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    Corn-based biofuel, fluke or future?

    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 […]

    Opinion: If political promises were energy, there would be no need for oil

    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 […]

    Biodiversity is already suffering from climate change

    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 […]

    Nanotechnology for lunch

    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 […]

    Cleaner technology a new victim of the financial crisis

    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 […]

    Inuit people hit hard by climate change

    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 […]

    Drive green

    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: Small particles for great challenges

    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 […]

    Recommendations at closing session Beyond Kyoto

    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 […]

    Brazil offers the world a solution for biofuels

    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 […]

    Samsø island: a showroom for new solutions

    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. […]

    Cows in a cage: the solution to climate change.

    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 […]

    Voices: Participants practice what they preach

    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 […]

    Voices: “Nanotechnology is a new territory we can explore”

    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

    “I think a conference like this is important because you have all the big scientists from all over the world together.”

    Jonas focused on […]

    Voices: “Little things become big things”

    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 […]

    Environment issues need public participation

    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 […]

    More entertainment could mean less CO2

    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 […]

    The 7 Statements

    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 […]

    Developing countries can kill two birds with one stone

    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 […]

    Emissions trading in the EU an awkward dilemma

    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 […]

    Arctic habitat being destroyed while it disappears

    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 […]

    Once again, the rich spoke about the absent poor

    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 […]

    Reporting on the rapporteurs

    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 […]

    Voices: “The time is short”

    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 […]

    Fleeing butterflies signal bigger changes

    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 […]

    Voices: “You can buy a CO2-free stay here”

    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. […]

    Voices: “The economic crisis is partly caused by the climate crisis”

    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 […]

    Voices: “Some people don’t know when to stop talking”

    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 […]

    Fishing industry set for risky expansion into unfrozen Arctic

    "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 weathers hard times

    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: […]

    Environmental groups: Carbon capture is a scam

    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 […]

    Voices: “It’s great talking to people from other countries, different mentalities.”

    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 […]

    Voices: “The conference is going very well, it has been a huge success so far…”

    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 […]

    Voices: “I think it’s about high time that people do something…”

    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

    Don’t do this at home

    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 […]

    European countries need to share renewable energy

    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, Kim Behnke, […]

    Activists plan demonstration against carbon trading

    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 […]

    Forests, not technology, are the best carbon absorbers

    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 […]

    Climate reporting has more scary scenarios than solutions

    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 […]

    Voices: “The danger is of course these events get to be too self-congratulatory”

    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 […]