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Texas court awards family $3 million for fracking health damage

4 hours 52 min ago
In 2011 Bob and Lisa Parr filed a lawsuit in the Texas courts against Aruba Petroleum after they suffered health damage which they attributed to pollution from fracking wells. They have now been awarded $3m damages.
Categories: Ecological News

Should we cull our badgers to save our hedgehogs?

9 hours 14 min ago
New scientific research shows that culling badgers can increase local hedgehog numbers. As UK hedgehog populations continue to decline, Hugh Warwick asks - are badgers to blame? Or does the real problem lie elsewhere?
Categories: Ecological News

WWF: UK oil company must quit Virunga Park

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 22:11
Following the shooting of Virunga's chief warden last week, WWF is calling on UK oil company Soco International PLC to pull out of the Park and respond to allegations made in a new documentary premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Categories: Ecological News

Japan must stop financing coal

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:44
Japan is the world's biggest financier of coal development, setting developing countries on a dirty, coal fired energy track. As President Obama visits Japan, Nicole Ghio urges Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to re-apply its coal billions to build a clean, renewable energy future.
Categories: Ecological News

Large dams are uneconomic

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 21:42
A study of 245 large dams carried out at Oxford University shows that big hydropower is uneconomic. Actual costs are typically double pre-construction estimates - and have not improved over 70 years. ASEAN energy ministers take note!
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Japan's whaling - the end is nigh

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:36
Following the ruling by the International Court of Justice that Japan's whaling in the Antarctic is illegal, Elizabeth Claire Alberts examines the legal, financial and practical challenges of a continued whaling program - with some help from Sea Shepherd's Captain Paul Watson.
Categories: Ecological News

Four years after Deepwater Horizon: has offshore safety improved?

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:36
In the four years since the Deepwater Horizon blowout there's been a lot of regulatory activity, writes Jacqueline Lang Weaver. Yet the regulatory framework today is weak, complex, under-funded, industry dominated - and it's uncertain that the Gulf of Mexico is really any safer than in 2010.
Categories: Ecological News

Fracking - the clean fight against dirty fuels

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:36
Following her acquittal on charges of obstructing the entrance to a fracking site in Balcombe, Sussex, Caroline Lucas explains why this is only the beginning of the fight against shale gas - and why we must also promote the clean energy alternatives.
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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

Being Nature - extending civil rights to the natural world

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 23:30
As the destruction of the biosphere continues, we need to establish new legal systems to protect what remains. Mumta Ito proposes a new beginning for environmental law based on extending 'civil rights' to the natural world.
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.
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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.
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Fracking's radwaste - supervision remains inadequate

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 17:36
After over a decade of fracking, oversight of the industry's radioactive waste is still lacking, reports Sharon Kelly. Over half of the 280 billion gallons a year of radioactive waste water from fracking ends up in rivers and streams.
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.
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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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