Police in western Germany have started removing dozens of environmental activists from a forest that's to be cleared for coal mining. The activists have been living in some 60 treehouses, in an effort to prevent the forest's destruction.
The company has agreed to a request by the NRW state government, signing a one-year moratorium on logging. The state asked RWE to halt logging to ease tensions at the site, which has become a flashpoint for protests.
Ceremonies have been held to mark the end of 155 years of coal mining at Prosper-Haniel in the industrial Ruhr Valley. RWE's Hambach Garzweiler brown coal, lignite open mine continues to expand.
There have always been people from many different countries working together in Germany's mining sector. But integration in the coal mining sector didn't go smoothly right off the bat.
German green groups have welcomed a proposal for Germany to phase out coal-fired power plants by 2038 to curb climate change. They say it's a clear sign the embattled Hambach Forest won't be felled after all.
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