"Germany's green energy switch is well underway. But it's passed by some parts of the country. North Rhine Westphalia remains home to an extensive coal industry, despite the environmental damage it wreaks. "
The trees may soon have to give way to a coal mine expansion. But activists are building tree houses and blocking roads. DW spent three days in the ancient forest with them.
Around 50 activists have tried to force their way past security to sabotage logging operations in the Hambacher Forst woods near Aachen. Footage shows police forces using pepper spray to displace the protesters.
A court in northwestern Germany has agreed to hear a Peruvian farmer's case against power company RWE over damage to his Andean home. Campaigners say the decision is an "historic breakthrough with global relevance."
An environmental group has failed in its legal bid to stop the controversial expansion of Germany's biggest lignite mine. Activists say the operation threatens the Hambach forest, home to a number of endangered species.
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