Global energy demand: more green power, more co2

Global energy consumption rose sharply in 2018, as did greenhouse gas emissions. This is undoing progress on renewables.

The world’s hunger for energy is constantly increasing – as are CO2 emissions Photo: dpa

Worldwide, the expansion of renewable energies is progressing rapidly – but it is not enough to satisfy the world’s hunger for energy. In 2018, global energy demand rose by 2.3 percent, faster than ever before this decade. And because it was met primarily by gas and coal, CO2 emissions from the energy sector also climbed 1.7 percent to a record high of 33 billion metric tons. That’s according to the latest "Global Energy and CO2 Status Report" published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) on Tuesday.


“Happy birthday” song becomes free: a classic for free

For years, there was a dispute about the "Happy Birthday" license. Now the song is in the public domain. But there are now several alternatives.

And balloons to go with it Photo: claudiarndt/photocase

It is the birthday song par excellence: "Happy Birthday". Simple lyrics, catchy melody, anyone can sing along. Those who want to publish the song afterwards, however, could get the "Happy" stuck in their throats – because the publication costs. And not just a little, but according to media reports, up to 10,000 US dollars. The money then ends up in the account of the music publisher Warner/Chappell. For decades, the publisher has taken in around 50 million US dollars in royalties – without being entitled to do so, as a court confirmed in February.


Ruling of the federal administrative court: expulsion of the federal police

On station forecourts, the federal police are only allowed to check IDs in narrowly defined areas. A man from Trier has now successfully appealed through the courts.

Federal police officers are only allowed to check IDs in train stations. Not in front of them. Picture: dpa

The jurisdiction of the federal police within railroad facilities does not generally apply to station forecourts. This has now been decided by the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig. The federal police can carry out identity checks on a station staircase, but not next to it.


Election crisis in congo: trump sends u.s. Combat troops

A U.S. troop deployment to Gabon is intended to enable rapid intervention in Congo. The US fears an escalation of violence.

Trump T-shirts are already available in Kinshasa’s markets Photo: ap

It’s Donald Trump’s first new U.S. military deployment abroad: about 80 U.S. troops will be stationed in Gabon’s capital, Libreville, to "be able to support the security of U.S. citizens, personnel and diplomatic facilities in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo," Trump announced in writing Friday. At issue, he said, is the risk of violent demonstrations in response to Congo’s elections.


Impoverished high nobility: expensive gift

Guelph Prince Ernst-August wants Marienburg Castle back from his son. He wanted to give it away – to save costs.

A winter fairy tale – but on closer inspection it becomes ruinous Photo: EAC GmbH

The wooden showcases in the Chinese room are empty. Still. In September, burglars broke into Marienburg Castle near Hanover and stole the Guelphs’ historical weapons collection. Sabers, muzzle-loaders and pistols – all gone.


Different prices by gender: 12.50 euros more for the average

A study shows how prices differ by gender. Women often have to pay more than men for the same service.

Men and women pay differently for the same service depending on their gender Photo: dpa

Normally, Lotta Barabasch, 22, always has to pay the price for a ladies’ cut at the hairdresser. And that’s despite the fact that she has her hair cut very short with a machine – for which, however, men pay less. Because she thought that was unfair, she borrowed clothes from her roommate, dressed like him and went to the hairdresser that way. "I just couldn’t take it anymore that I had to pay more just because I was a woman," she tells the taz. That day, she paid the man’s price.


Dispute over clearing moratorium: rwe saws away at coal commission

The company wants to clear the Hambach Forest for lignite starting in October. Environmentalists now threaten to withdraw from the coal commission.

RWE wants to clear-cut the Hambach Forest Photo: dpa

The German government’s coal commission is facing a crucial test. Energy company RWE has announced that it will begin preparations for clearing the Hambach Forest near Aachen in the fall in order to secure its lignite production. Environmental associations and residents of the Rhenish coalfield, on the other hand, are now calling for a moratorium until a decision is made on the future of coal. They speak of "provocation" and "demonstration of power" by the corporation and threaten to withdraw from the coal commission that will debate the issue on Thursday.


Students from non-academic families: information on advancement.

High school graduates from non-academic households are rarely encouraged to go to college. That can easily be changed, scientists now prove.

This is where working-class children are less likely to dare to go: Lecture hall at a university Photo: dpa

Timely information about the benefits and financing of studying motivates more high school graduates from non-academic families to attend university. This is the result of a long-term survey of 1,500 Berlin schoolchildren initiated by the German Institute for Economic Research and the Berlin Social Science Research Center. For the first time in Germany, it can be shown that targeted information can influence the study intentions of high school graduates, the institutes announced on Thursday.


Strike for wind power company enercon: works council may continue to work

He stood up for the interests of temporary workers. For this reason, an Enercon employee representative was to be fired. A court has now prohibited this.

Still an Enercon employee: works council member Nils-Holger Bottger. Picture: dpa

A defeat in the labor court has taken the leading German wind turbine manufacturer Enercon. On Wednesday, the Magdeburg Labor Court announced its decision that the works council of an Enercon subsidiary may not be dismissed. The decision is not yet final, and the company can appeal.


Rapper haiyti: jet-set diva in the crook milieu

Haiyti pop is full of contradictions. From Chanel to Gansterrap, the 26-year-old rapper from Hamburg plows all the stops of glamour.

Are these the tiles from the house in Ibiza? Photo: Universal

If you were to string together the lyrics of Hamburg rapper Haiyti’s countless songs released on albums, mixtapes and EPs over the past five years, you’d come up with a great cut-up pop novel. Because her sound is pop and her rhymes could be literature, but rhythmized on beats they just sound better than written on paper.