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  • Fukushima - we need health studies now!

    1 August 2014, 12:22 pm

    A massive health crisis is following the 2011 nuclear disaster at Fukushima, write Joseph Mangano & Janette Sherman - not just in Japan but around the world. But the health impacts remains woefully under-studied. Scientists must wake up and undertake serious…
  • Brazil: GMO 'Bt corn' no longer resists pest attack

    1 August 2014, 10:26 am

    GMO corn varieties that express insecticidal Bt toxins are failing in the field, with reports of infestations of the fall armyworm on Bt corn in Brazil and the USA. Now the EU is poised to approve one of the failing varieties for use on European farms.
  • Nuclear industry prepares for global boom - or is that doom?

    1 August 2014, 7:26 am

    The nuclear industry remains remarkably optimistic about its future, wrties Paul Brown - despite evidence that it is a shrinking source of power as renewables, in particular solar and wind power, compete with increasing success to fill the energy gap.
  • Badger Trust wins 'right to know' about badger cull development

    1 August 2014, 4:50 am

    The Government must release key documents about its secret development of England's badger cull with the National Farmers Union. The Upper Tribunal ruled that the public interest would be served by a full disclosure.
  • Reaping the benefits of community energy

    31 July 2014, 12:55 pm

    Donors, NGOs and investors want to help grassroots sustainable energy enterprises grow, so they can bring the myriad benefits of clean and affordable energy to many more people, writes Emily Haves. But just what kind of support is needed?
  • India - 'Foil Vedanta' protests erupt in Delhi

    31 July 2014, 11:13 am

    Students, workers and civil rights activists gathered in their hundreds today in Delhi to protest at the mining company Vedanta, and the Indian government's support of highly destructive mining projects in forests and on indigenous peoples' lands.
  • Gaza - is annexation Israel's 'permanent solution'?

    31 July 2014, 7:51 am

    As Israel pursues its war on Gaza with ever-increasing ferocity, and with 25% of Gaza's people forced from their homes, what's the final objective? It's unthinkable that Israel's aim is to 'cleanse' the territory of its people, seize its vast gas reserves, and…
  • Gaza: water crisis grows as Israel targets essential infrastructure

    31 July 2014, 5:21 am

    Israel's war on Gaza has seen the systematic and widespread destruction of civilian infrastructure essential for human survival, writes Luisa Gandolfo. This represents an apparently deliberate 'cutting off of life support' to those that survive the bombardment…
  • Brazil: death threats stalk Amazon shaman Davi Kopenawa

    30 July 2014, 1:48 pm

    As gold miners face eviction from Yanomami territory in the Brazilian Amazon, a rising tempo of death threats have been directed against the shaman Davi Kopenawa following his successful campaign.
  • Why freshwater dolphins are among the world’s most endangered mammals

    30 July 2014, 11:24 am

    Humans are to blame for the drastic declines in river dolphin populations around the world, writes Rachel Nuwer. But what exactly are we doing wrong? Mainly, scientists have found, it's building dams - and so destroying and fragmenting their habitat.
  • Rio Tinto's 'sustainable mining' claims exposed

    30 July 2014, 8:38 am

    Global mining giant Rio Tinto markets itself as a 'sustainable company', writes Kemal Özkan. But serious failures in its reporting, and its attempt to hold an Australian indigenous group to ransom, reveal a very different truth: the company is driven by a…
  • Lead pollution beat Amundsen and Scott to the South Pole - and it's still pouring down today

    30 July 2014, 7:07 am

    Ice core analysis shows that lead pollution in Antarctica took off in the 1880s as mining at Broken Hill, Australia, took off. Lead residues have fallen from their late 20th century peak, writes Joe McConnell - but they are still four times higher than in…
  • Pesticide safety research shouldn't be left to the pesticide companies

    30 July 2014, 6:29 am

    Pesticide companies are responsible for assessing the safety of their products, writes Christopher N Connolly - and this situation cannot continue. The research should be carried out independently, subjected to peer review, and published.
  • Huge US coal leasing program releasing tens of Gigatonnes of carbon

    29 July 2014, 6:49 am

    A massive expansion of coal leasing by the US's Bureau of Land Management will release tens of billions of tonnes of carbon to the atmosphere, a new Greenpeace report reveals - completely at odds with President Obama's stated climate objectives.
  • Obama's achievement: the US is the world's biggest oil producer, again

    28 July 2014, 11:27 am

    The US, long the world's biggest oil consumer, has just surpassed Saudi Arabia to become the world's top oil producer, writes Don Lieber. Oil exports to Europe and Asia will begin shortly. Now what was that Obama said about climate change? Oh, forget it ...
  • To save blue whales, move California shipping lanes

    28 July 2014, 11:12 am

    Long after Blue whales have ceased to be hunted, their numbers have failed to record substantial increases, writes Luke Rendell. Are ship strikes to blame? A 15-year scientific study says the answer may be yes - and advises moving California shipping lanes.
  • Fracking go-ahead on UK's National Parks, World Heritage Sites, nature reserves

    28 July 2014, 8:34 am

    The UK has just opened a bidding round for fracking licences. But the rules contain only weak protections against fracking in National Parks and AONBs - and none at all for even the most important wildlife sites and drinking water aquifers.
  • Ukraine's use of unguided rockets in civilian areas of Donetsk 'may be war crimes'

    27 July 2014, 9:25 am

    Human Rights Watch has gathered evidence in the war zones of Eastern Ukraine which show that Ukrainian government forces have violated the laws of war by using 'notoriously imprecise' rockets in civilian areas, destroying homes, killing and injuring…
  • Obama food aid ravages Third World farmers

    27 July 2014, 8:04 am

    The US taxpayers who finance foreign food aid surely believe they are feeding starving people, writes James Bovard. But the truth is the reverse - it is undermining indigenous agriculture in recipient countries - creating famine and chronic malnutrition, while…
  • Victory - 30 new marine reserves for Scotland

    25 July 2014, 12:35 pm

    Scotland's network of marine reserves doubled in area today with the designation of 30 new marine reserves. The move has been welcomed by green groups who have long campaigned on the issue - but they warn: this is where the real work begins.
  • Carry on Culling - the fiasco continues

    25 July 2014, 10:28 am

    'We need to look at the best scientific evidence' on badgers and bovine TB, says Environment Secretary Liz Truss. But as Lesley Docksey writes, the 'best scientific evidence' appears to mean only that which supports the cull - and there's precious little of…
  • Organic farming boosts environment and nutrition

    25 July 2014, 9:35 am

    How we farm matters, writes Pat Thomas - not just for water, insects, birds and the wider environment, which benefit from organic farming, but also the nutritional value of our food. It's time to value the quality of what we eat, instead of prizing quantity…
  • Gaza: an end to the war - 'Once And For All'

    25 July 2014, 6:16 am

    In this war, both sides have declared the same aim - to put an end to the situation that existed before it started. Remarkably, writes Uri Avnery, they can both have their way: an end to the rockets, bombs and shells; an end to the blockade and the occupation.…
  • 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.
  • Catch your dreams - utopia is possible!

    24 July 2014, 3:18 pm

    Amid Spain's general depression, Marinaleda - an Andalucian town sometimes dubbed the 'communist utopia' - is bucking the moribund trend with a heady mixture of direct action, community-level democracy, cooperation and mutual aid.

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