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  • Local authorities are key players in our renewable energy revolution

    21 August 2014, 7:27 am

    Government energy policy is caught between apparently conflicting objectives, writes Mark Hackett. But there is a solution that is already working in the UK and abroad - to encourage the active participation of local authorities in delivering low carbon energy…
  • Alabama - a community fights toxic waste, discrimination

    20 August 2014, 10:58 am

    When the US's biggest ever coal ash spill buried 300 acres of waterfront property in a white, middle class suburb, the waste was treated as a toxic hazard. But by the time it reached Uniontown, a black community in Alabama, that was all forgotten. Now they are…
  • World Bank and UN carbon offset scheme 'complicit' in genocidal land grabs

    20 August 2014, 10:14 am

    The plight of Kenya's Sengwer people shows that carbon offsets generated by 'sustainable' forest management are empowering a corporate recolonisation of the South backed by the World Bank against its own guidelines, writes Nafeez Ahmed. Indigenous forest…
  • Free the seeds to feed the world!

    20 August 2014, 8:16 am

    Patented and 'indentured' seeds are fast taking over the world's food supply, write Jack Kloppenburg & Irwin Goldman, terminating farmers' and gardeners' ancient right to develop new varieties, and forcing them to buy seed anew for every crop. Enter the Open…
  • The dark side of Hawaii's aquarium trade

    20 August 2014, 7:26 am

    Hawaii's salt-water aquarium trade is lucrative - but depends on the constant, scarcely regulated collection of wild fish, writes Elizabeth Claire Alberts. With 98% of fish in the trade taken from the wild, and high mortality rates from the moment of…
  • Weather-related disasters rise five-fold from 1970s to 2000s

    19 August 2014, 1:03 pm

    Data collected by the WMO shows there were almost five times as many weather- related disasters in the first decade of this century than in the 1970s, writes Chris Rose. Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was the most expensive ever, costing $147 billion.
  • Kazakhstan's nuclear power plans - the mysteries only deepen

    19 August 2014, 7:17 am

    Russia has announced that it will build the first thermal nuclear power station in Kazakhstan, the world's largest uranium producer, writes Komila Nabiyeva. But where in that vast country will it be located? Who will own and operate it? How many reactors are…
  • More calories from fewer sources means less nutrition, more profit

    18 August 2014, 3:11 pm

    It's a global phenomenon - we are consuming more calories, and more of those calories are the same, writes David Nally. Just ten crops produce 75% of our food, as factory-farmed meat, sugar, wheat, corn, soybeans and palm oil displace more nutritious and…
  • Detroit: what happens when water is a commodity, not a human right

    18 August 2014, 2:52 pm

    The shutoff of water to thousands of Detroit residents, the proposed privatization of the water system, and the diversion of the system's revenue to banks are possible, writes Pete Dolak, because water - the most basic human need - has become a means to…
  • Airports' global bird slaughter - 100,000s gassed, shot, poisoned

    18 August 2014, 8:43 am

    Airports around the world are waging a war on birds, writes Rose Bridger. It's meant to prevent aircraft bird strikes. But in fact, fatal (for people) collisions are rare - and even killing thousands of birds does little to reduce the number of strikes. Best…
  • The animals can't speak up for themselves - so we must do it for them

    18 August 2014, 6:22 am

    The essential first lesson for an animal rescuer: you are unimportant. It's the animals that matter. Sophie Morlin-Yron meets Jan Creamer - effective, courageous and seemingly selfless campaigner against animal cruelty worldwide, from Bolivia to Zambia, from…
  • NFU and cull companies out of police control rooms

    18 August 2014, 5:02 am

    Avon & Somerset police say that National Farmers Union and cull company representatives will be excluded from the control room in the 2014 cull. Their presence in control rooms in the 2013 cull caused a major loss of public confidence in the policing…
  • Green energy co-ops blocked by UK financial regulator

    15 August 2014, 11:41 am

    The FCA is accused of undermining official policy by refusing new applications for community energy projects with a co-operative structure, writes Adam Vaughan. The key question: what is a bona fide co-op? Is investment alone a valid form of participation?
  • The Nicaragua Canal - a disaster in waiting?

    15 August 2014, 7:07 am

    A second canal joining the Pacific and Atlantic oceans is planned for Nicaragua, writes Nathan Wood. But the gigantic project is raising growing fears due to a grossly unfair contract, glaring failures of process, close links to the Chinese government, and its…
  • On-line activism - from surveillance to ecological footprint

    15 August 2014, 6:48 am

    Campaigning has never been so easy - sign an Avaaz petition here, send an email there ... and the world is soon put to rights, no? No, writes Paul Mobbs. We must examine the impacts and implications of our e-life, from climate change to corporate dominance,…
  • Solar panels: a clear & present threat to this and future generations?

    15 August 2014, 5:20 am

    An array of solar panels on a Chiswick side street, facing a brewery wall, constitute a threat to the quality of life of future generations, according to the council and a planning inspector. Paula Owen begs to differ, and wonders - exactly what kind of…
  • GMOs and RoundUp - junking down our food supply

    14 August 2014, 12:30 pm

    The introduction of GMO crops has caused a huge increase in the use of the herbicide glyphosate, writes Dr Thierry Vrain. In turn we are eating ever more of it in our food, depriving us of vital mineral nutrients and damaging the symbiotic bacteria we all…
  • Last chance to stop USDA approval of 2,4-D GMO crops

    14 August 2014, 12:19 pm

    The US is poised to 'deregulate' GMO corn, soybean and cotton varieties resistant to the herbicides 2,4-D and dicamba. The result will be a big increase in the use of those herbicides, as high as 600%. Only a huge public outcry can now stop the GMO-herbicide…
  • Ignoring Ukraine's neo-Nazi storm troopers

    14 August 2014, 10:10 am

    Western media have studiously ignored the far-right, violent and often outright Nazi politics of many of Ukraine's Euro-Maidan protestors, writes Robert Parry. But with the thugs now organized into Nazi brigades of the Ukrainian army, and waging war on Russian…
  • Whistle-blowing monitor reveals: how not to run a badger cull

    14 August 2014, 4:41 am

    New revelations show that the rifle-wielding badger cullers were often acting criminally, writes Lesley Docksey - pursuing badgers with loaded weapons on both private and public land outside licenced areas, with impunity, while the IEP was apparently kept in…
  • Nice work: G4S wins $118 million Guantánamo contract

    13 August 2014, 8:44 am

    G4S, the UK government outsourcer that supports Israeli security functions in the West Bank, will now supply 'custodial services' to Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, writes Clare Sambrook. Shocked? You shouldn't be. G4S is impervious to public criticism and defies…
  • For the next energy revolution, we must deregulate power grids

    13 August 2014, 4:42 am

    How do we spur more microgrids powered by renewable energy? Deregulate, writes Bill Watkins, ending the monopolies enjoyed by centralized energy companies. The alternative is to keep consumers and micro-generators stuck with the energy equivalent of the…
  • Fossil fuels raising mercury levels in oceans, and fish

    12 August 2014, 12:19 pm

    Coal burning in particular is responsible for releasing the toxic heavy metal mercury to the oceans, writes Chris Rose, where it accumulates in fish. In future levels will rise, as processes that carry mercury to deep waters weaken.
  • Our uplands: a burning desire for action

    12 August 2014, 10:38 am

    Today, on the 'Glorious 12th', well-heeled folk take to the hills to shoot grouse. And to be sure there's lots of birds to kill, writes Martin Harper, England's moorlands are burnt with dire impacts on their biodiversity and ability to absorb rainfall. It's…
  • Solar power to the fore in India's energy revolution

    12 August 2014, 9:04 am

    India's economy is hindered by the lack of sustainable and reliable electricity, writes Michael Jacob. But the new government has a plan to bring 24/7 power to every citizen, based on grid renewal, subsidy cuts, and a big rollout of ever-cheaper solar power…

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