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FoE sues to keep Devon's wild beavers free

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 19:53
Friends of the Earth has filed a lawsuit to challenge Natural England's secretive grant of a licence allowing the Government to trap wild beavers on the River Otter in Devon.
Categories: Ecological News

San Francisco declares: every whale and dolphin has the right to be free

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:54
If SeaWorld is looking to build a new park in California, it will be steering well clear of San Francisco, writes Laura Bridgeman. Following a campaign backed by scientists and hundreds of high school students, the City has declared cetaceans' right to be free and 'unrestricted in their natural environment'.
Categories: Ecological News

Ebola: don't blame the bats!

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:55
Bats serve as a natural reservoir for the Ebola - but we cannot blame them for the epidemic. In Ghana alone people eat over 100,000 fruit bats a year as 'bushmeat', yet the country has escaped the epidemic. Much more research is needed to discover the mechanisms of transmission, and to devise effective, appropriate interventions.
Categories: Ecological News

Ghana's farmers battle ‘Monsanto law' to retain seed freedom

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:53
Ghana's government is desperate to pass a Plant Breeders Bill that would remove farmers' ancient 'seed freedom' to grow, retain, breed and develop crop varieties - while giving corporate breeders a blanket exemption from seed regulations. Now the farmers are fighting back.
Categories: Ecological News

OccupyDemocracy suppressed - is Cameron any better than Putin?

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:38
Donnachadh McCarthy, The Ecologist's correspondent at Occupy Democracy was arrested yesterday when police cleared Parliament Square of protesters. The brutal repression of peaceful protest puts Britain in the same moral camp as China, Russia and others whose human rights record we publicly despise, writes Julian Sayarer.
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Germany's green power surges ahead - at a price that's finally falling

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 18:48
Germany's transition to a renewable power system is on track, writes Gert Brunekreeft. But it's costing households €218 a year in surcharges, causing voter enthusiasm to wane. That may be about to change though. The surcharge is about to fall, while targets stay the same - a sign that renewable energy costs may be falling faster than expected.
Categories: Ecological News

To hit fossil fuel firms where it hurts, support divestment!

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 21:21
Fossil fuel companies are a risky investment thanks to the 2.8 trillion tonnes of 'unburnable' carbon in their reserves, writes Franklin Ginn. But there's an even stronger reason to support fossil fuel divestment: to erode their political power, which they use to block progress to a sustainable, low carbon future.
Categories: Ecological News

ICC told: Cambodia land-grabbing is 'crime against humanity'

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:11
A British lawyer has filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court, writes Kevin Ponniah, alleging that a wave of violent land-grabbing that has displaced 770,000 people has been carried out by Cambodia's ruling elite, and that it amounts to a crime against humanity.
Categories: Ecological News

London's 'Tarpaulin Revolution' lives another day

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 18:57
Last night the police were in full force in London's Parliament Square, writes Donnachadh McCarthy - forcibly removing Occupy Democracy protestors and snatching sleeping bags, cardboard and tarpaulins as illegal 'sleeping equipment', apparently on direct orders from the Mayor, Boris Johnson. Yet the rally keeps on growing ....
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Less freedom in Westminster's Parliament Square than in Hong Kong!!

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 18:03
Donnachadh McCarthy went to Parliament Square yesterday to address a peaceful rally about the failings of British democracy. The intimidatory, violent and inflammatory police reaction only confirmed everything he had to say - as did the dignified restraint of the Occupy Democracy protestors.
Categories: Ecological News

NASA confirms US's 2,500-square-mile methane cloud

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 22:11
Floating over the US Southwest is a cloud of methane the size of Delaware, writes Mike G - reflecting the release of almost 600,000 tonnes of the powerful greenhouse gas every year. Its origins? Coalbed gas production, fracking and horizontal drilling.
Categories: Ecological News

Climate 'uncertainty' is no excuse for climate inaction

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 00:09
Scientific uncertainties over future climate are widely used by 'sceptics' to justify a policy of no response, write Richard Pancost & Stephan Lewandowsky. But this reflects a deep misunderstanding: outcomes may end up much more severe than expected - and we should prepare for worst case scenarios.
Categories: Ecological News

The future of family farming is in our hands

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 22:39
Everyone loves family farming! And so they should, writes Holly Creighton-Hird, as family farms produce most of the world's food. But the UK Government has a funny way of showing it - favouring corporate agriculture and eliminating farm payments for small land holdings. It's up to us, the public, to support small, high welfare producers.
Categories: Ecological News

Greening the revolution - Ukrainian youth joins fight for nature

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 22:30
With 300,000 hectares of forests, fields and steppes damaged by fire, the war in Ukraine has done huge damage to the country's environment, writes Dimiter Kenarov. But there has been an upside: a new green spirit is taking root, and young volunteers are stepping in to protect wild spaces.
Categories: Ecological News

Arctic ice loss sends Alaskan temperatures soaring

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 19:29
Scientists analysing more than three decades of weather data for the northern Alaska outpost of Barrow have recorded an astonishing 7°C temperature rise, writes Alex Kirby - and the likely cause is the decline in Arctic sea ice.
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Ice loss sends Alaskan temperatures soaring

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 19:29
Scientists analysing more than three decades of weather data for the northern Alaska outpost of Barrow have recorded an astonishing 7°C temperature rise, writes Alex Kirby - and the likely cause is the decline in Arctic sea ice.
Categories: Ecological News

Ocean grabbing: a new wave of 21st century enclosures

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 19:07
Small-scale fishing communities are key to any transition towards an ecologically and socially just food regime. But backed by the World Bank, powerful corporate interests are seizing their fish, seas and shores in the name of 'sustainability'. A revolution of the poor is needed to rebuild food sovereignty - and restore the oceans to the global commons.
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NAO investigates Hinkley C nuclear subsidies

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 17:54
Hinkley C's subsidy package may have won European Commission approval - but now it faces a National Audit Office 'value for money' investigation, following a demand from a powerful Parliamentary committee.
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African habitat loss driving migrating birds' decline

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 21:01
A new report reveals huge declines in the UK's migratory birds that winter deep in Africa's rainforests. Shorter distance migrants are performing much better, with some recording big population increases.
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Excluding Greens from TV debates would make a mockery of democracy

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:47
UK broadcasters decision to exclude the Greens from the 2015 General Election debates has triggered a storm of protest, writes Josiah Mortimer. The numbers all show that the Greens deserve to be heard, but it's about more than that - the British people deserve the chance to engage in a new, progressive politics for the 21st century.
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