Nicholson
See the smoke, drink the CO2 – but don’t experiment too much at home. Chemistry students from Aarhus University demonstrate some of their funnier lab techniques – mainly to attract attention to the real CO2 problem.
‘Chemistry Show’ by students from Aarhus University displays solid CO2
Chemistry students discover that […]
Europe will need to lay more cables to share its renewable energy sources, if it is to meet its targets in the fight against climate change.
” We can’t just make our own grid plan and hope our neighbours will cover where we can’t,” said the head of research and development at Energinet.dk, Kim Behnke, […]
While science meets politics at the Beyond Kyoto conference in Århus, environmental activists plan to demonstrate against one of the key points of discussion: Carbon trading.
Eleven days after the Beyond Kyoto conference, a Danish network of climate activists, ClimaX, will demonstrate against carbon trading in Copenhagen.
The event will take place on March […]
Climate change must begin in the forests rather than from investing billions in storing CO2 in the underground, says several scientists attending the Beyond Kyoto climate conference
While many scientists focus on radical technological solutions to climate change, such as storing CO2 in the ocean floor, one expert wants attention put back on a natural […]
United Nations Development Programme ~Human Development Report 2007
Media’s obsession with conflict and crisis takes the attention away from stories about solutions to climate change.
Media need spectacular events to take an interest in a scientific topic. Journalists like reporting negative happenings and showing negative sides of environment subject as […]
Svend Auken, Social Democrat and former Environment Minister (DK)
Svend Auken, Social Democrat and former Environment Minister (DK): “You do have here in Århus a rather very interesting group of scientists, of industrialists, of journalists, of a few politicians and so forth, and you get the best science, you get […]