Germany must do more to stop climate change, experts say

admin   •   October 9, 2018   •   2245

 

Dried out crops in Germany | REUTERS

Keeping the Earth’s temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius means making rapid, unprecedented changes in the way people use energy to eat, travel and live or we risk even more extreme weather and loss of species, a U.N. report said on Monday (October 8).

Meeting 1.5C (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, rather than the 2C target agreed at global climate talks in Paris in 2015, would have “clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems,” the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said.

After years of leadership on climate change, Germany risks being left behind as German experts urged Berlin to use its political clout to encourage society to join together to reach climate saving goals.

The IPCC announcements come as climate issues have been dominating the headlines in Germany. An unusually hot summer caused damage to crops, forest fires and a massive reduction in water levels across the country.

Tens of thousands of Germans demonstrated on Saturday (October 6) in support of saving the ancient Hambach Forest which German power company RWE wants to clear for mining.

The utility giant, one of Europe’s largest carbon dioxide emitters, has drawn heavy criticism from environmentalists over the planned clearing of the Hambach forest that it bought decades ago to expand mining in the area, in North Rhine-Westphalia.

The past 18 years have been globally the warmest on record since the 1850s when measurements began, the IPCC said. Scientists attribute the temperature rises and extreme weather mainly to greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide from fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas. — Reuters

Houses sealed off in Verl, Germany after meat factory virus outbreak

UNTV News   •   June 24, 2020

A residential area in the town of Verl was sealed off on Tuesday (June 23) and its residents put into compulsory quarantine after a coronavirus outbreak at a meatpacking plant nearby.

As a fence was set up surrounding the area, some residents were tested by medical staff outside their buildings while others watched from their windows and were handed toys and wet wipes by staff on the other side of the fence.

Verl mayor Michael Esken said it was the only solution he could come up with given that many plant employees live side by side with neighbours who work elsewhere, increasing the risk of contagion for the whole community.

Earlier, the premier of the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia Armin Laschet said he was putting the entire Guetersloh district, where Verl is located, back into lockdown until June 30.

Guetersloh, with about 360,000 residents, is the first area in Germany to reintroduce a lockdown after the authorities began gradually lifting restrictive measures at the end of April.

Also on Tuesday, the head of the Robert Koch Institute for public health, Lothar Wieler, said local outbreaks had been a major factor behind a spike in the last few days in the coronavirus reproduction rate, currently estimated at 2.76.

A reproduction rate, or ‘R’, of 2.76 means that 100 people who have contracted the virus infect, on average, 276 others. (Reuters)

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Germany struggles to impose local lockdowns as coronavirus infections spike

UNTV News   •   June 22, 2020

Authorities in Germany’s Goettingen have called on police to enforce quarantine measures following a rise in local coronavirus infections, which has caused the country’s virus reproduction rate to spike.

Tense situations in mass quarantine situations along with rising summer temperatures have seen tempers spike with police in Goettingen facing sometimes violent opposition to coronavirus measures.

A riot broke out at a block of flats on Saturday where around 700 people had been placed into quarantine.

Around 200 people tried to get out, but 500 people complied with quarantine rules.

In the ensuing fracas, eight police officers were injured after residents started to attack law enforcement officials.

“Recently the mood towards the measures and the law enforcers worsened as a result of a ring leader. A group started spreading resentment. Insults were made, there were attempted assaults and after the mentioned ring leader was taken into custody on June 19, things calmed down. Yesterday afternoon, however, things escalated again,” said Goettingen Chief of Police, Uwe Luehrig.

“The police, and I was able to see this with my own eyes on video, had bottles, stones, metal bars, planks of wood, household objects and fireworks thrown at them. This is what led to the aforementioned injuries. During the police deployment the police were forced to use measures like mild physical force but a lot of pepper spray was also used,” Luehrig said.

Low income residents of the housing estate, who are also not able to work, have complained of a lack of supplies with one man saying food brought to them was past its sell-by date.

Another resident complained of pain from the after-effects of the pepper spray.

City authorities have said they are fully funding translation and medical assistance and the delivery of care packages but admitted that things were still not running smoothly.

Germany’s reproduction rate of novel coronavirus infections jumped to 1.79, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for public health said on Saturday, far above the level needed to contain it over the longer term.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 687 to 189,822, data from the RKI showed on Sunday. (Reuters)

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Trump says U.S. pulling some soldiers out of Germany over NATO spending feud

UNTV News   •   June 16, 2020

President Donald Trump said on Monday (June 15) the United States would cut the number of U.S. troops deployed in Germany to 25,000, a reduction of about 9,500, in a move likely to upset both his fellow Republicans in Congress and NATO allies.

In comments to reporters, Trump accused Germany of being “delinquent” in its payments to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and vowed to stick with the plan unless Berlin changed course.

“So we’re protecting Germany and they’re delinquent. That doesn’t make sense. So I said, we’re going to bring down the count to 25,000 soldiers,” Trump said during a meeting with cabinet members.

Also during the meeting, Trump said he will sign an executive order on police reform and hold a news conference on Tuesday, after several weeks of nationwide protests sparked by the death of African-American George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.

Trump said the shooting by police of a black man in Atlanta was a terrible situation and very disturbing.

An Atlanta police officer was fired and the police chief resigned after the killing of Rayshard Brooks on Friday night.

No details on Trump’s executive order on police reform have been released. Democrats and Republicans in Congress are working on separate proposals on the issue. (Reuters)

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