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  • Denmark's support of the Faroese whale slaughter - the EU must act

    2 September 2014, 5:04 am

    Denmark's unlawful support of the Faroese 'grind' whale hunt is now open and obvious for all to see, writes Captain Paul Watson, as the supposedly 'civilized' Scandinavian nation turns its military might against protestors seeking to save whales and small…
  • The battle for Mosul Dam: a new age of water wars beckons

    1 September 2014, 3:20 pm

    Conflict continues to rage in Iraq over control of the Mosul dam, which impounds 11 cubic kilometres of water and controls water levels and supplies across the country, writes Jonathan Bridge. It's not the first battle fought over control of water - and it's…
  • On trial today - Thailand's food workers' rights

    1 September 2014, 1:56 pm

    Thanks to Andy Hall's investigations of abuses of migrant workers in Thailand's fish and pineapple industries, a criminal trial begins today in Bangkok - his own. He faces eight years in prison and a $10 million fine for exposing their crimes in a devastating…
  • Danish Navy helps Faroe Islanders kill 33 pilot whales

    1 September 2014, 9:22 am

    The Danish Navy has just supported the annual 'grind' cetacean slaughter on the Faroe Islands, seizing three boats used by Sea Shepherd to obstruct the hunt, and detaining their crew. The move enabled whale hunters to slaughter an entire pod of 33 pilot…
  • Liberation is our birthright! Palestine stands with Ferguson

    31 August 2014, 5:57 pm

    Blacks, Indigenous peoples and Palestinians are all engaged in a single struggle against a racist empire that systematically robs, colonises, impoverishes, terrorises, enslaves, imprisons, tortures and murders its subject populations. Their struggle for…
  • We must protect our seas!

    29 August 2014, 3:37 pm

    Lewis Pugh has completed long-distance swims in the 'seven seas' to promote his dream of a peaceful world of well-managed Marine Protected Areas, abundant oceans teeming with fish, turtles, whales, sea-birds and sharks. His shocking experiences in the water…
  • Scotland's double first: tidal array and twin-bladed offshore wind turbines

    29 August 2014, 1:25 pm

    Two innovative renewable energy projects are moving forward in Scotland: Britain's first tidal power array, and the world's first deployment of two-bladed wind offshore turbines. The experimental technologies are hoped to achieve significant cost savings and…
  • Fracked off - natural gas victims flee Colorado's toxic air

    29 August 2014, 11:19 am

    Natural gas is widely touted as a 'green fuel'. But as Paul Thacker found in Colorado, fracking's national 'ground zero', it's anything but. Lives and health are being ruined by pollution from taxpayer-subsidized gas wells, flaring and refining plants, while…
  • The liberal climate agenda is doomed to failure

    29 August 2014, 8:59 am

    Liberal environmentalism represents a dangerous delusion, writes Scott Parkin - that 'playing nice' with Earth-destroying corporations and politicians can yield results worth having. Radical change on climate will only result from bold, confrontational direct…
  • Drought hits São Paulo - what drought?

    28 August 2014, 4:44 pm

    São Paulo, South America's biggest city, is suffering its worst drought in over a century, writes Jan Rocha, with rivers and reservoirs running dry. But the state's politicians are seeking re-election. And for them, it's as if nothing is happening - never…
  • Europe’s warming brings risk of dengue fever

    28 August 2014, 4:23 pm

    As greenhouse gases raise temperatures in Europe, writes Tim Radford, British researchers warn that the risk is increasing of the arrival of dengue fever and other mosquito-borne killer tropical diseases.
  • A global plan for road expansion that doesn't cost the earth

    28 August 2014, 9:58 am

    Roads are responsible for massive environmental damage around the world, writes Bill Laurance - yet they also bring huge benefits. His solution? A new atlas that shows where the 'goods' of roads outweigh the 'bads', so that developing countries can harness the…
  • Geoengineering - the 'declaration' that never was may cause real harm

    28 August 2014, 5:09 am

    It was a great story, writes Andrew Lockley - scientists signing up to a 'Berlin Declaration' imposing an effective 'test ban' on outdoor geoengineering experiments. Except there was no declaration, and scientists never agreed to it. The world's media got it…
  • Earthquake risk makes California's Diablo Canyon a Fukushima in waiting

    27 August 2014, 5:56 am

    A newly-exposed report by Diablo Canyon's lead nuclear inspector shows that the twin reactors are unsafe, writes Karl Grossman. An earthquake on nearby geological faults could trigger a Fukushima-scale accident causing 10,000 early fatalities. The owner's…
  • Defying reality - Natural England authorises 'unlawful' cull

    27 August 2014, 5:13 am

    A High Court judgment on the lawfulness of the 2014 badger cull is awaited. A criminal investigation is under way on the dangerous and illegal behaviour of culling contractors. Obviously, writes Lesley Docksey, it's the perfect time for Natural England to…
  • Coca-Cola forced out of $25 million factory in India

    26 August 2014, 2:28 pm

    After a 15-year battle, local campaigners infuriated by pollution, over-pumping of groundwater and land-grabbing have finally forced the closure of Coca-Cola's $25 million factory near Varanasi.
  • Parasitic fungus introduced to attack Himalayan balsam

    26 August 2014, 1:36 pm

    Even if you love Himalayan balsam, it has surely become too much of a good thing as it takes over Britain's wetlands and riverbanks. But now it's facing a major setback - the deliberate introduction of a parasitic rust fungus from its native range in the…
  • Dams versus rivers - the global battle

    26 August 2014, 12:16 pm

    A new 'State of the World's Rivers' database shows how the world's rivers have been impoverished by dams and their ecosystems devastated - and provides a valuable resource to help save river basins that remain in good health.
  • Bombs Ahoy! Why the UK is desperate for nuclear power

    26 August 2014, 7:55 am

    On the face of it, the UK government's obsession with nuclear power defies reason. It's very expensive, inflexible, creates 'existential' threats and imposes enormous 'long tail' liabilities tens of thousands of years into the future. But there is a simple…
  • Heat accumulating in the deep oceans has put global warming on pause

    26 August 2014, 5:54 am

    Since 2000 global surface temperatures have risen less than expected, a fact seized on by climate change 'sceptics'. But indications are that the surplus heat has been building up all along, writes Richard Allan - in deep oceans where it does not influence…
  • Florida's sugar barons grow fat on subsidies, diabetes and Everglades destruction

    25 August 2014, 3:30 pm

    Big Sugar is the new Big Tobacco, writes Alan Farago - lethal to human health, wreaking environmental devastation, gouging huge public subsidies, and with the political clout to stop First Lady Michelle Obama from breathing a word against it. Only an alliance…
  • The nuclear industry today: declining, but not (yet) dying

    25 August 2014, 5:28 am

    The World Nuclear Industry Status Report provides an account of an industry in decline, writes Jonathon Porritt - with rising operating costs and an ever-shrinking share of world energy production, while the sector loses the race for investment and new…
  • The cetacean brain and hominid perceptions of cetacean intelligence

    22 August 2014, 10:13 am

    Is the species that dwells peacefully within its habitat with respect for the rights of other species the one that is inferior? Or is it the species that wages a holy war against its habitat, destroying all species that irritate it? Paul Watson questions man's…
  • Fish before agribusiness! California river tribes demand water

    22 August 2014, 6:15 am

    Large scale salmon deaths are imminent on the Klamath River and its tributaries in northern California due to low flows and high temperatures. Native American tribes are protesting in the state capital as federal agencies illegally prioritize water for large…
  • Keystone XL - who needs it? We got a railroad!

    21 August 2014, 3:25 pm

    Climate change and tar sands activists opposing Keystone XL need to wake up to a new reality - the pipeline has already been eclipsed by rail transport which is both cheaper and more flexible, writes Justin Mikulka. The expanded production and export of tar…

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