Since 1990, greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced significantly in Germany. By 2017, they had fallen by around 344 million tons, i.e. 27.5 percent.
For half a year now 26 young men in Nové Mesto, a northern distract of Bratislava, Slovakia, have stood at the workbench for several days a week, and on the other days gone to school. They are completing their education as industrial and construction mechanics. The special feature: when they have finished this course of studies, they will receive a double qualification: a school leaving certificate and a vocational qualification. “This pilot project is intended to set an example and show other companies that it is worth investing in dual education”, said Georg Schütte, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), at the launch of the educational programme.
The Fridays for Future movement has given a strong voice to climate protection. More and more people are joining their calls for comprehensive, quick and efficient measures to be taken to comply with the Paris Agreement. Policy-makers are rushing to draw up concrete proposals. And scientists are discussing how to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius, as there is still a lack of consensus on the right way forward.
Because of the high demand, there exists at the Federal institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) a central German Office for International Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training – GOVET for short. It handles all enquiries about the German vocational training and education system. Since 2013 people from more than 90 countries requested information. About 40 per cent came from ministries, embassies and government agencies, and one quarter from the business sector.
Ola Källenius seemed to be in an almost motionless state as he watched what was likely the most important moment in his career. Roughly 5,000 people had traveled to the annual shareholders meeting in Berlin to witness Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche hand over the reins to his successor at the venerable automaker.
As I was nearing the end of the fourth day on the Harzer-Hexen-Stieg — the five-day hiking route known in English as 'The Witches' Trail' — my brain kept sending me the same message as I followed the trail marker of a witch riding a broomstick: "My feet are throbbing. My feet are throbbing. My feet are... still throbbing." At this point, the only thing keeping me going was the fact that I knew — thanks to the Harz tourism app — that I was close to the end of the day's nearly 30-kilometer (18.6-mile) hike, the longest stage of the trail. Soon I would be rewarded with some hearty local food and cold beer before plopping into bed at Pension Haus Rodenstein, a B&B that met my lodging criteria of a reasonable price (€44 or $49 USD) and proximity to the trail.