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Numerous people plant 300 oak trees on Karlshügel / Photo: Jan Woitas/dpa

Reforestation in Saxony: 700,000 new trees planted

Thanks to many volunteers, more than 700,000 new trees have been planted in Saxony since 2022. A good 5,000 people have taken part in the Forest Championship campaign so far, the initiators announced on Sunday. The initiative of the Forest for Saxony Foundation, the image campaign of the Free State ..

Twelve-toothed pine bark beetles crawl through feeding tunnels on a trunk / Photo: Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/dpa

Perfect conditions for bark beetles after storm depression

After a storm at the end of last year left damage in the forests of the district of Saxon Switzerland-Eastern Ore Mountains, experts fear further negative effects from the bark beetle. The district announced in Pirna on Wednesday that the dead wood that had been felled served as a suitable breeding ..

In the Polish opencast lignite mine "Turow", a spoil spreader drives along the edge of the 200-meter-deep pit / Photo: Matthias Hiekel/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa/Archivbild

Court postpones verdict on controversial Turów opencast mine

The Voivodeship Administrative Court in Warsaw has postponed its verdict in the case of the controversial Turów opencast mine to March 13. The reason given was the illness of a judge, the city of Zittau announced on Wednesday. The background to the proceedings is a complaint by the town of Zittau in ..

Wolfram Günther (Alliance90/The Greens), Environment Minister of Saxony / Photo: Robert Michael/dpa

Repair bonus meets with a good response in Saxony

Say goodbye to the throwaway society: in Saxony, the response to the so-called repair bonus - the financial help for consumers to repair televisions, radios and other devices - has been great. Since the start of the funding in November 2023, 1683 applications have already been approved and around 17 ..

A salmon ready to spawn is held in the water. / Photo: Ronny Hartmann/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa/Archivbild

Salmon in Saxony return with a delay

Never before have the first salmon returned to Saxony as late as this year. The State Office for the Environment, Agriculture and Geology announced on Friday that it was only on Wednesday that the first impressive salmon was caught during routine monitoring in the Lachsbach stream near Bad Schandau. ..

Utz Hempfling, State Forest President, stands in the Eibenstock forest district / Photo: Hendrik Schmidt/dpa

Minister: State of forests remains a cause for concern

According to the state government, Saxony's forests remain a permanent patient. "There is no all-clear in Saxony's forests. Their condition remains poor and continues to be a cause for concern. The climate crisis and bark beetle are leaving deep wounds," said Forestry Minister Wolfram Günther (Green ..

Heavy equipment is being used to clean up the legacy of uranium ore mining / Photo: Martin Schutt/dpa

Remediation of the uranium mining legacy in Saxony completed

The federally owned Wismut has completed the remediation of one of the largest uranium mining contaminated sites in Saxony. Over the past 30 years, around 300 million euros have been invested in the preservation of the Helmsdorf industrial tailings management facility on the outskirts of Zwickau.

Michael Kretschmer (CDU), Minister President of Saxony / Photo: Robert Michael/dpa

Saxony demands clarity for eastern German coalfields

Saxony has demanded clarity for its own coalfields following the EU Commission's decision to compensate the energy company RWE. "The one-sided decision in favor of the compensation payment for RWE is a disappointment from Saxony's point of view. One gets the impression that the federal government is ..

The industrial estate of the former Rositz tar processing plant / Photo: Bodo Schackow/dpa

No decision on environmental damage caused by former GDR companies

A funding dispute between the federal government and the states of Saxony and Thuringia regarding the costs of cleaning up environmental damage caused by former GDR state-owned companies remains unresolved at the Federal Constitutional Court. The highest German court rejected applications by the two ..

A wolf walks through its enclosure in a wildlife park / Photo: Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa

Federal states want faster wolf culls from spring

Federal states that are particularly affected want to make it possible to shoot wolves more quickly at the start of the 2024 grazing season with uniform state ordinances. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania's Environment Minister Till Backhaus (SPD) announced corresponding talks in Münster on Friday. The ..

Pope Francis waves from a car as he arrives at St. Stephen's Cathedral / Photo: Denes Erdos/AP/dpa

Vatican relies on e-cars from Saxony

Electric cars from Saxony are now on the road in the service of the Holy See. This week, two ID.3 vehicles were handed over to Pope Francis. Both were manufactured in the Transparent Factory in Dresden, a spokesperson for Volkswagen Saxony said on Thursday in response to a question. The majority of ..

Solar panels are mounted on the roof of a detached house / Photo: Jan Woitas/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa/Symbolic image

Solar expansion stronger than in previous years

The expansion of solar installations has increased even more this year than in previous years. According to data from the comparison portal for solar installations "Selfmade Energy", the growth rate in the first nine months of the year was already 30 percent in Saxony-Anhalt, 31.4 percent in Thuring ..

Dead spruce trees stand in a forest area in the Harz Mountains / Photo: Swen Pförtner/dpa

Warm autumn worries Saxony's forest experts

The warm autumn is causing concern among Saxon forestry experts with regard to the bark beetle population. There is a high risk that the pests will survive the winter unscathed and infest new trees in the coming year, the state enterprise Saxony Forest announced on Monday. Therefore, bark beetle tre ..

René Schuster of the Green League environmental group Cottbus. / Photo: Daniel Schäfer/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa/Archivbild

Leased forest area should not give way to open pit mining

In the dispute over a private forest plot for the expansion of the Nochten open-cast lignite mine, the Saxon Upper Mining Authority heard Monday. "It is madness to still expropriate land for lignite mining," said the federal chairman of the Green League, René Schuster, before the start of the hearin ..

A flag with the logo of Mitteldeutsche Braunkohlengesellschaft mbH (Mibrag) flies / Photo: Hendrik Schmidt/dpa

Support for Mibrag's green hydrogen plans

The lignite producer Mibrag wants to develop into an energy service provider based on renewable energies. To this end, among other things, a 90-megawatt electrolyzer for the production of green hydrogen is to be built at the Profen site in the Burgenland district, the state chancellery announced in ..

A model of the Germany ticket. / Photo: David Young/dpa/Symbolbild

East mayors see Germany ticket in danger

The mayors of eastern German cities see the Germany ticket from 2024 before the end. The reason is enormous additional costs for public transport in the coming years, for which the federal government has so far refused to provide financial compensation, Leipzig's mayor Burkhard Jung (SPD) said on Tu ..

A dog rushes ahead under a discolored tree / Photo: Uwe Zucchi/dpa/Symbolbild

Trees in Saxony: Over 10,000 plantings in the forests

Actives, officials and fans of 24 sports clubs planted more than 10,000 trees in Saxon forests last week. At a total of five locations, more than 600 people put seedlings in the ground, as the state chancellery announced in Dresden on Wednesday. Among them were also Bundesliga teams such as RB Leipz ..

Euro banknotes lying on a table / Photo: Patrick Pleul/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa/Illustration

Saxony: Counties and cities receive funding for energy transition

Saxon counties and independent cities are to receive one million euros each on Friday as funding for the energy transition. The so-called "climate millions" are allocations for investments in the areas of climate protection, energy transition and climate adaptation, announced the Saxon Energy Minist ..