'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 ]

Jane Goodall Interview: 'Even Chimps Understand Sustainability'

Jane Goodall Interview: 'Even Chimps Understand Sustainability'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 07, 2015

Jane Goodall spent years observing chimpanzees in the wild. She discovered that the animals can commit murder and wage war. As an environmentalist, the British activist now spends more time observing humans -- and says she still has hope for humanity. Interview Conducted by Philip Bethge and Johann Grolle 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 ]

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 ]


Bogus Bloc: Why Joint European Votes Are Bad for Wildlife

Bogus Bloc: Why Joint European Votes Are Bad for Wildlife

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2013

Earlier this month, an abstention by EU member countries was a factor in the scuppering of a global ban on the trade of polar bear products. Under muddled EU bloc voting guidelines, Denmark and Greenland, a satellite state with 55,000 residents succeeded in holding the vote hostage. By Luke Dale-Harris more... Comment ]

Papua New Guinea's Royal Trophy: Are Collectors Key to Saving Giant Butterfly?

Papua New Guinea's Royal Trophy: Are Collectors Key to Saving Giant Butterfly?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 12, 2012

Papua New Guinea is home to the world's largest butterfly, but oil palm plantations are threatening the rare species' habitat. Conservationists and local residents alike would like to save the species by lifting a ban on trade in the butterfly and selling it for thousands of dollars to collectors. By Philip Bethge more... Comment ]


Species under Threat: 'Alarming Decline' in European Aquatic Life

Species under Threat: 'Alarming Decline' in European Aquatic Life

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 23, 2011

Biodiversity in Europe's lakes and rivers is shrinking. Pollution, overfishing, habitat loss and the introduction of invasive species threaten a large number of fish, mollusks, snails and plants, according to a new European Commission report. The situation for animals on land isn't much better. more...

Corn vs. Marshes: German Wetlands Are Increasingly Yielding to Agriculture

Corn vs. Marshes: German Wetlands Are Increasingly Yielding to Agriculture

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 03, 2010

Even as Berlin demands that developing countries preserve their rainforests, the country is doing little for biodiversity back home. Bogs and marshland in Germany are increasingly yielding to corn farming -- resulting in the release of huge quantities of CO2. By Kim Bode, Katharina Fuhrin and Christian Schwägerl more... Comment ]


Divisions over Biodiversity Protocol: A Visit to the Ecological Battlefield

Divisions over Biodiversity Protocol: A Visit to the Ecological Battlefield

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 28, 2010

Can the international community reach a turning point in nature conservation? A UN conference in Nagoya, Japan this week may determine how our planet's resources are used in the future. Germany could have played an important role, but its environment minister left the meeting after only one day. By Christian Schwägerl in Nagoya, Japan more... Comment ]

Copenhagen Repeat? Failure Looms for Global Biodiversity Conference

Copenhagen Repeat? Failure Looms for Global Biodiversity Conference

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 18, 2010

The world is gathered in Japan this week in an effort to put an end to the extinction of plant and animal species across the globe. But while everyone agrees that biodiversity is important, the conference may fail anyway -- partially because the Americans don't seem interested. By Christoph Seidler more...