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  • Danish Navy arrests three - for saving 'protected' dolphins

    19 September 2014, 8:31 am

    Three Sea Shepherd volunteers have been arrested for 'harrassing dolphins' and deported from the Faroe Islands. But their real crime was to save hundreds of Atlantic white-sided dolphins from slaughter.
  • Three in every four nuclear power builds worldwide are running late

    19 September 2014, 7:33 am

    A review of the 66 nuclear reactors 'under construction' worldwide shows that 49 are running behind schedule, including all five in the US and most in China. The long and unpredictable build times of nuclear plants, and the extra costs that ensue, are a…
  • Changing to non-GMO soy transformed the health of my pigs

    18 September 2014, 8:48 am

    From the day that Danish pig farmer Ib Borup Pederson switched away from GM soy, his animals became healthier and more productive. Birth deformities reduced, sows became more fertile, medicine costs fell, and profits went up. The changes were linked to the…
  • British Museum - is BP driving your heavy-handed approach?

    17 September 2014, 11:37 am

    Amid ongoing creative protests over BP's sponsorship of the British Museum, Danny Chivers wants to know - why the harsh security tactics? Why the searches, exclusions and arrests, all for a paltry 1% or less of the Museum's funding? Is this their policy, or is…
  • A Yes vote in Scotland could finish Trident

    16 September 2014, 12:14 pm

    If the Scots vote yes on Thursday the UK's already tight military budget will be squeezed even harder, writes Paul Ingram, dramatically increasing the chances of nuclear disarmament. Adding to the UK's headache: the only medium term alternative base for its…
  • Climate March and Summit: world leaders' 'flimsy pledges' denounced

    16 September 2014, 8:21 am

    Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide will join the Peoples' Climate March on Sunday - but will leaders at the UN Climate Summit on Tuesday be listening? Probably not, but all the more reason to act, and build a broad-based, global, popular movement for…
  • The BBC, Friends of the Earth and nuclear power

    16 September 2014, 5:44 am

    At first it looked like a journalistic coup, writes Neil Crumpton - the BBC's 'scoop' that FOE was no longer opposed to nuclear power. Except that FOE remains firmly anti-nuclear as it has been for decades. The spotlight must now be turned on the BBC itself,…
  • EU leads diplomatic protest against Iceland's whaling

    15 September 2014, 1:09 pm

    As the IWC meeting begins today in Slovenia, the EU, its 28 member states and the United States, Australia, Brazil, Israel, New Zealand, Mexico and Monaco, have expressed their opposition to Iceland's commercial whaling in a powerful diplomatic broadside.
  • Tory MPs: 'climate change is not man made'

    15 September 2014, 11:49 am

    Seven out of ten Tory MP's think there's no proof that climate change is caused by people, and one in five thinks the idea is 'environmentalist propaganda', a new poll shows. Labour and Lib-Dem MPs are far more likely to accept climate science, but Parliament…
  • World Bank to roll back safeguards for indigenous people

    15 September 2014, 11:06 am

    The World Bank is considering 'reforms' to its policies to protect indigenous peoples from the impacts of projects it finances that would devolve key decisions to national governments - such as whether an ethnic group is 'indigenous' at all. If passed by the…
  • Yes or No, we need democratic and constitutional reform

    15 September 2014, 6:28 am

    The Scottish referendum must mark an end to 'business as usual' in UK politics - no matter who triumphs in this week. That means no more 'first past the post' parliamentary elections, and a wider democratic rebirth under a new constitutional compact.
  • Toxic glyphosate herbicides fly under the EU's regulatory radar

    12 September 2014, 5:18 am

    The widely used herbicide glyphosate has been judged 'safe', write Pete Farrer & Marianne Falck. But by the time it's used, it's in a 'formulation' with toxic surfactants, which escape EU regulation despite their known dangers. Germany alone has forbidden the…
  • Art and Ecology Now

    11 September 2014, 12:54 pm

    This intriguing new book is a bold attempt to strike a new direction for ecological art, writes Martin Spray - not to communicate environmental issues, but to create new connections with the world around us and imbue our lives with 'artfulness'.
  • Community Energy Fortnight - happening somewhere near you

    11 September 2014, 10:53 am

    Community energy presents a real solution to Britain's energy trap, writes Hugh Bowring. And here's the perfect opportunity to find out more: Community Energy Fortnight is now under way, with over 80 events across the UK - from visits to wind farms and hydro…
  • How will the new EU team line up on GMOs, TTIP and energy?

    11 September 2014, 10:09 am

    We have a new European Commission - so what does it mean for the environment, GMOs and trade negotiations? Lawrence Woodward can't help feeling that the best part of the package is Commission President Juncker himself. Now, will his 'team' pull together and…
  • Assassination in the Amazon

    11 September 2014, 8:16 am

    Four Indian leaders who have opposed illegal logging in their forests have been shot dead in eastern Peru as they traveled by boat to an indigenous meeting in Brazil. The murders followed pleas to Peruvian authorities for protection, and warnings by Brazilian…
  • In Defence of Life - standing up against the lust for culling wildlife

    11 September 2014, 5:52 am

    British officialdom and those they serve are obsessed with the killing of wildlife, writes Lesley Docksey. It seems that whatever the 'problem', from bovine TB to the serendipitous arrival of beavers in Devon, the reflex is the same - to kill wild animals. But…
  • Nuclear power - insanity at taxpayers' and consumers' expense

    10 September 2014, 5:14 pm

    Nuclear power exists for one reason only, writes Ralph Nader - government support. Without the taxpayer subsidies, accident liability waivers and exploited consumers, nuclear power wouldn't exist. And even with all the above, it can barely hold on. It's time…
  • Gaza's revenge: Israelis swim in Palestinian shit

    10 September 2014, 2:43 pm

    Consecutive Israeli military assaults have caused huge damage to Gaza's water and sewage systems, writes Sam Bahour. One result is that almost all Gaza's water is unfit for human consumption. Another is the tide of raw Palestinian sewage lapping on the beaches…
  • Japan: 'solar islands' replace nuclear power

    10 September 2014, 2:25 pm

    As Japan seeks to end reliance on nuclear power, one of the answers is floating 'solar islands', writes Jon Major. A 70MW solar island opened last year, and two additional plants have just been announced.
  • Collectors' trade threatens 'Holy Grail' of the reptile world

    10 September 2014, 12:46 pm

    An earless species of monitor lizard from Borneo has suddenly erupted into the international trade among pet keepers and reptile collectors. Although it is protected within its range, there are no restrictions on international trade in the species. An urgent…
  • Wild horses, Hunter Lovins, and the way to a better world

    10 September 2014, 10:49 am

    Hunter Lovins is on a mission, writes Sophie Morlin-Yron: to put the transformational technologies we already have to work for the benefit of people and business - and to re-create the economy so it's no longer a machine for polluting the planet and devouring…
  • EU biofuel demand is driving land grabs in the Global South

    10 September 2014, 7:49 am

    With the EU projected to source most of its 'renewable' energy by burning biomass, its policies are leading to widespread land-grabbing and forest destruction, writes Oliver Munnion. And because many of the biomass projects are purely speculative,…
  • Ocean acidification and greenhouse gases hit new records

    9 September 2014, 9:59 am

    New scientific evidence released today by the WMO shows the highest greenhouse gas concentrations on record, writes Alex Kirby, with 2012-2013 a record year for emissions. Meanwhile oceans are acidifying faster than at any time in the last 300 million years.
  • China - is it kicking its coal habit?

    9 September 2014, 8:18 am

    There are hopeful signs that China, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, is becoming less reliant on the polluting coal that powered its rapid economic rise, writes Kieran Cooke. Great news for China, and the planet - but worrying for coal…

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