Analysis: As Germany’s government changes over, real climate solutions appear far off

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Olaf Scholz – Germany’s likely next German Chancellor. After 16 years as Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel is stepping down which will also see an end to the Christian Democrats (CDU) as the governing party.

Opinion: So, Germany, you want to do more to tackle climate change?

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Germany has recently experienced fatal and apocalyptic climate- fuelled floods , after which the country’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, promised the government would do more to tackle climate change. In Germany, fossil fuels are king.

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Climate warnings: over 200 people die as Germany suffers Europe’s most deadly extreme weather event

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Flooding in Kordel, Germany. Germany and Belgium were last week hit by a devastating extreme weather event killing over 200 people when three month’s worth of rainfall fell in just 24 hours. Even before this event, Germany had faced criticism over its climate and energy policy.

DMAA designs Residential Greenhouse in Germany

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A new urban district is rising from the dust of the former Kellogg's site on the Überseeinsel in Bremen, Germany

Burger King announces temporary meatless location in Germany

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In a radical move, Burger King has announced a meatless outlet in Cologne, Germany

20 livestock firms emit more greenhouse gas than Britain, France or Germany

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According to a new report by animal campaigners, 20 livestock companies contribute more emissions than Britain, France or Germany. What produces 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide? The animal agriculture sector. And governments subsidize them to do so

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.

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

DMAA designs Residential Greenhouse in Germany

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A new urban district is rising from the dust of the former Kellogg’s site on the Überseeinsel in Bremen, Germany. DMAA designs Residential Greenhouse in Germany.

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.

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

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.

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Culture trip through Frankfurt am Main in the MINI Cooper SE

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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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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.

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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.

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).

Green Car Incentives In Germany

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Germany has begun a program which they hope will bring economic growth and a cleaner environment. The vehicles being scrapped must be at least nine years old and registered in Germany for at least one year. Germany is struggling under an 8.3 percent unemployment rate and some fear the program may put more pressure on the car market in Germany. Many in Germany fear that customers will purchase foreign cars that have higher emission standards, more mpg and are smaller.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Burger King announces temporary meatless location in Germany

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In a radical move, Burger King has announced a meatless outlet in Cologne, Germany. The fast food restaurant has already partnered with Dutch company The Vegetarian Butcher to serve vegan chicken nuggets and plant-based Rebel Whoppers in Germany. In Germany, workers cook the soy-based nuggets in a separate fryer. Burger King announces temporary meatless location in Germany.

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Renewable energy lab glows like a lantern in Germany

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On a site formerly used for experiments on solar energy , Stuttgart-based architectural practice Behnisch Architekten has completed Building 668 (KIT Energy Lab 2.0), a massive testing lab for new energy systems as part of a scheme to move Germany toward greater adoption of renewable energy.

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.

Germany Investing Billions in Plug-in Electric Cars

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In a major move to help support the proliferation of electric cars, the German government is prepared to spend “billions of euros” in an effort to get a million electric vehicles registered before 2021. Reuters is reporting that the Germans will be dumping massive amounts of money into spending on the electric cars, they are putting a lot of effort into increasing incentives to buy plug-in electric cars.

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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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.

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Will Germany really ban fracking?

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Political parties including the Green Party have reacted with strong criticism ; the chairman of the Greens'' parliamentary group, Oliver Krischer, went as far as to call it a "fracking-enabling law," recognizing the distinction between this potentially deceptive proposal and an actual fracking ban - "a regulation that does not allow fracking in Germany and without loopholes that are as big as a barn door."

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.

Largest Solar Park in the World Opens in Germany

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The ribbon was cut on the World’s largest continguous solar plant on 27th April 2006 in Germany. And if solar is viable in Germany, just imagine the efficiencies possible where the sun really shines! Construction on the 40 million euro (US$48 million) photovoltaic installation started August 2005. This plant demonstrates new standards in cost-efficiency for solar power. Using the master-slave inverter concept developed by Shell, the plant delivers the optimized energy output.

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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.

20 livestock firms emit more greenhouse gas than Britain, France or Germany

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According to a new report by animal campaigners, 20 livestock companies contribute more emissions than Britain, France or Germany. 20 livestock firms emit more greenhouse gas than Britain, France or Germany. What produces 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide? The animal agriculture sector. And governments subsidize them to do so.

Italy joins Germany and Switzerland in nuclear power ban

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Economic Development Minister Paolo Romani said the leaks at Japan's Fukushima plant had changed everything and that Italy was merely taking the same steps as Germany and others in altering energy strategies following the disaster.

Heavy anti-nuclear protests in Germany

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Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo addresses protesters at the anti-nuclear demonstration, Dannenberg, Germany. These past days there have been heavy protests and blockades in Germany against a train carrying nuclear waste from France. Der Spiegel writes : "A train loaded with radioactive waste ended its controversial journey through Germany on Monday. 50.000 people protest against nuclear energy in Germany.

Germany Focusing On Renewables After Ending Nuclear Program

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Germany’s oldest nuclear reactors, of which there are eight, will cease energy generation immediately. The final three nuclear reactors, which are Germany’s youngest in age, will end operations in the year 2022. Germany’s Environmental Minister Norbert Rottgen stated: “It’s definite. Prior to the initial nuclear shutdowns twenty-three percent of Germany’s energy was attained through nuclear power.

Germany Opens First Offshore Wind Farm

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Germany is Europe’s largest economy and has a growing renewable energy sector. Despite taking ten years to work around political and monetary issues, the first offshore wind farm in Germany officially opened recently. This wind farm will be just the beginning of a potentially booming offshore wind farm sector in Germany. In total these proposals consist of 1,650 more windmills which will contribute hundreds more megawatts of energy to Germany.

University in Germany designs an alpine hut from reeds

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Read more: University in Germany designs an alpine hut from reeds. A team of craftspeople and students from the University of Stuttgart’s Institute for Building Material, Building Physics, Building Technology and Design have created an alpine hut designed from sustainable, renewable reed material. The project, SkinOver Reed, is meant to research the feasibility of the material as facade and roof cladding for use in high-altitude Alpine regions.

How Germany is preparing to get to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) In Germany there is no debate on climate change and whether it is real or not. The temperature for the past 10 months has been three degrees above average and Germany is again on course for the warmest year on record. Since 2000, Germany has converted 25 percent of its power grid to renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass. Germany adopted and continued Carter’s push for energy conservation while the U.S.

Largest Solar Park in the World Opens in Germany

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The ribbon was cut on the World’s largest continguous solar plant on 27th April 2006 in Germany. And if solar is viable in Germany, just imagine the efficiencies possible where the sun really shines! Construction on the 40 million euro (US$48 million) photovoltaic installation started August 2005. This plant demonstrates new standards in cost-efficiency for solar power. Using the master-slave inverter concept developed by Shell, the plant delivers the optimized energy output.