July birding in Northern Germany

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About two times per year, I spend a few weeks in Northern Germany – Visselhövede, to be exact. Some of the latter have actually stopped migrating and live in Northern Germany all year round. The post July birding in Northern Germany appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding Birds Germany summerThis is not generally a very joyful occasion – daily visits to my mother, whose dementia is progressing, tend to be fairly depressing.

Greater Rheas: Germany’s new Big Bird

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Germany is underrated as a birding destination. Greater Rheas, a species the Germans call Nandu, are very popular in Germany and frequently kept in zoos as well as private enclosures. The following map (taken from the highly esteemed site ornitho.de ) shows all observations of Greater Rheas throughout Germany since 1999. Observations of Greater Rheas in Germany since 1999 – map generated with the fabulous online data base ornitho.de.


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Northern Hawk Owl in Germany

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First, most of Europe’s owl species are breeding in Germany anyway and are better found at other times of the year. I am not aware of a single twitchable Snowy Owl in Germany in the 21st century, and Great Grey Owl isn’t even on the German list. The first bird in Germany during my lifetime – that I know of – was in 2006, a long-staying and well-twitched bird in Brandenburg.

Red-necked Grebes in Germany

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Europe has five regular grebe species, and all of them can be found as breeding birds in Germany. The rarest of the trio, Slavonian or Horned Grebe , only has a very small breeding population with a handful of pairs in Germany’s far North. Black-necked Grebes , on the other hand, are rather widespread throughout Germany much like Great Crested and Little Grebes. Additionally, they mostly leave Germany during our winter.

Germany kicks our butts, again, at clean energy

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Germany has hit a new clean energy milestone : So far this year, the country has gotten more electricity from renewables than from any other single source, 27.7 Germany green living renewable energy percent. That (just barely) beats the 26.3 percent of power generated by lignite coal, according to Agora research organization. This is a real success and watershed moment,” said Famke Krumbmuller, an analyst at Eurasia Group. Wind accounted for 9.5

Germany and the TTIP

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Apparently the German government, and possible the German one is not the only one here, has not been permitted to view those documents and Germany has made presentation to the EU complaining about this as it is contrary to the EU agreements about trade.

Know Your Audience: A Ring-necked Duck in Germany

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Yes, the Tufted Duck is the ideal suject for this blog: it is reasonably common here in Germany and not hard to photograph, yet to you it is probably the subject of countless day dreams scanning through endless flocks of Lesser Scaup. Birds Germany Ring-necked Duck Tufted Duck waterfowl

How to see a Black Woodpecker in Germany

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Black Woodpeckers are usually easy to find in Germany. At least one birder will now likely grab his war hammer and check flight availabilities from New York to Frankfurt as well as average prison sentences in Germany for first degree murder. However, even in the age of alternative facts, there is no denying it: Here in Germany, Black Woodpeckers are no big deal. Here in Germany, we have them. Birds Black Woodpecker Europe Germany nemesis bird woodpeckers

Germany Leads The World in Solar Panels: Can Germany Continue As.

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Home About Us Contact Us Products Green Tips EBooks Going Green: Questions and Answers Subscribe Living Green and Saving Energy Germany Leads The World in Solar Panels: Can Germany Continue As World’s Top Solar Panel User? by greenwise on February 17, 2011 In spite of frequent cloudy weather, Germany has been a leader in generating electricity from photovoltaic solar panels.

Germany’s Great Bustards and how to see them

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I am not entirely sure whether most birders outside Germany know or realize that Germany still has a decent population of one of Europe’s most attractive and desired bird species: the Great Bustard Otis tarda. While Great Bustards vanished from their western German haunts during the 19th century, a sizeable population of around 4,000 birds was still to be found in eastern Germany in the 1940s. Birds bustard Germany Great Bustards

Germany Breaks Own Renewable Energy Record


Germany has just broken its own record for the amount of energy generated by renewable sources in a day. On July 25th, the country generated 78 percent of its total Read More The post Germany Breaks Own Renewable Energy Record appeared first on Ecorazzi. Causes Environment News Science Top News

Five Things I Learned While Birding in Germany

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But this is a bird blog so I will stick to the birds here and simply share five things that I learned while birding in Germany or, to be more exact, while birding in Berlin. Mandarin Ducks are countable in Germany. What should I have learned while birding in Germany that I failed to learn? … Trips Berlin Europe GermanyWe are back from our ten-day family vacation to Berlin and Prague and it was awesome.

Germany invests in the DRC, but renewables could save all of Africa

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Good news from our hardworking neighbors in Germany – the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the German Development Bank KfW, has just given $54 million USD in aid to help keep young Congo men out of the hands of warlords. The aid money sent by Germany will support over 180,000 people living in rural areas – most of them smallholder farmers – in Walikale territory in North Kivu and Mwenga and Walungu territories in South Kivu.

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The truth about the Monday Demonstrations in East Germany

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In order to avoid any confusion the Monday Demonstration referred to here are not the Vigils for Peace, that have been coined Monday Demonstrations now as well, but those that happened in East Germany before the “Wall came down”. The Monday Demonstrations in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) of 1989 and 1990 were not, as always portrayed by the West, about rejoining the two Germanies.

Germany Will Close All Nuclear Plants by 2022

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Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced that Germany will shut down all its nuclear reactors by 2022. 220% of Germany’s power supply is nuclear, so they have a decade to provide alternatives. & Industry angela merkel germany nuclear power plantsSeven of the remaining German power plants were closed temporarily in March, just after the Japanese earthquake, and another six will be shut down by 2021.

Shortage of workers in Germany

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) According to the government of the Federal Republic (not that there is a Democratic Republic anymore) there is a serious shortage of workers in the entire country of Germany. Despite this shortage of workers, however, Germany, like Britain and other countries, has a serious problem with unemployment. Both of those types can be found in Germany as much as and especially in Britain.

Germany Shutting Off Nuclear Power But Increasing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Junge Freiheit: A very sophisticated right-wing paper in Germany

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Anyone who had any belief that these people do not want to lead Germany (and maybe the entire EU) back to the dark ages of the Third Reich should reconsider this. And it is not just Germans, and especially, amazingly, those from what was the German Democratic Republic, aka East Germany, but also Hungarians, Poles, Czech, Slovaks and others. fascism the new Nazis Junge Freiheit Germany

Over 50% of Germany's renewable energy is owned by citizens & farmers, not utility companies

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Sometimes, while not liking them for other reasons, I must wonder as to whether Germany and the Germans are some of the only ones, if not indeed THE only ones, who actually get green and eco properly. There is another interesting facet of the German renewable energy saga: 51% of all renewable energy in Germany is owned by individual citizens or farms, totaling $100 billion worth of private investment in clean energy.

Germany’s First Offshore Wind Farm

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Germany’s first offshore wind farm was made operational today, 45 kilometers off the coast in the North Sea. Wind Power News germany offshore wind farmThis new, green spectacle of German engineering has 12 turbines producing energy for 50,000 households. The turbines, each 150 meters high, produce 12 megawatts of power and the total cost of the project was $361.01 million, the consortium of energy companies that built the wind farm reported.

The resurgence of Gross-Deutschland, of the Greater Germany

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Every since the annexation of the German Democratic Republic, which used to be referred to as East Germany, by the Federal Republic of Germany, aka West Germany, the country is re-militarizing at a great speed. Although, it has to be said that it is more its occupational authority that is pushing Germany to be the spearhead of any NATO action against the Russian Federation. But Germany does not even need help in it ambitions.

First Outbreak of Usutu Virus in Germany

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That is very cold for the south of Germany. This thrush is extremely common in urban and suburban Germany and one of the most conspicuous bird species here, comparable to the American Robin in North America. Birders in other regions of Germany – when asked – confirmed however that they were seeing their usual large numbers of Blackbirds, suggesting the “situation” around Heidelberg was real. Okay, I meant to write an entertaining post. I honestly did.

Biting the bullet or jumping the shark? A potential Baikal Wagtail in Germany

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I recently saw and photographed what appears to be a Baikal Wagtail ( Motacilla alba-or-not baicalensis ) in Germany. Comparing it to “my” bird, I can’t help but feel I’ll have to jump the shark … Birds Europe Germany vagrant vagrants wagtailsIf I am correct, this would apparently constitute a first record for the Western Palearctic. So it may turn out to be a bit of a big deal. Or a bit of a PR disaster for my birding skillz if I am not correct.

Germany breaks 3 solar power records in 2 weeks

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Despite being quite a grey country, with average solar irradiation levels worse than even the US Northwest and Alaska, Germany is the world''s solar power leader. Due to it being a national holiday and there being less electricity demand, Germany hit yet another record — 50.6 In the past couple of weeks, it just broke another three records. On June 6, between 1pm and 2pm, solar power output rose to a record 24.24 GW, according to the Fraunhofer ISE solar energy research institute.

Qatar Solar Buys into Germany’s SolarWorld

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Although it is Germany’s largest solar panel producer, Arabian Gazette reports, SolarWorld AG has struggled to get off its knees since Germany cut its Feed in Tariff (FiT) – a subsidy system first instituted to help renewable energy producers keep with fossil fuel. Qatar Solar has purchased a stake in SolarWorld AG to give the firm a much needed fiscal boost.

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Animal Activists Call For Cowbell Ban in Germany


What was once part of a tradition (and a hilarious SNL skit) may become history for a good reason as animal rights activists are calling for farmers to ditch cowbells Read More The post Animal Activists Call For Cowbell Ban in Germany appeared first on Ecorazzi.

Driving ban for combine harvesters in Germany

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In a number of German states and counties a driving ban is being considered or already put in force banning combine harvesters from the roads between 1500 hours on Friday and 0900 hours on Monday to allow holiday traffic free flow.

Germany to Create Bicycle Highway.

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This new track should effectively remove 50,000 vehicles from the roads daily, helping to reduce traffic jams and emissions related pollutants. With air. Bicycle Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Featured Today Air Pollution bicycle bicycle highway bikes commute emissions

Germany introduces a legal definition for vegan labelling


Vegan food is Germany is about to change. With the recent Ipsos Mori poll finding as many as 900,000 vegans in Germany, it’s about time everyone shopped a little more confidently and avoided those dreaded hidden animal-product scares. For example, some producers may be required to reformulate their products if they want them sold in Germany.

Sun Salutations! Germany’s Siemens Pulls Out of Nuclear Energy

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The announcement was reported in Germany’s Der Spiegel , with an interview with Siemens CEO Peter Loshcer who said that his company is doing this in response to the recent nuclear disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, which anti-nuclear power activists now say was “much worse than Chernobyl” Remaining Nuke plants in Germany (in yellow).

Germany to phase out nuclear power

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Germany to close all its nuclear power plants by 2022 By Michael Smith (Veshengro) The German government has agreed on a roadmap for phasing out nuclear power, after reconsidering the implications of nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima reactor meltdown after the earthquake and tsunami. However, Germany, I think, should be congratulated for taking this step of shutting down all its nuclear power plants.

Germany tries to make professional salvagers illegal

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Most of those scrap metal business in Germany and elsewhere are operated by people from the Gypsy community and forcing them on welfare seems to be the reason for creating such laws.

In Germany, Renewable Energy surpasses nuclear and coal power

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In 2011 Germany finally saw their renewable energy production top that of almost all other sources of energy. Germany plans to move away from nuclear energy completely by 2022. Germany, a very highly industrialized country with lots of heavy industry still to this day is able to switch over to renewable energy in this way but according to British government experts and others (experts, my backside) it is not possible to have the UK run on renewables.

juwi Wind and Solar Plant in Egypt is Remote-Controlled from Germany

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German project developer juwi has installed their first combined wind and solar plant in Egypt to be used for desalinating and pumping irrigation water for farms and it is monitored and controlled remotely from Germany. ” While know-how has been transferred, the solar plant can be monitored via the internet from Germany using GSM remote monitoring. Cleantech, Science & Technology agriculture clean tech desalination Germany solar power University of Alexandria wind power

Sea Shepherd’s Paul Watson Arrested in Germany


Earlier today, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society president and founder Captain Paul Watson was arrested in Frankfurt, Germany. Sea Shepherd France president Lamya Essemlali posted to Facebook: “Captain Paul Watson was Read More. Animals Causes Environment News Top News

Germany and Britain about to destroy Gypsy scrap metal businesses

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Germany and Britain are about to destroy the businesses of the Gypsy scrap metal collectors and dealers. It would appear that this law in the UK and in Germany are based on the wish of the state to get more deeply involved in making money from the collection of scrap metal and other recyclables.

Germany now has 1.3 million solar energy systems

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Germany now has 1.3 million solar power systems in Germany with German solar photovoltaic collectors having generated 28 billion kilowatts, in 2012, supplying 5% of Germany's total demand for electricity. According to the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar), Germany now boasts 1.3 Photovoltaics in Germany currently supply around five percent of electricity demand.

Ten people in Germany die from E.coli

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E.coli infected cucumbers kill ten people in Germany By Michael Smith (Veshengro) According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control ten German citizens have been killed and hundreds taken ill after an outbreak of E.coli that was caught from a contaminated batch of imported cucumbers. The update provided by Germany on 27 May reports 276 cases of HUS since 25 April.

June 22, 1941 – Nazi-Germany's cowardly attack on the Soviet Union

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In the early hours of Sunday, June 22, 1941, the cowardly attack of the forces of Nazi Germany against the Soviet Union began and today marks the 75th anniversary of this act. Today, on this 75th anniversary of this fateful day German soldiers once again stand at the border with Russia (no longer the Soviet Union, but that is irrelevant) poised to be the spearhead of any NATO attack on that country.

Who’d have guessed Germany tops vegan food production?


Grist shares a recent report that Germany was responsible for producing 18% of the world’s new vegan food products in 2016. North America is far from alone in the abundance of new vegan options. In fact, they’re behind. Anyone interested in a trip to Berlin? They’ve been dubbed the winner in the race to fill shelves and stomaches with animal-free food innovations, but it’s clear the real winners are the German people.

Paul Watson Explains His Decision to Flee Germany


More than a week after fleeing Germany, Paul Watson has finally opened up on the circumstances surrounding his dramatic decision to leave the country. The Sea Shepherd founder sent a Read More The post Paul Watson Explains His Decision to Flee Germany appeared first on Ecorazzi. Animals Causes News Top News paul watson

Some was bad but much was good, in East Germany

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Some was bad but most was good, in the German Democratic Republic, what was known as East Germany or communist East Germany. Even West Germans who now learn how East Germany functioned are finding that there were things that were very good. Why else,do we think, that there are still so very many GDR products still working to this very day while the people in West Germany have replaced their stuff ten times over.

Germany & France claim recession over, for them

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While the growth in both Germany and France are but modest and some idiots keep claiming that Britain is out of the recession as well this is no way the truth. France and Germany coming out of the recession now because they did not have the same problems with the housing market and the financial sector. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The German and French governments have both announced that the recession is basically over for their respective countries.

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