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Climate protection is most important according to Germans

According to the German public, protection of the climate and the environment are the most important issues: in a survey conducted by the public opinion research company Forsa, 37 percent of Germans put it in first place. Immigration and the social integration of refugees came second at 29 percent. Dissatisfaction with political parties and politicians came third.

Poverty, inequality, rising rents, the state of institutions providing care for the elderly, the spread of extreme right-wing ideologies and growing xenophobia are also considered important social problems. The assessment of the greatest problems varied significantly by region, age and party preference in the country with a population of 83 million.

In western regions, most people believe that climate change is the most important problem at 39 percent, with migration in second place at 27 percent. In the eastern region covering the former East Germany, the situation is the opposite; the greatest portion of the population of that region (36 percent) put migration in first place, while 28 percent believed climate change to be the most important challenge.

The proportion of those putting
climate change in first place on the list of Germany’s problems is exceptionally high – 41 percent – among young people, i.e. the 18–29 age group.

People over 60 tended to put migration, housing and the care of the elderly in first place.

Climate demonstration in Germany in the summer of 2019 Photo: Shutterstock

Source: MTI – Hungarian News Agency

Further information: Deutsche Welle

Hungarian developments may solve the problem of pharmaceutical residues worldwide

The filtering of pharmaceutical derivatives from water is a problem for almost the entire world. That was part of the reason for the international interest elicited at the Budapest Water Summit by the results of a National Competitiveness and Excellence Programme (NVKP) project led by the Geographical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Science’s Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, which cover the complete set of associated problems.

New Coca-Cola bottles made of recycled marine waste

Coca-Cola has presented its first bottle made by recycling marine waste. At its test facility, it has so far produced 300 bottles that contain 25% plastic waste fished out the Mediterranean Sea.

The main reforms and innovations that highly promote water security and sustainable development

Interview with Mr. Xavier Leflaive, Principal Administrator, Environment Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

How recent political conflicts can be the consequences of insufficient water resources

Interview with Professor Aaron Wolf, Director of the Program in Water Conflict Management, Oregon State University (USA).

Budapest Water Summit attracts tremendous interest

A great many people were interested in the Budapest Water Summit – the importance of the event is attested by the fact that over 2,300 people from 118 countries had applied to attend the event, and along with the over 30 ministerial delegations, leaders of international organisations and multilateral financing institutions, as well as water industry experts have also attended.

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The third day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the third day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.

János Áder: Young people would like to preserve Hungary as their grandparents saw it

Young people wish to live in a clean environment, that natural need is the message of the drawings, photos and posters they submitted to the competition, said President János Áder to journalists after the awards ceremony of the SDG for Kids competition at the Budapest Water Summit.

Papal message to the participants of the Budapest Water Summit 2019

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The second day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the second day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the BWS Bulletin

BWS Bulletin – Daily report of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 – The first day

The Institute for Sustainable Development have summarized the first day of the Budapest Water Summit 2019 as part of the so-called BWS Bulletin.

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