What the German Election Results Mean for Climate Change

What the German Election Results Mean for Climate Change

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer In the German campaign to elect Chancellor Angel Merkel’s successor, the Green Party led in the polls earlier this spring. Their candidate Annalena Baerbock looked like she could become the party’s first chancellor. Although the Greens didn’t win in Sunday’s election, they received just shy of 15% of the […]

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Report Finds European Floods Made More Likely by Climate Change

Report Finds European Floods Made More Likely by Climate Change

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study reports that record-breaking flooding that killed 220 people in Western Europe earlier this summer was made between 1.2 and 9 times more likely as a result of climate change. Researchers warn that as the Earth continues to warm, these devastating floods will become more frequent and intense. […]

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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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Germany Is Shutting Its Coal Mines and Planning the Workers’ Transition

Germany Is Shutting Its Coal Mines and Planning the Workers’ Transition

Germany wants to be the model for transitioning from coal to clean energy. The country plans to stop using coal by 2038 and has dedicated billions of dollars to make it a successful transition. As BBC’s Future Planet reports, a nonprofit near one of the country’s mines are engaging locals in the North-Rhine Westphalia region — many of them employed by the mines — to plan for their future. 

Why This Matters: First off: the European Union has called for an end of coal by 2030. So Germany’s timeline is longer than recommended to hit the Paris Agreement’s 1.5C target, and mine expansions are still planned in coming years.

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