Germany's Eco-Trap Is Environmentalism Really Working?

Germany is among the world leaders when it comes to taking steps to save the environment. But many of the measures are not delivering the promised results. Biofuels have led to the clear-cutting of rainforests, plastics are being burned rather than recycled and new generation lightbulbs have led to a resurgence of mercury production. A SPIEGEL survey.
Rapeseed for biofuels and wind generators for clean electricity -- against a backdrop of a coal-fired power station in Germany.

Rapeseed for biofuels and wind generators for clean electricity -- against a backdrop of a coal-fired power station in Germany.

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