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Guardian's fossil fuel divestment pledge allows gas, fracking

7 hours 5 min ago
The Guardian Media Group is to divest its £800m fund from fossil fuels over five years. But the promise excludes natural gas and other 'hydrocarbons' - leaving the door open for it to retain controversial investments in fracking.
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EPA fail: refuses to ban 'brain damage' pesticide

8 hours 51 min ago
The US Environmental Protection Agency has just failed farm workers and their families by refusing to ban a neuro-toxic pesticide that causes severe brain damage in utero and to exposed children, writes Patti Goldman - imposing only weak, inadequate restrictions based on flawed science. It must do better!
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Guatemala: women lead the struggle for life, land, clean water

13 hours 8 min ago
For over two years the small community of San José del Golfo has maintained a 24-hour barricade against the US-owned mine El Tambor that threatens to destroy their land and water. The non-violent resistance, led by women, is transforming the traditional 'macho' culture, and attracting support across Guatemala, and beyond.
Categories: Ecological News

Fishing bandits arrested in Sea Shepherd's 'Operation Icefish'

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 20:23
The first year of Sea Shepherd's campaign to close down illegal fishing operations in the Southern Ocean, dubbed 'Operation Icefish' has already led to the detention of two 'bandit' fishing vessels while a third is under pursuit.
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Man on an Antarctic mission - taking a plunge for the Ross Sea

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 20:08
How to campaign for the world's biggest marine protected area in Antarctica's freezing seas? If you're Lewis Pugh, the answer's a simple one: swim there! And before your hands have even recovered from the frostbite, fly off to Moscow to persuade the Kremlin to back the idea. Yannic Rack met the intrepid swimmer in a cosy London pub ...
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Health professionals call: ban fracking for five years

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 14:59
Medact, the organization of health professionals for a safer, fairer and better world, has called for a five year moratorium on fracking due to its serious hazards to public health, writes Paul Mobbs. Their new report is a powerful challenge to government policy that cannot be ignored.
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Glyphosate, 2,4-D, dicamba herbicides cause antibiotic resistance

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 22:11
Scientists have discovered that exposure to three widely used herbicides including Monsanto's Roundup and Kamba causes pathogenic bacteria to develop resistance to medically important antibiotics.
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Stand up for pedestrians - the forgotten travellers

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 20:59
Our road space is dominated by, and planned for, motor vehicles, writes Colin Pooley - leaving while people on foot are crammed on to narrow pavements, obstructed by 'street furniture', made to wait long periods to cross busy roads, and exposed to traffic noise and emissions. It's time put pedestrians first!
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Stand up for pedestrians - the forgotten travellers

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 20:59
Our road space is dominated by, and planned for, motor vehicles, writes Colin Pooley - leaving while people on foot are crammed on to narrow pavements, obstructed by 'street furniture', made to wait long periods to cross busy roads, and exposed to traffic noise and emissions. It's time put pedestrians first!
Categories: Ecological News

Wikileaks papers reveal TPP's huge corporate giveaway

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 18:35
Leaked papers reveal that the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal would represent a historic transfer of power and money from the US and other governments to corporations.
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After Fukushima: Japan's 'nuclear village' is back in charge

Sat, 03/28/2015 - 17:52
Public opposition to nuclear power in Japan remains strong, writes Jim Green, but piece by piece, Shinzo Abe's right-wing government has been putting the country's infamous 'nuclear village' back in control - boosted by draconian press censorship laws, massive interest-free loans, and a determination to forget all the 'lessons' of Fukushima. Is another big accident inevitable?
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'Heat beater' beans could feed millions in warmer world

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 21:51
Thirty new heat tolerant varieties of bean - a staple food crop around the world's tropical regions - will help people survive in a world as much as 4C warmer that it is now, writes Alex Kirby - and look: no genetic modification!
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TTIP: MPs demand transparency and 'right to regulate'

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 20:17
British MPs have rebuked the government for its secretive and apathetic response to public concerns over the TTIP EU-US trade deal, demanding that nations' 'right to regulate' for health, environment and the wider public interest must stand at the heart of any future agreement.
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Policy makers warned on UK shale gas - assume there won't be any

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 01:01
High ranking academics have issued a stark warning to policy makers on the future of Britain's shale gas - your best bet is that we have none that can be recovered consistent with policy objectives.
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We must 'green' the government machine - and here's how

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 23:02
A culture of environmental denialism is deeply embedded in the institutions of government, writes Duncan Brack. So how to put that right? How about a powerful new Office for Environmental Responsibility? And an annual 'natural resource budget' complete with bright green box?
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Death by strangulation? Hydropower threatens to kill the mighty Mekong

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 19:08
Over 18 million people live off the natural bounty of the The Mekong Delta, writes Tom Fawthrop - the source of huge annual harvests of fish, rice, fruit, and one of the world's most productive ecosystems. But now huge dams threaten to strangle the Mekong river and the abundant life it supports, while the world sits idly by.
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Profits before whales! To know why TTIP would be a nightmare, look to Canada

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 18:50
A series of judgments against Canada in secret corporate tribunals costing taxpayers $100s of millions show that 'free trade' agreements really do restrict governments' right to protect health, environment and endangered species, writes Nick Dearden.
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EU turns fire on invasive species already costing €12 billion a year

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 17:09
A new EU Regulation aims to limit the spread of invasive species through 'pathway controls' and bans on possession, transport and trade, writes Yannic Rack. But will it be up to the most important task - keeping the most hazardous aliens out, before they ever get the chance to become a nuisance?
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Fighting invasive species with EU regulations - slamming the stable door?

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 17:09
A new EU Regulation aims to limit the spread of invasive species through 'pathway controls' and bans on possession, transport and trade, writes Yannic Rack. But will it be up to the most important task - keeping the most hazardous aliens out, before they ever get the chance to become a nuisance?
Categories: Ecological News

Lake Powell is dead! Long live Glen Canyon!

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 16:47
Drought is returning Lake Powell, impounded behind the Glen Canyon dam on the Colorado river, back to desert, writes Grant A. Mincy - and a fine thing too! As nature turns billions of dollars of infrastructural abomination to junk, this creates the chance to reclaim our commons and recreate ravaged ecosystems.
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