During the Soviet era, people in the mountainous regions of Tajikistan received coal for heating free of charge. When the Soviet Union collapsed, so did the supply, and people began to clear the forests - with fatal consequences for nature and the microclimate.
Species extinction, mudslides and sandstorms were the result. With funding from the International Climate Protection Initiative, the forests are now being regenerated and supervised by the GIZ. The residents can rent parcels of land, reforest them, and in use the sustainably grown crops, such as timber and buckthorn, themselves. 450 families have been involved in the project to date, and just under 2000 hectares have been reforested.
France 24 (May 9, 2013) In the past half century, Ethiopia has ravaged more than 90 percent of its forests. Reforestation campaigns are now sowing new hope on the Ethiopian highlands. France 24 went out to Ethiopia to find ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Sep. 15, 2013) Some climate researchers now say that the earth's atmosphere hasn't heated up significantly during the past 15 years. This has sparked a debate about whether climate change has come to a halt. ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Sep. 23, 2013) Sebastian Jenal, better known as zi, is a cartoonist and environmental activist. He's initiated the "Bonn Climate Ambassador" program to get young children interested in protecting the ... watch video
Celeb TV (Oct. 23, 2013) Celebrities and politicians are joining together to change the planet. Former Vice President Al Gore is doing his part for the planet with 24 Hours Of Reality. Joining together with the Climate ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Mar. 13, 2012) Thailand needs ever more energy for its industry. It already imports up to 10 percent of its electricity. The growth of industry is bringing a sharp rise in greenhouse gas emissions. Now a ... watch video
TheStreet (May 6, 2014) A new report from the federal government says changes in climate are causing harm to Americans and the economy. The National Climate Assessment concludes the nation has already suffered billions of ... watch video
Xinhua News Agency (Aug. 7, 2012) According to a new research published Monday, extreme weather events over summer are all driven by climate change and are worse than expected.
A study, conducted by NASA's top climate scientist James ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Aug. 6, 2012) The Pacific island nation Vanuatu is running out of time. The indigenous inhabitants are already suffering from floods, cyclones, coastal erosion and water shortages. And climate researchers say the ... watch video
Apr. 27, 2015 Teasing out how slow, silent earthquakes respond to tidal forces lets researchers calculate the friction inside the fault, which could help understand when and how the more hazardous earthquakes ... read more
Apr. 27, 2015 The monk parakeets that have invaded Europe and North America over the last 40-50 years fortifying their massive communal nests atop utility poles in many urban areas appear to have originated from ... read more
Apr. 27, 2015 Coral reefs, true reservoirs of biodiversity, are seriously threatened by human activities and climate change. Consequently, their extinction has often been heralded. Now, researchers are painting a ... read more
Apr. 27, 2015 An apparently advantageous mechanism of conifer pollination has nevertheless been disappearing over millions of years, a new study finds. The mechanism works well, but because it depends on three ... read more
Apr. 27, 2015 Researchers have captured the first 3-D video of a living algal embryo turning itself inside out, from a sphere to a mushroom shape and back again. The results could help unravel the mechanical ... read more
Apr. 27, 2015 British stoats suffered a dramatic loss in genetic diversity in the 20th century but extinct British genes were preserved in the stoat population of New Zealand, a new study has found. The research ... read more
Apr. 27, 2015 Could smell hold the key to ending pesticide use? Sscientists may have uncovered a natural way of avoiding the use of pesticides and help save plants from attack by recreating a natural insect ... read more