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Ancient Woodland saved from quarrying

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 23:54
Lafarge Tarmac has withdrawn its bid to quarry Hopwas Woods following a huge local and national campaign. It's a victory to celebrate - but as the Woodland Trust points out, it also shows that none of our ancient woodland is truly safe from destructive development.
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The Ecologist places leaked Sellafield fuel pond photos in public domain

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 20:37
The full set of photos of Sellafield's highly dilapidated and dangerous B29 and B30 cooling ponds as leaked to us are placed in the public domain.
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UK faces serious winter blackout risk - National Grid's rosy nuclear forecast fails reality test

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 18:55
The National Grid's forecast for UK power supply this winter relies on overstating the availability of increasingly unreliable nuclear power stations, writes Chris Goodall. Realistic estimates of nuclear, gas and coal power station availability shrink the 'safety margin' to zero.
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UK faces serious blackout risk this winter - National Grid's rosy forecast fails reality test

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 18:55
The National Grid's forecast for UK power supply this winter relies on overstating the availability of increasingly unreliable nuclear power stations, writes Chris Goodall. More realistic estimates of nuclear, gas and coal power station availability shrink the 'safety margin' to zero. Even a typical winter will bring the UK far closer to power cuts than the company admits.
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Election debates: only the Greens offer a genuine alternative

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 17:20
UK broadcasters' plan to exclude the Green Party from the 2015 pre-election debates is an affront to democracy, writes Peter Bloom. Its voice must be heard - not only do the Greens enjoy a firm, nationwide base of political support, but they offer the only alternative to the neoliberalism, austerity and immigrant-bashing on offer from the 'mainstream' parties.
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The great Hallowe'en pumpkin rescue

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 15:51
Every Hallowe'en the UK throws away enough pumpkin to make 360 million portions of pumpkin pie, soup, or cake, writes Gavin Ellis - a shocking waste in these hungry times. Hence a bold new initiative to rescue all those pumpkins from landfill, and turn them into delicious food we can all enjoy as part of our seasonal festivities.
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Fracking is driving UK civil and political rights violations

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 15:20
Extreme energy in the UK is arousing extreme reactions, write Jess Elliot & Damien Short. On the one side stand citizens committed to preserving the quality of the local and global environment. And against them, a government determined to let fracking rip, and police forces prepared to ignore legal norms to suppress the growing popular resistance.
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Thailand: migrant labour investigator 'not guilty'

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 22:13
A charge of 'criminal defamation' against Andy Hall, the Finnwatch migrant labour researcher who revealed the plight of migrant food sector workers in Thailand, was dismissed today. But with another three civil and criminal cases pending, he's back in court tomorrow.
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Lugworms suffer toxic impact of acidifying oceans

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:32
A common marine worm key to the richness of many coastal ecosystems is being damaged by the increasing ocean acidification that was thought to imperil mainly shellfish and coral, writes Alex Kirby. It's an unwelcome sign of more unexpected ecological changes to come.
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TTIP: Cameron begs Brussels to give away more British sovereignty

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 20:47
The UK and 13 other EU trade ministers have written to the European Commission's new head imploring him to include secret, much criticised investor protections in the controversial TTIP, the EU-US trade and investment deal, writes Jurgen Maier. Is this a democratic snub too far?
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Oil palm explosion driving West Africa's Ebola outbreak

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 01:26
The medical response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been monstrously inadequate, writes Richard Kock. But so has been recognition of the underlying causes - in particular the explosive spread of industrial oil palm, which disrupts the ecology of forests and farms, and undermines local economy and traditional governance, leading to a 'perfect storm' of disease.
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Climate deniers lost for words: 2014 set for hottest year on record

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 19:39
Just as 2014 is looking like going down as the hottest year since records began, motor-mouthed climate change deniers are shrinking into the shadows, writes Richard Heasman.
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Leaked Sellafield photos reveal 'massive radioactive release' threat

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 22:19
Dilapidated nuclear waste storage ponds abandoned 40 years ago containing hundreds of tonnes of fuel rods pose an immediate danger to public safety, photographs sent to The Ecologist reveal. The fuel and sludge in the ponds could spontaneously ignite if exposed to air, spreading intense radiation over a wide area.
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New wave generator brightens ocean power prospects

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 16:35
A new wave power generator has moved closer to reality after successful testing in simulated marine conditions. An array of the 1.5MW 'Searaser' devices could be deployed on Britain's coast within a few years.
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Latin American progressives and environmental duplicity

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 23:23
Left wing governments across the Americas are faced with a dilemma, writes Daniel Macmillen - high social spending programs financed by income from destructive mining and hydrocarbon extraction - or a slower but sustainable development path that puts ecology, equity and justice first. Their answer - a constant pushing back of the resource frontier.
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FoE sues to keep Devon's wild beavers free

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:53
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.
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Peru: Amazon Indians sue government to title indigenous lands

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 18:59
Peruvian law requires the government to recognise indigenous peoples's ownership of their lands. Yet 594 communities with claims to 20 million hectares of land remain with no secure title - leaving their forests open to illegal logging, plantations and settlement. Now one village is taking its demands to the courts.
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Brazil's giant dam programme is a climate disaster

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 00:24
Brazil's newly elected Dilma Roussef is committed to completing the disastrous Belo Monte dam, writes Helle Abelvik-Lawson. Worse, she looks certain to press ahead with the industrialisation of the Amazon, with 61 hydroprojects in the pipeline. And new scientific findings about the massive climate impacts of tropical forest dams are not about to stop her.
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San Francisco declares: every whale and dolphin has the right to be free

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:54
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 and 'unrestricted in their natural environment'.
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Ebola: don't blame the bats!

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:55
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 mechanisms of transmission, and to devise effective, appropriate interventions.
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