A Tangle of Conflicts: The Dirty Business of Palm Oil

A Tangle of Conflicts: The Dirty Business of Palm Oil

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 02, 2014

Palm oil can be found in many of the products we consume each day. Much of it comes from Indonesia, where brutal methods are deployed against locals. One of the main suppliers says it is cleaning up its act, but has it really changed? By Nils Klawitter more... Comment ]

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 ]

Stumped: Black Forest Conservation Gets Controversial

Stumped: Black Forest Conservation Gets Controversial

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 28, 2013

The regional Green government plans to create a national park in the northern Black Forest, much to the consternation of many locals. Although well-intentioned, the state project has unleashed a culture war. By Alexander Smoltczyk 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 ]

Antarctica Conference: Deal Could Preserve Pristine Waters

Antarctica Conference: Deal Could Preserve Pristine Waters

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 15, 2013

Representatives of 24 nations are meeting in Germany this week to discuss proposals to create marine preserves in Antarctica. Can the rival camps reach a compromise to create the world's largest conservation area? By Axel Bojanowski and Christoph Seidler more... Comment ]

The Resource Race: China Dips Toes in Arctic Waters

The Resource Race: China Dips Toes in Arctic Waters

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 25, 2013

China is hungry for natural resources, and the Arctic is home to a wealth of them. Growing alarm about its ambitions has led Beijing to take a softer approach, stressing exploration and research over exploitation. By Christoph Seidler   more... Comment ]

'Limits to Growth' Author Dennis Meadows: 'Humanity Is Still on the Way to Destroying Itself'

'Limits to Growth' Author Dennis Meadows: 'Humanity Is Still on the Way to Destroying Itself'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 07, 2012

In 1972, environmental guru Dennis Meadows predicted in his seminal study "The Limits to Growth" that the world was heading toward an economic collapse. Forty years on, he tells SPIEGEL ONLINE that nothing he has seen since has made him change his mind. more...

Contaminated Aquifers: Radioactive Water Threatens Middle East  

Contaminated Aquifers: Radioactive Water Threatens Middle East  

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 05, 2012

The Middle East and North Africa suffer from water shortages and pump millions of liters a day from ancient aquifers. But the water contains high levels of naturally-occurring radioactive contamination. Experts fear this will increase the cancer risk for millions of people. By Markus Becker more... Comment ]