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A Non-Profit In Berlin Just Offered To Buy An Ancient Forest To Protect It From Mining


Only 10 percent of the 12,000-year-old Hambach Forest remains, but one startup is trying to protect what's left of the ancient woodlands. Although Germany has set ambitious initiatives to move away from fossil fuels, large German energy company RWE tried to move forward with plans to raze the remaining forest in order to expand the country’s largest coal surface mine. 

After a regional court temporarily halted RWE's plans to cut down the forest last week, Berlin-based nonprofit search engine Ecosia stepped in, offering to buy the remaining forest for more than $1 million to turn it into public land and protect the remains.