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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 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 ]

Warming Plateau? Climatologists Face Inconvenient Truth

Warming Plateau? Climatologists Face Inconvenient Truth

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 23, 2013

Data shows global temperatures aren't rising the way climate scientists have predicted. Now the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change faces a problem: publicize these findings and encourage skeptics -- or hush up the figures. By Axel Bojanowski, Olaf Stampf and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

Siege Mentality: Experts Pan IPCC's Climate Report Strategy

Siege Mentality: Experts Pan IPCC's Climate Report Strategy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 23, 2013

A draft of the next UN review of scientific studies on climate change has been leaked, and it's not the first time. Now, a growing number of experts are criticizing the the organization's secretetive approach to the reports. By Axel Bojanowski more... Comment ]

Northeast Passage: Russia Moves to Boost Arctic Shipping

Northeast Passage: Russia Moves to Boost Arctic Shipping

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 22, 2013

This year has seen a record number of ships pass through the Northeast Passage in the Arctic Ocean. Russian President Vladimir Putin is doing all he can to make the route even more attractive. By Marco Evers more... Comment ]