Klaus

Massive mine

 Bonn, GermanySun, 26 Nov 2017 00:58:16 +0100 
This are sad news.

#^German activists lose bid to halt Hambach mine expansion | DW Environment | DW | 24.11.2017
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An environmental group has failed in its legal bid to stop the controversial expansion of Germany's biggest lignite mine. Activists say the operation threatens the Hambach forest, home to a number of endangered species.


I am living on a hill in Bonn. On one side when looking down to the Rhine you can see the area where #COP23 took place. When you go to the other side you can spot the chimneys of these coal power plants. Would have been more honest if they would have build up the tent city for COP23 inside the open-pit mine. Enough space would have been there.

It is fascinating that employees get told that the changing conditions forces them to accept more and more flexible and liberal working conditions, but these same corporations insist on plans from the 1970s to dig a hole until 2045 despite the fact that coal must phase out soon and alternative technologies evolve with a rapid speed and could even faster if efforts would get accelerated. For sure it will not last until 2045. If markets would work I would say that we might be lucky and they are bankrupt before the last part of the forest got harvested, but I don't believe this will happen.
Klaus

Bonn's prehistoric residents

 Bonn, GermanySun, 19 Nov 2017 19:37:08 +0100 
An interesting article

#^How would Bonn's prehistoric residents have seen the COP23 climate summit? | News | DW | 18.11.2017
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How would Bonn's prehistoric residents have viewed the UN's climate conference from their clifftop lookout over the Rhine? Looking back 14,000 years, Ian Johnson offers a different perspective on Earth’s climate drama.


#COP23
Klaus

degrowth

 Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:56:13 +0100 
#^Our addiction to growth is harming the climate | DW Environment | DW | 17.11.2017
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We must wean ourselves off unsustainable economic growth if we are to cut greenhouse gas emissions and avoid catastrophic climate change, say some economists. But what are the alternatives to growth?


It was evident to see the last weeks that a vast majority of German politicians does not believe there is any alternative to economic growth and reject categorical to even accept to think about alternatives.
Klaus

Conspicuously absent

 Bonn, GermanyFri, 17 Nov 2017 00:30:34 +0100 
#^COP23: Canada and UK launch anti-coal alliance in Bonn | DW Environment | DW | 16.11.2017
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Twenty countries and two US states have joined the "Powering Past Coal" alliance at the penultimate day of the UN climate summit, promising phase-outs. Conspicuously absent from that list: Germany.

#COP23
Klaus
 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:03:50 +0100 
#^Who fights hardest for the climate? | DW Environment | DW | 15.11.2017
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Many countries like to portray themselves as greener than they actually are. Others turn out to be unexpected climate champions. The Climate Change Performance Index reveals the truth about emissions and energy policies.
Klaus

lobbying at UN climate summits

 Bonn, GermanySat, 11 Nov 2017 00:54:56 +0100 
#^COP23: Corporations and lobbyists welcome in Bonn | DW Environment | DW | 10.11.2017
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Companies have a lot on the line at the Bonn climate summit - which is why they insert themselves into the negotiations. In the second installment of the COP Secret series, DW investigates lobbying at UN climate summits.


#COP23
Klaus

Irreführung der Öffentlichkeit

 Sat, 11 Nov 2017 00:18:31 +0100 
Eine sehr interessante Doku.

#^Die geheimen Machenschaften der Ölindustrie – Wie Konzerne den Klimawandel vertuschen
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Ein Film von Johan von Mirbach

Zwei Staatsanwaltschaften und mehrere Counties in den USA haben Ermittlungen gegen Exxon und andere Ölfirmen aufgenommen - wegen gezielter Irreführung der Öffentlichkeit beim Thema Klimawandel. Die Story deckt diesen Täuschungsversuch auf und geht Hinweisen nach, dass auch in Deutschland zweifelhafte Studien veröffentlich wurden.

Seit Donald Trump US-Präsident ist, gibt es eine neue und zugleich alte Sicht auf den weltweiten Klimawandel im Weißen Haus. Gute Zeiten für Ölfirmen wie Exxon und Shell, die seit 60 Jahren wissenschaftliche Studien und Kampagnen finanzieren, die den Klimawandel bis heute kleinreden. Neue Dokumente beweisen: Diese Firmen wussten seit 1957, dass das Verbrennen fossiler Brennstoffe das Klima verändert – eigene, streng geheim gehaltene Forschungen hatten das ergeben.
Klaus

political will

 Bonn, GermanyFri, 10 Nov 2017 00:49:20 +0100 
#^Can we live in a world without fossil fuels? | DW Environment | DW | 09.11.2017
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Is it possible to fulfill all our global energy needs with renewables only? And which technologies work best to help us transition to a world without fossil fuels? Scientists give answers at #COP23.
Klaus

A shopping bag that you can drink?

 Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:31:06 +0100 
#^A shopping bag that you can drink? | All media content | DW | 06.11.2017
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A Bali-based company is producing sustainable alternatives to plastic that are made entirely from renewable resources. You can even drink their shopping bags, which are made from cassava root.
Klaus

Bigger, greener... better?

 Bonn, GermanySun, 05 Nov 2017 14:47:11 +0100 
Germany will shrink by the size of eight football fields the next two weeks. o_O

#^Climate conference the 23rd: Bigger, greener ... better? | DW Environment | DW | 04.11.2017
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The UN city of Bonn is getting ready to host the global climate conference. With just a few days before the start of #COP23, what do participants, activists and residents expect?


They will serve vegetarian organic food from the region.
Klaus
 Bonn, GermanySat, 04 Nov 2017 23:24:20 +0100 
#^COP23: Thousands protest German coal use ahead of UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn | DW Environment | DW | 04.11.2017
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Just days before the UN Climate Conference is due to get underway, thousands of people have protested in Bonn demanding Germany immediately phase-out its use of coal.

#COP23
Klaus

declining dramatically in recent years

 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:45:51 +0200 
#^Insect and bird populations declining dramatically in Germany | Science | DW | 19.10.2017
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Two separate studies highlight a dramatic trend in Germany: the number of flying insects has declined by 76 percent over the past 27 years. There are 15 percent fewer birds than just twelve years ago.
Klaus

A realistic prospect?

 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:56:52 +0200 
#^Feeding the world with organics: A realistic prospect? | DW Environment | DW | 16.10.2017
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Organic agriculture is supposed to be the ultimate environmental savior. But can it feed the 10 billion people expected by 2050 in a sustainable manner?
Klaus

persistent plastic problem

 Sun, 08 Oct 2017 01:44:48 +0200 
#^The persistent plastic problem | DW Environment | DW | 06.10.2017
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In environmental circles, plastic waste is a much-talked about issue, but a recent beach clean-up in the Philippines revealed big businesses have to play a bigger role in cutting down on the ubiquitous packaging.
Klaus
 Sat, 07 Oct 2017 01:31:39 +0200 
Interessanter Überblick über verschiedene Themenbereiche.

#^Klimaziele werden nicht erreicht
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Die Energie- und Klimawochenschau: Von Kohleausstieg, Tagebauen, stagnierender Energiewende, verhafteten VW-Managern, Diesel-Subventionen und einem grünenden China
Klaus
 Tue, 03 Oct 2017 14:42:47 +0200 
#^Pressure on Germany to ditch coal intensifies | DW Environment | DW | 02.10.2017
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Without a rapid coal phase-out, Germany will betray its commitment to the Paris Agreement, experts warn. After years of fierce debate, will the next government finally take action?
Klaus

A two-faced game

 Sat, 30 Sep 2017 01:04:18 +0200 
#^Report reveals billions in EU fossil fuel subsidies | DW Environment | DW | 29.09.2017
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Europe is seen as a global leader on climate action. Yet it continues to bolster the fossil fuel industry with billions of euros worth of subsidies, according to a new report.
Klaus

Dragon's blood

 Wed, 27 Sep 2017 22:38:13 +0200 
#^Indonesia's fierce dragons | DW Environment | DW | 27.09.2017
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The Komodo dragon has powerful venom that helps make it the top predator on the few Indonesian islands it inhabits. But it also likes to play and its blood could help develop new antibiotics.
Klaus

Zur dunkelsten Nacht Skandinaviens

 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:03:46 +0200 
#^Expedition Sternenhimmel | Entdeckung der Welt | ARTE
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Der Astrofotograf Bernd Pröschold lässt den dicht besiedelten Ballungsraum Köln hinter sich und bricht auf Richtung Norden. Sein Weg führt ihn nach Norwegen, nach Sølen, Røros, Hessdalen, Fosen und schließlich bis an den Polarkreis. Dort bereichern die Nordlichter die Sicht auf einen sternenklaren Himmel auf spektakuläre Weise.


#ARTEfan
Klaus

humankind's most toxic garbage

 Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:51:41 +0200 
#^Nuclear waste: Where to store it for eternity? | DW Environment | DW | 12.09.2017
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Nuclear power stations have been churning out radioactive waste for decades. At least 10 new reactors came online last year - making the question of long-term storage all the more pressing. There's no solution in sight.