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Paris Agreement, unambitious climate protection, precautionary principle, and human rights

Missing German and EU climate targets is not embarrassing - it is contrary to international and human rights. Even the unambitious targets themselves are illegal; all the more so their misconduct. More on this in our new legal opinion on the Paris Agreement here.

New Springer Nature Book Series: Environmental Humanities

From autumn 2018 Felix Ekardt will be the editor of Springer Nature's new book series "Environmental Humanities: Transformation, Governance, Ethics, Law". It is open to the entire social sciences, i.e. economics, philosophy, sociology, political science, ethnology, etc. Volume 1 "Sustainability: Transformation, Governance, Ethics, Law" by Felix Ekardt will be published soon and provides an overview of the work of the FNK with completely new perspectives in sustainability research: here.

Sustainable Land Use, Soil Protection and Phosphorus Management from a Cross-National Perspective

The scarcity of phosphorus (P) is a global concern that is not restricted to western industrialized nations. Based on several third-party funded projects, the industrialized nation of Germany, the emerging economy of Costa Rica, and the developing country of Nicaragua are examined in our new article in SUSTAINABILITY with regard to their legislation in the field of environmental protection and agriculture, in particular with regard to soil protection and fertilizer law. It becomes clear that soil protection in all three countries has not yet been adequately standardised in law and at the same time the efficient use of organic or recycled P fertilizers instead of (finite) mineral P fertilizers is inadequately regulated. here.

Felix Ekardt on "Growth - A Hard Habit to Break

A contribution in the Global Compact International Yearbook deals with fundamental issues of the sustainability debate: the limits to green growth and technological innovations, the preconditions of societal transformation towards sustainability, the complexity of human motivation, the underrated ambitiousness of the long-term goal in the Paris Climate Agreement. See, among other papers, here.

Universalism, Discourse Ethics, and Objectivity of Norms

The Research Unit Sustainability and Climate Policy has done a lot of research on the normative grounds of sustainability - respectively on the theoretical basis of both ethics and law. The most informative is the big German volume "Theorie der Nachhaltigkeit", but there is also a number of English papers. See, among other papers, here.

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Jutta Wieding

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Jutta Wieding, M.A. is a member of the Research Unit Sustainability and Climate Policy since 2013. Since 2017, she is working on her PhD thesis on the subject of regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from land use resulting from animal products – status and perspectives for transnational governance instruments (in cooperation with University of Rostock, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Soil Science), funded by Heinrich Böll Foundation. She holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Technical University of Dresden. In the context of her contributions to InnoSoilPhos (Innovative Solutions to Sustainable Soil Phosphorus Management), she worked on questions of international climate policy as well as governance of soil protection and sustainable agriculture, focusing especially on economic governance instruments and integrated solutions for connected ecological problems. Jutta Wieding is member of the board of Friends of the Earth Saxony and president of Friends of the Earth Dresden. Also, she is active in the scientific body of Friends of the Earth Germany in the working groups Environmental Ethics (Co-Chair) and International Environmental Policy. With her qualification as „Zukunftspilot“, she works as freelancer as facilitator for environmental issues and in NGO development.

Publications

  1. EU Competition Law, Renewable Energies and the Tendering Model: Quantity Control Versus Price Control in Climate Politics, in: Mathis, Klaus (ed.): Competition Law and Economics, Dordrecht 2019, in print (with Felix Ekardt).

  2. Agriculture-related Climate Policies – Law and Governance Issues, in: Carbon & Climate Law Review 2018, Vol. 12 No. 4, pp. 316-331 (with Felix Ekardt, Beatrice Garske and Jessica Stubenrauch).

  3. Paris Agreement, Precautionary Principle and Human Rights: Zero Emissions in Two Decades?, Sustainability 2018, pp. 2812 et seq. (with Felix Ekardt and Anika Zorn).

  4. The temperature target of the Paris Agreement and the forgotten aspects of a meaningful energy transition, in: Mathis, Klaus (ed.): Energy Law and Economics, Berlin 2018 (with Felix Ekardt).

  5. Defending Environmental Economic Instruments against the Economists and their Opponents: Transforming the Theoretical Basis of Pricing Natural Ressources, in: Mathis, Klaus (Ed.), Environmental Law and Economics, Berlin 2017, pp. 83-106 (with Felix Ekardt).

  6. Phosphorus Governance, in: Schnug, Ewald/de Kok, Luit (ed.): Phosphorus 100 % Zero, Berlin 2016, pp. 331-347 (with Felix Ekardt, Beatrice Garske and Jessica Stubenrauch).

  7. Nudging and Environmental Law: Perspectives and Examples, in: Mathis, Klaus (ed.): Nudging, Berlin 2016, pp. 247-262 (with Felix Ekardt).

  8. Legal Instruments for Phosphorus Supply Security, in: Journal for Environmental and Planning Law 12/2015, pp. 343-361 (with Felix Ekardt, Beatrice Garske and Jessica Stubenrauch).

Presentations and Facilitation

  1. Environmental Protection by Means of Consumer Law? Sustainability and Civil Law – the Example of Climate Protection – Presentation at Law and Economics Conference in Lucerne, 30 March 2019 (with Felix Ekardt).

  2. EU Competition Law, Renewable Energies, and Tendering Models – Presentation at Law and Economics Conference in Lucerne, 13 April 2018 (with Felix Ekardt)

  3. The temperature target of the Paris Agreement and the forgotten aspects of a meaningful energy transition – Presentation at Law and Economics Conference in Lucerne, 8 April 2017 (with Felix Ekardt)

  4. Animal Food – Starting Point for Solving the Phosphorus Problem? – Presentation at International Phosphorus Workshop, Science Campus Phosphorus Research Rostock, 16 September 2016 (with Beatrice Garske).

  5. A Defense of Environmental Economic Instruments against the Economists: Transforming the Theoretical Basis of Pricing Natural Resources – Presentation at Law and Economics Conference in Lucerne, 15 April 2016 (with Felix Ekardt).