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Industry is a key partner for climate action

Increasing energy efficiency is essential for climate action reasons, but it also opens up major opportunities for German industry. An economy that is geared towards climate action has opportunities for growth on a global scale that should be taken advantage of for employment and growth in Germany. more

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Nature / Species Protection

Prevention of biopiracy

On 12 October, the Nagoya Protocol entered into force creating an international set of rules and regulations for the use of genetic resources. Countries of origin will receive a fair and equitable share of the benefits resulting from the use of their plants and animals. Another aim is to make better use of the economic potential of biodiversity in future through research. more

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Global sustainability goals

Global sustainability goals supported

The post-2015 sustainable development agenda, which includes the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is to be adopted in New York in September 2015 at a United Nations summit of heads of state and government. After a year and a half of negotiations 17 goals are proposed.  more


Press releases

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Nuclear saftey / Radiological protection

Germany endeavours to achieve additional funding commitments for completing the Chernobyl sarcophagus during its G7 presidency. The additional shelter around the destroyed reactor in Ukraine is to prevent further radiation hazards to people and the environment. more

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The German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) presented its latest special report "Climate Protection as a World Citizen Movement". It is welcomed as a "valuable and highly topical contribution to national and international debates".  more

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Nature / Species protection

Starting on 14 September 2014 five particularly endangered shark species and manta rays will be protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Hendricks: "This is a milestone in species conservation." more

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