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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.

EU Climate Chief on UN Summit: 'Whatever We Pledge Should Be Equally Binding'

EU Climate Chief on UN Summit: 'Whatever We Pledge Should Be Equally Binding'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 24, 2011

With UN climate talks starting next week in Durban, South Africa,  hopes remain for new momentum in the drive to reduce CO2 emissions. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard reveals Europe's strategy. Divisions between rich and poor countries must end, she says. more...

Climate Change: Rapid Spike in CO2 Emissions Shocks Researchers

Climate Change: Rapid Spike in CO2 Emissions Shocks Researchers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 04, 2011

International attempts at climate regulation have failed on a number of levels. With CO2 emissions rising much more than predicted between 2009 and 2010, the goal of capping global warming at a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius now seems elusive. But political interest in changing course has waned. By Gerald Traufetter and Christian Schwägerl more...

The Changing Climate: Chinese Scientists Warn of Significant Glacier Melt

The Changing Climate: Chinese Scientists Warn of Significant Glacier Melt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 26, 2011

Glaciers are shrinking worldwide -- some of them rapidly. Now Chinese researchers have sounded the alarm in their country too, where they say warmer weather and increased precipitation are reducing the size of glaciers. Water shortages and floods could result. By Markus Becker more...

Climate Change Negotiations: The Death of the Kyoto Process

Climate Change Negotiations: The Death of the Kyoto Process

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 18, 2011

There seems little possibility that next month's climate summit in Durban will produce an emissions reduction agreement -- meaning the world will soon lack any binding CO2 targets. Europe may soon find itself alone in the fight against global warming. By Christian Schwägerl and Gerald Traufetter more...

The Stench of Money: Canada's Environment Succumbs to Oil Sands

The Stench of Money: Canada's Environment Succumbs to Oil Sands

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 14, 2011

Canada is home to the world's third largest oil reserves. But extracting the black gold is difficult, and threatens to destroy both the surrounding environment and the homeland of native tribes. With protests growing against a planned US pipeline, the oil sands controversy threatens to spread south. By Philip Bethge more...

Melting Glaciers: Monitoring Global Warming at World's 'Third Pole'

Melting Glaciers: Monitoring Global Warming at World's 'Third Pole'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 29, 2011

How are high-altitude glaciers in central Asia reacting to global warming? A team of German-based scientists is measuring the little-known frozen world of the Tian Shan mountain range. Though conditions there are much colder than in other ranges, they've already found evidence of gradual ice sheet shrinkage. By Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

Climate Protection: German States Block Carbon Capture Law

Climate Protection: German States Block Carbon Capture Law

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 23, 2011

The German government had hoped to push through a new law allowing the testing of underground greenhouse gas storage, in hopes of slowing climate change. But on Friday the country's states blocked the plans by rejecting the proposed bill. Germany could now face action by the European Union. more...

Fingers in the Dike: Germany Lacks Clear Plan for Climate Change

Fingers in the Dike: Germany Lacks Clear Plan for Climate Change

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 09, 2011

Germany is preparing for climate change by installing air conditioners in overheated cities and irrigation systems on dry fields. But a new federal proposal is short on details, state programs differ and there is no solid plan for preparing the country for a warming world. By Michael Fröhlingsdorf more... Comment ]

Emissions in the EU: US Vilifies Carbon-Trading Scheme for Airlines

Emissions in the EU: US Vilifies Carbon-Trading Scheme for Airlines

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 28, 2011

Starting in 2012, airlines with flights to the EU will have to pay for certificates to emit CO2. But the United States has balked at the expensive plan. Their resistance threatens to spark a majar trade dispute. more...

Famine in East Africa: A Catastrophe in the Making

Famine in East Africa: A Catastrophe in the Making

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 21, 2011

Aid workers have long been warning that a famine was approaching in East Africa. Now that it is here, they are struggling to feed millions of victims of what is said to be the worst drought since 1950. The situation is likely to get even worse. By Clemens Höges and Horand Knaup more...