An alarming report from the United Nations climate panel has been met with a shrug from the German government. Angela Merkel once promoted herself as a champion of climate protection, but those days are long gone, reports Deutsche Welle.
No expense was spared on Monday at the German Environment Ministry in Berlin. The room was packed. Two deputy ministers and a climate researcher were taking questions from journalists. A video link was set up with South Korea, where the United Nations' International Panel on Climate Change had just presented its latest report. Hans-Otto Poertner, a polar researcher and biologist from the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven, was on the line. He co-wrote the alarming report, with more than 90 other authors and editors from 40 countries.
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