UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn: politicians, scientists and activists meet annually in a bid to stop global warming. But can it be done and who pays? Our guests: Claudia Kemfert (DIW), Malte Lehming (Tagesspiegel), Christopher Springate (DW)
Claudia Kemfert is the head of the Energy, Transportation, and Environment department of the German Institute for Economic Research. She also serves as a member of the German Advisory Council on the Environment, which consults with the federal government. She says: "Smart people don't waste time stuck in the past. They invest in the growth markets of the future. The markets belong to those who can recognize them."
Christopher Springate is a DW colleague responsible for covering environmental issues. "Pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere is tantamount to sawing off the branch we're sitting on. Protecting our planet from climate change is a pre-requisite for keeping jobs."
Malte Lehming was a correspondent in Washington and writes political commentaries on German and international issues for the Tagesspiegel. "Climate-protection goals must be given a stronger legal framework. We must also have a precise time-table -- for example, for ending the use of coal-generated power."