At least 70% of global CO2 emissions are connected to city living. The greener a city is, the more carbon dioxide is absorbed and oxygen produced. Trees and plants also help regulate the temperature.
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Almost half of 812 cities surveyed worldwide still do not have climate adaption plans despite them admitting future risks from water shortages, heat and disease.
From Dublin to Dessau, cities are leaving once manicured green spaces to rewild with native flowers and grasses that attract more diverse insects, birds and wildlife. Such a paradigm shift will take time, however.
Euromaxx travels to the Breisgau region and the city of Freiburg. Home to one of Germany's oldest universities, Freiburg is seen by many as a model for future urban planning.
The Beethoven anniversary year mobilizes artists worldwide not only for music, but also for climate protection. On June 5, the program for the "Pastoral Project" will be streamed live from Bonn.
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