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 ]

A Giant Awakens: Inside Africa's Economic Upsurge

A Giant Awakens: Inside Africa's Economic Upsurge

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 29, 2013

In roughly a decade, Africa has gone from being labeled "the hopeless continent" to enjoying an unprecedented boom. In a three-part series, SPIEGEL explores this transformation -- its drivers, winners and losers -- and asks if it can last. more... Comment ]

Billions from Beijing: Africans Divided over Chinese Presence

Billions from Beijing: Africans Divided over Chinese Presence

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 29, 2013

Chinese companies have pumped billions into Africa to secure access to natural resources, boosting countries' economies along the way. Ordinary citizens aren't reaping the benefits, though, and have become increasingly wary of the new investors. By Bartholomäus Grill in Bagamayo, Tanzania 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 ]

Energy Referendum: Public Buy-Back of Berlin Grid Fails

Energy Referendum: Public Buy-Back of Berlin Grid Fails

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 04, 2013

An attempt to buy Berlin's energy grid from the Swedish mega firm Vattenfall fell short at the polls on Sunday. Activists argued the company isn't doing enough to foster green energy, while opponents questioned the logistical advantages of a change. more... Comment ]

Expanding the Grid: A Vision for Fueling Europe on Renewables

Expanding the Grid: A Vision for Fueling Europe on Renewables

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 14, 2013

European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger is in Brussels on Monday to present his plan for the future of energy in the EU. He wants to export Germany's push toward renewables to the rest of the Continent -- and for the first time, he actually has the money to do it. By Christoph Pauly more... Comment ]

Sacrificing an Idyll for an Ideal: Bavarians Protest Power Plant

Sacrificing an Idyll for an Ideal: Bavarians Protest Power Plant

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 01, 2013

Pumped-storage power plants are an important part of Germany's shift away from nuclear energy. But the facilities are being planned in some of the country's most idyllic areas, leading locals and supporters of renewable energies alike to protest. By Dinah Deckstein in Jachenau, Germany 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 ]

High Court Clash: Land Dispute Could Curb German Coal Mining

High Court Clash: Land Dispute Could Curb German Coal Mining

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 04, 2013

A giant open-pit mining area near Cologne has already swallowed up 14 villages, but one police officer is fighting to protect his home. He has managed to bring his case before Germany's highest court, and its ruling could have major implications for the future of brown coal mining in Germany. By Dietmar Hipp and Barbara Schmid more...

Nuclear Headache: Task of Decommissioning Plants Is Herculean

Nuclear Headache: Task of Decommissioning Plants Is Herculean

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 10, 2013

The dismantling of Germany's nuclear power plants will be one of the greatest tasks of the century as the country moves to phase out atomic energy. It will take at least until 2080 to complete the job. But what happens if energy utility companies who own the facilities go bust before the work is done? By Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]