Our Changing Climate: The True Global Warming Hot Spots

Our Changing Climate: The True Global Warming Hot Spots

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 09, 2016

Climate change is often blamed for environmental problems and natural events, but not always correctly. There are, however, places in the world where global warming is having an effect, as our interactive map shows. By Axel Bojanowski more... Comment ]

Tragedy and Destruction: Italian Quake Is a Test for Goverment in Rome

Tragedy and Destruction: Italian Quake Is a Test for Goverment in Rome

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 26, 2016

This week's devastating earthquake in Italy, with more than 260 deaths, will be a leadership test for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. The state's failures after the 2009 catastrophe in L'Aquila have not been forgotten. By Fiona Ehlers and Walter Mayr more... Comment ]


World Risk Index: The Human Factor in Natural Disasters

World Risk Index: The Human Factor in Natural Disasters

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 25, 2016

How vulnerable is your country to natural disasters? The 2016 World Risk Index is now out and it shows that infrastructure is a key factor in the ability to withstand events like hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis. By Axel Bojanowski more... Comment ]

Unprepared: Government Failings Intensify Haiyan Aid Disaster

Unprepared: Government Failings Intensify Haiyan Aid Disaster

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 19, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan has left entire regions all but inaccessible in the Philippines, while the ensuing chaos has hampered the efforts of relief workers. A country hit by about 10 typhoons a year ought to be better prepared. By Katrin Kuntz, Jonathan Stock and Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]


Philippine Typhoon: Germany and Other Nations Pledge Aid

Philippine Typhoon: Germany and Other Nations Pledge Aid

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 11, 2013

A powerful typhoon devastated parts of the Philippines Friday, killing an estimated 10,000 and leaving stunned survivors searching for food and aid. The catastrophe has "shocked" the German government, which is offering assistance to the region. 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 ]

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 ]