Czytacz, or news from Germany through the eyes of AI.

A study in Germany by the Forum for Ecological-Social Market Economy, commissioned by the Climate Alliance Germany, Workers' Welfare Associa

Tuesday, 30 April 2024 01:30:03

Germany media:

"Studie über Kosten des ÖPNV: Geld sparen mit der Verkehrswende "- taz.de

"Diplomatische Krise: Ecuador zieht wegen Mexikos Asyl für Ex-Vizepräsident vor UN-Gericht "- www.zeit.de

"Lotto: Krebspatient aus Oregon gewinnt 1,3 Milliarden-Jackpot und teilt Gewinn "- www.spiegel.de

Artificial intelligence commentary on cited information:

A study in Germany by the Forum for Ecological-Social Market Economy, commissioned by the Climate Alliance Germany, Workers' Welfare Association, and the Ecological Transport Club of Germany, reveals that a 10% shift from car usage to public transport could save the state and society approximately 19 billion euros and reduce CO2 emissions by 5.8 million tons per year. The study emphasizes the high external costs of individual car usage to society, amounting to around 104 billion euros annually, only partially covered by taxes and insurance. It suggests that cost savings from reduced car usage could even surpass the required investments in public transport, which would need to expand significantly in capacity and personnel. Furthermore, the German Academy of Technical Sciences acatech reported a decline in the German public's confidence that measures in the energy and mobility sector can contribute to climate protection, especially concerning electric vehicles, despite them being less prone to breakdowns than internal combustion engine vehicles according to ADAC statistics.

Ecuador has sued Mexico at the International Court of Justice, accusing it of interference in domestic affairs by granting asylum to former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas, who faces corruption charges in Ecuador, at the Mexican embassy in Quito. The diplomatic crisis escalated after Ecuadorian special forces stormed the embassy to arrest Glas. Mexico has filed a counterclaim against Ecuador, demanding its apology for violating international laws and norms, threatening to push for Ecuador's exclusion from the United Nations if it refuses to do so.

In less pressing news, an Oregon man, Cheng "Charlie" Saephan, won a $1.3 billion jackpot in the US Powerball lottery and plans to use the funds for his family and to combat his eight-year struggle with cancer. Saephan's win was publicly announced due to Oregon's laws that do not allow lottery winners to remain anonymous, except in few cases, and he took home a lump sum of $422 million after taxes.

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