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No End in Sight

After several international summits, the failure to form a global consensus on carbon emissions is driving a wedge between the West and developing nations who want the same rights to development as their industrial forbearers.

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 ]

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 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 ]

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 ]

EU Commissioner: 'People Now Realize What Climate Change Means'

EU Commissioner: 'People Now Realize What Climate Change Means'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 26, 2013

The European system of carbon trading has practically collapsed as politicians prioritize the economy over the environment. EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard discusses renewed efforts and why the issue remains so critical. more... Comment ]

Climate Expert von Storch: Why Is Global Warming Stagnating?

Climate Expert von Storch: Why Is Global Warming Stagnating?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 20, 2013

Climate experts have long predicted that temperatures would rise in parallel with greenhouse gas emissions. But, for 15 years, they haven't. In a SPIEGEL interview, meteorologist Hans von Storch discusses how this "puzzle" might force scientists to alter what could be "fundamentally wrong" models. more... Comment ]

Warming World: It's Time to Give Up the 2 Degree Target

Warming World: It's Time to Give Up the 2 Degree Target

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 07, 2013

Limiting global warming to just 2 degrees Celsius, as called for by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, has become patently unrealistic. Political will is lacking, and emissions continue to increase. The target needs to be revised. A Commentary by Oliver Geden more... Comment ]

Leading or Following? Merkel Speaks with Two Tongues on Climate

Leading or Following? Merkel Speaks with Two Tongues on Climate

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 07, 2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded an international climate deal by 2015 on Monday. Yet at home, she has declined to push for badly needed fixes to Europe's ailing carbon cap-and-trade program. She is putting off the toughest decisions until after fall elections. By Joel Stonington more... Comment ]

CO2 Emissions: Can Europe Save Its Cap-and-Trade System?

CO2 Emissions: Can Europe Save Its Cap-and-Trade System?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 03, 2013

Europe's cap-and-trade system for reducing the release of greenhouse gases is broken, but not everybody wants to fix it. Industry has profited immensely from the plummeting prices of CO2 emissions certificates, and from lax checks on questionable environmental projects undertaken overseas. By Nils Klawitter more... Comment ]

The Coal Monster: Pollution Forces Chinese Leaders to Act

The Coal Monster: Pollution Forces Chinese Leaders to Act

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 06, 2013

China's power plants and factories are spewing out toxic emissions and covering the country with smog and grime. For the new leadership, protecting the neglected environment has become a question of preserving its power. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]