Benevolent Protector: Vattenfall Overpowers Coal Critics

Benevolent Protector: Vattenfall Overpowers Coal Critics

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 31, 2013

Swedish energy giant Vattenfall dominates life in the Lausitz region of eastern Germany. Now it wants to expand its coal mining operations there -- but opposition to the plans is being drowned out by the company's importance to the local economy. By Sven Becker more... Comment ]

'Death By a Thousand Cuts': Coal Boom Could Destroy Great Barrier Reef

'Death By a Thousand Cuts': Coal Boom Could Destroy Great Barrier Reef

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 21, 2013

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is rapidly losing its coral, to the point that UNESCO may soon place the natural wonder on its "in danger" list. Climate change is one culprit, but so is the country's booming extraction industry. Environmentalists warn that time is running out for the reef. By Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

Muddy Waters: Mining Legacy Pollutes East German Rivers

Muddy Waters: Mining Legacy Pollutes East German Rivers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 11, 2013

The Spree River region in Eastern Germany is a major tourist destination, known for its picturesque, meandering tributaries. But now tons of iron ochre flushed up from brown-coal pit mines are turning the river brown, killing plants and animals, and threatening to drive visitors away from its prime attraction. By Christoph Seidler more...

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 ]

Last Shift in the Shaft: Coal Companies Refuse to Pay Mining Victims

Last Shift in the Shaft: Coal Companies Refuse to Pay Mining Victims

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 20, 2013

After two centuries of coal mining in Germany companies are pulling out of the industrial Ruhr region, leaving millions of dollars worth of damage in their wake. Though companies used to compensate the victims of mining operations, some are now resorting to dubious tactics to escape responsibility. By Frank Dohmen and Barbara Schmid more... Comment ]

'Coal-aholics': Poland Wages War on Efforts to Save the Climate

'Coal-aholics': Poland Wages War on Efforts to Save the Climate

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 21, 2012

Poland is addicted to coal. That is the message the country has been sending both domestically and internationally as Warsaw prepares to host the global climate summit next year. In Europe, the Poles are isolated in their fight for looser emissions reduction goals and against fixes to the EU's cap-and-trade system. By Joel Stonington more... Comment ]

Cleaning the Sewer: A Hi-Tech Revival for Europe's Foulest River

Cleaning the Sewer: A Hi-Tech Revival for Europe's Foulest River

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 16, 2012

For over a century, cities and companies have been dumping waste into the Emscher River in Germany's industrial heartland. But a massive project is bringing life back to Europe's dirtiest river and diverting the sewage into an ultra-modern, underground drain complete with water elevators and cleaning robots. By Matthias Schulz more... Comment ]

'Norway's Moon Landing': Massive Carbon-Capture Facility Spawns Skepticism and Hope

'Norway's Moon Landing': Massive Carbon-Capture Facility Spawns Skepticism and Hope

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 11, 2012

The world's largest facility for filtering carbon dioxide out of industrial emissions was inaugurated in Norway this week. While some see it as a godsend in efforts to reach environmental targets, others find the technology too dangerous and expensive. By Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

Hot Air: The EU's Emissions Trading System Isn't Working

Hot Air: The EU's Emissions Trading System Isn't Working

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 15, 2012

Emissions trading, the European Union hoped, would limit the release of harmful greenhouse gases. But it isn't working. The price for emissions certificates has plunged, a development that is actually making coal more attractive than renewable energy. By Alexander Jung more...

'Paving the Way for a New Fukushima': Is Berlin Still in the Nuclear Power Business?

'Paving the Way for a New Fukushima': Is Berlin Still in the Nuclear Power Business?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 19, 2011

The German government may be getting out of the nuclear power business at home, but it is still active internationally. Berlin is currently reviewing applications for federal export guarantees for four nuclear projects abroad. Environmentalists are furious, saying the phaseout must also apply to the sale of atomic energy technology. more...