Month: April 2022

Firewood – theft increases massively

Energy prices are rising, not only heating oil, natural gas and petrol are becoming more expensive, but also firewood. Now, firewood thefts are becoming more frequent in state forest enterprises. Several state-managed forest enterprises have registered an increase in wood thefts in recent months. The wood thieves are even taking whole logs out of the …

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Chemical industry needs more electricity than the whole of Germany for climate neutrality

The German Chemical Industry Association has now calculated how much electricity the industry would need to be completely climate-neutral in 2045, as decided by the German government. The entire chemical industry would thus need 685 terawatt hours (TWh) of electrical energy per year. This is how much electricity is needed to convert the entire basic …

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Coal and nuclear phase-out – discussion on postponement has begun

Energy prices are rising and the supply situation is becoming increasingly uncertain. Now North Rhine-Westphalia’s Minister President Hendrik Wüst is calling for a postponement of the coal and nuclear phase-out. “Given the current situation, even the German government can hardly come to any other conclusion,” Wüst says. This is how Wüst started the political discussion on …

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Study shows: Hydrogen more harmful to the climate than CO2

When it comes to climate protection and the associated reduction of CO₂, the discussion repeatedly turns to the use of green hydrogen. The idea is to use it to replace natural gas, to drive cars and to produce steel. Countless companies are working on methods for hydrogen production, its transport and subsequent use. Now, however, …

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Wind power expansion does not advance

In order to quickly become independent of Russian energy sources, Economics Minister Robert Habeck wants to accelerate the expansion of renewable energies. To this end, he wants to shorten approval procedures, reduce the number of objections and give expansion priority over nature conservation. To this end, the federal states are to release at least 2 …

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Blackout risk due to cyberattack increases due to Ukraine war

Authorities are sounding the alarm: the war in Ukraine is increasing the risk of a cyberattack on the public power grid. The consequences could be catastrophic. Germany is still too ill-prepared for such a horror scenario, warns the GDV insurance association. The Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) shares this view. The …

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Grain prices at record high

Due to the war in Ukraine, grain exports on the Black Sea have come to a virtual standstill. As a result, grain prices are rising, because the threat of shortages means that traders around the world are buying at virtually any price. According to Ukrainian Agriculture Minister Mykola Solsky, Ukraine used to export a good …

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