Germany: Eco-activists demand German coal phase-out at Berlin rally

Environmentalists demanded that the German government steps up its efforts to phase-out coal from the German energy supply with a rally outside the German parliament in Berlin on Thursday. The demonstrators wore red clothes and held candles, symbolically forming a «Red Line for Coal”, just a few hours before the closing day of the Bonn Climate Change Conference (COP23). «German Co2 emissions... Еще are just rising again instead of sinking. So obviously the German government didn't manage to get the Energiewende [energy transition] going. So what we need to see is a quick coal phase-out now,» said Luise Neumann-Cosel, a campaigner at online environmentalist movement Compact. According to the latest available Eurostat figures, fossil fuels still represent 25.3% of German gross inland consumption, with the figure increasing over the last years due to Germany's decision to decrease production of nuclear energy after the 2011 earthquake that affected the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, with spill-over effects all the over the world.

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