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  • A quarter of 361 newly-recognised birds are 'threatened'

    24 July 2014, 3:43 pm

    A global taxonomic review of birds has 'discovered' 361 new species that were previously considered 'races' of existing bird species - but many of them are endangered, forcing a rethink of conservation priorities.
  • Armed robbery in Gaza - Israel, US, UK carve up the spoils of Palestine's stolen gas

    24 July 2014, 3:30 am

    Israel desperately covets Gaza's gas as a 'cheap stop-gap' yielding revenues of $6-7 billion a year, writes Nafeez Ahmed. The UK's BG and the US's Noble Energy are lined up to do the dirty work - but first Hamas must be 'uprooted' from Gaza, and Fatah bullied…
  • Thailand army forcibly evicts six forest villages

    23 July 2014, 12:06 pm

    Forest-dwellers in Buriram province involved in a land dispute with the Thai government have been forcibly evicted, intimidated, arrested, held without charge, and dumped on a site unfit for human habitation with no water supply.
  • The rosewood massacre - China must act

    23 July 2014, 10:56 am

    Surging Chinese demand for rosewood used in 'hongmu' furniture is ruining forests across southern Asia, writes Zuzana Burivalova. As demand surges, China must impose stricter regulations and harsher punishments or the forests may never recover.
  • Ignore tar sands emissions! EU buckles under US, Canada pressure in TTIP talks

    23 July 2014, 4:22 am

    The EU's Fuel Quality Directive is set to be the first casualty of the TTIP trade talks, writes Derek Leahy. Canada and the US have threatened to pull out unless the EU ignores the massive emissions of oil from tar sands - and the EU is collapsing under the…
  • Germany and UK top EU's 'Dirty 30' pollution league

    22 July 2014, 10:54 am

    A new report names the 30 biggest sources of greenhouse gases in the EU, writes Kieran Cooke. Coal-fired power plants are undermining Europe's long-term targets on emissions reductions - and the UK and Germany lead the list of shame.
  • The true cost of your beefburger is much worse than you know

    22 July 2014, 10:02 am

    US beef carries a heavy environmental cost in water, land, emissions. But few of us know quite how damaging beef is, writes Gidon Eshel, nor that it is more than five times worse than pork, poultry, eggs or cheese. Isn't it time we did something about it?
  • Fracking Britain: without debate, the Government imposes its 'right to rule'

    21 July 2014, 10:54 am

    The UK Government's policy is to frack at all costs, against public opinion and compelling evidence of environmental damage and poor returns, writes Paul Mobbs - a timely reminder that as far as the Government is concerned, it has a God-given right to rule…
  • Closing the money loop to build resilient local economies

    21 July 2014, 10:27 am

    Using local currencies to stimulate local economies and revalue local labour over imported products and resources sounds like a great idea - but recent experiences have proved disappointing. Are there other ways to 'close the money loop'?
  • Badger Trust's High Court cull challenge

    21 July 2014, 8:22 am

    The Badger Trust will challenge the trial badger culls in the High Court next month, claiming that Environment Secretary Liz Truss and Natural England are acting unlawfully in failing to appoint an expert panel to oversee the experiment.
  • Gaza should be the Kuwait of the Levant - but its gas brings only war and poverty

    19 July 2014, 7:42 am

    Operation Protective Edge is the war of a colonial state dedicated to expanding its theft of Palestine's natural resources, writes Tascha Shahriari-Parsa - incarcerating and bombing its people in the world's biggest open air prison, while growing rich at their…
  • To keep cyclists safe will need deep, radical change

    19 July 2014, 7:04 am

    The Commons Transport Committee has advised Government to budget £10 per head to create a safe cycling environment, writes Ian Walker. But that's grossly underestimating the challenge ahead - a major rethink of planning, health and transport policies is…
  • Antibiotics saved me - now help me save them

    19 July 2014, 5:23 am

    As a youngster on a small farm, antibiotics saved Richard Young's life after a scratch on barbed wire led to septicemia. Now, he's campaigning to stop the routine, mass use of antibiotics on intensive farms, so that they can carry on saving human lives for…
  • California and Texas are mainstreaming renewable energy

    19 July 2014, 4:11 am

    California and Texas continue to break new ground in making electricity generation from renewable sources, writes Mike G. Solar PV in particular has become a vital part of the US' energy mix, accounting for half of new generation capacity.
  • Australia's drought - yes, it's climate change

    18 July 2014, 12:18 pm

    Australia's prime minister thinks climate change is 'crap' and has just abolished his country's carbon-pricing system. But scientists say that it's rising levels of CO2 that are leaving the south of the country parched and sweltering - and it's only going to…
  • Gaza: Israel's $4 billion gas grab

    18 July 2014, 9:45 am

    Never mind the 'war on terror' rhetoric, writes Nafeez Ahmed. The purpose of Israel's escalating assault on Gaza is to control the Territory's 1.4 trillion cubic feet of gas - and so keep Palestine poor and weak, gain massive export revenues, and avert its…
  • Nuclear waste - the unanswered questions that won't go away

    17 July 2014, 6:06 pm

    The recent closure of five US power stations is forcing the industry to confront big questions about radioactive waste, writes Paul Brown. Who is to pay the mounting costs of managing the wastes and keeping them secure? And precisely where will be their final…
  • Protect our inshore seabeds to allow fish stocks to recover!

    17 July 2014, 5:02 pm

    The UK's coastal waters are producing little but tiddlers and scallops, writes Jason Hall-Spencer - and to blame is the endless gouging of the seabed by trawlers and dredgers - even in 'marine reserves'. We must allow our marine ecosystems to rebuild!
  • Liberia - communities join to fight the palm oil land grab

    17 July 2014, 4:52 pm

    Liberia's Jogbahn Clan is at the forefront of efforts to resist the grab of Indigenous Peoples' land and forests for palm oil plantations. But according to the country's President, they are only 'harrassing and extorting' international investors.
  • Truss - the badgers must die!

    17 July 2014, 12:54 pm

    The new Environment Secretary Liz Truss flunked her first 'Green test' today as she told Parliament that the badger cull goes on. We run this excerpt from the Parliamentary record in which she states 'We are progressing with our programme!'
  • Bill launched to ban wild animals in circuses

    17 July 2014, 11:38 am

    A former Defra minister will introduce a new Bill to Parliament in September to ban wild animals in circuses. It reflects Government policy since 2012 and the Prime Minister has promised 'We're going to do it'. But will he keep his word?
  • It's not just the bees! 'Neonic' pesticides linked to bird declines

    17 July 2014, 9:10 am

    A study published today in Nature shows a strong correlation between concentrations of a popular neonicotinoid pesticide in water, and bird declines, writes Helen Thompson. Regulators are under pressure to tighten up, but the industry still claims there's 'no…
  • Bethlehem: 'No matter how many olive trees they destroy, will will plant more!'

    17 July 2014, 5:55 am

    Since 1967, Israeli soldiers and 'settlers' in occupied Palestine have destroyed 800,000 olive trees in an attempt to force Palestinian farmers from their land, writes Megan Perry. 'Our response to this injustice will never be with violence, and we will never…
  • Building an International Seed Savers Exchange

    17 July 2014, 5:26 am

    Recent decades have seen a hardening global clampdown on the rights of farmers to use, save, develop, share, swap and distribute the seeds that produce the food we all eat, writes Andrew Kimbrell - and which constitute an essential common heritage of mankind.…
  • Antibiotics: British lives must come before factory farm profits

    17 July 2014, 5:08 am

    The UK's massive use of antibiotics on farms is breeding lethal drug resistance into bacteria, writes Zac Goldsmith. Although we use five times more antibiotics per animal than Scandinavian countries, Cameron is mysteriously reluctant to clamp down on abuses.

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