Berlin, Ireland, Mark Macquarie discussed on PRI's The World

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Our decision destructor support for their respective regions so we invest a lot of money to give these regions and also the people of course in his regions a new perspective. Does that mean re training for new jobs. What does it mean to give them a new perspective. Yes this mean training. Of course for those people are working and specifically the coal mining but also called facilities but also simply attract new industries to exactly come to these regions on one of these regions in eastern germany. For example tesla is at the moment of building a huge facility for the production of electric vehicles and also for batteries at a european climate meeting this month. Climate activists cheered germany's new plan but they were disappointed that chancellor angela merkel did not announce increased funding for climate finance for developing countries. Germany's the fourth largest economy in the world. Jiu think germany should be doing more to help. Smaller economies adapt to a changing climate. I think all countries all developed countries have to do more. But i need to say that. Germany has done a lot in the past. We have been financing highest chair of all industrialized countries. So we believe others have to jump in now as in the future of their pay a fair share of the whole amount. Germany has one of the most ambitious plans in the world now when it comes to lowering carbon emissions. What do you think. Germany can teach the rest of the world about balancing difficult trade-offs and doing what's necessary to decrease emissions. Maybe most going to talk to to learn is reggie should have started. The cost would have been low office. Transformation process go ahead and fly. Spot is the state secretary at germany's federal ministry for the environment. He's been speaking to us from berlin. Thanks a lot johann in ireland. They're now saying something that hasn't been seen in three hundred years a pair of cranes nesting in a bog. That's caused for big celebration there. Mark mkhori is the lead ecologists at board amona. A company that owns the peat bog or the cranes were spotted. He joins us now. Mark two cranes spotted in a bog in the irish midlands apparently nesting or preparing to breed. Why is this such a big deal. It's really exciting for us. Because these birds haven't been a scene greeding in ireland. For about fielder years. They unfortunately went extinct back then because of haunting and we haven't seen them breeding since and so we occasionally get these birds appearing in the wintertime but it was really exciting to see a few words appear in one of our boggs in the springtime and dan starting to display on starting to build a nest. Unfortunately we haven't seen any chicks yet. What we're really excited about this year. Because the birds actually came back these are migratory birds so they. They disappeared off the nest site for the wintertime. What's really exciting. That they've come back. So what are these birds. Look like i mean how big are they. They're very big under very big in an irish context because in ireland. We don't have that many big words so they would be about four foot high. You're talking nearly six foot. Wingspan and This nearly twice the size of the hearn our biggest wetland bird which is about to tie and so if you saw it on a ballg or in the distance in a wet and it would be obvious that it's a crean something really unusual. I understand that this is a huge deal because cranes feature so prominently in irish mythology and history. Tell us a little bit about that. If you look at the book of kells there is a weltman birds or waterbird featured in knox with a long neck and i read patch on its head. So the monks that drew the book. Kale's at that were familiar with crayons and seemingly the crans were revered when they were present in ireland and their nesting places were considered sacred spaces. We see evidence of that because in some of our leaks we still have islands that refer back to the cran. They will be called cores. Which is the irish word. Suseya of the korean this particular pair that have appeared on this peat bog. I understand the peat bog. Had been re wetted or rehabilitated. By your company board. Dimona what is re wetted mean or. Damone are the irish company fats. Produce pates and we were to produce pete's for energy to be generated intellect and because in ireland. We didn't have many resources. Such as coal are even such as timber. We did have a lot of balls so we developed are back at the start of the aristide's obviously to to harvest. Pete you need to grant it. And now we're reversed process. It means that remaining paid stays in the ground and it's not leaking carbon into the atmosphere and it's fantastic for biodiversity under the appearance of the korean is just a great example of that. Have you seen these two cranes. I haven't seen these two. Cranes were being particularly cautious about you. Not trying to go down. Disturbed them too much. But i'm really looking forward to getting out on watching them. Seem boards like this in their natural habitat is. it's fantastic. Mark macquarie is the lead ecologist at board pneumonia. It's an energy company in ireland. That used to produce pete and now produces renewable energy. Thanks so much frank your car. You're listening to.

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