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EU Trade Secrets Directive - a threat to health, environment, human rights

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 00:34
The new Commission may have dropped environmental protection from its 2015 work plan - but it's pressing ahead with a new Directive to protect corporate secrecy, threatening consumers, journalists, whistleblowers, researchers and workers.
Categories: Ecological News

Closing the gate on GMO and the criminal transatlantic trade agreement

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 23:51
A key element of the TTIP is the deregulation genetically modified seeds and plants for cultivating in European soils, writes Julian Rose. This alone is reason enough for us to reject it - but it's only the beginning of a huge power grab that would make our governments more accountable to corporations, than to people.
Categories: Ecological News

2014 badger cull failed - but the cull goes on

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 19:27
England's 2014 badger cull has failed to meet key targets for effectiveness with such low numbers of animals shot that TB spread is likely to be increased. But Defra boss Liz Truss insists the cull will go on regardless.
Categories: Ecological News

All over the world, renewables are beating nuclear

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 15:27
As flagship nuclear projects run into long delays and huge cost overruns, solar and wind power are falling in price, writes David Elliott. Renewables already supply twice as much power as nuclear. It's just too bad the nuclear-fixated UK government hasn't noticed.
Categories: Ecological News

Antarctica: warming ocean trebles glacial melt

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 22:34
As temperatures rise in the Southern Ocean, warmer currents are eroding the Antarctic ice sheet from below, writes Tim Radford - causing the melting rate to treble in two decades to 83 billion tonnes a year.
Categories: Ecological News

Train crash - Australia 'heading backwards' on emissions

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 22:30
Despite record heat and drought Australia's emissions and coal exports are soaring, says a new report, and both are increasing as a matter of government policy. But a homegrown climate action movement is putting a spanner in the works - and just stopped its first coal train.
Categories: Ecological News

I'll talk politics with climate change deniers - but not science

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 18:42
The responses that climate change demands of us are collective, writes Mark Maslin, and force us to accept the finite nature of global resources and the need for equitable sharing. So when climate change collides with belief in neoliberalism, free markets, strong property rights and rugged individualism, denial trumps science every time.
Categories: Ecological News

Nuclear power and biodiversity - don't forget WMD proliferation!

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 17:39
Nuclear energy is essential to preserve the world's biodiversity, according to 69 conservation scientists. But there's a mysterious omission in their analysis, writes Jim Green: nuclear weapons proliferation. And after a major exchange of nuclear bombs, and the 'nuclear winter' that would follow, exactly how much biodiversity would survive?
Categories: Ecological News

With sub-$60 oil, fracking and tar sands losses threaten the whole financial system

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:26
A new financial crisis is threatening to dwarf the 'subprime' mortgage debacle, writes Paul Mobbs. Cheap money from central banks has fuelled some $1.3 trillion of risky investments in high-cost 'unconventional' oil and gas. Now, with oil sinking below $60, all that paper is turning to junk - and that's putting the entire economic system at risk.
Categories: Ecological News

Commission dumps eco-initiatives in 2015 work plan

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 22:33
The European Commission has dropped measures to improve air quality and reduce waste from its work plan for 2015 - instead 'cutting red tape' and prioritizing 'jobs, growth, investment' at all costs.
Categories: Ecological News

Commission pulls eco-initiatives from 2015 work plan

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 22:33
The European Commission has dropped measures to improve air quality and reduce waste from its work plan for 2015 - instead prioritizing 'jobs, growth, investment' at all costs.
Categories: Ecological News

Reclaim the power! It's time to deprivatise Britain's energy

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 20:12
Privatised energy has failed us, writes Sam Lund-Harket. While energy company chiefs earn millions of pounds a year, one in ten English households live in fuel poverty. But there is another way. All over the world countries and communities are taking energy, water and other essential public services back under democratic control.
Categories: Ecological News

Rich nations must cough up for past carbon pollution

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 16:13
In 2011 the US firmly ruled equity out of climate negotiations, writes Chukwumerije Okereke. But in the Lima climate talks the poor countries put the moral dimension where it belongs - at the heart of any future climate treaty.
Categories: Ecological News

Miscarriage and stillbirth linked to fracking chemical exposure

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 19:40
Fracking for oil and gas uses a wide range of chemicals that disrupt reproductive function in both sexes, writes Tamsin Paternoster. Now an academic study has found a powerful correlation between stillbirth, miscarriage, low sperm count, and exposure to fracking chemicals.
Categories: Ecological News

The UN climate talks just failed - now for the real battle

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 17:49
COP20 has just laid the foundations for a non-agreement in Paris in 2015, writes Assaad Razzouk - thanks to the pernicious influence of fossil fuels, poisoning debate and subverting serious climate action. Now there's only one earthly power big enough to fight back.
Categories: Ecological News

COP20: an agreement of sorts. Now, a rocky climate road to Paris

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 16:19
After a second extra day of climate talks in Lima, an agreement has been cobbled together. Deadlines have been set for the world to come up with plans to curb emissions and adapt to climate change - but has been no progress on the key divisive issues, and the prospects of an effective mew treaty in Paris next year remain remote.
Categories: Ecological News

COP20: an agrement of sorts. Now, a rocky climate road to Paris

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 16:19
After a second extra day of climate talks in Lima, an agreement has been cobbled together. Deadlines have been set for the world to come up with plans to curb emissions and adapt to climate change - but has been no progress on the key divisive issues, and the prospects of an effective mew treaty in Paris next year remain remote.
Categories: Ecological News

COP20 extended another day - but where's the money?

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 02:04
In a familiar ritual, the COP20 climate talks have been extended for an extra day as delegates struggle to reach some kind of agreement. The good news is that worthwhile emissions reductions may be achieved - but poor countries are asking: where's the money?
Categories: Ecological News

Here comes the sun: explosion in solar power beckons

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 22:42
Solar power has a sunny future - even without any major breakthroughs, writes Ralph Gottschalg. There are huge gains to be made simply by getting smarter and using existing technologies more effectively. A new report shows that - given political support - solar PV could be competitive in the UK by 2020.
Categories: Ecological News

Europe on the brink - green future or industrial wasteland?

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 19:16
The EU faces a choice: a green, democratic future of clean prosperity and social justice? Or a dirty future of corporate domination with resurgent nuclear power, expanding fossil fuels, GMO agriculture and weak human and environmental protection? Junckers' Commission represents the latter. We must assert our own vision - or there will be little worth staying in for.
Categories: Ecological News