Press release from | No. 74/08

Safe and ecologically just travel to Antarctica

Fascinating Antarctica: Ever more people are attracted to the austral summer in the vast expanses of the icy continent, to penguins, seals and whales. There were more than 46,000 visitors in last year’s travel season alone. There was a fivefold jump in visitor numbers from 1992 to 2008, making it impossible to avoid negative impact on the environment. Nevertheless, any visitor to the South Pole, w... read more

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Press release from | No. 73/08

As concerns the ‘climate neutral’ notion: Preventing greenhouse gases is better than offsetting them

Offers to compensate for greenhouse gases voluntarily abound: whether it be the ‘climate neutral air trip’ or the ‘climate neutral bouquet of flowers’, everything is possible. The idea is simple, namely to compensate for the climate gas emissions produced by products or services by saving the same amount somewhere else. Making sense of all these new possibilities is possible thanks to a new guide... read more

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Press release from | No. 72/08

Nearly 42 billion euros in subsidies detrimental to environmental protection efforts

Subsidies amounting to some 42 billion euros for 2006 in Germany had a negative impact on health and the environment, is the conclusion reached by a Federal Environment Agency study about the adverse consequences of subsidies in Germany, Umweltschädliche Subventionen in Deutschland. The variety of negative effects ranges from acceleration of climate change and impairment of water, soil and air qu... read more

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Press release from | No. 71/08

Semi-natural bodies of water and leas sustain biodiversity

Loss of biological diversity is one of the key environmental problems we face in the 21st century. The Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) intend to work together towards a solution to this problem. More than 100 German and international experts from science and the field met at a symposium held in Bonn on 29-30 October 2008 to identify ways to sus... read more

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Press release from | No. 070/08

Information on energy-efficient city lighting

The contest on energy-efficient city lighting that was launched in June is now presenting results from the first phase in a compilation of energy-efficient technologies, which can be accessed on the Internet starting today. The site will help initiate the next round of the contest, which is aimed specifically at municipalities. Schemes and new plans to use energy-efficient lighting in cities and t... read more

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Press release from | No. 68/08

Climate change in Europe: Warning signs becoming ever clearer

Is there a higher incidence of heat waves and severe weather in Europe? How much are the sea levels in Europe rising? How does climate change impact man, plants, and animals? The answers to this are provided in Impacts of Europe’s changing climate - 2008 indicator based assessment report, which the European Environment Agency (EEA) issued yesterday in Copenhagen, Denmark. It confirms that the clim... read more

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Press release from | No. 67/2008

Mobile air conditioning units with carbon dioxide are climate-friendly and efficient

Protect the climate with carbon dioxide-sounds like a contradiction? It may at first seem paradoxical to want to protect the climate with a greenhouse gas, but this is not so in the case of refrigerants used in mobile air conditioning systems.  In fact, carbon dioxide (CO2) is an ecological alternative to the refrigerant tetrafluoroethane commonly used to date. CO2 harms the climate up to 1,300 ti... read more

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