Damaged and mud-covered cars are piled up in Dernau near Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, western Germany, on July 22, 2021, days after heavy rain and floods caused major damage in the Ahr region. – Chancellor Merkel on July 22, 2021 stressed the need to “speed up” the fight against climate change, as the death toll from devastating floods in Germany reached 177. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE / AFP) (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images)