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  • Caroline Lucas 'not guilty'

    17 April 2014, 12:29 pm

    The Green MP for Brighton, Caroline Lucas, and four other protestors have been found 'not guilty' by Brighton magistrates on charges of obstructing the highway and other public order offences at a 2013 anti-fracking protest. 'The fight goes on!'
  • The howl of the wolf will not be silenced

    17 April 2014, 10:25 am

    The US Forest Service is developing a new armory of aggressive and often illegal tactics to push through loss-making timber sales, as it brands forest defenders as 'eco-terrorists'. Time to dig in for the trees - and the wolves.
  • DECC's triple for renewables

    17 April 2014, 9:31 am

    With three of Jonathon Porritt's wishes for the UK's energy sector coming true in the space of as many weeks - the launch of the Renewable Heat Incentive, a Solar Strategy and a Community Energy Strategy - he finds cause for celebration.
  • Pickles appoints himself Lord of the Wind Farms

    17 April 2014, 7:48 am

    Turbulence lies ahead for the UK's wind energy sector, writes Rebecca Cooke, as key Conservative MPs appear to be launching a hardline attack on onshore wind farms in the run up to the General Election.
  • Does organic food reduce cancer risk?

    16 April 2014, 10:18 am

    A widely publicised study has suggested that eating organic food doesn't stop you getting cancer. Pat Thomas finds the study deeply unconvincing - and wonders why Cancer Research UK is so quick to trumpet its conclusions.
  • USA: Government gives in to illegal rancher's armed militia

    16 April 2014, 9:00 am

    Federal Agencies have capitulated to an armed militia protecting a Nevada rancher running his cattle on 100s of 1,000s of acres of public land reserved for 'threatened' Desert tortoises - despite multiple court orders and over $1 million in unpaid fines.
  • Australia's dirty secret: who's breathing toxic air?

    16 April 2014, 5:51 am

    Australia's poorer communities, with lower employment and education levels, and those with a high proportion of Indigenous people, are significantly more likely to suffer high levels of toxic air pollution. Children are at particular risk from rising levels of…
  • Electric car numbers double in one year

    15 April 2014, 1:27 pm

    There are now more than 400,000 electric cars on the world's roads - twice as many as a year ago, and on current trends there will be a million by 2016. Leading the market are the USA, Japan and China - while Europe trails behind.
  • Green or white? Planted or painted roofs can cool buildings

    15 April 2014, 11:51 am

    As the world inexorably warms, Roger Kemp shows how we can help to keep our buildings cool with roof gardens - or just with white paint. And if enough people do it, entire cities will become more cooler, more pleasant places to be when hot weather hits ...
  • Peru - UK oil company to expand in territories of 'isolated' Amazon tribes

    15 April 2014, 10:04 am

    UK-based oil and gas company Perenco is expanding its operations in the Peruvian Amazon - in a remote area known to be inhabited by highly vulnerable indigenous people living in 'voluntary isolation'. But as David Hill reports, Perenco denies their existence…
  • IPCC's shale gas error

    14 April 2014, 1:45 pm

    The latest IPCC report urges a dash for gas to allow us to reduce the burning of coal, including shale gas from fracking. But as Alex Kirby reports, their calculations appear to be based on an arithmetical flaw.
  • How Wales is defeating bovine TB without killing badgers

    14 April 2014, 10:37 am

    Wales has an enviable record of declining BTB in cattle - without having to kill a single badger. Jan Bayley explains how Wales's combination of frequent testing and exacting biosecurity has succeeded - and how England can learn from Wales's experience.
  • IPCC: the world must go renewable

    13 April 2014, 6:59 am

    Th latest IPCC climate change report says that averting catastrophe is eminently affordable, reports Damian Carrington. A global roll-out of clean energy would shave only a tiny fraction off economic growth, and bring huge benefits in clean air and energy…
  • Wind power booms in oil-rich Texas

    12 April 2014, 1:14 am

    One evening in March, wind delivered over 10,000 MW of electricity to Texas's power grid, almost 30% of total demand, reports Ian Partridge, and another 18,500 MW of capacity is under construction. So just why is Texas going so big on wind?
  • It's time to get a grip on technology!

    12 April 2014, 12:57 am

    The issues surrounding powerful new technologies from GMOs to nuclear power appear disparate, writes David King - but look harder and most are linked by common threads. Key among them are issues of profit, control and socialisation of cost ...
  • Hollywood goes big on climate change

    11 April 2014, 11:55 pm

    It's billed as 'the biggest story of our time', writes Kieran Cooke. This weekend viewers of Showtime, the US cable channel, will be watching the first of an 8-part documentary series on climate change: some of the biggest names in Hollywood are involved.
  • European Parliament demands action on DU munitions

    11 April 2014, 8:28 am

    With a UN resolution on DU munitions due this autumn, the European Parliament is demanding a strong EU position supporting their abolition, or at least strict controls on these fearsome weapons whose toxic residues persist for decades after use.
  • Lawsuit demands 50,000 square mile Atlantic whale sanctuary

    11 April 2014, 6:58 am

    The US Fisheries Service has repeatedly failed to give highly endangered Right whales adequate protection. Now wildlife groups are suing the Agency to demand a more than tenfold expansion of 'critical habitat' to protect the species along the US's Atlantic…
  • After the chainsaws - tropical forests are still worth saving

    10 April 2014, 11:43 am

    Tropical forests are valuable for their biodiversity, carbon and water functions even after logging. But they are also highly vulnerable to fire and conversion to other uses. A new focus is needed on saving tropical forests after the bulldozers have left.
  • Renewed hunting imperils Canada's Grizzlies

    10 April 2014, 5:12 am

    The Grizzly bear hunting season is under way in British Columbia, Canada. The government claims that the decision to open the hunt and the kill quotas are 'science-based' but as Kyle Artelle writes, science doesn't get a look in - and the Grizzlies' are in…
  • New EU rules hammer UK's nuclear ambitions

    9 April 2014, 2:04 pm

    The UK tried to make the EU relax its rules on State Aid to allow subsidies to nuclear power. Now we know - it failed. The chances that the Hinkley C power station will ever be built have fallen another notch.
  • P&G promises 'deforestation free' palm oil

    9 April 2014, 1:28 pm

    Procter & Gamble has committed to use only 'no deforestation' palm oil by 2020. Greenpeace claims success for its campaign, focused on Head & Shoulders shampoo.
  • Lies, damn lies, and Owen Paterson's badger cull

    9 April 2014, 5:25 am

    Paterson's speech to Parliament on the continuation of the badger cull was not so much a masterpiece of deception, writes Lesley Docksey, as a crude botch-up of errors, wrong statistics and a failure to understand the very real problem of TB in cattle.
  • Tate - come clean about BP sponsorship!

    8 April 2014, 12:36 pm

    BP and other fossil fuel companies love to sponsor high art to preserve their 'public licence to operate', writes Kevin Smith. But why is Tate so keen to take the relatively trivial sums on offer. And why the unbending information blackout?
  • Panda Sutra - the ups and downs of getting grumpy bears to have sex

    8 April 2014, 11:37 am

    Just why do giant pandas find it so difficult to mate? It's because they're in captivity, and so little of their wild habitat survives. But in Edinburgh zoo, writes Forbes Howie, scientists are hard at work to get Tian Tian pregnant ...

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