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Environment Will Help Monitor Compliance with Ban on Incandescent Light Bulbs

Dusseldorf – The German Environmental Aid will monitor the current from September to trade ban on traditional light bulbs with filament strictly. “After the deadline there will be visits,” said national manager Jürgen Resch of “Business Week”. Merchants who ran under the ban, he threatened legal action and targeted campaigns.
Help the environment  by getting tips from the public and pay attention to how the ban exempted from special lamps for road works or animal shelters are marketed, said Resch. These special lamps can not be sold to households.
The old light bulbs with filament are considered energy hogs. They will be replaced with LED lamps and energy saving lamps.

One Dead and a Hundred Injured By Severe Storms in Germany


At least one person died and over a hundred injured in the storm with heavy rain, wind and hail that hit several regions in Germany last night, authorities said Tuesday.

In Bavaria in the south, a woman was killed driving her car when a tree fell, police said in Augsburg.

In a music festival at the aerodrome of Roitzschjora in the federal state of Saxony (East), 51 people were injured, nine of them seriously being struck by lightning, a spokeswoman said the regional government.

Rescue crews worked for hours to attend to the wounded who attended the festival “With Full Force”, which each year attracts thousands of fans of heavy metal.

In Baden-Württemberg (south), 29 others were injured in the storm, seven of them seriously hurt, according to the Interior Ministry of the federal state.

At a rock festival in Heidenheim, Baden-Württemberg, there were ten people were injured, three of which had to be paid, by the impact of wind-blown objects, which also tore the tents set ground for the event.

Many of the nearly 6,000 attendees to the festival had to spend the night in sports centers for the temporary shelter that left damage millionaires, according to police.

In addition, 18 others were injured, four of which were still in hospital today, while attending a Bayern cultural festival.

According to security forces, some 3,000 people had gathered at the Africa-Caribbean Festival, which had to be suspended.

Meanwhile, in an accident on the highway, near the Bavarian city of Würzburg , a woman was seriously injured when due to rain and hail left the roadway and struck several trees.

The storm also affected rail transport in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, especially regionally, but also the long distance, after numerous trees fell on the tracks and wiring, a spokesman for the German railways.

Berlin lived for the second straight night a storm with thunder and lightning that forced firefighters to make 262,200 outputs only between 3:00 and 4:00 a.m., a spokesman explained, adding that lightning caused several fires.

Last Friday, three women died in a golf course in the town of Korbach, in the state of Hesse. The lightning hit a house in which they had sheltered when the storm unleashed.

A fourth woman was seriously injured and still is struggling between life and death.

Twenty Years of Struggle Against Global Warming


PARIS – Twenty years of fight against global warming and too few concrete results against CO2 emissions: formally adopted in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio, the UN process against climate change today arouses little optimism.

“Climate change is like being in a car and try to stop before reaching the edge of a precipice”, explained to AFP Wael Hmaidan, director of the NGO International CAN (Climate Action Network) in late May during the last session of talks in Bonn (Germany).

“We’re trying to slow down, but we are still far to slow enough to avoid falling,” he added.

A study presented at this session in Bonn, the seat of the secretariat of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) established in 1992, believes that the current actions against the emission of CO2 to prepare a warming planet of at least 3.5° C.

A perspective far removed from the threshold of 2° C compared to pre-industrial times that advocates science to escape the worst consequences of climate change: multiplication and intensification of heat waves and storms, rising standard of oceans, impacts on the economy, agriculture, biodiversity.

This objective of 2° C was officially adopted in 2010 by 194 countries negotiating under the auspices of the UN, but seems to move away year after year, while emissions of greenhouse gases on the planet continues to grow.

“Science tells us that to stabilize concentrations (CO2) to a level that would limit the temperature increase to 2° C at a lower cost, 2015 is the date that CO2 emissions must peak before decreasing” recalled Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the IPCC, in the panel reference on climate change last December.

Not before 2020

Yet, at the Rio +20 summit (20-22 June in Brazil) which marks the 20th anniversary of Earth Summit, also wants to retain some progress.

“I would say the climate negotiations will undoubtedly be in the right direction but not speed and not to scale,” says the UN official for climate, Christiana Figueres.

Jonathan Pershing, a leading U.S. official in this arena, recalled that the preparatory meetings on climate met “the world” in a tiny room in February 1991.

“During the last major conference in Durban (December 2011), we had 10,000 people worldwide coverage and heads of state. Vision, the scale, the level of attention are absolutely new,”he said, while recognizing that there is” a long way to go. ”

The UN process, which took effect in 1994, has enabled the adoption in 1997 of the Kyoto Protocol, the only treaty to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by 37 industrialized countries.

China and India, have since become very large emitters of CO2, this treaty is now inadequate.

The negotiations stalled since the fiasco of Copenhagen in 2009. They are now trying to write a new treaty that would put the world on a better path. But this new regime will not see the days before 2020.