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Germany: Adidas is developing plant-based leather that will be used to make shoes
28 December 2020 - Adidas, the largest sportswear manufacturer in Europe, is going plant-based. The athletic-wear company has announced that it's working on a new material, a plant-based leather that will be used to make shoes. The leather alternative is made from mycelium, which is part of a fungus. The new material is one of several sustainability initiatives for Adidas, which has stated a goal to end plastic waste. Adidas revealed that in 2020, it produced 15 million pairs of shoes made from recycled plastic waste and said its goal is to produce 17 million pairs next year. (more)

Shut down by coronavirus, Berlin restaurant opens for homeless
18 December 2020 - The coronavirus pandemic hasn't made life on the streets of Berlin any easier for Kaspars Breidaks. For three months, the 43-year-old Latvian has faced homeless shelters operating at reduced capacity so that people can be kept at a safe distance from one another. But on a chilly winter morning this week Breidaks found himself with a free hot meal and a place to warm up, after the German capital's biggest restaurant, the Hofbraeu Berlin -- itself closed down due to coronavirus lockdown restrictions -- shifted gears to help the homeless. (more)

After centuries, a seemingly simple math problem gets an exact solution
9 December 2020 - Mathematicians have long pondered the reach of a grazing goat tied to a fence, only finding approximate answers until now. Here's a simple-sounding problem: Imagine a circular fence that encloses one acre of grass. If you tie a goat to the inside of the fence, how long a rope do you need to allow the animal access to exactly half an acre? (more)

SAP pledges to spend more on social, diverse businesses
5 October 2020 - SAP will try to allocate 5 percent of its procurement spending to social enterprises and diverse businesses by 2025 to encourage greater social and environmental responsibility. The German software group, which has 440,000 clients, appealed on Tuesday [6 October] to other companies to join it in supporting small businesses owned and run by women or minorities. (more)

Germany raises 6.5 billion euros from first-ever green bond
16 September 2020 - Germany saw good demand for its first-ever green bond on Wednesday [16 September], in a landmark moment for Europe's climate-focused finance drive. 'With today's issue of the government's first green bond, we have taken an important step towards significantly strengthening Germany as a sustainable finance location,' German deputy finance minister Joerg Kukies told Reuters. (more)

The search engine boss who wants to help us all plant trees
31 August 2020 - Christian Kroll wants nothing less than to change the world. 'I want to make the world a greener, better place,' he says. The 35-year-old German is the boss of search engine Ecosia, which has an unusual but very environmentally friendly business model -- it gives away most of its profits to enable trees to be planted around the world. (more)

German capital launches initiative to protect trees from summer heat
22 August 2020 - Residents of Germany's capital Berlin can do their bit to ensure the city's trees get enough water during the hot summer months as part of a new neighbourhood initiative. On an interactive map ... users can trace and track 625,000 trees in Berlin, including their type, age, and water needs. Once an account has been set up users can exchange information, enabling better coordination to take care of trees in the city. (more)

Germany bans single-use plastic products
24 June 2020 - The German Cabinet agreed on Wednesday [24 June] to end the sale of single-use plastic straws, cotton buds, and food containers from July next year, bringing it in line with a European Union directive intended to reduce the amount of plastic waste. The move means the sale of single-use cutlery, plates, stirring sticks, and balloon holders, as well as polystyrene cups and boxes, will be banned from July 3, 2021. Up to 20 percent of trash collected in parks and other public spaces in Germany consists of single-use plastic, primarily polystyrene containers. (more)

Nature boost for Berlin as Amazon funds city climate protection
26 May 2020 - Germany's capital Berlin will serve as a testing ground for a European project backed by online retailer Amazon.com to work out how best to revive and expand city green spaces, which can help protect residents from rising heat and floods. (more)

Germany's Merkel wants green recovery from coronavirus crisis
1 May 2020 - Governments should focus on climate protection when considering fiscal stimulus packages to support an economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday [28 April]. (more)


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Celebrating 25 years of dedication to health and life: Maharishi AyurVeda Health Centre, Bad Ems, Germany
13 June 2018 - The attention of the Ayurveda world turned to Bad Ems, Germany, this year on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre. More than 200 invited guests celebrated the event in the historic Hacker's Grand Hotel. Political leaders and renowned Ayurveda representatives attended, and praised the Health Centre and Ayurveda. Many guests of honour also expressed their desire for greater popularity of Ayurvedic medicine in Germany, including the Indian Consul General Pratibha Parkar, who called for greater support from health insurance companies, so that more people could benefit from Ayurveda. (more)

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)


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Germany's coronavirus reproduction rate jumps to 1.79: RKI
20 June 2020 - The reproduction rate of the novel coronavirus in Germany has jumped to 1.79 after a raft of localised outbreaks, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for public health said on Saturday [20 June], far above the level needed to contain it over the longer term. The number, a sharp increase from 1.06 on Friday, is a setback for the European Union's most populous country, which has fared better in the pandemic than many European peers due mainly to early testing and social distancing measures. (more)

Thirsting, ill and ablaze, Germany's forests in critical state, minister says
30 August 2019 - Forest fires, drought, and insect infestations have left Germany's forests in a critical state, agriculture minister Julia Kloeckner said after forest owners demanded 2.3 billion euros in emergency aid to tackle the crisis. ... Last year's exceptionally hot and dry summer weakened millions of trees, undermining their defenses against the bark-beetle, which often prove fatal to trees that have stood for centuries. This summer has been even hotter. (more)

German farmers see big crop losses due to warm weather: paper
24 June 2018 - German farmers could lose around half their harvests -- and in some cases all of them -- due to unusually warm temperatures and dryness seen in May, the head of the German Farmers' Association said in an interview published on Sunday (24 June). 'We had the warmest May this year since weather records have been kept,' Joachim Rukwied, the head of the farmers' group told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. 'In the north and the east, the crops have dried out. As a result, we expect crop losses of 50 to 60 percent in some regions, all the way to total losses.' (more)

Toxic particle linked to diesel kills 6,000 a year in Germany: Agency
8 March 2018 - Some 6,000 early deaths linked to nitrogen oxides (NOx) are recorded each year in Germany, the Federal Environmental Agency said on Thursday (8 March), providing more evidence of the health hazards posed by the toxic particles mostly produced by diesel engines. The Environmental Agency (UBA) also said that NOx causes one million people to fall ill each year and that levels of the toxic particle are higher in 70 cities than the limit set under air quality standards. (more)

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)

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