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Energy Atlas | Böll.Spotlight
100% renewable energy in Europe is viable now
Technology now available makes a 100% renewable energy system viable, according to the ‘Energy Atlas’ 2018. The new report – a unique and comprehensive summary of facts and graphics on renewable energy in Europe, with country-by-country data – exposes the dramatic advance of renewable energy and the future shape of energy in Europe.
However, the transition is far from complete, a sizeable domestic market for green technology is needed. European politics must un-rig the rules favouring polluting energy monopolies and get behind citizens building Europe’s 100% renewable future, as the energy transition can only succeed as a European project.
The Energy Atlas 2018 comes as EU energy ministers, MEPs and EU Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete reach a crunch point in negotiations on the next generation of energy legislation – talks that will be decisive for Europe’s energy transition going into one of the last-chance decades for climate change action.
How far has the energy transition already gone? How have European citizens empowered themselves as actors in this transition? What is it like to be a prosumer or citizens cooperative producing renewable electricity? How can 100% renewable energy create jobs and fight energy poverty? What needs still to be done? These are some of the questions Abby D’Arcy investigates in this edition of our böll.spotlight podcast series.
Tricky Business | Böll.Spotlight
Governments and business are ruthlessly asserting their interests in an unprecedented global run on resources. Meanwhile citizens' basic rights are denied and civil society's scope for action massively curtailed. These are no longer isolated incidents in authoritarian countries, we are witnessing a broad and systematic suppression of local participation and protest.
This podcast looks at the mechanisms used to constrain civil society and the possible counter-strategies, drawing on the results of the study, "Tricky Business - Space for Civil Society in Natural Resource Struggles" by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights."
You can read the study here: https://www.boell.de/en/2017/12/07/tricky-business
Industry 4.0 in Asia | Böll.Spotlight
Is digitalization a blessing or a curse for our environment? The rise of new digital technologies has led to a significant increase in the demand for metals and raw materials, with serious repercussions for our ecology and the living conditions of rural populations.
The geographer Michael Reckordt from the German NGO PowerShift talks about these impacts especially for Asia and highlights that it is important to know about the problem involved in the production of new digital technology.
AfriqUPrising | Böll.Spotlight
In this podcast we look at political protest movements in Africa. And we examine the question: how does the international public treat these movements. Do African protest movements need our attention?
In the past year alone there have been massive protests in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and many other countries. However diverse the causes of these protests are, they testify to a deep gap between state policies and the needs of the African populations.
Although there has repeatedly been talk in the media about economic booms and “Africa rising,” at the same time democracy has been dismantled everywhere on the continent. Constitutions are being undermined, parliaments are acting as henchmen for corrupt presidents, and human rights are being massively restricted.