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Towards tribal interdependence and peace in Kenya

4 hours 23 min ago
Tensions are rising in Kenya as the country approaches local and national elections in August. But we could choose to use our differences as a strength, not a cause of conflict, says DEBORA LANGAT
Categories: Ecological News

A People's Food Policy - grassroot food and farming groups call for a more just food system

5 hours 42 min ago

As the Brexit negotiations begin, a coalition of grassroots food and farming organisations today launch ‘A People's Food Policy' calling for England to develop a more progressive food policy in advance of leaving the EU. Scotland is already in the process of adopting national food policies and is currently developing a ‘Good Food Nation Bill', while England has yet to make any progress
Categories: Ecological News

Foxhounds and bovine TB edges (finally) into the news

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 18:43
The publication of research into foxhounds and bovine TB is being hidden behind a cover up, with an outbreak in one hunt's pack kept secret for three months before the news leaked out, writes LESLEY DOCKSEY
Categories: Ecological News

Colombian environmental protestors 'see off' one of the world's biggest gold mining companies

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:06
Two months ago Colombia's largest gold-mining project ‘La Colosa' was called off after a small town said "NO" in a local referendum. A wave of public consultations against similar projects is now sweeping Colombia and beyond, while the Government hesitates to introduce rigorous environmental regulations for the industry writes BURAG GURDEN
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Conservation Exclusive: People's Trust for Endangered Species complete a secret and successful hazel dormice release into the wild

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:48
Ecologist reporter, LAURA BRIGGS, joins the animal charities and volunteers gathered earlier this week on a secret mission - the release of 18 pairs of endangered dormice into the wild
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Ecologist Special Report: Community Farm takes local council to High Court this Solstice

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 23:09
A local food-production scheme, dedicated to conservation and sustainability in East Sussex, has been crowdfunding to finance the legal battle that will see it in the High Court today. The Crossing - a micro-farm providing affordable and pesticide free food for the surrounding Forest Row community - is taking its local council to the High Court to challenge a decision to turn down its application for planning permission and, say the petitioners, to fight for the rights of small food growers. MATTHEW NEWSOME reports
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Collaboration and communication: how science and environmentalists can fight climate change together

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 20:09
Whether from environmentalists, media or politicians science and its values are often under attack. In response, the scientific community has started a global Pro-Science Movement. Key agendas of the movement include environmental awareness and action on climate change, writes LUCY EJ WOODS
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Gardening as Therapy: A moving memoir

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 18:39
Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn - who said he'd never give up his allotment, whatever the outcome of the recent UK elections - knows it and so do the millions of gardeners, growers and allotmenteers who've found a deeper relationship with their own patch of land. HARRIET GRIFFEY discovers the healing power of that relationship as described in a beautifully written new memoir
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Conference Seeks Security for Embattled Environmental Activists

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 01:32
This week, the first-ever Forest Defenders Conference, organized by environmental activist support group Not1More, takes place (21st-22nd June) at St. Hugh's College in Oxford, UK. The aim of the conference is to highlight the growing risks and help develop safety strategies for frontline environmentalists who face increasing violence for their work.
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Ecologist Special Report: EU must back up its words with action on deforestation

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 17:03
Though the Earth loses forests at an alarming rate, the EU has yet to take decisive action against the most severe causes of deforestation. The EU must now act swiftly to ensure its consumption no longer drives forest destruction, writes SÉBASTIEN RISSO
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We're Still Stronger Together

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 20:01
Vivian Woodell, social entrepreneur and founder of the phone co-op, shares his thoughts on the growing co-operative movement and its role in building collaborative, sustainable alternatives to the standard model. Interview by Oliver Tickell.
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How the South Australians who dumped a nuclear dump may soon have another fight on their hands

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 22:31
The rejection of a plan to import vast amounts of high-level nuclear waste from around the world for profit was a significant result for campaigners but that threat is still far from over, writes JIM GREEN
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GAWP! The Green Alphabet Writing Prize

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 22:02
Got something to say about the environment and the way we do (or don't) care for it? Here's your chance to get what you think noticed and published....
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Ecologist Special Report: Environmental Activist Illegally Detained in Baja California Sur, Mexico

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 19:52
Since the illegal arrest and imprisonment of lawyer and environmental activist John Moreno (and his client Joella Corado) on May 19th, numerous protests and vigils have been held, both in the town of Todos Santos and in the state capital of La Paz. Many consider Moreno a political prisoner of the Mexican Government, and see Corado as collateral damage in a political campaign to clamp down on community resistance to development. VIVIANE MAHIEUX tells their story to date...
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Open letter to party leaders on climate change and the UK economy

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 23:30
In an open letter to the UK's political party leaders, Scientists for Global Responsibility urge those politicians to take the global threat of climate change seriously and to exploit science and technology to create jobs, tackle fuel poverty, and reduce local air pollution
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Expressing environmental concerns through the artist's pencil and paint

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 19:39
In its purist form, drawing is marking down the junctions of observed lines. The Ecology Movement does the same thing - joining up the dots of our under-strain, but interlinked environment to create forceful arguments, writes Ecologist Arts Editor, GARY COOK
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Leading from Nature: Politics and Biomimicry

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 18:49
As Theresa May and her Ministers struggle to make a pact with the DUP, Ecologist Nature Editor, ELIZABETH WAINWRIGHT says we could all do worse than model both leadership and politics on Nature and work together to improve partnership and community, as well as innovation
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Solar Irrigation Pump is Winner of the 2017 Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy and Water

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 18:04
The winner of the 2017 Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy and Water - announced today (12th June, 2017) - is Futurepump, which manufactures an affordable, highly efficient and portable solar irrigation pump aimed at the millions of smallholder farmers in Kenya and around the world, writes CHHAVI SHARMA
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Australian Government and UNESCO are Oceans Apart on Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 15:41
Australia's governments and mining giant Adani have announced the go ahead for a mega mine - despite the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) warnings over climate change and the likely impact on the Great Barrier Reef. MAXINE NEWLANDS reports
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Diners want the food industry to ‘clean up' its act and tell the truth about GMO ingredients

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 19:38
Almost since the advent of genetic engineering the food industry, the research establishment and parts of the media have been saying that the public is becoming more accepting of the technology. However, with no credible independent evidence to support this view it remains little more than wishful thinking and as this new survey, conducted by Beyond GM shows, most diners want to see more transparency about what's actually in our food
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