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Aug 23, 2012

Usutu Virus Caused Death Again



Waldsee – Originating from Africa Usutu – virus in southwestern Germany has again triggered a mass extinction of black birds and now spread to humans. Near Ludwigshafen in Rhineland-Palatinate, everyday up to ten dead blackbirds were discovered.Norbert Becker of the Municipal Association even said the fight against mosquito plague in the Upper Rhine (KABS) in Forest Lake, the news agency DAPD reported. The virus itself killed chicks in their nest.
The Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine has now demonstrated a human infection. According to the Head of virological diagnostics, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, they ran  blood tests of 4,200 blood donors from the Rhine-Neckar region and someone was positive. One patient from the Hessian Gross-Gerau Usutu had antibodies against the blood was so ill a few months before that.
“Probably give it even more cases, the disease will often not be recognized,” said Schmidt Chanasit of DAPD. For mild fever and rash GPs it would hardly be symptoms of the Usutu virus and is more of a diagnose of summer flu. Severe cases such as in Italy, where the virus had caused in immunocompromised patients with a brain infection. However, there was no report yet that it affects Germany.
The pathogen is transmitted by mosquitoes in the house hold and it may just appear like a summer flu. “It is surprising that Usutu this year was as bad as the one raging in 2011, when it was first rampant in Germany,” Becker said. The KABS experts had been hoping that the birds develop resistance and thus the advance of the virus will stop. Instead, the problem has only shifted spatially. Dead birds are currently being reported in particular along the wine route of Landau and Neustadt to Bad Durkheim to Ludwigshafen and Walldorf. The death of the birds make many people very sad that some even called to KABS crying on the phone because she mourned the blackbirds in their yard.
Aug 22, 2012

Altmaier Wants to Better Coordinate Energy Policy

Berlin – German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier wants to achieve this year, a consensus among the 16 states on the coordination of energy policy. “In particular, the construction of new wind power plants exceeded the MRP of the covenant,” a ministry spokesperson said on Monday in Berlin. It needs to limit  0.1 to 0.2 percent of the fed wind power because of the expansion of electricity networks which do not consider the development step.
Environment Minister Altmaier already announced that “individual countries must take certain development targets distance,” said the spokesman. We could not say yet anything but would the government’s plan for the expansion of offshore wind energy definitely happen.
Aug 9, 2012

Measures Against Flood Protection is Not Enough


BERLIN, Germany – Ten years after the great flood, the  the flood protection measures by the Society for Nature Conservation is still insufficient. President Olaf Tschimpke criticized the agency on Monday that they have the old “purely technical measures” and called for more space for the rivers.

Tschimpke sees the main cause of flooding in the narrowing of the rivers, which are natural areas of development. In the summer of 2002, the flood of the century devastated large parts of Dresden and many villages in the upper and middle area of Elbe were flooded with water.


May 8, 2012

Germany Promotes Wind Farms Offshore

Germany ‘s chancellor, Angela Merkel, will promote the construction of offshore wind farms and the expansion of the electricity distribution network in Germany within the framework of its policy of energy change, following the decision last year to abandon nuclear energy until 2022.

“We are currently preparing the legal framework for that goal,” Merkel said in the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper. Merkel also announced that the second major project of this policy is to expand the distribution network “for the north wind to come south”.

“We must work together to resolve some important issues about wind farms offshore,” said Merkel, who stresses that “the coming months will be crucial for the implementation of energy exchange”, which focuses on renewables. For its part, Liberal Philipp Rösler, wants to optimize the plan to accelerate the energy shift in Germany and consider “crucial companies to invest now”.

“I therefore propose to optimize the planning process for the expansion of electricity networks and build new power plants,” said Rössler. He also announced that the target will be at the end of the year.

Meanwhile, the leader of the opposition of the Social Democrats, Sigmar Gabriel, has accused the government of Merkel in failing on their project for the energy change. “Neither in the development of networks, building sanitation, or the promotion of renewables and energy efficiency have advanced a single step,” Gabriel said.