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Energy

German experts warn against fracking

ImageThe country’s Federal Environmental Agency says the risk associated with fracking is too big. Ministries involved are pushing for an initial ban on the practice until 2021.

Climate

African biodiversity under threat

Researchers meeting in Cameroon have warned that Africa could lose up to 30 percent of its animal and plant species by the end of the century because of global warming, population growth and unregulated development.

Climate

Measuring a meat eater's carbon footprint

Beef, chicken, or dairy--which is worse for the environment? A new report shows that giving up beef will help reduce our carbon footprint. DW spoke with co-author Ron Milo at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Sustainable Economy

UK cafe serves food destined for the bin

A small cafe in the northern English city of Leeds is exclusively serving food which has been thrown out by supermarkets and restaurants. The aim is to cut the world’s massive waste of perfectly edible food.

Climate

Community forestry helps save the climate

Deforestation is a major source of climate-harming CO2 emissions. A new report shows this is drastically reduced when indigenous and traditional communities have the right to manage their own forests.

Pollution

Germany unlikely to meet carbon reduction targets for 2020

Germany’s environment ministry believes it’s unlikely Germany will meet its 2020 greenhouse gas reduction goals. They say the country will come up seven percent short, but critics say it could be even worse.

Conservation

Worldwide rhino horn trade continues unabated

More rhinos were killed by poachers last year in Africa than ever before. In 2014 the dubious record looks set to be broken again. The black market price for rhino horn is now considerably higher than cocaine.

Antarctica

New hope for Antarctic Ocean?

A new report calls for protection measures in the Antarctic Weddell Sea, one of the world’s last, intact ecosystems. Cooperation between Germany and Russia could help achieve a better situation.

Climate

Australia repeals contentious carbon tax

The Australian government has voted to repeal a carbon tax and abandon the world's third-largest emissions trading scheme. The decision to scrap the latter is a major setback for global CO2 trading.

Environment

Political indifference exacerbates Indonesia's deforestation

Fast economic expansion coupled with political apathy has led to rapid deforestation in Indonesia, threatening biodiversity. Activists say the government should not place GDP growth over environmental protection.

Climate

Climate phenomenon El Nino: six questions and answers

After the hottest global temperatures ever were recorded in June, the El Nino climate phenomenon could be set to make a return this European summer. DW has a closer look at this unique climate event.

Environment

Soil pollution is a 'severe problem' in China

Soil pollution has been one of the side effects of three decades of breakneck economic expansion in China, raising concerns over food security and people's health in the world's most populous nation.

Recycling

EU Commission pushes for higher recycling quotas

The EU Commission has adopted proposals to boost recycling quotas to create 'circular economies' in the bloc. Instead of wasting precious resources, the EU drive is for re-use, repair and recycling.