Climate Change

How Germany and the United States Can Strengthen Cooperation

“Federal governments should no longer be viewed as the sole source for action and solutions both because of the current administration in the US and a continued power shift towards NGOs and local actors. Engagement at the subnational level is ever more critical.” This is one of the key conclusions from the first “Atlantic Expedition”. View

Future-Proofing NATO: A Forthcoming Decade of Change

Memo 50: NATO must adopt hybrid models of national defense, coordinate efforts on economic and electronic warfare, and secure its space-based infrastructure. The Alliance should also establish a partnership with China and strengthen its presence in the Arctic. View

NATO Energy Security Strategy Crucial to Checking Russian Aggression

Russian gas supplies are dividing Europe on sanctions. Recognition of the security implications of climate change are becoming widely recognized. NATO can and should play a key role in driving positive on both by building energy security for its members. Including specific, targeted mandates to enable mutual energy security in NATO’s mission moving forward would be to both recognize the key challenges of our time and bolster longstanding alliance precepts. View

The Biggest Threat to Geopolitical Stability: Climate Change

Climate change represents a threat to geopolitical stability that is present, tangible and crucially, preventable. It may be too late to avert all of the dangers posed by global warming, but it is not too late to prevent catastrophe. Reducing carbon dioxide emissions to a scientifically determined threshold must become a precondition of NATO membership. View

The Domino Effect of Environmental Threats

The necessity to focus NATO’s attention on climate change and environmental degradation at the 2016 Warsaw Summit is essential for preserving international security, as these threats will intensify interstate instability, terrorism, and modify the geopolitical board game. By establishing a clear energy-efficient active strategy, encouraging multilateral cooperation, and promoting open dialogue, NATO will be better prepared to tackle the irreversible environmental threats. View

Transatlantic Energy Plan Crucial For Tackling Climate Change

The European Union and United States have an opportunity to formulate a cohesive climate policy at the UN Climate Summit that could vastly reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Presently, the Obama Administration and the European Commission contain both the political will and resources to implement a shift towards renewable energy technologies. This could yield a systematic divestment from fossil fuels, particularly crude oil, but this may not be enough. View

West Should Respond to Russian Militarization of the Arctic

While Western nations tend to view the Arctic as the "Global Commons," an increasingly unpredictable and desperate Russia seems to think differently. As Moscow begins military exercises in the region, the West should be wary of what might be next. From threats of full militarization to oil exploitation, the potential environmental and security risks are not to be underestimated. View

EU-Latin American Cooperation: An Affair of One?

The European Union portrays itself as a global actor, but there are still regions in which EU policymakers have not created strong partnerships. Latin America is one of these neglected regions. Progress on the relationship between Latin America and the EU has gotten lost somewhere in all of the rhetoric, and concrete objectives have fallen by the wayside. A summit of EU and Latin American leaders in Brussels is an opportunity for the EU to renew its efforts and get a seat at the Latin American table. View

Thomas Friedman on the World's Most Disruptive Forces

The Market, Moore’s Law and Mother Nature are the three biggest forces shaping the world today. That was Thomas Friedman’s central thesis at a recent event hosted by the American Academy in Berlin. He described how the expansion and speed of globalization (the market), the exponential acceleration of computing power (Moore’s Law), and climate change, the extinction of biodiversity, and population growth (Mother Nature) affect individual careers, national economies, and entire civilizations. View

Book Review: "Want, Waste, or War?"

The authors of this book, Philip Andrews-Speed et al., present a compelling case for taking a resource nexus approach in analyzing global resource use by considering the interconnectedness among natural resources. This approach helps to understand the potential implications across regions. Without a fairer and more effective approach to resource governance, risks for increased waste, want and war will likely become more pressing in the future. View

Fundamentally Rethinking TTIP's Priorities

The ongoing TTIP negotiations and the information surrounding it underline a clear set of priorities tailored to narrowly-defined economic interests. Instead, what is needed is a new set of guidelines to realign trade with protections for the consumer and the environment, as well as a concern for the global, not regional, economy. The only way to achieve this new foundation for the negotiations is through a fully transparent and democratic process. View

Growing Green: Latin America's Economic Powerhouses and Climate Change

Tuesday’s climate summit in New York is designed as a call for action on climate change – in order to keep global warming under control, all countries need to contribute. With the UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) looming in December at Peru the world’s attention will be directed towards Latin America, which is still exempt from emissions reductions. This is an important chance, given the region's development in the last 20 years. Yet, the policies of its two biggest economies are far less ambitious than what transatlantic leaders are probably hoping for. View

Technology Is Key to Mitigating the Effects of Climate Change

Clean technology is vital to the challenge of preventing dangerous climate change. As negotiators prepare for make-or-break international talks, developments in China may help make a stronger global climate deal possible. The challenge of rolling out low emissions and climate adaptation technology is becoming ever more urgent. China's role in the emergence of economical alternatives to carbon-intensive development in the Global South may be as important as its own commitments to global mitigation. View

Climate Change and Arctic Shipping

Climate change is impacting the the Arctic. Despite adverse consequences, it's unlikely that global response will prevent significant damage to the region's environment. As it becomes accessible to commercial shipping, there is an opportunity for shorter, efficient and more secure sea routes among European, North American and Asian states. However, this can only occur if the High North is managed carefully. To accomplish this, the US and EU need to play a constructive role in the Arctic. View

Highlighting the Health Benefits of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Our climate is changing. Despite the accumulating evidence, society has been slow to connect these ecological events to impacts on human health. It is critical that the international community discuss the health impacts of climate change when developing policies to build resilience. Climate change is a matter of health. We need to acknowledge this critical connection, sooner rather than later. View

Setting the Agenda for Global Climate Negotiations

In September, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will host the UN Climate Summit at the UN headquarters in New York. The goal of the summit is to promote action on climate change and set the agenda for a global agreement to be reached at the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. Since the last major climate summit in 2009, several key events have occurred. Next month's UN Climate Summit will be a test of whether climate negotiations in 2015 will produce any viable global agreement. View

Expert Q&A: What is the Best Strategy to Decrease EU Energy Dependence on Russia?

The Ukraine crisis highlighted the problems associated with EU dependence on Russian gas, and greater EU energy independence is now a high priority for decision-makers. In our second "Expert Q&A," we posed this question to 3 energy and EU policy experts: What is the most effective way to decrease EU dependence on Russian energy? Importing US gas, developing indigenous shale in the EU, investing more in renewables, or some other strategy? View

Twitter Highlights: July 2014

With over 4,990 followers on Twitter and counting, we're very close to our summer goal of reaching 5,000 followers. continues to use its social media platforms to share stories relevant to transatlantic relations and to promote published member articles while engaging with the community on both sides of the Atlantic. Our July tweets cover a range of issues, from the foundations of the transatlantic partnership, to ISIS, to energy policy and European security. View

The EU Must Look Inside & Out to Deal with Climate Change

Two high-level ministerial events take place this week at the Bonn Climate Change Conference. The European Union should focus on change at two levels: at the global climate summit level and internally within member states. The EU must take into consideration developing countries' concerns over the issues of technology transfer and historical responsibility over burden sharing before passing its own agenda. It must also overcome divisions among its members to lead by example. View

TTIP Undermines Democratic Norms

Ska Keller, Member of the European Parliament, is the top Green candidate for the upcoming European elections. Here she answers questions from Atlantic Community on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Ska Keller argues that TTIP is likely to circumvent democratic accountability, to undermine regulations and to benefit primarily big companies rather than smaller companies and ordinary citizens on both sides of the Atlantic. View

Back to Square One for TTIP: a Green Agenda for Free Trade

Dieter Janecek, the Green Party's Spokesperson for Economic Policy in the German parliament, describes an alternative TTIP agenda. A free trade agreement based on high ecological and social standards, and informed by the values the USA and the EU share in common, could have an influential impact on global trade. The interest of the common good should be a prominent part of any agreement of this kind, with as many stakeholders as possible being involved. View

Delegates Seek Innovative Solutions at Y8 and Y20 Summit

Policy Innovation e.V. and Atlantic Community collaborated in May 2013 for a Theme Week on the Y8 and Y20 summits that would take place in June. Through Atlantic Community members' commentary on the policy papers of the German Delegation to the Y8 and Y20, Atlantic Community had the unique ability to help shape the positions of the delegation. Policy Innovation's Press-Delegate Matthias Kaspers presents an overview of the experience and recommendations yielded by the summits. View

Looking South: A New Direction for Transatlantic Relations

Transatlantic relations are in transition. Where once Europe dominated US concerns, Asia now occupies center stage. Moreover, the Obama administration’s increasing reluctance to lead in times of international crisis has forced Europeans to take on greater responsibility and independence in foreign policy. If they are to successfully confront future challenges, the transatlantic partners must reevaluate their alliance and bring it up to date with current global realities. View

Re-energizing the Nuclear Industry after Fukushima

Reconstructing nuclear confidence in a post-Fukushima world is a long and painful process. But real-life energy demands, especially in the developing countries, predetermine a significant share of nuclear energy in their national energy consumption structure. The Russian experience in reconstructing nuclear confidence can offer some interesting solutions to decision-makers in striking a happy medium between environmental concerns and actual energy demands. View

It's Time to Move Beyond Plastic

Around one hundred million tons of plastic float in the world´s oceans and are threatening the health of marine and coastal ecosystems, on which we, as humans, depend. Although various initiatives and international agreements have recently been put in place to prevent the further pollution of the oceans, if the protection of these waters is to really be taken seriously, governments need to commit themselves to reduce plastic production. View

Embracing Brazil: Transatlantic Cooperation to Confront Global Challenges

Memo 44: Atlantic Community's Theme Week on "Engaging Brazil" produced a general consensus that embracing Brazil as a transatlantic partner should be a key goal for the US and Europe. While initiatives already exist to facilitate this process, they are not being exploited to their full potential. The transatlantic partners must build on these initiatives and, in doing so, acknowledge Brazil as a valuable ally in combating global challenges. View

Draft Atlantic Memo: Engaging Brazil

Drawing on member and expert contributions to our Theme Week, held from April 2-15, the editorial team has produced a draft Atlantic Memo. The Memo outlines policy recommendations on transatlantic relations with Brazil. The final draft of the Memo, which Theme Week authors are now working on, will be sent to experts for feedback. However, there is still a chance to have your views included in the Memo, by providing your feedback in the comments section below. View

Frozen Politics in the Far North

The Arctic Council represents politics frozen in time, out of touch with both the modern world and new Arctic actors. While it remains a model of international co-operation, it ignores new interest groups. The member states must recognize the changing times or risk becoming dangerously redundant in the face of political and climatic crisis. The Council can do this by opening its doors to new observer states such as China, South Korea, and the European Union. View

Canada's Turn to Lead the Arctic: Focus and Priorities

In May, Canada will begin its two-year chairmanship of the Arctic Council. During its tenure, Canada must implement an aggressive policy that focuses on environmental protection and minimizing socio-economic disparities in the region. As exploration for minerals and natural resources continues to expand in the Arctic Zone, it is imperative that such stringent standards and programs are in place to protect the environment and the inhabitatns of the region. View

Engaging Brazil: Call for Articles

We are launching our second Theme Week addressing transatlantic relations with Brazil. As a rising power with a diversified economy and a democratic government, Brazil is beginning to take on a more prominent role in international affairs. We invite our members to submit Your Opinion articles on how the transatlantic community should respond to Brazil's rise. This article provides background information on the topic and explains how you can get involved. View

The Arctic Resource Bonanza: Risks of Off-Shore Drilling

It is projected that over the course of the 21st Century, the average global temperature will rise between 1 and 4 degrees Celsius, and be noticed especially in the Arctic. The thawing of the region will present lucrative opportunities for off-shore drilling. Ice floes and oil spills, however, present formidable challenges. Managing to understand them; this is where the Arctic Council can be instrumental in developing the adequate regulatory response. View

Security in the Sahel: Call for Articles

The editors at would like to invite you to take part in our upcoming Theme Week, on transatlantic policy in Africa. Inspired by recent events in Mali, we are specifically looking for our members to submit Your Opinion articles on how the United States and Europe should react to threats to peace and security in the Sahel region of Africa. This article will provide you with some background on the topic and explain how you can get involved. View

Top Ten Issues on the Transatlantic Agenda

What issues do you think will prove important in transatlantic relations this year? In this article, the editorial team presents our top ten topics for 2013. We identify what we think the big issues for 2013 might be, as well as where potential for transatlantic and global cooperation might lie. These ten topics will form the inspiration for some of our theme weeks and competitions over the coming months, so make sure to let us know what interests you. View

Balancing a Rising China: The Future of Transatlantic Relations has received numerous outstanding articles from its community of over 7,000 members in the past several years. Our members have contributed to the think tank’s debates, theme weeks, and policy workshop competitions. A recurring discussion in our community revolved around a rising China and the challenges it poses to the West. View

Climate Change is Everyman's Problem

While deniers cite that climate change is only a rich man’s problem, in reality the issue transcends class. Both the rich and the poor, and the believers and the skeptics, will benefit from the job creation and economic boosts of promoting green technology. View

The Role of NGOs in Effectively Addressing Climate Change

Climate change is a broad concept of which global warning is just one facet. NGOs should take the lead in informing the world about the complex reality of climate change and move away from focusing exclusively on carbon emissions. View

From Energy Security Towards Climate Protection

Due to the finiteness of fossil fuels, the development of a low-carbon industry has become an economic necessity. A new approach to energy security that goes beyond NATO's current "safeguard foreign energy supply" is in dire need. A focus on secure energy after "the age of oil" is therefore in. View

Transatlantic Leadership by Example: Toward Inclusive Climate Change Policy

Memo 29: The United States and the EU countries need to lead by example on climate change in order to reestablish moral authority. Environmental sustainability should be made part of the criteria for diplomatic relations. An online and democratic global patent pool will enhance technology transfers. View