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Ice floes in the Atlantic Ocean.

Our atmosphere is a small miracle of nature. It contains so-called greenhouse gases that form a protective layer around the earth and prevent the heat emitting from earth disappearing into space. The earth would be bitterly cold without these greenhouse gases. Instead, we have a constant temperature of around 15 degrees Celsius. Our problem today is that the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has risen too much.
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Landscape with smoking chimneys.

In the Kyoto Protocol, negotiated in 1997, the participating industrialised countries committed themselves to a 5% reduction in emissions of climate-damaging gases - such as carbon dioxide - by the period 2008-2012 as compared with 1990. The European Union has agreed to cut its emissions by 8% during the years 2008-2012 as compared to the level of 1990.
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The continents shaped by clouds.

Since the beginning of 2008 the Federal Environment Ministry (BMUB) has made available up to 400 million euro from the sale of emissions allowances for a Climate Initiative. The Climate Initiative consists of national and international measures. The goal is to tap existing major potential for reducing emissions in a cost-effective way and on a large scale.
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Thermographical photo of a house.

Demand for energy is increasing worldwide. The situation on the energy markets is escalating and energy prices are soaring. Fossil fuel burning is on the increase and is speeding up climate change. Improving energy efficiency, on the other hand, has a dampening effect on energy prices, reduces energy import dependency, cuts emissions of climate-damaging carbon dioxide (CO2), increases security of supply and counteracts energy distribution conflicts.
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