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News on Climate | Energy and Sustainability | Strategies | International matters

Aligning EU Climate Policy with the Paris Agreement

Planet Earth

According to the IPCC, global warming must be limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius in order to mitigate the risks. An UBA position paper outlines how the EU climate policy could be aligned with this goal. Already by 2020, the parties to the Paris Agreement are to submit their updated national climate contribution to limit global warming. Up to now, far less has been promised than would be necessary. read more

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Health

Climate change and health

That's good against heat: a cooling water bag

Heat waves are extreme weather phenomena that can have an impact on health. They are especially hazardous to the health of infants, toddlers and the elderly in need of care. It is assumed that storms, hurricane and floods will also have an effect on health, either directly or as a result of stress. Impaired drinking water and supply has an indirect health impact. read more

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Sustainability | Strategies | International matters

Alpine Convention

A clear-water lake, surrounded by high mountains

The Alps are the largest natural and cultural space in Central Europe. The mountains shape the landscape and lifestyle of the population in eight different countries. In addition, holiday makers from all over the world are attracted to their fascinating beauty. The international Alpine Convention treaty was adopted to protect the region and its unique climatic, ecological and natural features. read more

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News on Climate | Energy and Sustainability | Strategies | International matters

UBA Key Prioirities for the new EU Long-term Climate Strategy

solar park, wind energy plants, sun flowers

Since the Paris Agreement invites parties to provide their low carbon development strategies by 2020, the European Union is currently preparing its respective mid-century long-term climate strategy. Within a public consultation the German Environment Agency (UBA) provided recently its submission on key priorities relevant for the new EU strategy. read more

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Umwelt-Indikator

Indicator: Global surface temperature

A graph shows the deviation of the global air temperature between 1850 and 2018 from the average global air temperature from 1961 to 1990, which is taken as the baseline period. 2018 was 0.60 degrees Celsius warmer than the baseline average.

2018 was the fourth warmest year worldwide since records began.The last five years have been the warmest years worldwide since 1850.The Paris Climate Agreement stipulates that the increase in global temperature should be limited to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels, and even to 1.5 °C. read more

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Indicator: Greenhouse gas emissions in industry

A graph shows greenhouse gas emissions and gross value-added between 1995 and 2016. Greenhouse gas emissions fell from 238.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents in 1995 to 184.0 million tonnes in 2016. Gross value-added increased during that time.

Greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing industry fell by nearly 23 % between 1995 and 2016.Over the same period, productivity grew by about 49 %.Overall greenhouse gas emissions in Germany should fall by 95 % compared to 1990 by 2050. read more

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