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As government delays pollution plan, study shows how killer nanoparticles cause heart disease

7 hours 12 min ago
A new study explains for the first time how nanoparticles like those in diesel exhaust fumes cause heart disease by lodging in inflamed blood vessels, writes Oliver Tickell. The study, published as the UK government is ordered before the High Court to justify its refusal to publish plans to tackle illegal air pollution which afflicts 38 million people, also raises wider fears about 'engineered nanoparticles' in the environment.
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As government delays pollution plan, study shows how toxic nanoparticles 'cause heart disease'

7 hours 12 min ago
A new study explains for the first time how nanoparticles like those in diesel exhaust fumes cause heart disease and premature death by settling in inflamed blood vessels, writes Oliver Tickell. The study, published as the UK government is ordered before the High Court to justify its refusal to publish plans to tackle illegal air pollution which now afflicts 38 million people, also raises wider fears about 'engineered nanoparticles' in the environment.
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Brazil: Government to abandon tribes to 'genocide' by loggers and ranchers

8 hours 4 min ago
Brazil's extreme right wing government is preparing to open up the rainforest territories of dozens of uncontacted indigenous tribes to 'free for all' development by defunding the protection they currently receive, according to information received by Survival International, which warns: 'The reality is these cuts could sanction genocide.'
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To conserve tropical forests and wildlife, protect the rights of people who rely on them

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 22:45
Who are the best guardians of forests and other wild places? Governments? Conservation NGOs? Corporations? No, writes Prakash Kashwan, it's the indigenous peoples who have lived in harmony with their environment for millennia. But to be able do so, they must first be accorded rights to their historic lands and resources, both in law and in practice. Among the countries leading the way, Mexico. Among the laggards, Kenya and India.
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Worthless mining waste could suck CO2 out of the atmosphere and reverse emissions

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 20:52
The world must drastically reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, writes Simon Redfern - and we can't do it by cutting emissions alone. But we could we do it 'nature's way', using volcanic rocks and mining wastes that naturally soak up CO2 from the atmosphere and ocean, and turn it into harmless forms like limestone and dissolved bicarbonate.
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Fracking kills newborn babies - polluted water likely cause

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:37
A new study in Pennsylvania, USA shows that fracking is strongly related to increased mortality in young babies. The effect is most pronounced in counties with many drinking water wells indicating that contamination by 'produced water' from fracking is a likely cause. Radioactive pollution with uranium, thorium and radium is a 'plausible explanation' for the excess deaths.
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Tribunal judges: Monsanto isn't feeding the world - it's undermining food security

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 20:25
Five international judges say Monsanto's activities have negatively affected individuals, communities and biodiversity, writes Claire Robinson. The Monsanto Tribunal's damning ruling denounces the company's harmful impacts on food sovereignty, agricultural production, access to nutrition, the natural environment, seed diversity, climate change, pollution and traditional cultural practices.
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Tribunal judges: Monsanto isn't feeding the world, it's damaging food security

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 20:25
Five international judges say Monsanto's activities have negatively affected individuals, communities and biodiversity, writes Claire Robinson, following the damning ruling by the Monsanto Tribunal of the harmful impacts of the company's activities and business model on food sovereignty, agricultural production, access to nutrition, the natural environment, seed diversity, climate change, pollution and traditional cultural practices.
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Ecologist Special Report: From fish to forests and conflicts to coffee...how humans are affected by climate-driven species shifts

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 20:10
Climate change has species on the move, with major consequences for biodiversity and human communities write TERO MUSTONEN and HANNIBAL RHOADES. Building resilience has never been more important and Indigenous Peoples are showing the way
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Up in smoke: the fight to block Gloucestershire's unwanted incinerator

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 17:41
Activists in Gloucestershire are battling to block the construction of a massive incinerator that they see as a blight on the landscape, costly, polluting, wasteful and undermining recycling, writes Dan Hinge. Now the fight, backed by superstar actor Jeremy Irons, just entered a new phase after a tribunal forced the County Council to reveal essential details of the contract it had signed.
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Special Investigation: How bullying and intimidation in abattoirs threatens food safety checks

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 16:54
A Unison survey of UK meat hygiene inspectors found that, last year, 51% of respondents had been the victim of bullying and harassment. One inspector said the situation was so bad he had considered suicide. Campaigning reporter, ANDREW WASLEY investigates
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Lies, damned lies and twisted statistics - fake science set to kill 100,000 English badgers

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 17:22
The government / NFU badger culling policy is based on a single study, the Randomised Badger Culling Trials (RBCT), which found that area-wide badger killing reduced TB 'breakdowns' in cattle herds. But a robust reanalysis of the RBCT data reveals that culling is entirely ineffective, writes Tom Langton. The only scientifically valid conclusion is that culling badgers has no effect on TB in cattle. Defra and Natural England must think again!
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We can do it! 'Mission 2020' bid to get emissions falling in three years

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 16:53
Never mind the climate idiocy that has gripped the USA! Global emissions are already flatlining, writes Joe Ware, and a new initiative just launched in London aims to start pulling them down by 2020. Sure it's ambitious, but it's possible - because the future is unlike the past, and it's already happening, right now. Are you up for the challenge?
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Permafrost thaw threatens flood of carbon, methane emissions

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 20:57
Permafrost is much more sensitive to warmer temperatures than previously known, writes Alex Kirby. A new study shows that every 1C of warming could melt 4 million sq.km of frozen soil, releasing huge amounts of methane and carbon dioxide to add to the warming. It's time to start meeting those Paris targets!
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False promise: nuclear power: past, present and (no) future

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 16:59
Nuclear power was originally sold on a lie, writes Dave Elliott. While we were being told it would make electricity 'too cheap to meter', insiders knew it cost at least 50% more than conventional generation. Since then nuclear costs have only risen, while renewable energy prices are on a steep decline. And now the nuclear behemoths are crumbling ... not a moment too soon.
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Green nationalism? How the far right could learn to love the environment

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 16:46
Myths of a pagan past in harmony with nature have been a feature of green nationalism, writes Peter Paul Catterall, from its beginnings through to the Anastasia ecovillages in contemporary Russia where - unlike their equivalent hippy communes found in the West - sustainable living is combined with a 'reactionary eco-nationalism'. Could it happen here too?
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The dark legacy of China's drive for global resources

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 19:18
As China pursues a startling array of energy, mining, logging, agricultural, transport and other infrastructure projects on virtually every continent, it is having an unprecedented impact on the planet, writes William Laurance. It's not that China is any worse than historic colonial powers - the difference is in the sheer scale and pace of environmental destruction, and the total lack of oversight under which Chinese mega-corporations operate.
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Making history: El Salvador bans metal mining

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 16:46
Mining was imposed on the Salvadoran people as a dream industry to aid development, create jobs and yield taxes to pay for schools and hospitals, write Ricardo Navarro & Sam Cossar-Gilber. But the reality was a nightmare of polluted water, stolen farmland, corporate violence, and murder. After a long campaign, El Salvador has just become the first country to ban all metal mining.
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Catastrophic 'anti-infestation' logging threatens US National Forests

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 23:20
A fresh wave of logging is hitting America's national forests, writes Brett Haverstick. But this time it's all for the sake of 'forest health' and 'fire prevention'. It might look like industrial clear-cutting to you and me, but really, it's in a good cause. And if the forests and precious ecosystems they harbor just happen to perish in the process ... well ain't that just too bad?
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No Drax! There's nothing 'sustainable' about big biomass

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 18:44
The Drax power station in Yorkshire is the UK's biggest CO2 emitter, burns more wood each year than the entire UK timber harvest, and is a major importer of coal from strife-stricken regions of Colombia, writes Frances Howe. This Thursday campaigners will target the company's AGM to highlight its impacts on forests, biodiversity, climate and communities, in the face of Drax's PR offensive to make biomass appear 'sustainable'.
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