Bayer , Rheinbraun , Wintershall : Industry exerts influence on German authorities.

 Protest im Wendland: Auch die Bevölkerung hat Zweifel an der Sicherheit des Salzstock Gorleben. Quelle: Christian Fischer, Wikipedia | Bild (Ausschnitt): © Christian Fischer, public domain wikipedia [Public Domain] - Wikimedia

At the end of June 2016 it became known, through investigations undertaken by WDR, NDR and Süddeutsche Zeitung, that the Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) had for years been receiving questionable donations from the industry-affiliated Hans-Joachim Martini Foundation. The BGR undertakes important consulting and research services in relation to energy and climate issues for the federal government.   ... →

Münster to divest from fossil fuels.

Münster is the first German city to decide to withdraw public funds from climate-damaging industries. The financial and Main Committee of the City Council decided in a result of  4:11. that two municipal funds were no longer allowed to invest in the gas, oil and coal industry from 2016. The request came from the Green party and the SPD .   ... →

Peruvian requests compensation for contribution to climate change by RWE

It is a precedent case: A Peruvian requests compensation by RWE for its contribution to melting glaciers in the Andes. The energy company releases the majority of greenhouse gases in comparison with other European firms. In case of a success the costs-by-cause principle would be used for the first time to compensate harmful activities.

The applicant is Saúl Luciano Lliuya, who works as a tourist guide and farmer in the city of Huaraz.   ... →

Coal from Columbia: Pollution and paramilitary violence

The role of Colombia as a worldwide exporter of coal has grown significantly over the past 15 years. After Russia and the United States, Colombia is the third most important coal supplier and is also of immense importance to Germany. The growing coal consumption and shrinking production in Germany over the last decade has led to the fact that coal imports have doubled from Colombia (more than eight million tons).   ... →