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Natural Dispute

Whether it's building a bridge, tapping natural resources, harvesting renewable resources or tackling climate change, no other issue has pitted government, business, citizens and scientists against each other as much as the environment.

Climate Stasis: German Failure on the Road to a Renewable Future

Climate Stasis: German Failure on the Road to a Renewable Future

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 13, 2019

In 2011, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the country was turning away from nuclear energy in favor of a renewable future. Since then, however, progress has been limited. Berlin has wasted billions of euros and resistance is mounting. By Frank Dohmen, Alexander Jung, Stefan Schultz and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

Interview on Microplastics: 'Never Good News Having Particles in Your Brain'

Interview on Microplastics: 'Never Good News Having Particles in Your Brain'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2019

Microplastics are everywhere, but nobody really knows what dangers they might present once they enter the human body. British toxicologist Rosemary Waring warns our oceans will be inundated with the stuff. Interview Conducted by Philip Bethge more... Comment ]


Addressing the Inevitable: Preparations Begin for the Climate Change Deluge

Addressing the Inevitable: Preparations Begin for the Climate Change Deluge

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 06, 2018

Global sea levels are rising steadily as a result of climate change and the IPCC believes the deluge has already begun. What will it mean for humankind? And what changes will this bring to our coasts and our way of life? By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Plastic-Choked Seas: Marcella Hansch Wants to Save the Ocean

Plastic-Choked Seas: Marcella Hansch Wants to Save the Ocean

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 08, 2018

Up to 13 million tons of plastic wind up in the ocean each year. German architect Marcella Hansch has developed a platform designed to remove that waste from our seas. But it wasn't something she planned. By Anna-Sophie Schneider more... Comment ]


German Development Aid in Africa: A Killing in Congo Reveals Human Cost of Conservation

German Development Aid in Africa: A Killing in Congo Reveals Human Cost of Conservation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 01, 2017

On August 26, rangers killed a member of the Batwa Tribe in a German-funded national park, in eastern Congo. The Batwa had lived for centuries in the park before conservationists forced them out. Is German development money putting animals before humans? By Nils Klawitter more... Comment ]

Greener Living: Vote for Your Favorite Urban Oases

Greener Living: Vote for Your Favorite Urban Oases

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 05, 2017

How do we want to live in the future? The Social Design Award has selected a shortlist of urban development projects focusing on plants in the city. Now it's your turn to decide which finalist will receive the 2,500-euro audience award. By Marianne Wellershoff more...


Social Design Award: Transitioning to a Better World

Social Design Award: Transitioning to a Better World

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 19, 2017

Community gardeners and other activists in Berlin are helping the Transition movement to take root in the German capital as part of its worldwide campaign for a sustainable society. By Michael Sontheimer more... Comment ]

Dieselgate in Europe: How Officials Ignored Years of Emissions Evidence

Dieselgate in Europe: How Officials Ignored Years of Emissions Evidence

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 19, 2016

When American authorities revealed that Volkswagen used software to trick pollution tests, it spurred widespread outrage. Documents obtained by SPIEGEL show that European officials knew about the deception for years -- but didn't act on it. By Markus Becker and Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]


Diesel Emissions: EU Commission Has Known for Years about Manipluation

Diesel Emissions: EU Commission Has Known for Years about Manipluation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 15, 2016

The European Commission insists that it knew nothing about diesel emissions manipulations perpetrated by Volkswagen and other automobile manufacturers. Documents obtained by SPIEGEL ONLINE show otherwise. By Markus Becker in Brussels more... Comment ]

'Death Awaits': Africa Faces Worst Drought in Half a Century

'Death Awaits': Africa Faces Worst Drought in Half a Century

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 11, 2016

The worst drought in half a century has stricken large parts of Africa -- a consequence of El Niño and high population growth. More than 50 million people are threatened by hunger and few countries have been hit as hard as Ethiopia. By Bartholomäus Grill more... Comment ]