How Climate Change Could Affect Germany’s Elections

How Climate Change Could Affect Germany’s Elections

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Earlier this month, devastating floods washed through western Germany, leaving people dead and swaths of cities destroyed. It was the worst flooding Central Europe has seen in decades, and the short, intense rainfall is “one of the hallmark manifestations of a human-warmed climate,” as Yale Climate Connections put it. […]

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U.S. and Germany Announce Partnership to Raise Global Climate Ambition

U.S. and Germany Announce Partnership to Raise Global Climate Ambition

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In the wake of extreme, deadly flooding in Germany and unprecedented heat and wildfires in the U.S., the two nations launched a new climate partnership last Thursday. Both countries are among the world’s largest per capita carbon emitters. The White House said that the agreement would raise global climate ambition, develop and deploy new energy […]

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Germany Supercharges Its Climate Ambition

Germany Supercharges Its Climate Ambition

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer After the German Constitutional Court ruled that the country’s climate plans weren’t sufficient, the government has announced its new plans:  Cutting carbon emissions 65% by 2030 and 88% by 2040 (based on a 1990 baseline) Aiming for net-zero emissions by 2045, five years earlier than the initial target The […]

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If We Face the Truth, Everything Is Possible

If We Face the Truth, Everything Is Possible

By Monica Medina and Miro Korenha Graduation speeches are often pablum – containing well-meaning advice and platitudes of wisdom that are easy listening but also easily forgotten.  This week I (Monica) heard not one, but two speeches that transcended the ordinary graduation fare, providing important perspective and inspiration that is most needed and welcome at […]

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Germany to shutdown all coal plants, will rely on renewables

Germany to shutdown all coal plants, will rely on renewables

Germany, one of the world’s biggest consumers of coal, will shut down all 84 of its coal-fired power plants over the next 19 years and will work to rely significantly on renewable energy to meet its international commitments in the fight against climate change, a 28-member government commission said Saturday.

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