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Global Warning

Heat waves, sinking cities, droughts and disappearing polar ice caps -- the effects of climate change are catastrophic. Despite the consequences, human activity continues to belch greenhouse gases while a rising tide of activists questions the science behind prevailing data.

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 ]

Green Fade-Out: Europe to Ditch Climate Protection Goals

Green Fade-Out: Europe to Ditch Climate Protection Goals

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 15, 2014

The EU's reputation as a model of environmental responsibility may soon be history. The European Commission wants to forgo ambitious climate protection goals and pave the way for fracking -- jeopardizing Germany's touted energy revolution in the process. By Gregor Peter Schmitz in Brussels more... Comment ]

Green Revolution? German Brown Coal Power Output Hits New High

Green Revolution? German Brown Coal Power Output Hits New High

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 07, 2014

Germany plans to wean itself off CO2-belching coal-fired power stations. But new figures show that coal power output in 2013 reached its highest level in more than 20 years. Researchers blame cheap CO2 emissions permits, and demand urgent reforms. more... Comment ]

Filmmaker Randy Olson: Climate Change Is 'Bo-Ho-Horing'

Filmmaker Randy Olson: Climate Change Is 'Bo-Ho-Horing'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 20, 2013

Has the climate change "brand" been ruined? Scientist-turned-filmmaker Randy Olson says that the problem with trying to raise awareness about global warming is that it's the most boring subject on earth. Interview Conducted By Axel Bojanowski more... Comment ]

A Tale of Two Cities: America's Bipolar Climate Future

A Tale of Two Cities: America's Bipolar Climate Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 13, 2013

New York City and New Bern, North Carolina both face the same projected rise in sea levels, but while one is preparing for the worst, the other is doing nothing on principle. A glimpse into America's contradictory climate change planning. By Marc Hujer and Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

Climate Summit Trap: Capitalism's March toward Global Collapse

Climate Summit Trap: Capitalism's March toward Global Collapse

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 06, 2013

The Warsaw conference demonstrated that the "climate summit" model is broken and, more importantly, that capitalism itself is driving us to the brink. Protests are not the solution -- it's time to fight the system using its own weapons. An Essay by Harald Welzer more... Comment ]

Climate Progress: Warsaw's Meaningful Compromise

Climate Progress: Warsaw's Meaningful Compromise

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 27, 2013

Although the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw yielded few significant benchmarks, one initiative to compensate poor countries faced with disasters could have major implications for the future. By Joel Stonington more... Comment ]

UN Conference: European Trick Delivers Climate Compromise

UN Conference: European Trick Delivers Climate Compromise

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2013

It was a conference characterized by outbursts of anger, an atmosphere of mistrust, global divisions and a dramatic ending, but the delegates at the UN climate conference managed to reach an agreement over the weekend. By Axel Bojanowski in Warsaw more... Comment ]

Cheap But Imperfect: Can Geoengineering Slow Climate Change?

Cheap But Imperfect: Can Geoengineering Slow Climate Change?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 20, 2013

Canadian environmental scientist David Keith wants to change the world's climate by creating a type of sun filter in the sky to halt global warming. In an interview, he argues the technology is effective and inexpensive, but critics liken it to a nuclear bomb. Interview by Johann Grolle more... Comment ]

Climate Conference: Doubts Emerge Over Germany's Leadership 

Climate Conference: Doubts Emerge Over Germany's Leadership 

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 19, 2013

Renewable energy experts worry that support will fade for climate-related policies in Berlin with the inauguration of the planned new grand coalition government. The UN climate conference and NGOs are responding with pressure on Germany to send a signal that the country is still a leader. By Joel Stonington more... Comment ]