Every year the UN selects six “Champions of the Earth”
The United Nations Environment Programme established Champions of the Earth in 2004 as an annual awards programme to recognize outstanding environmental leaders at a policy level. Six awards are given out each year to a Laureate representing different geographical regions with one additional special prize.
Germany produced a record high amount of renewable energy in the first half of 2012, an increase of 19.5 percent from the same period last year.
Renewables now account for 25 percent of energy production, up from 21 percent last year, the country’s energy industry association (BDEW) said in a statement that reinforced Germany’s position as a leader in green technology.
Wind energy was the largest contributor of green power, accounting for 9.2 percent of all energy output, BDEW said.
The Future is Better Than You Think
People think the world is falling apart, and many are in a very dark contemporary mood. But what is curious about this situation is that in nearly every measurable way, the world is much better off than it has ever been.