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Climate protection zones in Vienna

The Austrian capital has decided to introduce climate protection zones where fossil fuels will no longer be used in the future.

A thermal map of Vienna has been produced to establish which parts of the city are the hottest and where measures are required to make heat waves more bearable for residents (e.g. the planting of new green areas).

In addition, Vienna decision-makers also wish to establish several areas in the city by 2020 where buildings – public buildings as well as residential ones – use renewable sources of energy for cooling, heating and hot water production so as to counteract global warming.

Vice Mayor and City Councillor for Climate Birgit Hebein believes it is particularly important to ensure
that such projects are not at
a luxury standard but
affordable for all.

There is already a residential building in a Vienna suburb that uses geothermal energy for heating and air conditioning, with a heat pump supplied by wind energy.

The hottest areas of Vienna are in Favoriten, Ottakring, on Landstraße and in Margareten Photo: Shutterstock
Further information: Mayor of Europe

Americans also think that climate change is a problem

A new survey by CBS News shows that two-thirds of the Americans believe climate change is a crisis or a severe problem. 56 percent believe that immediate action is required to resolve the situation.

Message from Greta Thunberg: We need action more than hope

Here’s an inspiring and thought-provoking talk from a young climate activist who, at only 15, has become the iconic face of the fight against climate change.

Europeans support EU targets associated with climate neutrality

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Poland to launch large scale water saving programme

The Polish government has approved the main outlines of a water saving programme in which funds totalling about three billion euros will be invested to double the country’s water reserves by 2027. The finalised plan is to be adopted by early 2021.

David Gilmour auctions his guitars to combat climate change

Pink Floyd’s singer, guitarist and leading composer has auctioned his guitars for a record price of $21 million and gave the proceeds to Client Earth, a charity that works to combat climate change. This is the highest price that a collection of guitars has ever fetched at auction.

Compostable fashion: T-shirts tuned to sustainability

A new T-shirt by Vollebak is made from algae and wood pulp from sustainable sources.

Water be quoted on the stock exchange?

An unusual solution has been proposed to remedy the damage caused by droughts in the Czech Republic.

OGarden – The self-watering compact garden

The Kickstarter campaign for OGarden was started in 2016. The inventors collected money for an innovative idea that revolutionizes home growing of vegetables and fruit. The tiny self-watering indoor garden can grow 90 kinds of vegetables and fruit at once.

Surfers in action to protect nature

This is how fast-wearing neoprene suits can become practical yoga mats – all for sustainability.

The idea for the Hungarian house free of utility bills was born on the ocean

Ákos Blaskovich was sailing the Pacific Ocean when he decided to create affordable houses suitable for mass production without any utility bills and with a zero ecological footprint. The idea of the Noah House was born.

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