EU Commissioner: 'People Now Realize What Climate Change Means'

EU Commissioner: 'People Now Realize What Climate Change Means'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 26, 2013

The European system of carbon trading has practically collapsed as politicians prioritize the economy over the environment. EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard discusses renewed efforts and why the issue remains so critical. more... Comment ]

Lightning, Floods, Debris: Thunderstorms Hammer Germany

Lightning, Floods, Debris: Thunderstorms Hammer Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 21, 2013

The Old Testament-like weather that has surged through Germany over the past weeks showed no signs of abating Thursday night. Lightning, thunder, heavy rain and hail pelted much of the country, as emergency crews worked through the night to minimize the damage. more... Comment ]


Battling the Floods: Ships Sunk to Plug Massive Dike Breach

Battling the Floods: Ships Sunk to Plug Massive Dike Breach

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 17, 2013

Three large barges were sunk over the weekend in a desperate effort to plug a massive breach in an Elbe River dike just east of Berlin. The operation became necessary due to continued flooding of several villages behind the break. It appears to have been successful. more... Comment ]

Flood Relief: Berlin Pledges Eight Billion Euros for Cleanup

Flood Relief: Berlin Pledges Eight Billion Euros for Cleanup

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 14, 2013

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday announced that 8 billion euros would be made available to assist victims of this month's disastrous flooding. With parts of northern Germany still under water, the true extent of damages are still unknown. more... Comment ]


Operation Sandbag: German Troops Gain Fans on Flood Front

Operation Sandbag: German Troops Gain Fans on Flood Front

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 12, 2013

Germany's flood relief efforts have prompted the Bundeswehr's biggest-ever humanitarian mission on German soil, with 19,000 troops deployed. For some, the military presence evokes alarming images, but flood victims have learned to appreciate the help. By Rainer Leurs in Osterholz, Germany more... Comment ]

Cleanup Costs: Germany Estimates Billions in Flood Damage

Cleanup Costs: Germany Estimates Billions in Flood Damage

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 11, 2013

As historic flooding continues to surge through Germany, one unofficial estimate has already placed possible damage at 12 billion euros. Some organizations are complaining that donations are down compared to the disastrous floods of 2002. more...


Disaster 2.0: Germans Turn to Facebook for Flood Relief

Disaster 2.0: Germans Turn to Facebook for Flood Relief

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 11, 2013

Devastating floods in Germany have revealed shortcomings in the country's disaster alert system, prompting many to get their information from social networks. Facebook and Twitter have proven useful in relief efforts, but they are still vulnerable to misinformation. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

'Letting Us Drown': Flood Rushes North, Leaving Angry Residents Behind

'Letting Us Drown': Flood Rushes North, Leaving Angry Residents Behind

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 10, 2013

Continued flooding in Germany devastated parts of the eastern city of Magdeburg over the weekend, where some residents feel let down by authorities. Downriver, others towns are bracing for the surge. By Anna-Lena Roth more... Comment ]


'Like a Ghost Town': High Water Devastates Deggendorf

'Like a Ghost Town': High Water Devastates Deggendorf

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 07, 2013

Parts of the Bavarian town of Deggendorf have been completely submerged in this week's flood. SPIEGEL ONLINE joined rescue workers on a nighttime patrol. By Gesa Mayr more... Comment ]

Europe Submerged: Floods Head for Hungary, Eastern Germany

Europe Submerged: Floods Head for Hungary, Eastern Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 07, 2013

The dramatic flooding that has engulfed parts of Central Europe this week is moving north and east. Hungary, the Czech Republic and Northern Germany are bracing for peak water levels as those in other areas begin to survey the fall-out. more... Comment ]