Climate change

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Germany normally has a moderate climate. In the summer, temperatures range from 21 to 25 degrees Celsius and in the winter, temperatures usually reach slightly below freezing – with rain and snow. But the image of climate catastrophe that Harry paints in Helen's weather broadcast is not so unrealistic because the climate is changing. Since 1881, the average temperature in Germany has risen by 1.6 degrees Celsius. The number of hot days – when it is warmer than 30 degrees Celsius – has risen. The number of cold days – when the temperature constantly remains below freezing – is dropping, and there is less snow. Extreme weather events like heat waves, droughts, heavy rain or hurricanes now occur more frequently in Germany. The damage that heavy rainfall can cause was recently seen in a disastrous flood in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia in 2021, that took the lives of more than 170 people. The cost of the damage is estimated at €29.2 billion.

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As the consequences of climate change are felt, pressure is growing for more climate protection. School children and university students – among others – follow the "Fridays for Future" example set by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and organize demonstrations in various parts of Germany. The movement demands that politicians do more to meet the Paris climate targets – like phasing out fossil fuels and introducing climate-friendly mobility.