'Paradise Lost': How To Help Our Oceans Before It's Too Late

'Paradise Lost': How To Help Our Oceans Before It's Too Late

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 17, 2016

In the past 50 years, Earth's oceans have been depleted and acidified to alarming degrees. Sylvia Earle, a longtime marine scientist, explains her plan to save at least a small part of them -- along with our planet. Interview Conducted By Philip Bethge more... Comment ]

The Red Canal: Uncertainties Surround Nicaragua's New Waterway Project

The Red Canal: Uncertainties Surround Nicaragua's New Waterway Project

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 05, 2014

Nicaragua is soon to begin construction on a new canal connecting the Caribbean Sea with the Pacific Ocean. But even as up to 30,000 people face resettlement, details on the Chinese-funded mega-project remain sparse. By Jens Gluesing more... Comment ]


Flipper Fail: Dolphins May be Dumber Than We Think

Flipper Fail: Dolphins May be Dumber Than We Think

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 27, 2013

For decades, it's been common knowledge that dolphins are among the world's smartest species. Now some researchers -- and a new book -- argue the supposed underwater geniuses aren't so special after all. By Philip Bethge more... Comment ]

Antarctic Angst: Russia Blamed for Failed Nature Reserve Talks

Antarctic Angst: Russia Blamed for Failed Nature Reserve Talks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 16, 2013

Hopes had been high for the creation of two vast nature preserves off the coast of Antarctica. But a key meeting in Germany ended without agreement. Environmental groups are pointing their fingers at Russia. more... Comment ]


Monsters of the Deep: Jellyfish Threaten the World's Seas

Monsters of the Deep: Jellyfish Threaten the World's Seas

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 11, 2013

Jellyfish infestations along beaches worldwide are troubling tourists and scientists alike. It is a creature that thrives on over-fishing and pollution. But how dangerous is it for the ecosystem? By Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

Radiating Remnants: Nuclear Waste Barrels Litter English Channel

Radiating Remnants: Nuclear Waste Barrels Litter English Channel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 12, 2013

German journalists have discovered barrels of radioactive waste on the floor of the English Channel, just a handful of thousands dumped there decades ago. It was previously thought the material had dissipated. Now politicians are calling for the removal of the potentially harmful containers. By Nicola Kuhrt more... Comment ]


Fish Tales: Anglers Pull in Tropical Fish from the Frigid Baltic

Fish Tales: Anglers Pull in Tropical Fish from the Frigid Baltic

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 15, 2012

Fishermen in northern Germany have found an ocean sunfish in the Baltic Sea -- an odd habitat for the species, which usually lives in tropical waters. The specimen died soon after it was found and is now in the hands of researchers at the German Maritime Museum. more...

Wild Europe: Berlin Photo Show Highlights Continent's Natural Gems

Wild Europe: Berlin Photo Show Highlights Continent's Natural Gems

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 21, 2012

Spectacular wildlife photography often depicts African lions or penguins waddling across Antarctic snow. But an exhibition on tour in Europe is shining a spotlight on natural wonders closer to home. Starting on Tuesday, visitors arriving at Berlin's central train station will be greeted by pictures showcasing Europe's gems. By Kate Katharina Ferguson more...


Contradictory Studies: UN Climate Body Struggling to Pinpoint Rising Sea Levels

Contradictory Studies: UN Climate Body Struggling to Pinpoint Rising Sea Levels

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 15, 2011

The United Nations' forecast of how quickly global sea levels will rise this century is vital in determining how much money might be needed to combat the phenomenon. But predictions by researchers vary wildly, and the attempt to find consensus has become fractious. By Axel Bojanowski more...

The Hook That Hurts: Scientists Tip the Scales Against Anglers

The Hook That Hurts: Scientists Tip the Scales Against Anglers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 11, 2011

Bad news for angling enthusiasts: Fish might be much more than the mere reflex machines previously thought. New research shows that they are apparently conscious of and can suffer from pain, and scientists are calling for them to be treated the same as mammals and birds. By Günther Stockinger more... Comment ]