In Brief: Greta Thunberg sets sail for New York

On Wednesday, the 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg departed from Plymouth, England on a zero-carbon racing boat with her father, a cameraman and two professional sailors. Thunberg is headed to New York to take part in the UN Climate Action Summit.

Photo Credit Anders Hellberg

Germany’s economy shrank in the second quarter of 2019. The Federal Statistical Office reported during that time, the country’s gross domestic product dropped by 0.1%.

Experts have pointed to the trade conflicts between the United States and China and uncertainty over Brexit as factors contributing to the slight decline.

Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy tweeted the numbers are a “wake-up call” but that a recession could be avoided if the right measures are taken.

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Climate activist Greta Thunberg set sail for New York on Wednesday.

The 16-year-old Swede departed from Plymouth in the south of England, accompanied by her father, a cameraman and two professional sailors.

German sailor Boris Herrmann is one of the two skippering the zero-carbon racing boat. He told Welt TV they didn’t make any major alterations to the boat in preparation for the journey.

Herrmann said they simply put in comfortable mattresses and installed curtains so Thunberg could have a place to retreat and sleep comfortably.

The trip across the Atlantic will take about two weeks – then Thunberg will take part in the UN Climate Action Summit in New York.

The progress of the team’s journey can be monitored online.

Photo Credit Andreas Lindlahr

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Zoo Berlin is hoping to welcome a baby panda in the coming weeks.

Thomas Hildebrandt from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research said they are 85 percent sure the panda Meng Meng is expecting.

“The next planned check-up with our team is scheduled for Friday,” Hildebrandt said. “We hope considering the speed at which panda fetuses are known to grow, hopefully we’ll be able to see more and answer the question of if we’re dealing with one or two babies.”

Some of the tell-tale signs of a pregnant panda include lack of appetite, lethargy, an enlarged uterus, and increase levels of certain hormones – all of which the 6-year-old panda has exhibited.

In a press release, Zoo Berlin said if Meng Meng gives birth, this would the first-ever panda birth in Germany. The cub or cubs would spend two to four years in Berlin before moving to China.

Photo Credit Zoo Berlin

 

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