UN Backtracks: Will Global Warming Really Trigger Mass Extinctions?

UN Backtracks: Will Global Warming Really Trigger Mass Extinctions?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 26, 2014

In 2007, the IPCC predicted that rising global temperatures would kill off many species. But in its new report, part of which will be presented next Monday, the UN climate change body backtracks. There is a shortage of evidence, a draft version claims. By Axel Bojanowski more... Comment ]

Crying Wolf: Saxon Hunters Say Predators a Danger

Crying Wolf: Saxon Hunters Say Predators a Danger

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 05, 2014

Hunters believe wolves may have caused a serious accident in the state of Saxony in December. They claim the animals, which have been repopulating Germany over the past decade after a 150-year absence, are increasingly feared by the local community. By Steffen Winter more... Comment ]

Deceptive Labeling: Brussels Plans Tougher Organic Food Rules

Deceptive Labeling: Brussels Plans Tougher Organic Food Rules

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 14, 2014

The European Commission plans to tighten rules on the booming organic food sector due to concerns that many products aren't as pure as claimed. More rigorous checks are needed and loopholes must be removed, says a draft paper seen by SPIEGEL. By Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Britain's Luftwoofe: The Heroic Paradogs of World War II

Britain's Luftwoofe: The Heroic Paradogs of World War II

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2013

As they prepared for D-Day and the fight against Nazi Germany, the 13th Parachute Battalion of the British Army developed a new weapon: parachuting dogs. One heroic hound would even earn a medal for his service. By Lazar Backovic more... Comment ]

Taken By the Sea: Seal Pups Missing After Violent Winter Storm

Taken By the Sea: Seal Pups Missing After Violent Winter Storm

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 10, 2013

Last week's winter storm appears to have taken its toll on the German island of Helgoland, where nearly 50 seal pups have since been reported missing. Officials there say they probably didn't survive. more...

Escape to Freedom: Large Runaway Crabs Roam German Train

Escape to Freedom: Large Runaway Crabs Roam German Train

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 12, 2013

Large hairy crabs escaped from a box and went scuttling down a train in Germany. Only 10 were caught, the others remain at large: under the seat, in the luggage rack, or behind the fold-down table. more... Comment ]

'Poop and Pooches': New Magazine Appeals to Dog Haters

'Poop and Pooches': New Magazine Appeals to Dog Haters

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2013

Feces in the sandbox, barking all night, the fear of being bitten: There are many reasons not to like dogs. Now one journalist from Hamburg is trying to raise money to launch a magazine to finally give dog haters a voice. By Benjamin Schulz more... Comment ]

Hunting for Corpses: Vultures Lured Back to Germany

Hunting for Corpses: Vultures Lured Back to Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 01, 2013

Vultures are slowly returning to Germany, driven out long ago by an unwelcoming populace. At the behest of conservationists, loosened "carcass regulations" in Europe have made the search for food less daunting -- but some still wonder if the birds will be able to survive. By Philip Bethge more... Comment ]

Europe Gone Wild: Back to Nature on the Continent

Europe Gone Wild: Back to Nature on the Continent

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 24, 2013

Conservationists want to turn parts of Europe back into wilderness, teeming with wild horses, lynxes and native bison. But there are varying interpretations of what "wilderness" means and conflict over how much it should be managed. By Manfred Dworschak more... Comment ]

Factory Farming: The True Price of a Pork Chop

Factory Farming: The True Price of a Pork Chop

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2013

Germany slaughters 58 million pigs a year and has built an efficient meat industry second only to the US in pork exports. Its optimized breeding, feeding and killing system churns out wondrously cheap cutlets -- but at a hidden cost to the environment and our health. By Susanne Amann, Michael Fröhlingsdorf and Udo Ludwig more... Comment ]