The recent failure of EU leaders to commit to a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 exposes remaining political divisions. The bloc’s major economies are pledging to eliminate emissions, bringing them into line with the global temperature stabilization goals of the Paris Agreement. But the alignment of all 28 member states remains elusive – several countries fear voter backlash if living standards are threatened.
Martina Larkin – Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Geneva
Relentless global warming threatens the potential success of a sweeping set of goals established by the United Nations to tackle inequality, conflict and other ills, officials have said.
Ellen Wulfhorst – Writer, Thomson Reuters Foundation
As Southeast Asia grapples with massive tides of rubbish hitting its beaches, a Cambodian coffee shop owner is looking to build a business out of some of this waste as a way to promote sustainability.
Chantha Lach – Writer, Reuters
Yiming Woo – Writer, Reuters
We need to re-examine the relationship between agriculture and climate.
David Perry – President and Chief Executive Officer, Indigo Agriculture
There are serious challenges to global food supply everywhere we look. Intensive use of fertilisers in the US Midwest is causing nutrients to run off into rivers and streams, degrading the water quality and causing a Connecticut-size dead zonein the Gulf of Mexico. Chocolate production will soon be challenged in West Africa – home to over half of global production. A variety of nutritional impacts are predicted due to increased atmospheric carbon dioxide – including decreased protein content in food, which has a potential to exacerbate malnutrition. And this is just a very small sample of the risks to the food supply chain that are foreseen.
Michael Hamm – Oxford Martin Visiting Fellow, University of Oxford
The future feels more threatening and ominous than ever. The sense of doom and gloom is deepening, not least in the West. The daily news headlines do not help. We are told that tensions between the US and North Korea, Iran, Russia or China could flare-up into a global conflagration.
2019 is a critical year for Europe. The rise of populist, nationalistic agendas has called into question the raison d´être of the European project and core European liberal values. With the new European Commission to be assembled this Autumn, now is the time to focus on a New Manifesto for Europe with fresh policy ideas. This open letter was written by the Global Future Council on Europe’s co-chairs, Miroslav Lajčák and Beatrice Weder di Mauro.
Miroslav Lajčák – Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic
Beatrice Weder di Mauro – Professor of Economics, University of Mainz