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Broadcast Media

Tagesschau ( is a German media outfit that broadcasts national and international news. Tagesschau is made up of:
• a TV station known as Das Erste (
• a radio station – radio ARD  (, and
• ARD Mediathek ( which is produced as a redaction of ARD-aktuell on behalf of the German public-service television network, ARD.

ARD-aktuell is responsible for the content of “Tagesschau”, “Tagesthemen” and “Nachtmagazin”.
Of interest to those concerned with climate, is the ARD Mediathek, an ARD media library of audio and video documentaries on different aspects of this issue. In regard to climate change, we see for instance, an interview accompanied by short film breaks, by Birgit Klaus and Dennis Wilms with Carl.A. Fechner on “the ecological price of energy.” Fechner is a film and documentary producer of the Energiewende and sustainable energy in Germany and in the interview he tries to answer the question, “What ecological price do we have to pay for our energy supply, and which problems could be avoided?”

Further, a documentary that can be translated into English as, “We make climate ourselves,” is also available. It starts with analyzing the effects of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines that was one of the most destructive tropical cyclones on record having killed 6,300 people in the Philippines alone. Also, it shows the Philippines chief climate negotiator, Yeb Sano, reading his speech amidst tears at COP19 in Warsaw, Poland where he calls for speedy action to curb the impacts of climate change. Later in the video we see Sano’s journey to making a difference that starts after the producer asks the question, “What have we changed since COP19?,” and he answers, “NOTHING”.  The film goes further to cover Sano’s attempts to make the world hear the voice of the Philippines. Sano says he feels sorry for those who do not still believe that the climate has changed. The film also shows the impact of global warming in Germany on the fruit growing sector, especially the effect of strong heat on apples that has reduced their production. The documentary also highlights the impact of climate change on Yam production in Ghana. This documentary tells us that no matter what goals the politicians have achieved at the World Climate Conference in Paris, man has long changed the climate and the first signs of climate change are facing people all over the world, thus it’s time to act.

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Chief Editor: Christiane Krogmann, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Anstalt des öffentlichen Rechts, Hugh-Greene-Weg 1, 22529 Hamburg, Ust-Ident-Nummer: DE 1185 09 776; Tel: 040 / 4156-0

Print Media

Die Welt is a leading newspaper company in Germany that reports on latest news ranging from politics, economics, finance, sports, culture, science, literature, travel, style and provides an online archive that is freely searchable. On science, there are different national and international articles on climate change from scientific and political perspectives. They particularly address implementation of the Paris agreement. For example, die Welt newspaper provides an article on one of the expected achievements of the Energiewende project where renewable energy from wind and solar power are expected to meet the electricity needs of Germany for many hours at a time.

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Contact: Editor, Tel:  +49 (0) 30 2591 – 0
Die Welt CEO:  Dr. Stephanie Caspar und Dr. Torsten Rossmann Axel-Springer-Straße 65 , D – 10969 Berlin.  Die WeltN24 GmbH is a company of Axel Springer SE.

Online Media

The Clean Energy Wire (CLEW) is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan service for journalists and the interested public that is committed to provide and support quality journalism about energy transition in Germany. The Clean Wire URL provides news, dossiers, workshops, events, and resources such as experts, factsheets and libraries about the energy sector in Germany. Of particular interest is the article titled, “How can Germany keep the lights on in a renewable energy future?” In it, the Energiewende opponents argue that Germany will face unavoidable power shortages while proponents point out a number of alternative options to avoid such failure. Currently, a third of Germany’s electricity demand is met by renewable energy.

Also in the news digest is an article titled: “Germany must cut coal capacity in half by 2030 – gvt official.” This piece is about the talk that Rainer Baake, the state secretary in the economy and energy ministry, gave to a business conference in the run-up to Germany’s largest energy trade-fair, E-world in Essen. In his talk, Baake describes one goal of Germany’s climate action plan which is to cut their use of coal in half by 2030.

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Contact: Clean Energy Wire CLEW, Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Str. 2, 10178 Berlin, Germany; Email: , Tel: +49 30 700 1435 212


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