Jan 26, 2019

Germany to close all coal plants by 2038 in shift to renewable energy

Coal-fired power plant in Grevenbroich, Germany. Photo: Christophe Gateau/picture alliance via Getty Images

A German government-appointed commission laid out a roadmap Saturday for the country to close all of its coal-fired power plants by 2038, allocating $45.7 billion aid to regions dependent on fossil fuels, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Germany and some other coal-dependent countries in Europe in particular have long said they would get off coal, but didn’t take actual action to do so. This proposal, which must now be translated into policy by Germany's national and state governments, indicates a tangible shift toward action and could put pressure on other European nations.

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House passes bill to make lynching a federal hate crime

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The House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to pass legislation to designate lynching as a federal hate crime.

Why it matters: Congress has tried and failed for over 100 years to pass measures to make lynching a federal crime.

This year's census may be the toughest count yet

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Community leaders are concerned that historically hard-to-count residents will be even harder to count in this year's census, thanks to technological hurdles and increased distrust in government.

Why it matters: The census — which will count more than 330 million people this year — determines how $1.5 trillion in federal funding gets allocated across state and local governments. Inaccurate counts mean that communities don't get their fair share of those dollars.

Live updates: Coronavirus spreads to Latin America

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Brazil confirmed the first novel coronavirus case in Latin America Wednesday — a 61-year-old that tested positive after returning from a visit to northern Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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