"The heaters, known as Heizpilze in German, became hugely popular in trendy bars and restaurants, particularly after the smoking ban took effect.
Yet the district of Pankow, which includes the Prenzlauer Berg area, has altered licensing rules in order to ban the heaters – because they contribute so much to global warming by releasing vast quantities carbon dioxide".
"We have put ourselves at the vanguard of the movement,” Green district councillor Holger Kirchner told the Berliner Zeitung. He said he did not want to prevent people from sitting outside, “But one doesn’t have to heat up the outside in November.”....Pankow council has received two challenges against the decision, which will go to court. The Hotel and Restaurant Association has also made an official complaint".
If the Berlin HRA needs funds to fight this, put me down for a tenner or so.