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German cities to trial free public transport to cut pollution
13 February 2018 - 'Car nation' Germany has surprised neighbours with a radical proposal to reduce road traffic by making public transport free, as Berlin scrambles to meet EU air pollution targets and avoid big fines. The proposal will be tested by 'the end of this year at the latest' in five cities across western Germany, including former capital Bonn and industrial cities Essen and Mannheim. (more)

Germany installed 1.75 GW of PV in 2017
31 January 2018 - In 2017, newly registered PV capacity was 1,753 MW, which represents an increase of around 200 MW compared with the previous two years. Overall, 21 solar parks with a total power of 75.9 MW went online in December. (more)

From refugee to chef: Berlin film festival to showcase Syrian cook
25 January 2018 - A Syrian refugee will be cooking dishes from Damascus and Aleppo for VIP guests at the opening of the Berlinale International Film Festival next month. The choice of Malakeh Jazmati reflects the mission of the festival, which was set up in 1951 to showcase films that address urgent social and political issues in the world. (more)

Germany to invest 1 billion euros in lowering air pollution
30 November 2017 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the federal government will provide 1 billion euros (1.2 billion dollars) to cities and towns across the country in 2018 in an effort to make traffic more environmentally friendly. The funds are to be invested among other things into electric buses, electric charging stations, and a more environmentally friendly traffic infrastructure. (more)

German prize honors transformation of Iron Curtain to nature reserve
29 October 2017 - A 1,400-km long swatch of land that marked the former border between East and West Germany is now a refuge for a broad variety of flora and fauna. The 'Green Belt' project -- first conceived in the 1970s, long before the fall of the Iron Curtain -- was awarded the German Environmental Prize on Sunday at a ceremony in the northern city of Braunschweig. (more)

Germany: Raindrop makes rainwater harvesting at home beautiful and easy
19 September 2017 - Traditional rain barrels are often clunky eyesores, which is why Studio Bas van der Veer designed a beautiful modern alternative. Meet Raindrop, a stylish drop-shaped rain barrel with a built-in watering can. The award-winning design was recently unveiled during the three-day fair in Cologne and will be ready for sale by 2018. The Raindrop models can be easily attached to drainpipes with diameters up to 50 to 80 millimeters. (more)

Electric cars dominate the buzz at Frankfurt auto show
12 September 2017 - Carmakers at the Frankfurt auto show are unveiling the low-emissions vehicles and technology strategies they hope will let them profit from the sweeping changes expected to hit the auto industry in the next few years. Carmakers are spending heavily to develop and improve electric cars to meet increasingly tough government regulations limiting air pollution. (more)

Germany's transition from coal to renewable energy offers lessons for the rest of the world
1 August 2017 - In 1961, German politician Willy Brandt called for making the skies over the industrial coal belt of Ruhr blue again. It was a prospect that people in the Ruhr found unbelievable at the time, so accustomed were they to the gray-tinted, coal-polluted air. But Brandt's demand has since been realized: The skies over the Ruhr are now clear. (more)

Organic farming reaches record level in Germany
16 July 2017 - Increasing numbers of German farmers are relying on organic production, with 7.5 percent of all arable land now cultivated ecologically. The government has set its sights on an ambitious target of 20 percent. According to new figures from the Federal Office of Agriculture and Food (BLE), the total area of ecologically cultivated land in Germany in 2016 rose 14.9 percent in comparison with the year before to reach 1.25 million hectares (3.09 million acres). The number of organic farms also rose last year by 9.6 percent to 27,132. Compared to the year 2000, the number of organic farms [in Germany] has more than doubled from 12,740. (more)

German factory growth reaches 74-month high in June: PMI
3 July 2017 - German manufacturing growth reached its highest level in more than six years in June, driven by a sharp increase in orders, a survey showed on Monday [3 July], suggesting factories will contribute to an expansion in the second quarter. Markit's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for manufacturing, which accounts for about a fifth of the economy, rose to 59.6 from 59.5 in May to reach its highest level in 74 months. (more)

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Erfurt, Germany: Role of Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture in creating ideal cities
9 May 2014 - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's principles for creating ideal cities include living and working in Maharishi Vastu (Vedic architecture) buildings, as well as eating locally grown organic food, explained Dr Peter Swan, international expert on Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture, who designed and has taught a popular course in that subject in many countries. Maharishi outlined specific criteria for crops grown according to Vedic Organic Agriculture, including that the consciousness of the farmer, as well as the collective consciousness of the society, should be in accord with natural law. These and other criteria are being upheld through a garden project at the Maharishi Peace Palace in Erfurt, Germany, where Dr Swan gave a recent workshop. (more)

Berlin: Congress of medical doctors celebrates German Ayurveda Association's 30-year Jubilee
25 November 2013 - The 30-year Jubilee Congress of the German Ayurveda Association, an association of medical doctors, was recently held in Berlin, attended by over 100 doctors and researchers. Founded in 1983 under the inspiration of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the association is the oldest doctors' association for Ayurveda outside of India. Among the founding members was Dr Ulrich Bauhofer, who spent many years working with Maharishi researching Ayurvedic treatments and herbal remedies. Dr Bauhofer gave inspiring opening remarks on the theme of the Veda, explaining its importance in the development of human consciousness. He also described practical medical applications of Vedic knowledge in daily life through Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care. (more)

Germany: Congress highlights contributions of German Ayurveda Association and European Ayurveda Medical Association (EURAMA)
25 November 2013 - The German Ayurveda Association holds the distinction of being the oldest doctors' association for Ayurveda outside of India. Founded in 1983 under the inspiration of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the association has contributed substantially to bringing the benefits of Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care to people around the world, while at the same time making Ayurveda more of a household world in Germany. The European Ayurveda Medical Association (EURAMA), founded in 2008, is presided over by Austrian medical doctor Wolfgang Schachinger who manages an Ayurvedic health centre in that country. Its goal is to integrate the practices and treatments of Maharishi Ayur-Veda with those of other complementary and integrative medical organizations throughout Europe. (more)

Germany: Growing interest in integrative medicine seen at Berlin medical conference
25 November 2013 - Starting in the 1980s when he introduced Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care to the world, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi emphasized the need to integrate the practices of the world's oldest, most comprehensive system of natural medicine with the technologies of modern medicine, and to synthesize them into the most effective programme. Presentations at the recent Congress celebrating the 30-Year Jubilee of the German Ayurveda Association revealed the degree to which modern science, through its techniques and methods, is discovering and employing ancient principles of good health. (more)

Germany: Maharishi Ayur-Veda presented at 30-Year Jubilee Congress in Berlin
25 November 2013 - During the 30-Year Jubilee Congress of the German Ayurveda Association held recently in Berlin, several experts in Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care presented research and knowledge in this field. Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, spoke on Transcendental Meditation and his research on cardiovascular disease. Austrian cardiologist Dr Rainer Picha spoke on the discovery of Veda in human physiology. Lothar Pirc, director of the renowned Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre in Bad Ems, Germany, made several contributions, and Dr Wolfgang Schachinger, a medical doctor from Austria who is president of the European Ayurveda Medical Association (EURAMA), gave a seminar on a purification therapy that can be done at home. (more)

Germany: Maharishi Ayur-Veda research contributes to increasing popularity, acceptance of Ayurvedic health care
25 November 2013 - In addition to featuring expert presentations on research in the field of Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care, the recent 30-Year Jubilee Congress of the German Ayurveda Association served as a platform to inform leaders of society that the world's oldest, most comprehensive system of natural medicine offers the solution to the current crisis in health care, as well as providing both preventive and treatment programmes for chronic diseases. (more)

Germany: Professors present on complementary medicine at German Ayurveda Association gathering
25 November 2013 - 'Fascination Ayurveda', a conference held recently in Berlin to celebrate the 30-Year Jubilee of the German Ayurveda Association, started with a presentation by Dr. med. Ulrich Bauhofer, one of the first physicians trained in Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care. His talk, 'A Quiet Medicine for a Loud Time', brought out Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's core principles of Ayurveda. Of ten presentations on the second day of the conference, about half were given by professors from European universities, some of whom were already involved in complementary medicine. (more)

Germany: Maharishi Ayurveda clinic creates customized health plans, treatments, medicines
27 July 2013 - At the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre in Bad Ems, Germany, an individualized treatment plan is designed for each patient, based on an initial consultation that includes a special form of Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis. How this differs from the usual type of consultation, said one patient, 'is that the doctor here takes proper time to understand the person. One other thing that totally inspired me was this pulse reading--where you're told things that have not been mentioned before and which are correct.' (more)

Germany: Maharishi Ayurveda clinic treats health disorders of modern civilization
27 July 2013 - Panchakarma is an effective Ayurvedic treatment that helps to detoxify and rejuvenate the body in three steps. Dr Karin Pirc, medical director of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre in Bad Ems, Germany, explained that Panchakarma depends on the self-healing power of the body and assists in restoring balance. Because the treatment is particularly effective at purifying and removing toxins, it is well suited to more modern health disorders caused by poor diet, environmental pollutants, and high stress. (more)

Germany: Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre Bad Ems offers return to health in 5-star comfort
27 July 2013 - The Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre in Bad Ems, Germany, specializes in Panchakarma, the profound detoxification and regeneration programme of Ayurveda, said Lothar Pirc, managing director. The Bad Ems clinic is renowned as one of the foremost Ayurveda facilities in the Western world today, offering a high quality of Panchakarma treatments to guests in luxury hotel accommodations. (more)

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Half of German companies hit by sabotage, spying in last two years, BSI says
21 July 2017 - More than half the companies in Germany have been hit by spying, sabotage, or data theft in the last two years, the German IT industry association Bitkom said on Friday [21 July], and estimated the attacks caused around 55 billion euros' worth of damage a year. Arne Schoenbohm, President of Germany's BSI federal cyber agency, said many big companies and especially those operating critical infrastructure were generally well-prepared for cyber attacks. But many smaller and medium-sized companies did not take the threat seriously enough, he said. (more)

Gastric reflux drugs may be tied to dementia risk
16 February 2016 - Repeated use of a certain class of drugs for gastric reflux or peptic ulcers was linked with a higher risk for dementia among patients in Germany, researchers say. The drugs, known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), include lansoprazole (Prevacid), manufactured by Novartis, as well as esomeprazole (Nexium), and omeprazole (Prilosec), both manufactured by AstraZeneca. Regular PPI users were 44 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who were not receiving the drugs, the authors reported in JAMA Neurology. (more)

Germany's coal power plants emit high levels of mercury
4 January 2016 - Coal-fired power plants in Germany are producing seven tonnes of hazardous mercury each year, a recent study has shown. If true, the country would be the worst European emitter of the heavy metal after Poland and Greece. Mercury, which, when released into the world's atmosphere eventually makes its way into the food chain, has been shown to cause neurological damage and some cancers. (more)

Germany re-imposes border controls as it struggles to manage the huge flow of desperate people (+ Reuters video)
13 September 2015 - Germany re-imposed border controls on Sunday after Europe's most powerful nation acknowledged it could scarcely cope with thousands of asylum seekers arriving every day. At an emergency meeting on Monday, interior ministers from the EU's 28 member states will discuss Commission proposals to redistribute about 160,000 asylum seekers across the bloc. Germany, Europe's largest and richest economy, has become a magnet for migrants making journeys by sea and land. Now Germany has joined smaller and poorer countries such as Greece and Hungary that are struggling to manage the huge flow of desperate people. (more)

Germany struggles to cope with growing number of migrants
13 July 2015 - The number of people applying for asylum in Germany more than doubled to almost 180,000 in the first half of the year, officials said Monday, acknowledging that police are struggling to keep tabs on everyone who enters the country. Many Syrians, Iraqis, and Afghans who arrive on Europe's shores by boat try to continue their journey to Germany or Scandinavia. (more)

German party accused of neo-Nazi traits set for EU parliament
21 May 2014 - Almost 70 years after Nazi Germany crumbled, a radical right-wing party that critics say shows an affinity for Hitler's National Socialist movement looks set to enter the European Parliament for the first time due to a change in electoral law. The National Democratic Party (NPD), described by German intelligence as 'racist, anti-Semitic and revisionist', has put stopping mass immigration at the core of its election program for this week's vote. Abolition of a German law allowing only parties with three percent of the vote to claim seats will almost certainly open the door to the NPD, which has been campaigning under slogans including 'Money for granny instead of Sinti and Roma' and 'the boat is full'. 'We say Europe is the continent of white people and it should remain that way,' Udo Voigt, the lead candidate for the NPD, told Reuters in a rare interview. Political scientist Hajo Funke, an expert on the far right, said the NPD copied many ideas from National Socialism; but while the Nazis said in their early years they wanted to expel the Jews from Germany, the NPD sought expulsion of Turks, Muslims and immigrants in general. (more)

German study finds cannabis use triggered 2 deaths
26 February 2014 - Cannabis use likely triggered fatal complications that led to the deaths of two men with underlying health conditions, according to scientists in Germany. The cases involved two outwardly healthy young men, aged 23 and 28, who died unexpectedly after smoking cannabis. 'To our knowledge, these are the first cases of suspected fatal cannabis intoxications where full post-mortem investigations (...) were carried out,' the researchers said. Researchers concluded that people who are at high risk for cardiovascular diseases should avoid the drug. Dr David Nutt, who is chairman of Britain's Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs and wasn't involved in the study, said the researchers had presented an 'exceptionally complete collection of evidence in support of their theory that, unusually, cannabis was the trigger for these two tragedies.' (more)

Germany sees threat from returning Syria militants
26 February 2014 - Germany faces an increased threat of attack due to around a dozen German militants who have returned from the conflict in Syria with specialist knowledge of weapons and bomb-making, German intelligence officers said. There were signs that veterans of the conflict returning to other European countries had started to plan attacks but had been thwarted, according to Germany's domestic intelligence agency (BfV). Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told Reuters in an interview published on Wednesday that Syria was becoming a risk for all European countries because of the number of fighters who had travelled there. Britain this week arrested four people on suspected terrorism offences related to Syria, including a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner. British police have already arrested 16 people on suspicion of such offences this year, some as young as 17, compared to 24 such arrests in all of 2013. (more)

New car engines emit more harmful particles than predecessors: German study
27 November 2013 - New-generation petrol engines of passenger cars emit about 1,000 times more particles, including carcinogens, than traditional petrol engines, a study by German researchers showed. Faced with strict CO2 limits, carmakers have downsized engines to cut emissions and new gasoline direct injection (GDI) petrol engines may be in almost all new petrol cars sold in Europe by the end of the decade, the Brussels-based Transport & Environment think-tank said in a research paper on Wednesday. However, Germany's TUeV Nord independent vehicle researchers said in a study that GDI engines emit about 1,000 times more particles, including harmful carcinogens, than conventional petrol engines, and 10 times more than new diesel engines. Increased emissions of harmful substances are caused by GDI engines operating with higher pressure in their cylinders, tending to produce a greater amount of the particles, according to Hanover-based TUeV Nord. (more)

Worrying molecule found in bottled water
9 September 2013 - German researchers have used a combination of bioassay work and high-resolution mass spectrometry to pin down the source of endrocrine-disrupting behaviour in 18 bottled water products. Of 24,520 suspect chemicals, the one that showed consistent results across all tests and displayed anti-androgenic and anti-estrogenic activity is di(2-ethylhexyl) fumarate (DEHF). Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), which interfere with an organism's hormonal systems, have been implicated in developmental and reproductive effects seen in nature and human medicine. More recently, suspicions have been raised that they might also increase the risk of cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic disorders. Of particular concern and public controversy have been bisphenol A (BPA) and the phthalates, organic compounds that mimic sex hormones. (more)


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