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Scientific findings are an essential basis for majority decisions in politics and society: data are collected according to generally recognised and comparable standards, hypotheses and assumptions are confirmed or refuted openly by conclusive evidence. Researchers question theses, methods and results, uncover weak points and errors, find a consensus in the best case and thus contribute to the credibility of the results.

Nevertheless, in an age that seeks answers to many questions, scientific facts are placed in contexts that correspond to a certain mood. Analyses are used piecemeal to support a preconceived opinion. The term found for this is: Fake News.

While with "Thünen explains" we primarily prepare our own research results in such a comprehensible way that we prevent the emergence of fake news, with the "Thünen fact check" we specifically take on such false reports. Our researchers check scientific publications for plausibility and, where necessary, we refute falsehoods with scientific analyses and data.

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Does the Western Baltic need different management?

Fish stocks and harbour porpoise populations in the western Baltic Sea could recover and stabilise by 2050 if ecosystem-based fisheries management is introduced. How suitable is the proposed approach?

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Does the Western Baltic need different management?

Meat or Plant?

More and more Germans are giving up animal products. But are plant-based alternatives actually replacing animal protein products? Based on real purchase data from the Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung (GfK), the Thünen Institute has investigated the demand of private households for animal and plant protein suppliers for 2017 to 2020. (in German)

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Meat or Plant?

Can the Western Baltic cod still be saved?

In a study, researchers from Hamburg, Kiel and Jena conclude that the cod of the western Baltic Sea has passed a tipping point due to overfishing and deteriorating environmental conditions. This would mean that the stock would no longer recover. This finding is not new. Our fact check.

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Can the Western Baltic cod still be saved?

Climate Protection through CO₂ Certificates for Humus

Humus is an important CO₂ store. CO₂ certificates are intended to create an incentive for agriculture to use the potential of humus build-up for climate protection. To be credible, these certificates must meet strict criteria. However, most do not. Learn more in our fact check.

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Climate Protection through CO₂ Certificates for Humus

This is why Wheat is not a Carbon Sink

Although agriculture grows plants that bind carbon, it does not contribute to minimising atmospheric carbon dioxide. However, this is repeatedly claimed and supposedly proven with calculation examples. Our fact check shows why agricultural products have practically no climate relevance.

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This is why Wheat is not a Carbon Sink

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The National Animal Welfare Monitoring

Animal welfare in Germany is to improve fundamentally. In order to measure progress and identify the need for change, certain animal welfare indicators must be verifiable. The National Animal Welfare Monitoring (NaTiMon) project is developing the basis for this.

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The National Animal Welfare Monitoring

Herring Trapped in Climate Change

The herring stock in the Western Baltic Sea has been producing fewer and fewer offspring for years. In our multimedia feature we explain how climate change impacts herring productivity and what we did over the last 15 years to discover this.

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Herring Trapped in Climate Change

The Animal Welfare Payment

More light, more air, more freedom of movement: More animal welfare is to be ensured in German barns. The Borchert Commission has proposed the introduction of an animal welfare surcharge. The infographic explains how it works.

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The Animal Welfare Payment

Come to stay

A village is not a small town. When refugees move to rural communities, all those involved face different challenges than in a city. Our multimedia report explains how the municipalities succeed in winning over refugees for rural life in the long term and what they themselves gain from it.

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Come to stay

Small shops in rural areas

They are something like the heart of a village - the small grocery shops. But their number has been declining for years. That is why there are always initiatives for new shops. Our video shows what should be taken into account and how local authorities, consumers and the public can support such a project.

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Small shops in rural areas

Why Forest Use is also Climate Protection

Forests and wood are large carbon reservoirs and thus important pillars of climate protection. Our multimedia report shows whether and how our forests can continue to be used under changing climatic conditions.

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Why Forest Use is also Climate Protection

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