Germany emitted 762 million tons of greenhouse gases last year. In eight years, the climate law stipulates that ‘only’ 438 million tons. The energy transition and the conversion of industry to green hydrogen alone are not enough. Consumers can’t help but change either.
The good: Most measures are not only good for the climate, but also good for the individual. This is the result of a study on the connection between climate protection measures and personal well-being, co-edited by physicist Felix Creutzig . . In this podcast episode, physicist at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change and lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change talks about how personal consumption, the need for status, and role models interact in the climate crisis. .
The war in Ukraine radically shows how dependent the lifestyle in this country is on fossil fuels. Emissions in transport could now be reduced and Russian oil saved particularly quickly. Why politicians still aren’t acting here: That’s what this episode is about, too.
Also when it comes to food, the war sheds light on the global context of what is planted, fed and eaten in Germany. In context it says Suzanne Ehlerding of the Tagesspiegel Background Energy and climate, whether the decision of the EU agriculture ministers to allow the cultivation of fodder crops in so-called areas of ecological interest due to high wheat prices is appropriate, and what better measures could there be for the biodiversity and climate. protection.
and Christian Schaudwetalso from the Tagesspiegel Background, explains why some difficulties have yet to be resolved with liquefied natural gas, for which Economy Minister Robert Habeck has just traveled to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, and how investments in fossil infrastructure are going hand in hand with the energy transition.
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episode 27 with author Toralf Staud and social psychologist Pia Lamberty
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episode 22 with biologist Harald Uphoff
episode 21 with civil engineer Lamia Messari-Becker
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