Germany‘s coal exit: jobs first, then the climate

Germany‘s coal exit: jobs first, then the climate

Germany‘s coal exit: jobs first, then the climate Germany is about to appoint a commission that will plan how the country is to give up coal. But it‘s already under fire for prioritizing the economy over the environment. No other country burns as much lignite as Germany. Around a quarter of German electricity comes from the carbon-heavy fuel, also known as brown coal. It‘s cheap, it‘s mined domestically and it‘s […]

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Green tech: From Africa to Germany

Green tech: From Africa to Germany

Green tech: From Africa to Germany Water pollution, deforestation and wasted energy are problems all over the world. African students are working to solve them, and they‘re exchanging ideas with Germany to do it. Herdsmen shepherd goats, sheep and cattle through the wilds of Ghana, letting them bath in lakes as the fierce sun beats down. It‘s an image that might sound idyllic in the West, but for many in […]

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Germany‘s mining communities brace themselves for post-coal era

Germany‘s mining communities brace themselves for post-coal era

Germany‘s mining communities brace themselves for post-coal era The coal industry is the biggest employer in some regions of Germany. In the east German city of Zeitz, people fear for their jobs and demand concrete plans for their future once the climate-killing fuel is phased out. What future for coal workers? Stephan Barth steers his SUV across the hilly terrain of the Profen open-pit coal mine, monitoring conveyor belts transporting freshly extracted […]

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Mongolia‘s grasslands chewed to the brink

Mongolia‘s grasslands chewed to the brink

Mongolia‘s grasslands chewed to the brink Mongolian herders are being advised to let the grass grow under the feet of their hungry animals, which are having a devastating impact on the land. Managing the steppe in Mongolia Permalink http://p.dw/p/2yFQd Managing the steppe in Mongolia Project goal: Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) is a global partnership working in 30 countries including Mongolia that supports efforts to establish workable financial strategies for the protection […]

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Cave diver explores nature‘s mysteries

Cave diver explores nature‘s mysteries

Cave diver explores nature‘s mysteries One woman has been exploring subaquatic caves for over 30 years. Her adventures have taken her deep beneath the Caribbean and inside Antarctic icebergs, and given her a long view of the damage we‘re doing to our planet. Jill Heinerth has always felt at home under water – even when her life hung in the balance. She nearly drowned when she was a toddler but instead […]

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African deforestation: ‘If nothing is done, we may lose everything‘

African deforestation: ‘If nothing is done, we may lose everything‘

African deforestation: ‘If nothing is done, we may lose everything‘ Africa‘s tropical forests, which include the Congo Basin, are under constant threat. Deutsche Welle speaks to Proforest‘s Abraham Baffoe on what stands to be lost and what needs to be done to tackle deforestation. Africa‘s tropical forests include the Guinean Forests of West Africa and the Congo Basin, a sprawling rainforest often referred to as the world‘s second set of […]

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Are corrupt politicians behind Peru‘s palm oil plantations?

Are corrupt politicians behind Peru‘s palm oil plantations?

Are corrupt politicians behind Peru‘s palm oil plantations? In recent years, Peru‘s sprawling jungle has been cleared for palm oil and cocoa plantations. Conservationists say the land is controlled by private companies who acquired it through corrupt means. The Peruvian rainforest isn‘t what it used to be. Land that just a couple of years ago was covered in the thick foliage of the Amazon jungle has been given over to […]

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Fire and ice: The untapped fossil fuel that could save or ruin our climate

Fire and ice: The untapped fossil fuel that could save or ruin our climate

Fire and ice: The untapped fossil fuel that could save or ruin our climate Methane hydrate buried below permafrost and the ocean floor could meet the world’s energy needs for 100 years – but would extracting it be catastrophic for the climate? When we think of the planet‘s diminishing fossil fuel reserves, we might picture oilfields, coal gouged from open-pit mines, or the controversial business of fracking to extract shale […]

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Our beautiful planet: The mystery of Poland‘s Crooked Forest

Our beautiful planet: The mystery of Poland‘s Crooked Forest

Our beautiful planet: The mystery of Poland‘s Crooked Forest In western Poland, the strange shape of a grove of 100 pine trees have left locals and environmentalists guessing. At first glance, the trees appear as bark-covered question marks turned on their heads. The grove of roughly 100 trees, the tallest reaching around 50ft, is a surreal sight: their trunks jolt sharply after leaving the ground, bending out in a dramatic […]

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EU Commission plans ban on plastic waste

EU Commission plans ban on plastic waste

EU Commission plans ban on plastic waste Plastic utensils, straws, coffee stirrers and cotton swabs may soon be a lot harder to come by in Europe. The EU Commission presented a draft directive to ban the single-use products in the fight against plastic waste. The European Commission proposed new EU-wide rules on Monday aimed at reducing plastic pollution in cities and oceans by banning several plastic products. EU officials noted […]

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