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Natural Dispute

Whether it's building a bridge, tapping natural resources, harvesting renewable resources or tackling climate change, no other issue has pitted government, business, citizens and scientists against each other as much as the environment.

Living Large on a Little: Campgrounds Go Residential in Germany

Living Large on a Little: Campgrounds Go Residential in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 27, 2013

An increasing number of people are moving to German campgrounds permanently to save money. The little communities of motorhomes and trailers offer a comfortable yet affordable lifestyle that residents say they couldn't find elsewhere. By Philipp Alvares de Souza Soares more... Comment ]

A Brighter, Dimmer Future: Germany's Saviors of the Night

A Brighter, Dimmer Future: Germany's Saviors of the Night

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2013

The eastern German area of Westhavelland is blessed with magical night skies, darker than almost anyplace else in the country. A "dark-sky park" for amateur astronomers and nature lovers is in the works for the region, and idealists are championing efforts to reduce light pollution elsewhere. By Marco Evers 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 ]

Dinosaur Art: Images of a Prehistoric World

Dinosaur Art: Images of a Prehistoric World

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2013

Douglas Henderson is probably the most important living paleoartist. Influenced by 19th-century landscape painting, he depicts a long-disappeared world. He tells SPIEGEL ONLINE about the stigma attached to his art -- and the trouble with ever-changing science. Interview Conducted By Frank Patalong 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 ]

Screaming for Quiet: Germans Crank Up Anti-Noise Protests

Screaming for Quiet: Germans Crank Up Anti-Noise Protests

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 04, 2013

Many Germans are growing fed up with all the noise pollution coming from planes, trains and automobiles. Despite numerous studies warning of associated health risks, politicians are merely giving lip service to the worries. By Matthias Bartsch 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 ]

Romania's Powder Keg: Mine Project Launches Protest Movement

Romania's Powder Keg: Mine Project Launches Protest Movement

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 20, 2013

The Rosia Montana mine in Romania is currently one of Europe's most controversial projects. Plans by Bucharest to push through approval for the large-scale mining that would eliminate an entire town have sparked mass protests. By Luke Dale-Harris more... Comment ]

Germany's Energy Poverty: How Electricity Became a Luxury Good

Germany's Energy Poverty: How Electricity Became a Luxury Good

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 04, 2013

Germany's agressive and reckless expansion of wind and solar power has come with a hefty pricetag for consumers, and the costs often fall disproportionately on the poor. Government advisors are calling for a completely new start. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]