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Multiple Elections in Germany Make It Hard to Predict the Impact on Climate Change Policy
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Multiple Elections in Germany Make It Hard to Predict the Impact on Climate Change Policy

There are a good number of important elections this year in Germany. First and foremost are the European Parliament representatives. In addition, the regional elections for the estate parliament in the eastern German states of Saxony, Brandenburg, and Thuringia also occur this year. Furthermore, local elections (Kommunalwahl) in seven states will take place as well....

Germany Needs Tax Reforms to Achieve a Social-Ecological Transformation
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Germany Needs Tax Reforms to Achieve a Social-Ecological Transformation

Ideally, the policies directed to reduce a country’s emissions footprint and general development would go hand in hand with the social aspects of such transformation upfront, ensuring that the less capable not only also profit from the benefits. Still, they won’t be strongly affected by the related costs.In Germany, the Hans Böckler Foundation (Stiftung) has...

Germany’s Most Significant Policies in 2023: The Energiewende (The Energy Transition)
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Germany’s Most Significant Policies in 2023: The Energiewende (The Energy Transition)

Among the many and diverse climate policies and programs driven at different levels in European countries (European, country, regional, and local), it seems difficult to choose a specific one as the most successful, and even more, that could be proven by results which happened directly in 2023; as usually, emissions measurement take some time to...

Germany: Model Community Climate Mitigation Programs
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Germany: Model Community Climate Mitigation Programs

Munster Germany has advanced mitigation programs at the local and country levels. Few specific medium-sized cities have long-developed mitigation programs and policies. However, there is one that not only developed early on but has also developed a well-developed adaptation plan as well, and hence is my chosen one to be portrayed:Münster is a middle-sized city...

Germany: COP 28 Recommendations for Strengthening Country Climate Ambition
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Germany: COP 28 Recommendations for Strengthening Country Climate Ambition

Dear Mrs. Annalena Baerbock, Foreign Minister (annalena.baerbock@bundestag.de)   My name is Katherine Cote de Kalscheuer. I am the Country Manager for Germany for Climate Scorecard, a non-profit organization that monitors the climate policies and programs of leading greenhouse gas-emitting countries. Based on a review of Germany’s policies, we believe that much can be done to...

Germany’s Citizens Climate Lobby Changed the Course of German Environmental Policy
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Germany’s Citizens Climate Lobby Changed the Course of German Environmental Policy

As the world faces the impending threat of climate change, it is paramount to study successful examples of policy change to inspire and replicate the same worldwide. An excellent case study is Germany’s Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL), an organisation that has transformed the policy landscape through its dedicated environmental advocacy. This article will take a...

The German Government’s Support to Fossil Fuels in 2021 was 6.65 Billion Euros (7.35 Billion Dollars)
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The German Government’s Support to Fossil Fuels in 2021 was 6.65 Billion Euros (7.35 Billion Dollars)

According to the report published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) in 2021, Germany spent approximately 5.4 billion euros (5,97 billion dollars) on fossil fuel subsidies in 2019, including direct and indirect subsidies. According to the data provided by the OECD Inventory of Support Measures for Fossil Fuels: Country Notes, the German government’s...

Germany’s Agriculture Sector Contributed .89% of Global Agricultural Emissions in 2021
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Germany’s Agriculture Sector Contributed .89% of Global Agricultural Emissions in 2021

Despite its high population density, Germany is among the top four agricultural producers in the European Union – producing 50 billion EUR worth of agricultural products each year. As the EU’s largest milk producer, Germany dedicates about 50% of its agricultural land use to grazing and feeding the country’s 200 million farm animals (producing milk,...

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