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France is more dependent on nuclear power than any other country in the world, but that could change. Earlier this year, the government issued a decree that includes a radical change in direction for French energy policy. As reporter John Laurenson explains, it involves major cuts to nuclear, while expanding wind and solar capacity.
Before coronavirus lockdowns, DW visited a family in the town of Eitorf, Germany that has gone to great lengths to reduce their carbon footprint in every way possible. They have employed some pretty creative methods. Since then, it’s been getting warmer, but the family says they are still using their outdoor fridge. They've also invested in a solar cooker and planted a garden.
Nearly 52% of Germany's electricity in the first part of this year came from renewable energy. That's a new record, and a significant jump from 44% one year ago. This is largely due to the corona crisis — for more on what it means, and the impact the COVID-19 pandemic might have on renewables, Living Planet spoke with Frank Peter of energy think tank Agora Energiewende in Berlin.
Renewable energies haven't taken off in Africa in the same way they have in other parts of the world. One reason for that is an influx of substandard products that have damaged consumer trust. A community project in Uganda is trying to rebuild confidence and ensure quality by assembling its own solar panels.