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TA Luft

Germany has an air pollution control regulation titled “Technical Instructions on Air Quality Control” ( Technische Anleitung zur Reinhaltung der Luft ) and loosely referred to the TA Luft . [1] (more…)

German Green Belt

The German Green Belt ( Grünes Band Deutschland in German ) is a project of Bund Naturschutz (BUND) , one of Germany’s largest environmental groups . The project began in 1989 facing a forbidding, 870-mile (1,400 km) network of fences and guards towers the length of Germany, separating East and West. Now, one of the world’s most unusual nature reserves is being created along the old “Death Strip,” turning a monument to repression into a symbol of renewal. [1] (more…)

Děčín Weir

The Děčín Weir ( German : Staustufe Decin , Czech : Plavebni stupeň Decin [1] ) is a planned weir and lock complex near the town of Decin in Bohemia on the Czech section of the River Elbe . (more…)


BLUES is the abbreviation for the German “Bremer Luft UEberwachung System” (which means literally “Air monitoring system of Bremen”). It is a monitoring system for air pollution and is managed by the German Federal State of Bremen . (more…)

Blue Angel (certification)

The Blue Angel ( Der Blaue Engel ) is a German certification for products and services that have environmentally friendly aspects. (more…)

Black Triangle (region)

The Black Triangle (German Schwarzes Dreieck ) is a border region of Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, characterized by high levels of pollution. The term was coined in the 1980s. [1] For decades, industrially produced air pollutants (chiefly sulfur dioxide ), water pollution, acid rain and other effects. [2] (more…)

Anti-nuclear movement in Germany

The anti-nuclear movement in Germany has a long history dating back to the early 1970s when large demonstrations prevented the construction of a nuclear plant at Wyhl . The Wyhl protests were an example of a local community challenging the nuclear industry through a strategy of direct action and civil disobedience. Police have been accused of using unnecessarily violent means. Anti-nuclear success at Wyhl has been tested in Germany , in other parts of Europe , and in North America . A few years later protests raised against the NATO Double-Track Decision in Germany and were followed by the foundation of theGreen party . (more…)

Alliance 90 / The Greens

Alliance 90 / The Greens , often simply Greens ( German : Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen or Grüne ), is a green political party in Germany , formed from the merger of the German Green Party (founded in West Germany in 1980) and Alliance 90 ( Founded during the Revolution of 1989-1990 in East Germany ) in 1993. [5] The focus of the party is on ecological, economic, and social sustainability. Its leaders are Simone Peter and Cem Özdemir . In the 2017 federal elections, the party came sixth with 8.9% of the votes and 67 out of 630 seats in the Bundestag . (more…)