Coal phase-out and hambach forest: The forest is an island of existence threatens

The Plan to the Coal phase-provides for the preservation of the hambach forest. Now the NRW row-Prime Minister Armin back Laschet but. The hambach forest is a

Coal phase-out and hambach forest: The forest is an island of existence threatens

The Plan to the Coal phase-provides for the preservation of the hambach forest. Now the NRW row-Prime Minister Armin back Laschet but.

The hambach forest is adjacent to the open pit. Soon, he could be photo: Reuters

COLOGNE taz | Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) surrounded will inform the NRW state Parliament on Thursday with the agreement of the Federation and the länder on the Coal phase-out. The state Chancellery said on Sunday. According to the plans should remain, for example, the hambach forest is permanently preserved, but the newly built coal-fired power plant Datteln 4 to the network. For older power to be switched off in plants with higher CO2 emissions.

However, Ensure the preservation of the hambach forest is not. On Thursday that became known the plans of RWE, with two other villages, which lie behind the forest, tear down and wegzubaggern. So RWE would surround the hambach forest in the coming years almost entirely with surface mining, the forest would be an island. RWE does not need the coal under the villages, but the earth.

In the past, RWE had pointed out, it is true a "reasonable distance" of the forest. Now Chairman of the Executive Board Rolf Martin Schmitz shares with RWE had to abbaggern the villages of This and Manheim, in order to stabilize the earth on which you stand, the hambach open pit mine hole. The group is in need of this earth, because he had so fought for tight and steep in the forest, that this could slip without stabilization in the hole. to be

Of the open pit surrounded is not healthy for a forest: In a study from the summer of 2019 researcher*warn the interior of the Eberswalde University and the Potsdam Institute for climate impact research (PIK), the forest will by the mining dried up. The condition of the hambach forest had "deteriorated flagrantly": if you wanted to get him, was to implement "urgent measures which the cooling of the countryside around it".

On the question of whether NRW-Prime Minister Laschet wool correct his statement about the "preservation" of the forest in the light of the now known plans of RWE, a spokesman said: The forest is not to be taken "for mining claim". The Rest is a matter for RWE. From the group, it was said: The Plan is to surround the forest with the open pit, was not yet approved by the authorities. After the approval of the open pit from all sides will keep "to a reasonable distance to the forest" and it is not at risk.

The squatters of the hambach forest still left open the question of whether they remain in place, the forest was not yet saved. RWE should actually make a Peninsula out of it, will deteriorate the water supply. In addition, it is in your Protest not only to the forest. "The fight in the hambach forest is a Symbol in the fight against climate change, that's why we are calling for the exit the instant of Coal," it said in a message from Friday night.

Updated Date: 19 January 2020, 19:00

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