Monday, 30. November 2015
Admittedly, skiing isn’t my strong point. To be more accurate, I have never skied. But since my sister has had a holiday house in the Allgau, I’ve been looking seriously into the sport – there’s no time to lose. Because if we don’t manage to slow down global warming, it could soon be too late. Rising temperatures ensure that the snow line will continue to rise with them. At 1,100 meters, the mountain behind the holiday house is one of the highest peaks in Germany.
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Friday, 13. November 2015
Colombia is one of the countries with the greatest diversity of flora and fauna in the world. But millions of hectares of rainforest, once the green lungs of the world, have been sacrificed to monoculture and illegal cocaine production and gold mining by guerrillas. Thus there are now fewer and fewer trees and plants that can filter the high amount of CO2 in the air. Major environmental changes bring with them social problems such as rural flight. Year after year hundreds of thousands must leave their homes because of drinking water contaminated by mercury and evictions. Water has become the new gold in Eldorado.
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Tuesday, 3. November 2015
On a visit to Berlin an acquaintance recently took me on a walk around Wannsee. Having grown up in southern Germany, I was surprised by the Mediterranean aura of the surroundings. Pine forests I knew from holidays in southern France, but not in Germany.
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Thursday, 15. October 2015
When some time ago a friend of mine returned from a trip to India, he still felt ill weeks afterwards. A visit to the Institute of Tropical Medicine revealed he was suffering from dengue fever. The disease is insidious, can cause internal bleeding and end fatally. For its treatment there are not yet any vaccinations or medications. It is transmitted by the Asian tiger mosquito.
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Thursday, 1. October 2015
In Argentina’s south is the largest Glacier National Park on earth. At the Upsala Glacier, known to tourists around the world, climate change is apparent in a dramatic fashion: every year the tongue of the glacier recedes into the mountains by between 200 meters and one kilometer. But the reasons for this are hardly discussed in the Argentine population.
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