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When Fear Of The Future Paralyzes Teens

Climate change, pollution, terrorism. Teenagers are increasingly scared of what's ahead, and why wouldn't they be? While a certain amount of fear is normal, psychologists advise teens to get help when anxiety takes over.

Concerns about the future
Concerns about the future
Tom Nebe

BERLIN — Terrorism, pollution, contaminated drinking water — these are the issues preoccupying teenagers today. Some consider this surprising, given that children in this part of world are relatively fortunate and not dealing with war and famine. But their lives so far have been defined by these looming problems. "They represent the key experiences of this generation Y," says Klaus Hurrelmann, professor for Public Health and Education at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and an expert in youth research.

Events such as 9/11 and the Fukushima nuclear disaser have marked their childhoods. That's also one of the reasons why these catastrophes have an even greater impact on the emotional state of many young people, more so than their own personal fears about disease, the death of loved ones and economic concerns. "Two or three years ago, security of employment was much more relevant and present in teenagers' minds," Hurrelmann says. "Now it has worn off a bit."

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The Bogus Concept Of "Carbon-Neutral" Oil

The Colombian president recently said that the country had exported one million barrels of carbon-neutral or offset oil. But in an unregulated carbon market, such a claim is pure greenwashing.

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María Mónica Monsalve Sánchez

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BOGOTÁ - In March this year, various national and corporate leaders met in Houston, Texas, for CERAWeek, an annual conference to discuss the world's energy challenges. Colombia's President Iván Duque took the opportunity to remind participants that his country produced just 0.6% of the world's carbon emissions even as it had raised crude production to one million barrels a day.

He said oil should not be seen as an enemy, since the fight was really against greenhouse gas emissions. He also revealed at the event that the country's national oil firm, Ecopetrol, had sold the Asian market its first million barrels of carbon-neutral or offset crude, consisting of the entire extraction, production and exportation chain.

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