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A 6 per cent fall in global carbon emissions due to less car usage and reduced flights during the Covid pandemic ‘was nothing to celebrate’, according to climate scientist Johan Rockström.

A 6 per cent fall in global carbon emissions due to less car usage and reduced flights during the Covid pandemic “was nothing to celebrate”, accordin(...)

SPD lead candidate Olaf Scholz, Germany’s vice-chancellor, at an election party at Willy Brandt House in Berlin on Sunday. Photograph: Britta Pedersen/DPA via AP

Germany was tilting towards a centre-left government on Sunday evening as its federal election ended with a narrow lead for the Social Democratic Part(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel waves as leading CDU members applaud at the party’s headquarters in Berlin on Sunday. Photograph: AP Photo/Markus Schreiber

The Merkel era ended with a whimper on Sunday evening with what appeared to be the worst-ever election result in the history of her Christian Democrat(...)

Olaf Scholz, Germany’s finance minister and SPD candidate for chancellor. File photograph: Gordon Welters/The New York Times

Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) has accused its centre-right political rivals and current coalition partners the CDU of dirty tricks after rai(...)

 People pass by the British embassy in Berlin. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

A British man working at the UK embassy in Berlin has been arrested on suspicion of passing information to the Russian intelligence services, German p(...)

New research has found ‘an almost complete loss of stability over the last century’ in the series of currents responisble for driving the Gulf Stream, which researchers call the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC). Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland could have winters as cold as Toronto in Canada if a potential collapse in the Gulf Stream happens, an Irish climate scientist has said. New (...)

German police stand in front of the Oberlin care clinic in Potsdam, eastern Germany, after an attack in which four people were found dead and one person seriously wounded. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty

A woman has been detained after four people were found dead at a hospital in the eastern city of Potsdam, Germany, police said. The 51-year-old woman(...)

The Gulf Stream System was relatively stable until the late 19th century. File photograph: Getty

The Gulf Stream in the north Atlantic ocean, which has a considerable effect on Ireland’s climate, is at its weakest in over a millennium. Human-cause(...)

Leonhard Euler revolutionised mathematics, greatly extending its boundaries. He was inexhaustible: no other mathematician has been so prolific

Mathematicians are an odd bunch. Isaac Newton was decidedly unpleasant, secretive and resentful while Carl Friedrich Gauss, according to several biogr(...)

Smoke belching from a coal-fueled power station near Datong, China. During July and August, China’s emissions were 2.7 per cent higher than the same period last year. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP  via Getty Images

Global emissions fell by 8.8 per cent in the first half of the year amid restrictions on movement and economic activity owing to the coronavirus pande(...)

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