Verschollen: Ausgestorben geglaubter Hula-Frosch aufgetaucht

Verschollen: Ausgestorben geglaubter Hula-Frosch aufgetaucht

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 05, 2013

Er ist eine biologische Sensation: Nach fast 60 Jahren ist der Hula-Frosch wieder aufgetaucht. Forscher entdeckten ihn in Israel. Das Tier gilt als echtes lebendes Fossil - es besitzt keine direkten Verwandten unter den heute lebenden Fröschen. mehr... Forum ]

'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 ]

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 ]

Gas Guidelines: Berlin Agrees on Fracking Regulations

Gas Guidelines: Berlin Agrees on Fracking Regulations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 26, 2013

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government on Monday took an important step toward establishing regulations for fracking, the controversial method of exploiting unconventional gas deposits. A natural gas boom similar to the one in the US seems unlikely. more... Comment ]

Un-Natural Gas: Fracking Set to Shake Up German Campaign

Un-Natural Gas: Fracking Set to Shake Up German Campaign

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 14, 2013

Germans are wary of fracking, but that hasn't stopped Berlin from moving ahead to create legal guidelines for the controversial natural gas extraction method. The opposition is up in arms and the issue could dog Chancellor Merkel as she campaigns for re-election. By Lazar Backovic, Michael Kröger and Annett Meiritz more... Comment ]

Gas Bonanza for Germany? Berlin Wants to Fast-Track Fracking

Gas Bonanza for Germany? Berlin Wants to Fast-Track Fracking

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 08, 2013

Germany's governing coalition wants to quickly put an end to a virtual moratorium on the controversial shale gas extraction method of fracking in the country, SPIEGEL has learned. Officials want to have plans finished before the federal election this autumn. more... Comment ]

Dutch Ruling: Shell Mostly Cleared in Nigeria Oil Spills

Dutch Ruling: Shell Mostly Cleared in Nigeria Oil Spills

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 30, 2013

A closely watched environmental lawsuit against oil giant Shell has ended in mixed results. A court in The Hague cleared the company of wrongdoing in oil spills in the Niger Delta, but ordered its subsidiary to compensate one farmer for revenue lost because of the damage. more...

Battling Big Oil: How Four Nigerian Villagers Took Shell to Court

Battling Big Oil: How Four Nigerian Villagers Took Shell to Court

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 29, 2013

Four Nigerian villagers from the Niger River delta have challenged mighty Shell in a Dutch court. They complain that the oil giant has caused environmental devastation and ruined their homes. A verdict in the unprecedented case is expected on Wednesday. By Nils Klawitter 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 ]

Forbidden City of Oil Platforms: The Rise and Fall of Stalin's Atlantis

Forbidden City of Oil Platforms: The Rise and Fall of Stalin's Atlantis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 14, 2012

In the 1950s, Soviet engineers built a massive city in the Caspian Sea off the coast of Azerbaijan. It was a network of oil platforms linked by hundreds of kilometers of roads and housing 5,000 workers, with a cinema, a park and apartment blocks. Gradually disintegrating but still closely guarded, this astonishing place inspired a fiery scene in a James Bond movie. By Arno Frank more... Comment ]