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If you're saying 'it' with flowers this UK Bank Holiday weekend make sure they're locally grown

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 23:21
A gap in the market and the digital age has seen the British organic cut flower industry flourish over the last couple of years - with chemical-free, low air-mile blooms finally seeing their day in the sun. LAURA BRIGGS reports on the homegrown market that offers a bigger variety of flowers and without the environmental costs of imported ones
Categories: Ecological News

How to spot hazardous 'rip currents' at the beach - before you get in the water

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 23:18
Five men tragically died this week at Camber Sands in East Sussex, making holiday makers are increasingly fearful of the dangers of sea bathing. One of the biggest dangers comes from so-called 'rip tides' which carry swimmers out to sea on fast-moving 'rivers' of water, writes MARTIN AUSTIN. So here's how to recognise the dangers - before you even get in the water.
Categories: Ecological News

Activist ‘Pati' Ruiz Corzo: The Singing Conservationist

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 21:10
TADZIO MAC GREGOR meets a former school teacher-turned-conservation-activist who uses singing to inspire her followers and who has taken on both the Mexican Government and big corporations to stop the exploitation of the biodiverse Sierra Gorda region for profit
Categories: Ecological News

If it's jobs they want, Labour and the unions must back renewables, not Hinkley C!

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 21:00
Four of Britain's major unions are big supporters of nuclear power, writes Ian Fairlie - all because of the jobs. Now Labour's shadow energy minister has joined them in backing Hinkley C - even though renewable energy is a far better job-creator than nuclear, and already employs three times more people. Could it be that these are the 'wrong kind of jobs' - not unionised ones?
Categories: Ecological News

Dark days ahead for British agriculture? Or green shoots of a brighter future?

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 21:08
With Brexit the UK will have to chose between two visions of our farming future, writes Keith Tyrell. Will it be heavily subsidised corporate agribusiness that ravages both nature and small, high quality farmers. Or will we seize the chance to build a sustainable food and farming system that supports wildlife, landscape, family farms, organic production and diverse rural economies?
Categories: Ecological News

New study suggests pro-nuclear countries are making much slower progress on climate targets

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 21:06
With the UK's Hinkley Point deal hanging in the balance, a new study casts fresh doubts over future of nuclear energy in Europe, writes JAMES HAKNER
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The Ethical Foodie: Pack up and ship more ethically out?

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 19:47

If you want to make a difference to waste and the environment then you need to think about what you will eat when you're travelling - both for business and for pleasure. It won't be easy, it'll take some planning but the difference you make will be huge writes, TIM MADDAMS our New Voices Ethical Foodie columnist
Categories: Ecological News

UK public overwhelmingly backs EU rules to protect bees and nature

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 19:09
They may have wanted to leave Europe behind but Brexiteers still want the same - if not higher levels of environmental protection - for the UK's wild bee populations and natural wild places says a new report commissioned by Friends of the Earth and published today
Categories: Ecological News

Brazil's Olympic triumph - don't mention the genocide!

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 18:48
In the thick of the Olympic frenzy, one voice that was systematically excluded from mainstream narratives is that of Brazil's Indigenous Peoples, writes Lewis Evans, who have fought to survive through centuries of dehumanisation, theft and genocide. And now they face a fresh attack as a proposed constitutional change, PEC 215, threatens a new round of indigenous land theft.
Categories: Ecological News

The hydrogen economy is much nearer than we think

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 18:44
Hydrogen made from renewable electricity is already fuelling vehicles at affordable prices, writes DAVID THORPE. But now the 'green' fuel is set to go from niche to mainstream - powering not just cars, trucks and buses, but storing surplus renewable energy on sunny and windy days, then to be burnt in gas turbines or fuel cells to supply the grid with reliable power on demand.
Categories: Ecological News

No more taxpayer subsidies for our failing nuclear reactors!

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 23:15
New York state recently set a terrible example by approving a $7.6 billion bailout of failing nuclear power plants, writes PETER BRADFORD. But other states aren't following. including California and Nebraska, where a host of highly competitive clean energy technologies are filling in the power shortfall left by nuclear closures, at much lower cost. It's time to let old nuclear reactors die.
Categories: Ecological News

England's £100m badger cull extensions condemned

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 21:52
England is about to extend its badger cull policy to five new areas of the country, proving that only that science is a dead letter to May's conservative government as it was to Cameron's. While bovine TB infections in cattle rise in the existing cull areas, Wales has just achieved a cull-free 14% reduction.
Categories: Ecological News

Why are our badgers ‘Badgered to Death'?

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 17:34
With today's news that badger culling will continue in Gloucester, Somerset and Dorset, and take place in three other counties, writes LESLEY DOCKSEY, there could be no more opportune moment for Dominic Dyer's new book 'Badgered to Death' to appear - expertly exposing the total absence of scientific evidence that badgers transmit bovine TB to cattle.
Categories: Ecological News

The GMO food venture is built on a foundation of mass deception

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 20:38
The very first GE product, a dietary supplement, poisoned thousands of people of which dozens died, writes Steven M. Druker. The first GE food, the 'Flavr Savr' tomato, caused stomach lesions. But a long campaign of concealment and deception by regulators and corporate scientists re-engineered the truth to present GMOs as so safe they did not even need to be tested for safety.
Categories: Ecological News

How to avoid system collapse? It's the ecology, stupid!

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 20:00
Ecosystems don't collapse a little at a time, writes JAMES DYKE, but all of a sudden. So how can we see the danger signs and act in time to save them? A new study of eutrophic lakes shows that the answer lies, not in easily-measured nutrient levels, but from a more subtle understanding of the lakes' shifting ecology and types of species: keystones, weeds and canaries.
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Shishmaref Climate Refugees Relocation - A sociological tipping point in Arctic Alaska

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 19:20
When the 600 residents of the Shishmaref Alaskan village decided last week to relocate due to the impact of Climate Change we moved beyond the 'wakeup call' stage to a serious tipping point, writes Dr CARA AUGUSTENBORG
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Mon, 08/22/2016 - 18:10
They said it would never work but time has proved those critics wrong.
As the inspirational and pioneering Devon centre that combines ecology and spiritual learning celebrates its 25th anniversary, founder and Editor Emeritus of Resurgence & Ecologist, SATISH KUMAR, describes the flourishing of this remarkable and pioneering place of learning
Categories: Ecological News

Degrowth and the Global Movement for Environmental Justice

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 20:39
With the 5th International Degrowth Conference taking place next week Spanish Ecologists Professor Joan Martinez Alier and Federico Demaria - both working at the Environmental Science and Technology Institute (ICTA) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) - explain why we need a 'less is more' alternative economic model and how the burgeoning Global Environmental Justice movement is a key concept in achieving the only goal that will halt Climate Change.
Categories: Ecological News

France bans all ivory and rhino horn trade

Fri, 08/19/2016 - 22:09

BRUSSELS - The French Environment Minister Ségolène Royal has signed a decree banning the trade in ivory and rhino horn in France and all overseas French territories.This follows an earlier French governmental move to suspend re-exports of elephant ivory
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Coca-Cola's second largest bottling plant in India has been shut down

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 20:09
New Delhi: Coca-Cola's second largest bottling plant in India has shut production due to pollution violations, the India Resource Center has confirmed after a visit to the plant yesterday.
Categories: Ecological News