In Brief: New climate report says Germany ranks third among industrialized countries affected by extreme weather

According to the Global Climate Risk Index, Japan, the Philippines and Germany suffered some of the most damage per GDP in 2018.

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A new report presented at the United Nations climate conference finds Germany was one of three industrialized countries most affected by extreme weather last year.

According to the Global Climate Risk Index, Japan, the Philippines and Germany suffered some of the most damage per Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2018.

The report says in the last two decades, approximately 495,000 people died worldwide as a result of more than 12,000 extreme weather events. Their data shows the incidents also caused more than 3 trillion euros in economic damages.

This is the 15th edition the organization Germanwatch has produced. It sources data from a German reinsurance company and the International Monetary Fund. The organization says a lack of data from Africa could mean many countries are underrepresented in the results.


German prosecutors say they have more evidence that suggests the murder of a Georgian man in Berlin last August points to involvement by Russia or Chechnya.

The man was shot in broad daylight in Berlin’s Kleiner Tiergarten park. Germany has now expelled two Russian embassy employees in light of the evidence.

The German Foreign Office has told Berlin’s Russian ambassador to cooperate with authorities.

Prosecutors say there are strong indications that Russian state authorities commissioned the murder. The suspect was arrested shortly after the crime and is in custody in Berlin.


German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier awarded Germany’s top honor, the Federal Order of Merit to 24 individuals on Wednesday for their work with young people in various areas of education.

Among the recipients is basketball icon Dirk Nowitzki, one of Germany’s most accomplished athletes, a top NBA star who played for many years with the Dallas Mavericks. He was awarded the Order of Merit for his projects supporting children’s health and education as well as his charity work fighting malnutrition around the world.

The television presenter Ralph Caspers was awarded for his work on “Sendung mit der Maus,” one of Germany’s most successful educational shows for children.

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Heute ist @diemaus zu Gast im Schloss Bellevue: Moderator Ralph Caspers erhält den Verdienstorden, da er mit seinen Sendungen Jung und Alt neugierig auf Wissen macht und ganz nebenbei zeigt, dass Wissen und Lernen auch Spaß machen kann. „Aber auch die Maus selbst hat eine Auszeichnung verdient, weil sie seit so vielen Jahren die Fragen von Kindern und Jugendlichen beantwortet“, findet Bundespräsident Steinmeier und hat die Maus dafür extra in seinem Amtszimmer empfangen. +++ A medal for the mouse! Today, the crew from the German children's series ‘Die Sendung mit der Maus’ visited Bellevue Palace: presenter Ralph Caspers received the Order of Merit because of his commitment to education – with his programmes, he makes children and adults curious and shows that knowledge and learning can be fun. ‘But the mouse itself also deserves an award because it has been answering questions from children and young people for so many years,’ said Federal President Steinmeier and personally received the mouse in his office. #diemaus #sendungmitdermaus #ralphcaspers #verdienstorden #orderofmerit #bundespräsident #steinmeier

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Dr. Uwe Schnieder from Berlin was also recognized as the founder of Das Schiff, a ship on Lake Tegel that teaches natural sciences to school children.

From Brandenburg, Uwe Bartsch was recognized for more than two decades of work to prevent brain drain from rural areas through enhancement of training opportunities.


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