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September 20, 2019: Small-Small or Big Throw - What Can the Climate Cabinet Tear?


CO2 price, traffic turnaround, oil heating: What is the Federal Government planning against climate change? Also, a huge expedition breaks into the Arctic for a year.

More than ten years ago, Angela Merkel staged photos in the red anorak in Greenland as "climate chancellor". Well, some time later, something should actually happen in the fight against climate change: A "power act" is needed in this "humanity challenge," says Merkel now. Today, the so-called Climate Cabinet wants to present the measures with which the emission of greenhouse gases is to be lowered. The federal government had to admit that it will miss the climate protection targets for 2020. Now it should at least work with the climate targets for 2030 - also to avoid penalties to the EU. What can be expected from the climate change package, and which areas are the biggest polluters? That rules ZEIT ONLINE climate policy expert Alexandra Endres.

What climate change looks like can be seen well - or rather frighteningly - in the Arctic. For years, the ice at the North Pole has been melting due to global warming. Currently, only about 3.9 million square kilometers of the Arctic Ocean are covered by sea ice. Today, a team of 600 people from 17 countries is breaking into a superlative research expedition to the Arctic. For a whole year, the scientists can be frozen in a pack ice with the research vessel Polarstern - temporarily in total darkness at minus 40 degrees - to investigate the effects of climate change. Expedition leader Markus Rex from the Alfred Wegner Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven and Professor at the University of Potsdam explains how the team wants to collect data in a complex research design and what conclusions can be drawn from it.

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Collaboration: Sophia Hofer, Mathias Peer
Moderation: Rita Lauter

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Source: zeit

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