Through the needle’s ear at 80 tons

It is shortly after 1 a.M. In wirsberg. Blue light illuminates the night. Police escort two heavy goods vehicles from the jerichower land near magdeburg from the highway to the health resort. The convoy stops at the square below the town hall, where the glass containers are usually located. Drivers karsten pirk and ralf rower get out of the car, talk briefly with their companions. Because without them nothing goes. Only pirk's girlfriend, heike glock, who has come along for the ride as an exception because her boyfriend has told her that the transport is something very special and certainly spectacular, remains sitting in the driver's cab and looks out of the cab, somewhat perplexed. "You have to trust the drivers, they can do it", says heike glock. "I have the day off, so I went along for the ride. My friend told me that it is quite narrow in wirsberg", betrayed them and is already a bit shocked at the sight of the narrow ortsdurchfahrt.

Karsten pirk turns the steering wheel. He has to turn the low-loader, which weighs more than 80 tons and is 25 meters long, along with the huge part for the wind turbine base onto the road and parking lot, and then maneuver it backwards through the pinhole at the town hall. At first everything works like clockwork. After just a few tries, the low loader is upside down. The windmill part is perpendicular to the road. Like a wall. The nose of the tractor barely misses the angels standing on the opposite court. Karsten pirk's companion moves a no-stopping sign to the side.

"We have specially removed the glass containers", says burgermeister hermann anselstetter. But these were not the only preparations. A lantern, which would have been in the way, was dismantled, even a tree had to be felled. In addition, the floor was covered with heavy-duty mats so that the truck would not completely destroy the subsoil. For safety's sake, there were experts on site who could have intervened if there were problems with a pipeline or if a hydrant was damaged.
Then suddenly an unpleasant noise. The low loader scrapes the floor. The sidewalk is deeper, the land slightly sloping. The heavy load throws up the gravel in thick layers. Burgermeister anselstetter shrugs off the camera. He gets a little queasy.

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Scientists demonstrate worldwide for free research

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Thousands of people marched for the freedom of science in many parts of the world on saturday in the second "march for science". Demonstrations were held in more than 230 cities, including washington, sydney, frankfurt, koln and other german cities.

With the worldwide action, scientists stood up for the freedom of research and the recognition of scientific knowledge.

The first "march for science" last year was triggered by anti-science riots and the acceptance of donald trump’s administration in the u.S. The U.S. President had, among other things, called global warming a hoax and announced strong shortcuts for research institutions. At that time 1.3 million people worldwide went on the streets.

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Frankfurt must introduce diesel ban in 2019

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Drivers of older cars will face a severe driving ban in frankfurt am main next year. This is what the administrative court of wiesbaden ruled on wednesday.

According to the ruling, diesel vehicles with euro 4 engines and gasoline vehicles in emissions classes 1 and 2 will initially be affected from february 2019, as presiding judge rolf hartmann said in his statement. From 1. September on, euro 5 diesels are also to be off-limits. Frankfurt is the first city in hesse with a driving ban for diesel vehicles.

The court did not specify the specific areas in which driving bans would be imposed. The driving ban could be based on the existing boundaries of the environmental zone in hesse’s roughest municipality, the judge explained. This is bordered by the autobahn ring around the city. The german environmental aid association (DUH) had filed a lawsuit because of the exceeding of nitrogen oxide limit values. The ruling is not yet legally binding.

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