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Germany to spend €2 bn to avert driving bans

The German government had previously pledged €1 billion to help improve air quality, but after meeting with municipal representatives in December, Chancellor Angela Merkel said ...
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Lignite plants should be closed first

Europe accounts for half of global lignite production and combustion, with EU members Germany and Poland the worst offenders in terms of premature deaths from air pollution ...
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German coal plants can cut much more NOx

Germany’s fleet of hard coal-fired power plants could cut emissions of harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) in half tomorrow, if they used already-fitted pollution reduction equipment at full capacity.
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Germany must exit coal quickly

A study conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology posits that Germany can still meet its 2020 emissions reduction target.
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Frankfurt must ban older diesel cars

Frankfurt must ban highly-polluting, older diesel vehicles from the city centre from February 2019 as part of a plan to improve air quality, the Administrative Court in Wiesbaden ruled on 5 September. ClientEarth lawyer ...
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11 more court cases over Germany’s dirty air

Following the victory in Germany’s highest court in February, environmental organisations Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) and ClientEarth are now taking legal action against ...
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Germany still constructing new coal power stations

Several countries in Europe, among them Germany, have recently built or are planning to build new coal power stations. Some examples of such plants are presented here.
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Serious health impacts from NO2

A study by the German Environment Agency (UBA) estimates that roughly 6,000 premature deaths in 2014 were due to cardiovascular diseases linked to background concentrations of NO2 in both rural and urban areas.
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The communal deficits of German lignite usage

For a successful phase-out of coal in Germany, it is important to understand the dependence of mining and industrial communities on lignite.
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