The role of green finance in tackling the climate emergency
24 April 2021 | 12:45 pm
As US President Joe Biden prepares to host his virtual climate summit on Earth Day, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said private money will be needed to help the country become carbon neutral. Finance plays a major role in this area, with "green bonds" being used to fund investment in projects including renewable energy, public transport and low-carbon housing. Also today, we bring you a report from a French seaside town where businesses are preparing for Covid-19 restrictions to be lifted so that visitors can return.
1 Aug 2021
Senegalese living in some of Senegal's most arid regions are building circular, drought-resistant gardens known as Tolou Keurs with hopes of improving food security and, as part of Africa's Great Green Wall project, impeding the Sahara desert's steady advance.
7 Aug 2021
Whether on a rooftop in New York or in the desert in Riyadh, urban planting is on the rise as a response to climate change. AFP looks at cities who have been implementing initiatives in order to invite nature back to the concrete jungle. 70% of greenhouse gases come from urban zones and cities from Paris to New Delhi have been sounding the alarm on the disastrous effects climate change can have.
8 Aug 2021
The Greens have long warned of the extreme weather effects of climate change. Now, they're proposing a program to prevent a recurrence of July's flood disaster.
6 Sep 2021
The Great Green Wall was officially launched by the African Union in 2007. It aims to fight desertification by creating a huge strip of vegetation across Africa, from Dakar in the west to Djibouti in the east. The Wall would be eventually more than 8,000 kilometres long, crossing 11 African countries. Since 2007, the project has evolved, with the goal of creating millions of jobs. But critics say progress has stalled. Our correspondents report from Senegal and Nigeria.
10 Sep 2021
Germany's money laundering investigation unit is accused of covering up fraud committed by banks. The Finance Ministry has said it "fully supports" the raids.
3 Oct 2021
Traditionally, growing avocados requires lots of water. But entrepreneurs in Nigeria are attempting to grow them in a new water-saving and sustainable way by using drip irrigation systems and recycling water.
2 Oct 2021
In a characteristically colorful speech before the United Nations, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson cast UN climate talks in Glasgow in November as a last chance for humanity, and also made a reference to a Muppets song.
28 Sep 2021
Both the Greens and the pro-free market FDP are likely to join a three-party coalition government. But do they have anything in common?
3 Oct 2021
There was praise for Green Party co-chair Robert Habeck when he accepted his party's choice of Annalena Baerbock as candidate for chancellor. After the election his party is in a pivotal position, and he is stepping up.
17 Oct 2021
There was a great deal of interest among investors as the EU's first "green bonds" went on sale. The investments will go towards funding sustainable projects.
24 Oct 2021
Party delegates have voted by a large majority to join formal negotiations with the Social Democrats and the neoliberal FDP to form the next government.
20 Oct 2021
Farmers and lobby groups are split on an EU agricultural reform that may increase farmers' incomes and consumers' prices. A DW joint report reveals a rift between farmers and the groups purporting to represent them.
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Finland has formally announced its intent to join NATO, marking a monumental shift from a long-held position of military nonalignment. DW reports from the Russian-Finnish border on the dramatic turnaround in popular opinion following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
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The war in Ukraine has forced a major rethink of European security, with further enlargement of both NATO and the EU now on the table. Kyiv has asked for a fast-track procedure for EU membership. Moldova and Georgia have also applied. The EU has made it clear that Ukraine belongs to the European family. However, admitting several more nations would be highly challenging. And even before the war, the EU was already negotiating with candidate countries Albania, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey. We discuss how far the EU should grow, and how fast that process should be, with two MEPs.
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As Berlin seeks to ween itself off Russian energy sources, Chancellor Scholz has said Qatar "plays an important role" in energy policy. The visiting Emir of Qatar has confirmed could start LNG deliveries by 2024.
1 day ago
Germany's defense minister has said the anti-aircraft tank will be used to protect "critical infrastructure" in Ukraine from Russian attacks.
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On day two of the Cannes Film Festival, FRANCE 24's Olivia Salazar-Winspear tells us why the première of "Top Gun: Maverick" has movie fans jostling to catch a glimpse of US actor Tom Cruise on the red carpet. We also take a look at the first films competing for the Palme d'Or, as Kirill Serebrennikov returns to Cannes to present "Tchaikovsky's Wife". The Russian director was unable to attend the screenings of his last two films, "Petrov's Flu" and "Leto", due to living under virtual house arrest in Moscow in recent years.