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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.

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 ]

Climate Research: Lessons from Typhoon 'Haiyan'

Climate Research: Lessons from Typhoon 'Haiyan'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 12, 2013

Many at the climate conference in Warsaw and around the world see a link between global warming and the devastating typhoon in the Philippines. But several studies point to other causes -- and even more worrisome trends. By Axel Bojanowski more... Comment ]

Reality Check: Germany's Defective Green Energy Game Plan

Reality Check: Germany's Defective Green Energy Game Plan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 25, 2013

Germany pretends to be a pioneer in the green revolution. But its massively expensive Energiewende has done nothing to make the environment cleaner or encourage genuine efficiency. One writer argues: Either do it right, or don't do it at all. A Commentary By Alexander Neubacher more... Comment ]

Merkel's Patrons: Donation from BMW Owners Raises Eyebrows

Merkel's Patrons: Donation from BMW Owners Raises Eyebrows

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2013

Just weeks after the German election, Angela Merkel's conservatives received donations totalling 690,000 euros from the family that owns almost half of BMW. The payment coincides with Berlin's forceful intervention to halt tough new CO2 curbs for carmakers in the EU. more... Comment ]

New UN Report: Climate Change Inaction Must End

New UN Report: Climate Change Inaction Must End

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 27, 2013

More than 800 experts from 195 countries have collaborated on the UN's lengthy new report on climate change. Despite points of scientific contention, the study uncovers worrying developments. Instead of arguing over the details, it's time the international community finally takes action. A Commentary By Christoph Seidler more... Comment ]