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Syria: an illegal war for energy, capital and empire

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 20:25
As protestors gather to oppose yet another illegal war in the Middle East, Colin Todhunter asks why David Cameron is so keen to bomb. Of course there's access to oil and routes for gas pipelines, but beyond that, it's about re-entrenching militarism into our national culture, and re-asserting the dominance of capital over people.
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WMO: record warming rises into danger zone

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 19:07
A climate negotiators gather in Paris for COP21, the WMO say that a combination of human and natural causes will make 2015 temperatures the hottest ever - half way to the 2C 'safety threshold'. But despite the ever falling price of solar and wind, many newly industrialising countries are insisting on coal-fired development.
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COP21 actions go ahead: 'We are not defending nature - we are nature defending itself'

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 01:13
As the Paris climate summit falls under the brutal double cosh of terrorism and a heavy-handed security response targeted at climate campaigners, creative non-violent responses are taking shape to express the collective will of the billions who cannot be there, writes Nadine Bloch: the need for equitable solutions to the climate crisis, as a first step towards a healthy, peaceful, sustainable planet.
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Stern Words and Vision

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 20:46
The latest book by Nicholas Stern Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency, and Promise of Tackling Climate Change presents a rational assessment of the climate crisis.
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Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 20:36
Taking place from 6th - 7th January 2016, this conference brings together sustainable food and farming movements to discuss global food systems and the policies that affect British farming.
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Forget Black Friday - this is 'Buy Nothing Day'!

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 16:04
Black Friday is yet another manifestation of a consumer culture that is both empty and destructive, writes Vicki Hird. So instead let's join in creative celebrations of Buy Nothing Day ('no purchase necessary'), and develop a new life-enhancing ethic of joyful frugality.
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EPA bans toxic pesticide mix on GM crops

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 22:56
The US Environmental Protection Agency has just withdrawn its authorization for a toxic mix of two herbicides, glyphosate and 2,4-D, to be used on GM crops. The move came in response to a lawsuit claiming the initial registration was unlawful.
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COP21 - brought to you by 200 Mt a year of coal-fired CO2

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 18:41
As negotiators from around the world gather in Paris for what's hoped to be a groundbreaking climate summit, many will be surprised to discover that COP21 is funded by some of the world's biggest coal burners, writes Pavlos Georgiadis, and a leading financier of coal and tar sands development. Shouldn't we just ... kick them out?
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Osborne's systematic devastation of the UK's sustainable future

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 18:03
The 'Autumn Statement' delivered with such aplomb by the Chancellor is yet another attack on the UK's sustainable future, write David Lowry & Oliver Tickell - cutting energy efficiency funds just as tens of thousands are set to die of cold this winter, betting £250m on pointless nuclear research, and raiding the renewables budget to fund subsidies to nuclear power and fossil fuels.
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Osborne's community renewables tax 'unlawful'

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 16:38
The surprise removal of tax benefits for investors in community renewable energy schemes - effective from Monday - is unlawful and must be reversed, states a legal letter to the Treasury. But meanwhile, investments in the sector have hit record levels, with two days still to go.
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Investors face $2.2 trillion loss on 'risky' fossil fuel assets

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 19:07
A new report warns that coal, oil and gas assets will be stranded if the world is to limit temperature rise to 2C. Losses are projected to reach $2.2 trillion over the next decade, with coal taking the biggest hit, while oil demand peaks in 2020. Yet fossil energy companies are ignoring the very innovations that will put them out of business.
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'The terror dividend' - how traders and lobbyists made a killing from the Paris attacks

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 16:05
Amid the human suffering caused by terror attacks, it's easy to forget the economic dimensions, writes Paul Mobbs. But after the 13th November attacks in Paris defence industry shares soared, while a host of connected think tanks, lobbyists and politicians dominated the media in pushing for military responses. Is it time to expose and confront the terror industrial complex?
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Russia's shot down jet is sending us a powerful message: keep well out of Syria!

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 18:51
Turkey's shooting down of a Russian jet near its border with Syria has just revealed the real nature of the war, writes Oliver Tickell, and sharply illustrates the dangers of getting involved in a conflict that is driven more by a battle of two gas pipelines than a clash of ideologies. The message for the UK - keep well out! Or if we are serious about crushing IS, best join in with Assad and Putin.
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Russia's shot down jet is sending the UK a powerful message: keep well out of Syria!

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 18:51
Turkey's shooting down of a Russian jet near its border with Syria has just revealed the real nature of the war, writes Oliver Tickell, and sharply illustrates the dangers of getting involved in a conflict that is driven more by a battle of two gas pipelines than a clash of religions or ideologies. The message for the UK - keep well out! Or if we are serious about destroying IS, much better join Assad and Putin.
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As Indonesia burns, its government moves to increase forest destruction

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 17:16
'No deforestation' pledges by global food corporations are yielding results, writes William Laurance. But now the Indonesian and Malaysian governments are calling on them to abandon their promises - even as the region's rainforests go up in smoke, cleared for new oil palm plantations. The companies must hold firm to their commitments.
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Triumph of digital toxicology: why the US won't regulate deadly chemicals

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 01:37
A six-month investigation finds that the revolving door between government and the chemical industry has led the EPA to rely on easily manipulated toxicology research carried out entirely on computers - and this 'in silico' science often trumps both biology and epidemiology when it comes to regulatory action, or lack of it. The result? Toxic substances remain in everyday products.
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Li-air battery could make oil obsolete in ten years

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 21:29
Sooner than it takes to build a nuclear power station, lithium-air batteries could be helping wind and solar to make coal, oil and nuclear obsolete, say Cambridge scientists. Five times lighter and five times cheaper than current lithium batteries, Li-air would open the way to our 100% renewable future.
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Powering the world with renewables - we can do it!

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 16:57
An energy revolution that would take the world to 100% renewables in 15 years is possible, write Sam Cossar-Gilbert and Dipti Bhatnagar. We have the technology, and we even have the money - only it's currently being spent to subsidise fossil fuels. The time has come to tackle two hugely destructive and closely entwined crises - growing inequality and climate change.
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COP21 - the UK must lead to world to 'net zero' emissions

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 15:31
Earth's temperature is heading towards its highest for three million years, writes Ed Miliband. The world must move as fast as possible to 'net zero' carbon emissions - and the UK should take a lead in this global effort, enshrining the target in law, and driving a technological renewal that will assure our future prosperity.
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The march of the industrial mega-dairy - is this the future of milk?

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 15:08
As falling milk prices push dairy farm out of business, new mega-dairies and feedlot operations of 700 or more cows are filling the void, writes Andrew Wasley. Never mind the pollution, slurry lagoons, and heavy plant on country lanes - do we want the cows that produce our milk confined to sheds? And what's the future for traditional dairy farmers with small, well cared for herds?
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