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Germans outraged as historic church makes way for coal mine
Peruvian farmer presses climate claim on German polluter
German parties seek compromise on migrants, climate change
Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance
COP23 climate talks end in Bonn
Climate meeting goes all night, ends after financing talks
Carbon, a driver of climate change, could become a valuable resource
Air Pollution Quiz: Where the Air is Dirtiest
2018-01-15 16:09:03 When we think of air pollution, we often conjure up images of vast metropolises in the Far East, the sun blocked out by smog as people wearing facemasks hurry down the busy sidewalks. But air pollution is also a problem closer to home, in Germany, for example. Temporary driving bans don't just exist in Paris, but also in comparatively sedate Stuttgart   Read More ...
Germans outraged as historic church makes way for coal mine
2018-01-10 14:45:30 FRANKFURT (AFP) - The demolition of a historic German church to clear the way for the expansion of an open-cast mine this week has outraged locals and environmentalists, as politicians moot giving up their own clean energy targets. Built in large part by local people and consecrated in 1891, St Lambertus church in Immerath, North Rhine-Westphalia state, was ripped down by diggers' hydraulic arms on Monday and Tuesday (Jan 9), leaving a heap of rubble where the neo-Roman nave and twin towers once stood   Read More ...
Heavy rain, melting snow produce floods in western Germany
2018-01-05 18:31:51 BERLIN, Germany (AP) — Rivers swollen by days of rainfall and melting snow are rising in western Germany, with floodwaters spilling into some cities and towns. The dpa news agency reported that shipping was suspended Friday on the upper reaches of the Rhine River, and a similar measure might be taken in the Cologne area over the weekend. Shipping on the Moselle River and the Neckar River, two of the Rhine's tributaries, had already been halted   Read More ...
Heavy rain, melting snow produce floods in western Germany
2018-01-05 16:39:41 BERLIN (AP) — Rivers swollen by days of rainfall and melting snow are rising in western Germany, with floodwaters spilling into some cities and towns. The dpa news agency reported that shipping was suspended Friday on the upper reaches of the Rhine River, and a similar measure might be taken in the Cologne area over the weekend. Shipping on the Moselle River and the Neckar River, two of the Rhine's tributaries, had already been halted   Read More ...
Monster Storm Forecast to Move Up East Coast
2018-01-03 10:04:46 Meteorologists say a monster storm called a "snow hurricane" or "bomb cyclone" is expected to bring wintry weather to Florida and Georgia on Wednesday. Forecasters expect it to make the East Coast even colder and drop heavy snow on New England. (Jan. 3) Subscribe for more Breaking News Get updates and more Breaking News here The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. AP’s commitment to independent, comprehensive journalism has deep roots. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings   Read More ...
A high-school student won $250,000 for explaining relativity using a pick-up truck and Usain Bolt
2017-12-31 16:04:46 The German physicist Albert Einstein needed complex equations to describe his theory of relativity, but 18-year-old Hillary Diane Andales of the Philippines does just fine with a pick-up truck, a few cell phones, and Usain Bolt. Andales is the winner of the 2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge, an annual competition that calls on teenagers across the world to submit videos no longer than three minutes that simplify big ideas in science or math   Read More ...
Solar energy for a promising future in Senegal | DW English
2017-12-29 18:07:47 By bringing solar power to remote areas in Senegal, an NGO hopes to improve lives, free up time for girls to attend school and do their homework, and encourage women to engage in small-scale economic activities. For more eco@africa, go to: http://www.dw.com/en/tv/eco-at-africa   Read More ...
The opportunities and limits of adapting to climate change | DW English
2017-12-29 18:07:42 Burkina Faso has been a pioneer in green technologies and the growth of renewable energy. In an exclusive interview with DW, Environment Minister Batio Bassiere sketches out his vision of a green future. Fore more eco@africa, go to: http://www.dw.com/en/tv/eco-at-africa   Read More ...
India: the climate challenge - Founders Valley (10/10) | DW Documentary
2017-12-29 00:10:38 German startup founder Fridtjof Detzner travels across India, a country already grappling with global warming. In response, more and more entrepreneurs there are coming up with visionary ideas to fight climate change before it’s too late. Part 1 - Mongolia: Part 2 - Hong Kong: Part 3 - Taiwan: Part 4 - Malaysia: Part 5 - Singapore: Part 6 - Indonesia: Part 7 - Bangladesh: Part 8 - Indonesia: Part 9 - India: Founders Valley playlist: For more information on our Founders Valley series, click here: _______ Exciting, powerful and informative – DW Documentary is always close to current affairs and international events   Read More ...
Czech Republic: Cross-border conservation | DW English
2017-12-21 12:14:44 Germany and the Czech Republic disagree on many things – but not about national parks. Central Europe's largest contiguous forest attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. For more go to http://www.dw.com/en/top-stories/euro   Read More ...
Germany Contributes Another 1.5 Million Euro to Climate Change Adaptation in Grenada
2017-12-18 20:10:52 Holger Michael, the new Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Port of Spain with responsibility for Grenada, made a special visit to Grenada from 4-7 December 2017. Aside the handing over ceremony of his credentials to HE Dame Dr Cécile La Grenade, Governor-General of Grenada, he participated in various meetings including with the Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell and the Minister of Agriculture Yolande Bain-Horsford   Read More ...
Snowfall forces Frankfurt airport to cancel 170 flights
2017-12-18 12:19:01 Germany's biggest airport is canceling 170 flights because of snowfall, though forecasters predict the weather will improve over the course of the day. Frankfurt airport said flights to Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Vienna, Dublin and Warsaw were affected by cancellations Monday. Delta and Lufthansa connections between Frankfurt and the U.S. were also affected by a power outage at Atlanta airport.   Read More ...
Coal still king in Germany despite new renewables record
2017-12-18 11:08:08 STOCKHOLM – For all the new wind parks, solar farms and hydro plants that will help Europe’s biggest economy generate yet another renewable energy record this year, the world’s dirtiest power fuel still rules in Germany and sets the price for how much factories are paying for electricity. Wind turbines will this year for the first time produce more power than plants burning hard coal, as the nation’s unprecedented shift toward renewable energy has pushed output from solar and wind to more than a third of the nation’s total   Read More ...
Germany's Siemens to build 2 power plants in Libya
2017-12-11 13:37:49 Berlin - Germany's Siemens says it has signed contracts worth some $824m to build two gas-powered electricity plants in Libya. The Munich-based industrial conglomerate said on Monday that the plants will be built in Misrata and Tripoli and that the value of the contracts with the state-owned General Electricity Company of Libya includes long-term service agreements. It said the deal will expand Libya's power generation capacity by about 1   Read More ...
Germany's Siemens to build 2 power plants in Libya
2017-12-11 13:11:18 BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Siemens says it has signed contracts worth some 700 million euros ($824 million) to build two gas-powered electricity plants in Libya. The Munich-based industrial conglomerate said Monday that the plants will be built in Misrata and Tripoli and that the value of the contracts with the state-owned General Electricity Company of Libya includes long-term service agreements. It said the deal will expand Libya's power generation capacity by about 1   Read More ...
Google Doodle honours German physicist Max Born on 135th anniversary
2017-12-11 08:19:08 Google’s Doodle is honouring Max Born, the German physicist and mathematician who discovered one of the most important rules in quantum mechanics, on his 135th birthday on Monday. He is famous for the Born Rule, a theory that uses probability to predict the location of a particle in a quantum system, . That’s important for understanding and using quantum mechanics, the principles that govern physics at subatomic scales   Read More ...
Hundreds of German universities set to lose access to Elsevier journals
2017-12-07 00:15:27 Negotiations to reduce journal prices and promote open access are progressing slowly. Around 200 German universities will lose their subscriptions to Elsevier journals within weeks, because negotiations have failed to end a long-term contract dispute. The conflict between Elsevier, the world’s biggest publisher of scientific journals, and Germany’s entire university system has dragged on since 2015. Academics in the country lost access to Elsevier content briefly early this year, but it was later restored while contract talks resumed   Read More ...
Busting climate myths | DW English
2017-12-02 18:05:42 Know any climate change deniers? Here are some of the most common myths and misconceptions they use — debunked and busted by high-profile climate leaders at the UN climate change conference COP23. For more on this topic, go to: http://p.dw.com/p/2nM8F.   Read More ...
Peruvian farmer presses climate claim on German polluter
2017-11-30 11:01:02 BERLIN (AFP) - A German court will decide Thursday whether to hear a Peruvian farmer's case against energy giant RWE over climate change damage in the Andes. Saul Luciano Lliuya argues that RWE, as one of the world's top emitters of climate-altering carbon dioxide, must share in the cost of protecting his hometown Huaraz from a swollen glacier lake at risk of overflowing from melting snow and ice   Read More ...
Germany to invest 1 billion euros in lowering air pollution
2017-11-29 00:14:20 BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the federal government will provide 1 billion euros (1.2 billion dollars) to cities and towns across the country in 2018 in an effort to make traffic more environmentally friendly. The money is to be invested in finding traffic solutions to lower air pollution. Many cities in Germany face driving bans because the air pollution is frequently above the allowed maximum levels due to the many cars' exhaust fumes   Read More ...
Germany to invest 1 billion euros in lowering air pollution
2017-11-28 15:13:28 BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the federal government will provide 1 billion euros (1.2 billion dollars) to cities and towns across the country in 2018 in an effort to make traffic more environmentally friendly. The money is to be invested in finding traffic solutions to lower air pollution. Many cities in Germany face driving bans because the air pollution is frequently above the allowed maximum levels due to the many cars' exhaust fumes   Read More ...
Beethoven to save the planet | DW English
2017-11-28 00:09:05 At the World Climate Change Conference in Bonn, a call went out for artists to use Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony as inspiration for works highlighting the need to protect the planet. The results will presented in June 2020.   Read More ...
German court: Ancient forest can be cleared for coal mine
2017-11-24 18:11:29 BERLIN (AP) — A court in western Germany says an ancient forest near the Belgian border can be chopped down to make way for a coal strip mine. Cologne's administrative court ruled Friday against a legal complaint brought by the environmental group BUND that wanted to halt the clearance of much of the Hambach forest. The group said it would appeal the decision and seek an injunction to prevent energy company RWE from clearing the trees in the meantime   Read More ...
Energy-efficient CoolMUC-3 Cluster comes to LRZ in Germany
2017-11-22 00:07:48 An new energy-efficient supercomputer called CoolMUC-3 has been deployed at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) in Germany. The HPC cluster features Intel’s many-core architecture and warm-water cooled Omni-Path switches. Developed by MEGWARE, CoolMUC-3 is the result of an established partnership between LRZ and Megware. Similar to the delivery of the first CoolMUC in 2011 we have managed to raise the bar for energy efficiency in HPC once more by developing new, innovative technologies,” said Axel Auweter, CTO at Megware   Read More ...
A 'Chipko Movement' In Germany Is Trying To Save Europe's Oldest Forest
2017-11-21 21:09:30 Hambach Forest, Germany: While the world gathered at the German city of Bonn to combat climate change and global warming, not very far away from the venue, a group of people were adopting an intriguing strategy to save one of the oldest forests of Europe. Just 50 kilometers away from Bonn - where the climate change conference was held early this month - Hambach Forest is an imperilled territory today   Read More ...
Climate change triggered immigration to the US by German families like Donald Trump’s, study finds
2017-11-21 17:35:51 Climate change contributed to the wave of German immigration to the US that included Donald Trump’s grandfather. In the 19th century, more than five million Germans migrated to North America. One such German was Friedrich Trump, the grandfather of the current US President, who arrived in New York in 1885 as an unskilled 16-year-old who couldn’t speak English. Protestors rally during a demonstration against the Muslim immigration ban at John F   Read More ...
Germany falters on climate leadership
2017-11-21 02:00:14 As Trump takes America offline, the world needs 'Climate Chancellor' Angela Merkel: Our view After President Trump irresponsibly vowed in May to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that other world powers would continue fighting the good fight against global warming. "We are more determined than ever that this be a success," Merkel later said of the accord, which employs voluntary reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to curtail human-caused warming   Read More ...
National Weather Service: 2 people hurt in Kentucky tornados
2017-11-20 23:00:20 BRANDENBURG, Ky. (AP) - The National Weather Service says two people were hurt in two moderate tornados in Kentucky. The weather service says both tornados touched down Saturday and were rated EF-1. The first happened shortly before 3:30 p.m. CST in Beaver Dam, Ohio County. The length of its path was 2 miles (3 kilometers) with peak winds estimated between 95 and 100 mph (150-160 kph)   Read More ...
A social network sharing excess solar energy
2017-11-19 12:06:12 (14 Nov 2017) LEADIN A German company has created an energy network for homes by connecting solar-powered batteries to a smart grid. Other German companies are building "energy plus" houses that produce more electricity than they need. But, despite Germany's boom in renewable energy, environmental organisations say that Germany needs to urgently close coal power plants in order to meet its emission targets. STORYLINE This two-story home on the outskirts of Berlin might look like any other house in Germany or even in Europe. But it is somewhat different. On the roof are 16 solar panels, creating electricity and heating for the house   Read More ...
Canberra climate action on show at UN talks in Germany
2017-11-19 09:07:40 The role of cities like Canberra in affecting progress against global warming has been considered in the latest United Nations climate talks, with experts welcoming "a groundswell" of innovation. World leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and environment advocates gathered in the former German capital of Bonn last week for the 23rd conference for signatories to the UN Convention on Climate Change   Read More ...
German parties seek compromise on migrants, climate change
2017-11-19 00:11:51 BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc and two smaller parties are pushing hard to reach an agreement on climate change and immigration, two key issues where compromises are needed if they are to move ahead with coalition talks. Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats and sister Bavarian-only Christian Social Union parties were meeting yesterday with the pro-business Free Democrats and the traditionally left-leaning Greens   Read More ...
Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance
2017-11-18 21:00:28 BONN, Germany | As the first glimmer of dawn appeared across the Rhine River, delegates stumbled out of an all-night negotiating session at this year’s global climate talks, expressing satisfaction Saturday at the progress made toward creating a comprehensive rule book for fighting global warming. The two-week meeting in Bonn, Germany, was billed as a “blue-collar” event designed to hammer out the technical details of the 2015 Paris climate accord   Read More ...
Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance
2017-11-18 21:00:01 BONN, Germany (AP) — As the first glimmer of dawn appeared across the Rhine River, delegates stumbled out of an all-night negotiating session at this year’s global climate talks, expressing satisfaction Saturday at the progress made toward creating a comprehensive rule book for fighting global warming. The two-week meeting in Bonn, Germany, was billed as a “blue-collar” event designed to hammer out the technical details of the 2015 Paris climate accord   Read More ...
Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance
2017-11-18 18:31:56 BONN, Germany (AP) — As the first glimmer of dawn appeared across the Rhine River, delegates stumbled out of an all-night negotiating session at this year's global climate talks, expressing satisfaction Saturday at the progress made toward creating a comprehensive rule book for fighting global warming. The two-week meeting in Bonn, Germany, was billed as a "blue-collar" event designed to hammer out the technical details of the 2015 Paris climate accord   Read More ...
Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance
2017-11-18 16:12:10 BONN, Germany — As the first glimmer of dawn appeared across the Rhine River, delegates stumbled out of an all-night negotiating session at this year’s global climate talks, expressing satisfaction Saturday at the progress made toward creating a comprehensive rule book for fighting global warming. The two-week meeting in Bonn, Germany, was billed as a “blue-collar” event designed to hammer out the technical details of the 2015 Paris climate accord   Read More ...
Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance
2017-11-18 16:04:14 BONN, Germany — As the first glimmer of dawn appeared across the Rhine River, delegates stumbled out of an all-night negotiating session at this year's global climate talks, expressing satisfaction Saturday at the progress made toward creating a comprehensive rule book for fighting global warming. The two-week meeting in Bonn, Germany, was billed as a "blue-collar" event designed to hammer out the technical details of the 2015 Paris climate accord   Read More ...
Climate talks wrap up with progress on Paris rulebook
2017-11-18 14:46:05 BONN, Germany (AP) -- Global talks on curbing climate change wrapped up Friday, with delegates and observers claiming progress on several key details of the 2015 Paris accord. The two-week negotiations focused on a range of issues including transparency, financial assistance for poor nations and how to keep raising countries' targets for cutting carbon emissions. "We are making good progress on the Paris agreement work program, and we are on track to complete that work by the deadline," Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama told diplomats hours before the meeting in Bonn, Germany, was due to conclude   Read More ...
Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance
2017-11-18 14:40:35 BONN, Germany (AP) — As the first glimmer of dawn appeared across the Rhine River, delegates stumbled out of an all-night negotiating session at this year's global climate talks, expressing satisfaction Saturday at the progress made toward creating a comprehensive rule book for fighting global warming. The two-week meeting in Bonn, Germany, was billed as a "blue-collar" event designed to hammer out the technical details of the 2015 Paris climate accord   Read More ...
German parties seek compromise on migrants, climate change
2017-11-18 14:40:16 BERLIN – Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc and two smaller parties are pushing hard to reach an agreement on climate change and immigration, two key issues where compromises are needed if they are to move ahead with coalition talks. Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats and sister Bavarian-only Christian Social Union parties were meeting Saturday with the pro-business Free Democrats and the traditionally left-leaning Greens   Read More ...
German parties seek compromise on migrants, climate change
2017-11-18 14:36:45 BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc and two smaller parties are pushing hard to reach an agreement on climate change and immigration, two key issues where compromises are needed if they are to move ahead with coalition talks. Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats and sister Bavarian-only Christian Social Union parties were meeting Saturday with the pro-business Free Democrats and the traditionally left-leaning Greens   Read More ...