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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.

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 ]

Modern Mobility: Car-Sharing Gears Up in German Cities

Modern Mobility: Car-Sharing Gears Up in German Cities

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 28, 2013

As collaborative consumption becomes increasingly mainstream, many young Germans are starting to see vehicle ownership as inconvenient and old-fashioned. Keen to keep up, the auto industry is turning to car-sharing. By Thomas Hüetlin 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 ]

Made in China: The Green Futurism of Architect Ma Yansong

Made in China: The Green Futurism of Architect Ma Yansong

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 22, 2013

Chinese architect Ma Yansong has taken the West by storm with his organic, futuristic creations. With proposals to cover Tiananmen Square in thick forest and build a floating city over Ground Zero, no one can accuse him of playing it safe. By Kevin Holden Platt in Beijing more... Comment ]

Smoking Ban: Shipping Shifts to Cleaner Fuel

Smoking Ban: Shipping Shifts to Cleaner Fuel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 16, 2013

Starting next year, ships fueled only with heavy oil will no longer be allowed to sail Europe's North and Baltic seas. But cleaner alternatives are costly. Liquid natural gas could be the solution. By Christian Wüst more... Comment ]