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In Nepal's next big quake, hydropower dams threaten catastrophe

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 14:48
A spate of hydroelectric dam building in Nepal means that future earthquakes could send inland tsunamis flooding down the steep mountain valleys, writes Michael Buckley. Disaster was averted in last month's quake - a badly damaged dam was not yet filled. But despite the risks and the damage to river ecology, tourism and rural livelihoods, there's no sign of any policy shift.
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Occupy Gandhi: a tarpaulin meditation on urgent climate action

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 13:03
After the world's warmest year ever governments are pouring trillions into fossil fuels every year and the UK has even created a legal obligation on itself to maximise oil and gas recovery, writes Donnachadh McCarthy. But thanks to the UK's media billionaires climate change has not even figured as an election issue. Join us to protest tomorrow!
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Mayday, Mayday - Tesla's battery just killed fossil and nuclear power

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 21:47
Tesla Energy's new mains power battery has just transformed the energy market - giving a huge boost to small scale renewable energy and killing off both fossil fuelled and nuclear power in the process.
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Future dustbowl? Fracking ravages Great Plains land and water

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 21:13
The fracking boom has caused massive vegetation loss over North America's rangelands, writes Tim Radford, as 3 million hectares have been occupied by oil and gas infrastructure and 34 billion cubic metres of water have been pumped from semi-arid ecosystems.
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Saudi Arabia's oil price manipulation - let's get rich while we still can!

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 16:58
The oil industry and oil producers have a long history of market manipulation, writes Karl Grossman, and we see it going on right now with the low oil price that's squeezing fracking and getting America back onto gas-guzzling SUV's. But longer term, solar power is going to win out, and even Saudi Arabia knows it. Its game? To make out big, while the going's good.
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How the Tories and Lib Dems have stifled their most powerful critics

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 14:51
The Lobbying Act has left corporations and lobbyists free to argue their case in the election 'debate', writes Adam Ramsay. But the justified fear of legal sanctions has gagged charities and NGOs from speaking out, silencing the very people voters need to hear from most.
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This ought to be the 'climate change election' - so why isn't it?

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 21:38
Last election climate change was all the rage, writes David Williamson. But in the current campaign it's hardly getting a look in in spite of melting icecaps, collapsing glaciers, a wave of climate refugees fleeing Africa and serious weather events at home. Now it's up to us to force it onto the election agenda!
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Chernobyl fire radiation hazard as 'hot particles' of plutonium go up in smoke

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 19:32
Forest fires raging near the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear disaster site in north Ukraine are releasing a surge of airborne plutonium particles as radioactive twigs, branches and leaf litter burn.
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Roads to nowhere: why is transport policy getting lost in this election?

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 16:20
Only one party is challenging the mainstream concensus on transport, write Rupert Read, Sandy Irvine and Bennet Francis - massive spending on roads and HS2, and the little that's left for everything else. It's time to throw away the old thinking and commit to an effective, sustainable transport system that begins with local needs.
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Why is Australia topping WWF's world deforestation league?

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 15:55
A new WWF report puts eastern Australia among the world's deforestation hotspots, write Martine Maron & Bill Laurance - estimating that 3-6 million hectares of native forest will be cleared there over the next 15 years. Queensland's new Labor government could reverse the destructive policies - but will it turn a new leaf?
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Satish Kumar - films to inspire the change-makers of the future

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 14:20
A landmark 6-part documentary series is planned with Satish Kumar - peace and environment activist, religious philosopher, teacher, writer and broadcaster.
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Satish Kumar inspires change-makers of the future

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 14:20
Emergence are creating a landmark 6-part documentary series with activist, philosopher and teacher Satish Kumar, in collaboration with Schumacher College and Resurgence.
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It's not just glyphosate and neonicotinoids! Why we need a pesticide-free future

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 23:55
The risk of cancer from the world's top herbicide, glyphosate, is just the tip of the iceberg of health damage caused by exposure to pesticides and other toxic agrochemicals, writes Georgina Downs. It's time for governments to correct their scandalous failure to protect rural residents from the cocktails of poisons sprayed on crops.
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Russian roulette? Finland's inexplicable nuclear obsession

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 23:45
Does Finland suffer from a nuclear death wish? So it seems, writes Ulla Klötzer. Its government responded to the world's two greatest nuclear disasters by ... ordering a new nuclear plant. And as the Olkiluoto nuclear project descended into face and litigation over a disputed €5 billion, they resolved to build two more. This time, supplied by Russia's nuclear weapon-maker Rosatom.
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Orangutans' reprieve: EuroParl votes to limit biofuels

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 18:50
Rainforests around the world and the wildlife they sustain have a rosier future after the European Parliament voted to limit the growth of biofuels such as palm oil in the transport sector.
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Bee collapse is the result of their enslavement in industrial monocultures

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 17:17
Bee 'colony collapse disorder' cannot be ended by easy technofixes, writes Allan Stromfeldt Christensen. The real problem is the systematic abuse of bees in vast industrial monocultures, as they are trucked or flown thousands of miles from one farm to the next, treated with insecticides and antibiotics, and fed on 'junk food'.
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Forced evictions are Australia's latest racist assault on Aboriginal People

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 02:40
Australia's deliberate and calculated attacks on its indigenous population carry many of the hallmarks of genocide, writes John Pilger. And things are getting worse, not better, as states that have grown rich by exploiting Aboriginal land evict and demolish remote Aboriginal communities.
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Coca-Cola schools - British aid pushing corporate education and health on world's poorest

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 23:09
British taxpayers are forcing private health care and schooling onto many of the world's poorest countries including Nepal, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Mozambique, writes Nick Dearden - backing a huge neoliberal experiment whose only certain outcomes are high costs, low standards and massive corporate profits.
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Lynx could be reintroduced to Britain 'this year'

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 16:23
Lynx could be re-introduced to sites in England and Scotland before the end of 2015, according to the Lynx UK Trust, which has just issued polling and survey results that show strong support for the idea among the UK population.
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The Chernobyl catastrophe 29 years on: it's not over yet!

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 14:24
The stricken 4th reactor at Chernobyl presents a massive long term hazard, writes Kendra Ulrich. A planned €2.15 billion containment arch remains underfunded, and even if it's ever completed, it will only last 100 years. Meanwhile the intensely radioactive nuclear fuel will remain in place representing a long term risk of further huge radiation releases.
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