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Reporter Podcast: Studying Global Warming in Greenland
Solar power for Ugandan schools | Global 3000
Solar power stations, made in Germany | DW English
Astronomer Replaces Fighter Pilot in Private Bid to be First German Woman in Space
Germany eyes free transport to banish air pollution
Monster Storm Forecast to Move Up East Coast
Germany's push towards renewables fuels major reshuffle in the energy sector
2018-03-13 00:18:36 A major asset swap in the German energy sector lifted Europe stocks Monday, as two behemoths of the industry restructured their firms to adjust to the current political climate. Green energy business Innogy, separated from parent company RWE and publicly listed in 2016, is to be broken up. Under the terms of the deal, which has been agreed in principle and was announced Sunday, RWE will sell its 76   Read More ...
Germany, TZ to cooperate on wildlife species research
2018-03-12 09:48:05 Dar es Salaam. Tanzania and Germany have agreed to strengthen cooperation on scientific research involving various wildlife species. The commitment was made over the weekend by the director general of the Berlin Museum of Natural History, Prof Johannes Vogel, to the permanent secretary of ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Maj Gen Gaudence Milanzi, who is on a working tour of Germany   Read More ...
Reporter Podcast: Studying Global Warming in Greenland
2018-03-11 20:11:57 Adventurous trips, unforgettable encounters, anecdotes and impressions from foreign countries: In the Hörweite podcast series , SPIEGEL ONLINE reporters talk about their reporting trips around the globe (in German). In this edition, science journalist Christoph Seidler talks about his journey to a research station on the Greenland ice sheet. Here, you can read an abridged, English-language version of the interview. SPIEGEL ONLINE: Nice to have you back, Christoph   Read More ...
Solar power for Ugandan schools | Global 3000
2018-03-10 18:06:43 In many parts of Uganda, electricity is in such short supply it's rationed. That's had a knock-on effect for many schools. The 'New Africa School' in Luwero District has installed a solar power system to ensure there's light during lessons.   Read More ...
Solar power stations, made in Germany | DW English
2018-03-09 18:06:23 A German startup is converting containers into portable power stations - which can provide clean, cheap electricity for a whole village. Communities in Mali and Niger are already benefitting - Somaliland could be next. More Eco-at-Africa: http://www.dw.com/en/tv/eco-at-africa   Read More ...
Nitrogen dioxide caused thousands of premature deaths, finds German study
2018-03-08 13:22:29 The Germany government says thousands of people die prematurely each year from the harmful effects of nitrogen dioxide, a gas that’s also produced by diesel engines. According to a study released March 8 by the Federal Office for the Environment, almost 6,000 people died prematurely in 2014 from illnesses that are known to be caused or aggravated by nitrogen dioxide, or NO   Read More ...
German court: cities can ban diesel to combat air pollution
2018-03-04 15:06:21 (27 Feb 2018) Germany's Federal Administrative Court ruled on Tuesday that cities can ban diesel cars to lower air pollution. The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig rejected an appeal brought by two German states against lower court decisions that suggested driving bans for particularly dirty diesel cars would be effective and should be considered. The group Environmental Action Germany, known by its acronym DUH, called it "a great day for clean air in Germany". DUH has been filing legal complaints against cities for years, seeking to have them impose measures to reduce air pollution. The decision could affect millions of drivers in Germany and have significant repercussions for the country's auto industry   Read More ...
Martian Moons Join Saturn in Views from Orbiter
2018-03-02 12:28:36 Mars moons’ Phobos and Deimos and Saturn were recently within the view of the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter. Also, on Feb. 15, NASA’s Mars Odyssey captured imagery of the moons. -- Read about it: https://www.space.com/39794-mars-moon... Credit: Space.com / footage courtesy: SA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO/NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/SSI Produced and Edited by Steve Spaleta http://www.twitter.com/stevespaleta.   Read More ...
German court rules cities may ban older diesel vehicles to cut air pollution
2018-03-02 00:47:44 That huge intake of breath you may have heard from across the Atlantic Ocean was the sound of German carmakers gasping at a court decision handed down on Tuesday. After a week's delay in issuing its ruling, a German court decided that individual cities in the country may ban vehicles with diesel engines to reduce air pollution. The decision could affect the value of up to 15 million vehicles now on the road's in Europe's largest car market   Read More ...
Belgium's Van Hool bags large German order for hydrogen buses
2018-02-28 12:43:51 BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian bus maker Van Hool said on Wednesday it had agreed to sell 40 hydrogen-powered vehicles to the German cities of Cologne and Wuppertal, saying it was the largest such order in Europe to date. An alternative to battery-powered electric vehicles, hydrogen is a technology which also produces no carbon emissions, converting hydrogen into electric energy from a fuel cell   Read More ...
The Latest: Environmental group celebrates German ruling
2018-02-27 14:47:13 BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on plans to impose a ban on diesel vehicles in German cities (all times local): The environmental group that sued to get German cities to ban dirty diesel cars is celebrating a court decision making such bans possible. The head of Environmental Action Germany said Tuesday it was "a great day for clean air in Germany   Read More ...
Conservation group lauds German diesel ruling
2018-02-27 14:34:18 One of Germany's oldest and largest environmental organizations is applauding a court's ruling that cities can ban diesel cars, saying "the pressure on politicians and manufacturers has increased significantly" to take measures to reduce pollution. The Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union said, with Tuesday's decision, "affected cities must now be made the trailblazers of a transportation U-turn as soon as possible to strike a balance between mobility needs and environmental and health protection   Read More ...
German court: cities can ban diesel to combat air pollution
2018-02-27 13:39:50 BERLIN (AP) — A German court ruled Tuesday that cities can impose driving bans on diesel cars to combat air pollution, a decision that could affect millions of drivers and the country's powerful auto industry. The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig rejected an appeal brought by two German states against lower court decisions that suggested driving bans for particularly dirty diesel cars would be effective and should be considered   Read More ...
German court: cities can ban diesel to combat air pollution
2018-02-27 13:11:31 BERLIN (AP) — A German court ruled Tuesday that cities can impose driving bans on diesel cars to combat air pollution, a decision that could affect millions of drivers and the country's powerful auto industry. The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig rejected an appeal brought by two German states against lower court decisions that suggested driving bans for particularly dirty diesel cars would be effective and should be considered   Read More ...
German Court Rules Cities Can Ban Vehicles to Tackle Air Pollution
2018-02-27 12:38:30 Photo BERLIN — In a case that pitted environmental groups against Germany’s powerful auto industry, the country’s highest administrative court ruled on Tuesday that vehicles can be banned from some city streets as part of efforts to improve air quality in urban areas. The case before the Federal Administrative Court has dominated public discussion in Germany because of its potential to deal a severe blow to the country’s auto industry three years after it was found to have lied about the pollution levels emitted by its cherished diesel technology   Read More ...
The climate cover up - big oil's campaign of deception | DW Documentary
2018-02-25 18:05:27 For decades, oil companies have known that burning fossil fuels impacts the climate. Why have they been keeping this information hidden? Donald Trump has a different view on climate change to his predecessors in the White House. It’s good news for major oil companies such as Exxon and Shell, which for the last 60 years have been funding studies and campaigns to dismiss the threat to the environment. New documents confirm that these companies have known since 1957 that burning fossil fuels impacts on the climate. Big oil has been deceiving the public for the past 60 years. Confidential research conducted decades ago by the oil majors shows that global climate change caused by human behavior is reality   Read More ...
Astronomer Replaces Fighter Pilot in Private Bid to be First German Woman in Space
2018-02-17 12:22:41 Suzanna Randall, an astronomer with ESO, the European Southern Observatory in Garching, was announced as the new trainee for Die Astronautin (The Female Astronaut) on Friday (Feb. 16), replacing a fighter pilot who dropped out of the privately-run program in December. Randall will now compete with meteorologist Insa Thiele-Eich, the daughter of veteran German astronaut Gerhard Thiele, for a chance to become the first woman from Germany to launch to the International Space Station on a privately-funded mission   Read More ...
Germany eyes free transport to banish air pollution
2018-02-15 12:24:57 “Car nation” Germany has surprised neighbors with a radical proposal to reduce road traffic by making public transport free, as Berlin scrambles to meet EU air pollution targets and avoid big fines. The move comes just over two years after Volkswagen’s devastating “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal unleashed a wave of anger at the auto industry, a keystone of German prosperity. “We are considering public transport free of charge in order to reduce the number of private cars,” three ministers including Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks wrote to EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella in the letter seen by AFP Tuesday   Read More ...
Germany plans to trial free public transport in cities suffering from air pollution
2018-02-14 10:05:53 The German government is planning to trial free public transport in cities suffering from air pollution, as Angela Merkel’s administration scrambles to meet EU pollution rules and avoid fines. Five cities – Bonn, Essen, Herrenberg, Reutlingen and Mannheim – will benefit from the trial “at the end of the year at the latest” according to proposals drawn up by the Federal government   Read More ...
Germany eyes free public transport to banish air pollution
2018-02-14 02:45:18 FRANKFURT (AFP) - "Car nation" Germany has surprised neighbours with a radical proposal to reduce road traffic by making public transport free, as Berlin scrambles to meet EU air pollution targets and avoid big fines. The move comes just over two years after Volkswagen's devastating "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal unleashed a wave of anger at the auto industry, a keystone of German prosperity   Read More ...
In Bid To Eliminate Air Pollution, Germany Eyes Free Transport
2018-02-14 02:35:11 Frankfurt: Germany could slash numbers of cars on roads by making public transport free, ministers have suggested, as Berlin scrambles to meet EU air pollution targets and avoid big fines. "We are considering public transport free of charge in order to reduce the number of private cars," Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, Finance Minister Peter Altmaier and Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt wrote in a letter to EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella seen by AFP Monday   Read More ...
Germany eyes free transport to banish air pollution
2018-02-14 02:30:41 FRANKFURT AM MAIN: "Car nation" Germany has surprised neighbours with a radical proposal to reduce road traffic by making public transport free, as Berlin scrambles to meet EU air pollution targets and avoid big fines. The move comes just over two years after Volkswagen's devastating "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal unleashed a wave of anger at the auto industry, a keystone of German prosperity   Read More ...
Germany eyes free transport to banish air pollution
2018-02-13 23:03:46 "Car nation" Germany has surprised neighbours with a radical proposal to reduce road traffic by making public transport free, as Berlin scrambles to meet EU air pollution targets and avoid big fines. The move comes just over two years after Volkswagen's devastating "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal unleashed a wave of anger at the auto industry, a keystone of German prosperity. "We are considering public transport free of charge in order to reduce the number of private cars," three ministers including Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks wrote to EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella in the letter seen by AFP Tuesday   Read More ...
Germany faces infringement procedures for exceeding air pollution limits
2018-02-04 13:05:58 (30 Jan 2018) In the capital of Germany, one of nine countries facing infringement procedures for exceeding agreed air pollution limits, sixteen air pollution measuring stations collect data across the city. On Tuesday, the European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, will host an air quality ministerial meeting in Brussels with representatives of the nine EU countries concerned. In addition to Germany, representatives from the Czech Republic, Spain, France, Italy, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and the United Kingdom will be at the meeting. Vella is also expected to announce new measures to help member states comply with environmental laws   Read More ...
Extreme weather in Vietnam | DW English
2018-01-30 18:09:39 Storms, devastating floods, heatwaves and cold snaps. Vietnam is facing increasingly extreme weather events. Life in rural areas is hard, as people struggle to adapt to the changing conditions. For more on this topic, go to: http://p.dw.com/p/2risI.   Read More ...
US and Russian secret service collaboration on climate change | DW Documentary
2018-01-28 18:05:29 After the Cold War, climate change was the driving force behind unusual political cooperation between secret services in the United States and in Russia. The story of how climate change forced the American secret services to collaborate with their erstwhile Russian adversaries in the aftermath of the Cold War is not widely known. But the perceived threat of global warming transcended diplomatic and ideological fault lines and forced the two rival blocs to collaborate. Right after the end of the Cold War the CIA, one of the biggest and most powerful intelligence agencies in the world, focused intensively on the controversial issue of global warming   Read More ...
Women have a key role in mitigating climate change | DW English
2018-01-27 00:23:40 Am 26.01.2018 veröffentlicht Women are especially vulnerable to climate change. Yet because of their caretaker role at home, they also have a big impact on what the next generation does regarding the environment. An interview with Catherine Mungai.More videos in our playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list   Read More ...
How Nigeria’s rural radio helps farmers with climate change | DW English
2018-01-19 18:18:48 Am 19.01.2018 veröffentlicht Nigeria's farmers are facing increasing challenges, including from climate change. Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu founded Smallholder Farmers Rural Radio to help and teach them sustainable farming techniques.For more environment videos visit: http://www.dw.com/en/top-stories/envi...The Eco-Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list   Read More ...
German Scientists Create Ultrafast Robot Arms from DNA
2018-01-19 12:10:03 Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany have given a big boost to DNA-based robotic systems by using electric fields to speed up their movements by five orders of magnitude over previous DNA systems. Prior to this work, which the German scientists descibe in today’s issue of the the journal the main issue preventing previous DNA-based molecular machines from operating faster was that they were dependent on DNA’s molecular cues   Read More ...
Trains, planes and ferries across Europe disrupted by winter storm
2018-01-19 09:06:36 A winter storm sweeping west across northern Europe has left travel chaos in its wake - leading to the temporary closure of Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, the suspension of all rail services in Germany’s most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia and widespread delays and cancellations elsewhere. Europe's third busiest airport closed completely for around two hours, due to winds gusting to 70mph or more near the Dutch capital   Read More ...
Schools remain closed as Germany prepares for winter storm
2018-01-18 10:08:40 BERLIN (AP) — Schools remain closed in many parts of Germany as the country prepares for a winter storm that's expected to come in from the west and bring heavy snow, rain and gusty winds. Authorities warned Germans, especially in western and northern Germany, to not leave their homes on Thursday if possible. German Railways said on its website that many trains would decrease their speed because of the storm and that delays are expected   Read More ...
Schools remain closed as Germany prepares for winter storm
2018-01-18 10:08:38 BERLIN (AP) — Schools remain closed in many parts of Germany as the country prepares for a winter storm that's expected to come in from the west and bring heavy snow, rain and gusty winds. Authorities warned Germans, especially in western and northern Germany, to not leave their homes on Thursday if possible. German Railways said on its website that many trains would decrease their speed because of the storm and that delays are expected   Read More ...
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 ...