2018-12-03 11:00:02 UTC
Thousands March in Germany Calling for End to Coal Power
01 Dec 2018 12:42 PM
[image] Demonstrators take part in a climate demonstration in Berlin,
Germany, Sat, Dec. 1, 2018.
Berlin. Thousands of people marched in Berlin and Cologne on Sat
calling for Germany to abandon coal-powered electricity generation, on
the eve of a major climate conference in Poland.
Organizers in Berlin said 16,000 protesters marched in Berlin -- 5,000
according to police -- in a colorful march featuring placards, banners
In the western city of Cologne, organizers said 20,000 people turned
out to protest -- 10,000 according to police.
Hubert Weiger, spokesman for one organization, "Bund," called on
Germany to commit to pulling out of coal by 2030.
The govt is expected to settle on a calendar to phase out
polluting power sources such as coal at the beginning of next year.
Already in 2011, Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to phase out nuclear
power generation by 2022, in the wake of the disaster at Fukushima
reactor meltdown in Japan.
Partly because of that decision, coal remains a cornerstone of energy
generation in Germany's energy policy, accounting for nearly 40
percent of the country's energy production.
The marches came ahead of the COP24 climate summit, which opens in
Poland on Sun. Delegates from nearly 200 countries are due in
Katowice for the gathering, which is intended to renew and build on
the Paris deal limiting global warming.
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summer heatwaves wipe out a third of new crop
Around a third of freshly planted Christmas trees in the UK were wiped
out during the extended heatwave this summer, the Independent
reports. "Trees planted in the last 2 years have suffered
significant losses", says Adrian Morgan from the British Christmas
Tree Growers Association, "because the weather was unseasonably dry
and hot". For the rest of Europe - which provides up to a fifth of the
UK's Christmas trees - as many as 70% of trees planted in the spring
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moment, but in the back of my mind is global warming," one farmer
tells the Indy.
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Spatiotemporal changes in snow cover over China during 1960-2013
Snow cover is highly sensitive to global warming, and has huge impacts
on global and regional climate change. Only a few studies have
analyzed changes in snow cover across the whole of China. This study
used data from 201 Chinese meteorological stations in China during
1960-2013. Results showed that the trend of snow depth and the number
of snow-cover days varied among different regions. Snow depth recorded
at 34.3% of the stations showed an increasing trend during the study
period. There were increasing trends of the snow-cover days at 40.8%
of stations. Snow cover in China varied with various climate factors
like precipitation or temperature.
-- Atmospheric Research
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