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International dismay at Germany’s 2020 climate target lapse

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Angela Merkel (Pic: European People’s Party/Flickr)

Reports Berlin will abandon its ambitious carbon-cutting goal with two years to go are “disheartening” and “problematic”, say observers

January 10, 2018 — Germany’s reputation as a green leader is slipping, after reports this week the putative government will give up on meeting its 2020 emissions target. Continue reading International dismay at Germany’s 2020 climate target lapse

German Greens reveal coal phase-out red line for joining government

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Open pit mine and power plant (Photo: Deposit Photos)

The Green Party will only join a coalition promising to close at least 7GW of coal power capacity by 2020, its lawmakers say, as Germany likely faces another election

November 23, 2017 — Germany’s Green Party has made the closure of seven gigawatts (GW) of coal power a deal-breaker if it is to enter government, a key negotiator has said. Continue reading German Greens reveal coal phase-out red line for joining government

Tiny Fiji looks for global impact at Bonn climate talks

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COP23 CHAIR. In this file photo, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, speaks at the beginning of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue on May 22, 2017 in Berlin. Kay Nietfeld/Pool/AFP

Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama brings a sobering message as he presides over UN climate talks in Bonn this week

SUVA, Fiji (Nov. 5, 2017) — Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama brings a sobering message as he presides over UN climate talks in Bonn this week – climate change is real, it’s already having disastrous impacts on his people and only urgent action can address the problem. Continue reading Tiny Fiji looks for global impact at Bonn climate talks

At least 5 dead as storm hits central Europe

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STRONG WINDS. A woman walks her dogs in Stromovka park in Prague which closed due to strong winds on October 29, 2017. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

The windstorm also disrupts railway operations and leaves hundreds of thousands of homes without power

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (Oct. 30, 2017) — At least 5 people died in a windstorm that hit central Europe on Sunday, October 29, causing widespread power outages and traffic disruptions. Continue reading At least 5 dead as storm hits central Europe

Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

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Flying insects caught in a malaise trap, used by entomologists to collect samples. Photograph: Courtesy of Entomologisher Verein Krefeld

Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say

October 18, 2017 — The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists. Continue reading Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

Merkel under pressure to tackle toxic smog as German election nears

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A German protester wears a mask reading ‘Diesel-Abgase toeten’ (Diesel emission kills) in Berlin.
Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Chancellor doubles funds set aside to improve air quality to avert court-enforced diesel ban and backlash from motorists

September 5, 2017 — With less than three weeks until the German elections, pressure is mounting on Angela Merkel to tackle the deadly smog in a large number of cities or face a court-enforced Continue reading Merkel under pressure to tackle toxic smog as German election nears

World voices solidarity with Spain after terror attack

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‘TERRORIST ATTACK.’ Policemen stand together on the Rambla boulevard after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing at least 13 people and injuring around 100 others on the Rambla in Barcelona on August 17, 2017. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Spanish and world leaders condemn the Barcelona van attack, expressing outrage and solidarity with the victims

BARCELONA, Spain (Aug. 18, 2017) — Spanish and world leaders on Thursday, August 17, condemned the Barcelona van attack, expressing outrage and solidarity with the victims. Continue reading World voices solidarity with Spain after terror attack

Merkel to put climate change at centre of G20 talks after Trump’s Paris pullout

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The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, welcomes the president of the European council, Donald Tusk, in Berlin before a meeting with European G20 heads of state. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor says Trump administration’s decision to quit Paris climate agreement means EU must show leadership on issue

June 29, 2017 — Tackling climate change will be one of the central tasks of the upcoming Hamburg G20 summit of the world’s largest economies, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, said on Thursday, following the US withdrawal from the Paris climate pact. Continue reading Merkel to put climate change at centre of G20 talks after Trump’s Paris pullout

Germany, China urge U.S. to stick to Paris climate pact

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URGING AMERICA. German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks (2nd L) speaks during the press conference at the start of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin, Germany, May 22, 2017. Seated next to her (2nd R) is Xie Zhenhua, Chinese climate envoy. Photo courtesy BMUB/Thomas Kohler

Both top officials also reiterated their countries’ full support for the Paris Agreement, which was adopted in 2015 and came into force last November 2016

BERLIN, Germany (May 23, 2017) — The uncertainty over the United States’ decision on whether it will withdraw from the historic Paris climate agreement looms large as ministers from 30 nations gather in the German capital for informal talks on international climate policy. Continue reading Germany, China urge U.S. to stick to Paris climate pact

50,000 evacuated in Germany over unexploded WWII bombs

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Local authorities arrange sports, cultural, and leisure activities for residents affected by the evacuation

BERLIN, Germany (May 8, 2017) — German police on Sunday, May 7, evacuated 50,000 people from the northern city of Hanover in one of the country’s largest post-war operations to defuse World War II era bombs. Continue reading 50,000 evacuated in Germany over unexploded WWII bombs