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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.

Urban Agriculture: Industrial-Sized Rooftop Farm Planned for Berlin

Urban Agriculture: Industrial-Sized Rooftop Farm Planned for Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 05, 2011

It is hardly a logical spot for a farm, but three Berliners have earmarked a massive former factory roof for an unusual urban agriculture venture. The sustainable set-up will produce both vegetables and fish for local residents and could be a model for future city farms as the world continues to urbanize.  By Jess Smee more...

German Environment Minister: 'Our Lifestyle Has Revolved Around a Dangerous Egotism'

German Environment Minister: 'Our Lifestyle Has Revolved Around a Dangerous Egotism'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 28, 2011

In a SPIEGEL interview, German Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen, 46, discusses the United Nations climate summit in Durban, South Africa, the West's ecological deficit and the halting efforts for Germany to abandon nuclear plants and shift almost entirely to renewable energy sources. more... Comment ]

Climate Change: UN Extreme Weather Report Triggers Storm of Protest

Climate Change: UN Extreme Weather Report Triggers Storm of Protest

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2011

In mid-November, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published a special report on extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, floods and heat waves. But its emphasis on the uncertainty of its predictions has enraged scientists and activists alike, just days before the UN Climage Change Conference in Durban. By Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

UN Environment Chief: 'Climate Policy is Neither Futile Nor Defeated'

UN Environment Chief: 'Climate Policy is Neither Futile Nor Defeated'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2011

Achim Steiner, 50, executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, speaks to SPIEGEL about the current state of global climate negotiations ahead of the UN conference in Durban, South Africa. If the world can afford billions in bank bailouts, it can also subsidize climate protection to ensure a better future, he argues. more...

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 ]