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  • FoE sues to keep Devon's wild beavers free

    24 October 2014, 10:23 am

    Friends of the Earth has filed a lawsuit to challenge Natural England's secretive grant of a licence allowing the Government to trap wild beavers on the River Otter in Devon.
  • San Francisco declares: every whale and dolphin has the right to be free

    23 October 2014, 7:24 am

    If SeaWorld is looking to build a new park in California, it will be steering well clear of San Francisco, writes Laura Bridgeman. Following a campaign backed by scientists and hundreds of high school students, the City has declared cetaceans' right to be free…
  • Ebola: don't blame the bats!

    23 October 2014, 6:25 am

    Bats serve as a natural reservoir for the Ebola - but we cannot blame them for the epidemic. In Ghana alone people eat over 100,000 fruit bats a year as 'bushmeat', yet the country has escaped the epidemic. Much more research is needed to discover the…
  • Ghana's farmers battle ‘Monsanto law' to retain seed freedom

    22 October 2014, 2:23 pm

    Ghana's government is desperate to pass a Plant Breeders Bill that would remove farmers' ancient 'seed freedom' to grow, retain, breed and develop crop varieties - while giving corporate breeders a blanket exemption from seed regulations. Now the farmers are…
  • OccupyDemocracy suppressed - is Cameron any better than Putin?

    22 October 2014, 12:08 pm

    Donnachadh McCarthy, The Ecologist's correspondent at Occupy Democracy was arrested yesterday when police cleared Parliament Square of protesters. The brutal repression of peaceful protest puts Britain in the same moral camp as China, Russia and others whose…
  • Germany's green power surges ahead - at a price that's finally falling

    21 October 2014, 9:18 am

    Germany's transition to a renewable power system is on track, writes Gert Brunekreeft. But it's costing households €218 a year in surcharges, causing voter enthusiasm to wane. That may be about to change though. The surcharge is about to fall, while targets…
  • To hit fossil fuel firms where it hurts, support divestment!

    20 October 2014, 11:51 am

    Fossil fuel companies are a risky investment thanks to the 2.8 trillion tonnes of 'unburnable' carbon in their reserves, writes Franklin Ginn. But there's an even stronger reason to support fossil fuel divestment: to erode their political power, which they use…
  • ICC told: Cambodia land-grabbing is 'crime against humanity'

    20 October 2014, 10:41 am

    A British lawyer has filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court, writes Kevin Ponniah, alleging that a wave of violent land-grabbing that has displaced 770,000 people has been carried out by Cambodia's ruling elite, and that it amounts to a crime…
  • London's 'Tarpaulin Revolution' lives another day

    20 October 2014, 9:27 am

    Last night the police were in full force in London's Parliament Square, writes Donnachadh McCarthy - forcibly removing Occupy Democracy protestors and snatching sleeping bags, cardboard and tarpaulins as illegal 'sleeping equipment', apparently on direct…
  • Less freedom in Westminster's Parliament Square than in Hong Kong!!

    19 October 2014, 8:33 am

    Donnachadh McCarthy went to Parliament Square yesterday to address a peaceful rally about the failings of British democracy. The intimidatory, violent and inflammatory police reaction only confirmed everything he had to say - as did the dignified restraint of…
  • NASA confirms US's 2,500-square-mile methane cloud

    18 October 2014, 12:41 pm

    Floating over the US Southwest is a cloud of methane the size of Delaware, writes Mike G - reflecting the release of almost 600,000 tonnes of the powerful greenhouse gas every year. Its origins? Coalbed gas production, fracking and horizontal drilling.
  • Climate 'uncertainty' is no excuse for climate inaction

    17 October 2014, 2:39 pm

    Scientific uncertainties over future climate are widely used by 'sceptics' to justify a policy of no response, write Richard Pancost & Stephan Lewandowsky. But this reflects a deep misunderstanding: outcomes may end up much more severe than expected - and we…
  • The future of family farming is in our hands

    17 October 2014, 1:09 pm

    Everyone loves family farming! And so they should, writes Holly Creighton-Hird, as family farms produce most of the world's food. But the UK Government has a funny way of showing it - favouring corporate agriculture and eliminating farm payments for small land…
  • Greening the revolution - Ukrainian youth joins fight for nature

    17 October 2014, 1:00 pm

    With 300,000 hectares of forests, fields and steppes damaged by fire, the war in Ukraine has done huge damage to the country's environment, writes Dimiter Kenarov. But there has been an upside: a new green spirit is taking root, and young volunteers are…
  • Arctic ice loss sends Alaskan temperatures soaring

    17 October 2014, 9:59 am

    Scientists analysing more than three decades of weather data for the northern Alaska outpost of Barrow have recorded an astonishing 7°C temperature rise, writes Alex Kirby - and the likely cause is the decline in Arctic sea ice.
  • Ocean grabbing: a new wave of 21st century enclosures

    17 October 2014, 9:37 am

    Small-scale fishing communities are key to any transition towards an ecologically and socially just food regime. But backed by the World Bank, powerful corporate interests are seizing their fish, seas and shores in the name of 'sustainability'. A revolution of…
  • NAO investigates Hinkley C nuclear subsidies

    17 October 2014, 8:24 am

    Hinkley C's subsidy package may have won European Commission approval - but now it faces a National Audit Office 'value for money' investigation, following a demand from a powerful Parliamentary committee.
  • African habitat loss driving migrating birds' decline

    16 October 2014, 11:31 am

    A new report reveals huge declines in the UK's migratory birds that winter deep in Africa's rainforests. Shorter distance migrants are performing much better, with some recording big population increases.
  • Excluding Greens from TV debates would make a mockery of democracy

    16 October 2014, 10:17 am

    UK broadcasters decision to exclude the Greens from the 2015 General Election debates has triggered a storm of protest, writes Josiah Mortimer. The numbers all show that the Greens deserve to be heard, but it's about more than that - the British people deserve…
  • Global fracking boom could mean 12% higher emissions

    16 October 2014, 7:45 am

    A full-scale rush for shale gas would increase emissions, writes Erik Bichard, giving the lie to politicians' claims that fracking is 'climate friendly'. A new study in Nature shows that abundant shale gas would cause CO2 emissions to rise by a median 4.5%.…
  • Keeping the lights on

    16 October 2014, 5:16 am

    Last night's speech on Britain's energy choices by former environment secretary Owen Paterson's caused widespread outrage long before it was delivered. But what exactly did he say on the night? Read on, and be surprised to discover that it makes excellent…
  • The ICRP's radiation risk model is bogus science

    15 October 2014, 1:44 pm

    The world has been the victim of a monstrous scientific error that has understated the dangers of radiation, writes Chris Busby. Following the Hiroshima nuclear bomb, investigators used 'controls' who had been exposed to high levels of 'black rain' fallout to…
  • Palm oil - the new threat to the Amazon

    15 October 2014, 11:19 am

    Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has been sharply reduced in recent years, writes Alex Kirby. But analysts say that palm oil and other cash crops are set for a major expansion, while high demand for beef, and administrative chaos, may undermine efforts to…
  • Future NOW

    15 October 2014, 9:54 am

    Taking place in the run up to Bristol's year as Green Capital 2015, this groundbreaking spiritual ecology conference calls for Consciousness Revolution.
  • Certified-responsible oil and gas - we need it now!

    15 October 2014, 9:47 am

    The oil and gas industry is disrupting communities and damaging ecosystems worldwide, writes David Poritz. Tough, independent social and environmental standards for the industry can bring urgently-needed improvements to company practices - even where…

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