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Small scale farmers are feeding our future!

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 16:56
The Land Workers Alliance gathered yesterday at DEFRA's London HQ to protest at the corrupt relationship between Government and corporate agriculture - and the deliberate marginalisation of small farmers, our most sustainable producers. Ed Hamer explains ...
Categories: Ecological News

Russia, Ukraine, EU tied by gas dependency

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 22:38
The need for cooperation over Russia's exports of gas to the EU via Ukraine was an important reason for the tentative peace deal struck in Geneva yesterday. But as Jack D. Sharples writes, gas will also be a source of East-West tensions for a long time to come.
Categories: Ecological News

Caroline Lucas 'not guilty'

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:59
The Green MP for Brighton, Caroline Lucas, and four other protestors have been found 'not guilty' by Brighton magistrates on charges of obstructing the highway and other public order offences at a 2013 anti-fracking protest. 'The fight goes on!'
Categories: Ecological News

The howl of the wolf will not be silenced

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:55
The US Forest Service is developing a new armory of aggressive and often illegal tactics to push through loss-making timber sales, as it brands forest defenders as 'eco-terrorists'. Time to dig in for the trees - and the wolves.
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DECC's triple for renewables

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:01
With three of Jonathon Porritt's wishes for the UK's energy sector coming true in the space of as many weeks - the launch of the Renewable Heat Incentive, a Solar Strategy and a Community Energy Strategy - he finds cause for celebration.
Categories: Ecological News

Pickles appoints himself Lord of the Wind Farms

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 17:18
Turbulence lies ahead for the UK's wind energy sector, writes Rebecca Cooke, as key Conservative MPs appear to be launching a hardline attack on onshore wind farms in the run up to the General Election.
Categories: Ecological News

Does organic food reduce cancer risk?

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 19:48
A widely publicised study has suggested that eating organic food doesn't stop you getting cancer. Pat Thomas finds the study deeply unconvincing - and wonders why Cancer Research UK is so quick to trumpet its conclusions.
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USA: Government gives in to illegal rancher's armed militia

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 18:30
Federal Agencies have capitulated to an armed militia protecting a Nevada rancher running his cattle on 100s of 1,000s of acres of public land reserved for 'threatened' Desert tortoises - despite multiple court orders and over $1 million in unpaid fines.
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Australia's dirty secret: who's breathing toxic air?

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 15:21
Australia's poorer communities, with lower employment and education levels, and those with a high proportion of Indigenous people, are significantly more likely to suffer high levels of toxic air pollution. Children are at particular risk from rising levels of lead.
Categories: Ecological News

Electric car numbers double in one year

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 22:57
There are now more than 400,000 electric cars on the world's roads - twice as many as a year ago, and on current trends there will be a million by 2016. Leading the market are the USA, Japan and China - while Europe trails behind.
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Green or white? Planted or painted roofs can cool buildings

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 21:21
As the world inexorably warms, Roger Kemp shows how we can help to keep our buildings cool with roof gardens - or just with white paint. And if enough people do it, entire cities will become more cooler, more pleasant places to be when hot weather hits ...
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Peru - UK oil company to expand in territories of 'isolated' Amazon tribes

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 19:34
UK-based oil and gas company Perenco is expanding its operations in the Peruvian Amazon - in a remote area known to be inhabited by highly vulnerable indigenous people living in 'voluntary isolation'. But as David Hill reports, Perenco denies their existence ...
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IPCC's shale gas error

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 23:15
The latest IPCC report urges a dash for gas to allow us to reduce the burning of coal, including shale gas from fracking. But as Alex Kirby reports, their calculations appear to be based on an arithmetical flaw.
Categories: Ecological News

How Wales is defeating bovine TB without killing badgers

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 20:07
Wales has an enviable record of declining BTB in cattle - without having to kill a single badger. Jan Bayley explains how Wales's combination of frequent testing and exacting biosecurity has succeeded - and how England can learn from Wales's experience.
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IPCC: the world must go renewable

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 16:29
Th latest IPCC climate change report says that averting catastrophe is eminently affordable, reports Damian Carrington. A global roll-out of clean energy would shave only a tiny fraction off economic growth, and bring huge benefits in clean air and energy security.
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Wind power booms in oil-rich Texas

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 10:44
One evening in March, wind delivered over 10,000 MW of electricity to Texas's power grid, almost 30% of total demand, reports Ian Partridge, and another 18,500 MW of capacity is under construction. So just why is Texas going so big on wind?
Categories: Ecological News

It's time to get a grip on technology!

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 10:27
The issues surrounding powerful new technologies from GMOs to nuclear power appear disparate, writes David King - but look harder and most are linked by common threads. Key among them are issues of profit, control and socialisation of cost ...
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Hollywood goes big on climate change

Sat, 04/12/2014 - 09:25
It's billed as 'the biggest story of our time', writes Kieran Cooke. This weekend viewers of Showtime, the US cable channel, will be watching the first of an 8-part documentary series on climate change: some of the biggest names in Hollywood are involved.
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European Parliament demands action on DU munitions

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 17:58
With a UN resolution on DU munitions due this autumn, the European Parliament is demanding a strong EU position supporting their abolition, or at least strict controls on these fearsome weapons whose toxic residues persist for decades after use.
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Lawsuit demands 50,000 square mile Atlantic whale sanctuary

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 16:28
The US Fisheries Service has repeatedly failed to give highly endangered Right whales adequate protection. Now wildlife groups are suing the Agency to demand a more than tenfold expansion of 'critical habitat' to protect the species along the US's Atlantic coast.
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