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    Meet the World’s First 16-Tonne Electric Truck

    Meet the World’s First 16-Tonne Electric Truck

    By Douglas Broom There were 10 million electric cars on the world’s roads at the end of 2020 as registrations soared by 41% in just one year. But when it comes to hauling heavy loads, most of the world’s trucks still run on diesel. But that’s starting to change with the introduction in Germany of […]

    Germany’s New Wildflower Meadows Offer Urban Safe Havens to Bees and Insects

    Germany’s New Wildflower Meadows Offer Urban Safe Havens to Bees and Insects

    In Germany, hope is growing for wild bees and insects. Surprisingly, it’s taking root in the country’s large urban cities, thanks to wildflower meadows being planted precisely to reverse precipitous declines in insect populations. Insects around the world are in danger. A 2020 study published in Science estimated that global bug populations are down 25 […]

    Germany’s New Climate Charter: What Will It Change?

    Germany’s New Climate Charter: What Will It Change?

    By Elliot Douglas The coronavirus pandemic has altered economic priorities for governments around the world. But as wildfires tear up the west coast of the United States and Europe reels after one of its hottest summers on record, tackling climate change remains at the forefront of economic policy. The German Economics Minister Peter Altmaier made […]

    Germany’s Groundwater Wells Are Running Dry Amid Climate Crisis

    Germany’s Groundwater Wells Are Running Dry Amid Climate Crisis

    By Wolfgang Dick Despite the lush, verdant nature that surrounds the German town of Ulrichstein, residents here — and in the region — suffer from acute water shortages. Ulrichstein Mayor Edwin Schneider, meanwhile, is deeply concerned by his town’s dire water shortage. “I never thought we would be affected like this,” he told DW, even […]

    Greta Thunberg Kicks Off Third Year of Fridays for Future Protests

    Greta Thunberg Kicks Off Third Year of Fridays for Future Protests

    By Jessica Corbett Swedish climate leader Greta Thunberg donned a mask and joined a socially distanced Fridays for Future protest in Berlin just a day after she and three other youth activists met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose government took over the European Council presidency in July, to discuss the planetary emergency. Thunberg—along with […]

    German Scientists Run Concerts to Learn How Coronavirus Spreads

    German Scientists Run Concerts to Learn How Coronavirus Spreads

    Scientists from the German University of Halle observed conditions on Saturday at an experimental concert in the eastern city of Leipzig, where they hope to learn more about the risk of infection at large events. The study comes as events and large gatherings remain banned in Germany until at least November. Most concert organizers and […]

    Germany Approves Coal Phaseout by 2038

    Germany Approves Coal Phaseout by 2038

    The Bundestag and Bundesrat — Germany’s lower and upper houses of parliament — passed legislation on Friday that would phase out coal use in the country in less than two decades as part of a road map to reduce carbon emissions. “The fossil age in Germany comes to an irrevocable end with this decision,” said […]

    Climate Activists Protest Germany’s New Datteln 4 Coal Power Plant

    Climate Activists Protest Germany’s New Datteln 4 Coal Power Plant

    Around 500 climate activists on Saturday gathered outside the new Datteln 4 coal power plant in Germany’s Ruhr region, to protest against its opening. Fridays for Future, Greenpeace, as well as German groups Ende Gelände and the German Federation for Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND) were represented at the protests. During the night into Saturday, […]