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Tree House Villages Defend Ancient German Forest Against Expanding Coal Mine

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But there's another species living there in the forest as well — our own. Since then, occupiers have continued to rebuild their treehouses and vow to hold the line against the coal mine. Lignite rules I remember being taught at school about the industrial development of the Rhineland. Abandoned villages Next, Dirk and Thomas take us to visit Immerath. The potential destruction of this ancient forest seemed to light a touch paper. Exotic plants continue to grow in the gardens of a couple of the houses, letter boxes still gleam.

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It involved a settlement with around two dozen and numerous. Neighboring villages have also been evicted to make way for the mine. It doesn't make any sense to put any more villages through destruction. The spoil tip was established and reforested from 1978 onwards and since then, over 10 million trees have been planted there. Lignite is one of the least efficient fuels because it has a high water content, yet it accounts for some 45% of the North Rhine-Westphalia's electricity mix. The Commission on Growth, Structural Change and Employment set up by the German Federal Government presented its final report in January 2019.

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Every day a different exciting location in the viewfinder of our drone camera. The first occupation lasted from April to November 2012. They will still be needed for years to come as the transition to electricity from solar and wind is a long process. They flew over the open pit with a hot air balloon, occupied an excavator for several days and painted it partly pink. Size and volume depend on whether the west-located open pit Inden after its decarburization as well as the mine Bergheim filled with material from the open pit Hambach or left open.

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Germany's dirty coalmines become the focus for a new wave of direct action

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We need joint discussion here. The visible mark of the open pit is the spoil tip, which is considered to be the largest man-made hill, towering over the flat landscape by 200 metres. An area within the forest was occupied by those opposing the clearance for lignite extraction. The excavator is up to 220 m 721 ft long and approximately 96 m 315 ft high. It is planned to be cleared as part of the by owner. On the day I visited I saw 2 larks rising gloriously in song from the edges of the wood.

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Germany's dirty coalmines become the focus for a new wave of direct action

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Together with our research partners we will pilot a large heat storage system on one of our power plant sites. The picture below shows a tailings dam. The mine is also home to Bagger 293, a bucket-wheel excavator that is known as one of the largest terrestrial vehicles in the world. Grasberg Copper-Gold Mine, West Papua, Indonesia The Grasberg mine was discovered in 1988. You can see this very clearly in the actions they're taking supporting the coal corporation and the fossil fuel-extracting industries. The mine began as a conventional underground mining operation in 1965, but was converted in 1971 to a system combining solution mining to extract the potash and solar evaporation to re-crystallize the product. We will continue to campaign to speed this all up in order to meet our climate obligations.

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Why we want to save the Hambach Forest

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Whilst announced, there is, however, no evidence that they actually took part in this event. Home to the largest operational excavator in the world The around 1,300 employees at the Hambach mine work with the largest automated machinery in the world: the bucket excavators are 220 metres long, 96 metres high and weigh 13,500 tonnes. The Hambach, like many forests around the world, faces total destruction at the hands of expanding fossil fuel infrastructure. This process plus the other chemicals included formed this colorful yet deadly contaminated groundwater. The article only lists people who actually took part in the event.

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