Nuclear Arsenal: US To Turn Old Bombs Into All-Purpose Weapons

Nuclear Arsenal: US To Turn Old Bombs Into All-Purpose Weapons

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 06, 2013

The US wants to modernize nuclear bombs stationed in Europe in a way many experts call the equivalent of creating a new weapon. Critics believe the move violates pledges by President Obama he would not develop new nukes. By Markus Becker and Otfried Nassauer more... Comment ]

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 ]

'Politicians Haven't Listened': Merkel Climate Advisor Blasts Global Inaction

'Politicians Haven't Listened': Merkel Climate Advisor Blasts Global Inaction

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 19, 2012

Politicians need to get their act together on climate change, says Chancellor Angela Merkel's leading climate advisor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber just days before the global warming conference in Qatar. The World Bank agrees, releasing a report on Monday highlighting the serious consequences that await should global temperatures continue rising unchecked. more...

Merkel's Blackout: German Energy Plan Plagued by Lack of Progress

Merkel's Blackout: German Energy Plan Plagued by Lack of Progress

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2012

Germany plans to abandon nuclear power by 2022, but its government hasn't been doing enough to ensure that the project succeeds. Needed infrastructure and technology is lacking, and coordination is a mess. Meanwhile, weary consumers are paying more for electricity, and the supply is in jeopardy. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Germany's Offshore Fiasco: North Sea Wind Offensive Plagued by Problems

Germany's Offshore Fiasco: North Sea Wind Offensive Plagued by Problems

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 04, 2012

Germany wants to pepper its northern seas with offshore wind turbines as part of its ambitious energy revolution. But strict laws, technology problems and multiple delays are turning the massive enterprise into an expensive fiasco. Investors and the public are losing patience. By Matthias Schulz more... Comment ]

Power Failures: Germany Rethinks Path to Green Future

Power Failures: Germany Rethinks Path to Green Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 29, 2012

Germany's energy revolution is the government's only major project -- but the problems keep piling up. The pace of grid expansion is sluggish, and electricity costs for consumers are rising. The environment minister wants to fundamentally alter the way green energy is subsidized, but will it mean putting the brakes on the entire project? By Stefan Schultz in Bremerhaven more...

The World from Berlin: Germany Hits Brakes on Race to Renewable Energy Future

The World from Berlin: Germany Hits Brakes on Race to Renewable Energy Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 28, 2012

The share of renewable energies in Germany's power mix has shot up so high that the electricity grid and the subsidy framework has been unable to keep up. Now, the government wants to slow down the process. German commentators say that the current chaos endangers the entire project. more...

CEO of Energy Giant RWE: 'The Nuclear Power Chapter Has Come to an End'

CEO of Energy Giant RWE: 'The Nuclear Power Chapter Has Come to an End'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 29, 2012

Peter Terium takes over as CEO of RWE, Germany's second-largest energy producer, on July 1. In a SPIEGEL interview, he explained why he wants to halt nuclear power plant construction and invest in renewable energy instead. more...

Nuclear Phase-Out: German Power Grid Expansion to Cost Billions

Nuclear Phase-Out: German Power Grid Expansion to Cost Billions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 30, 2012

Germany needs thousands of kilometers in new power lines in order to prepare for the country's planned nuclear phase-out, the country's main grid operators announced this week. Amid criticism that her energy revolution has stalled, Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for faster grid expansion. more...

Sluggish Reaction to Fukushima: Germany Unprepared for Major Nuclear Disaster

Sluggish Reaction to Fukushima: Germany Unprepared for Major Nuclear Disaster

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 22, 2012

If a nuclear disaster comparable to Fukushima were to hit a German nuclear plant, authorities would be unprepared to handle it, and scientific projections show that radiation would likely spread much further than previous estimates. But government agencies have done little to address the problem. Critics call the delay a "scandal." By Michael Fröhlingsdorf, Cordula Meyer and Holger Stark more...