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Once-stable Antarctic glaciers have suddenly started melting

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 22:45
A dramatic shift has taken place in the glaciers of the southern Antarctic peninsula, writes Bert Wouters. Six years ago these previously stable bodies suddenly stated shedding 60 cubic kilometres of ice per year into the ocean. A stark warning of further surprises to come?
Categories: Ecological News

Giving aid money to big business doesn't solve poverty. Who knew?

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 19:05
The UK government has showered £500 million of its aid budget on 'partnerships' with global corporations that are meant to help the poor, writes Kevin Smith. Surprise - an independent assessment has found that the only ones to benefit were the companies themselves. This ideologically-driven farce must stop now!
Categories: Ecological News

Bring back fox hunting and hare coursing? Not on our watch

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 17:15
Fresh from his surprise election victory, David Cameron is facing calls to expedite a 'free vote' in Parliament to repeal the law that forbids hunting with dogs, writes Chris Pitt. We must make sure our MPs vote to protect wild animals from the horrendous cruelty that resumed hunting would inflict on them.
Categories: Ecological News

Support surge gives Greenpeace India new lease of life

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 23:39
Greenpeace India is to fight on for another month after a surge of support from allies, new donors and staff, who have pledged to work through June for no pay after the Indian government blocked its bank accounts.
Categories: Ecological News

Power struggle: after Germany's renewables surge, can it keep its coal in the ground?

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 22:33
Germany's 'Energiewende' has made the country a global renewable energy powerhouse. So why have its carbon emissions gone up? Not because of nuclear closures, writes Melanie Mattauch, but because powerful fossil fuel companies have blocked effective climate action. Now the fight is on as public calls to keep the coal in the ground get too loud to ignore.
Categories: Ecological News

Coal and climate change: a death sentence for the Great Barrier Reef

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 15:04
Over the Great Barrier Reef's coral has already been lost, writes Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, and UNESCO is expected to add the site to its 'World Heritage in danger' list. The reef's survival will depend on the world's ability to control carbon emissions. So why is Australia planning to open vast new coal mines in the Galilee Basin?
Categories: Ecological News

Pressing ahead with Trident, only the UK hasn't noticed: it's time to get rid of nuclear weapons

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 01:32
Important developments are unfolding at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty negotiations in New York this week, writes David Lowry. These include the surprisingly large scale of the US's warhead scrapping, and a grassroots rebellion against the nuclear states led by South Africa. But the UK and its media remain aloof from it all - intent on renewing Trident no matter what.
Categories: Ecological News

India: unlawful Pepsi plant wins police protection

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 22:39
First the Pepsi-Cola bottling company in south India caused outrage by depleting groundwater. Next it was found to be operating without valid permits.Then as protests grew the company won a High Court order giving it police protection. Now locals are vowing to keep the plant shut for good.
Categories: Ecological News

Stopping the corporate power grab - it's not all just about TTIP

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:36
Thanks to TTIP the corporate drive for free trade is once more facing critical public scrutiny, writes Alex Scrivener. But in the rush to oppose TTIP we mustn't lose sight of the context in which the deal is being negotiated - the hundreds of bilateral treaties that give corporations the right to sue in secret 'trade courts'.
Categories: Ecological News

As Chipotle goes GMO-free, Monsanto's worst fear is coming true

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 13:31
Next to MacDonalds, Burger King and KFC, Chipotle's Mexican Grill is a minnow, writes Jonathan Latham. But its decision to go GMO-free will ultimately compel all America's consumer-facing food brands to follow suit - because that's what their customers want. Could this be the beginning of the end of GMOs? That's what Monsanto, Dupont, Bayer and Syngenta fear.
Categories: Ecological News

Accidents, waste and weapons: nuclear power isn't worth the risks

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 14:12
Nuclear advocates must be admired for their optimism if nothing else, writes Mark Diesendorf. Disregarding over half a century of evidence that nuclear power is dangerous, expensive, enables the spread of nuclear weapons, and produces wastes we still don't know what to do with, still they cling to the 1950's dream of 'electricity to cheap to meter'.
Categories: Ecological News

Ghana's women farmers resist the G7 plan to grab Africa's seeds

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 20:25
Sharing and saving seed is a crucial part of traditional farming all over Africa, writes Heidi Chow. Maybe that's why governments, backed by multinational seed companies, are imposing oppressive seed laws that attack the continent's main food producers and open the way to industrial agribusiness. But Ghana's women farmers are having none of it.
Categories: Ecological News

Trident nuclear accidents and terrorism are the greatest threats we face

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 14:46
The UK's Trident nuclear missile system and the nuclear submarines on which it depends represent a massive danger to the UK due to faulty equipment, gross security lapses and ignorance of operating procedures, writes William McNeilly. This leaves the system open to accidents and terrorist attack, and apparently unable to even fire missiles should the need arise.
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Is China's emissions slump real - or are they making it up?

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 22:33
Cynical western media are pouring cold water on reports of China's declining carbon emissions, writes David Toke. The trouble is, the cross-sectoral statistics that demonstrate the reductions are actually rather convincing. Maybe journalists should be asking different questions - like just how well is the US performing?
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Pope Francis endorses climate action petition to world leaders

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 21:42
The Pope has urged Catholics around the world to sign a new faith-inspired petition calling on world leaders to limit global warming to 1.5C, shortly after declaring that there is 'clear, definitive and ineluctable ethical imperative to act' on climate change.
Categories: Ecological News

Kenya's Maasai determined to overcome the challenges of drought and climate change

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 21:33
Persistent droughts are undermining the self-sufficiency of Maasai communities in the Great Rift Valley and worsening their living conditions, writes Simone Sarchi. Now these fearless warriors are fighting the battle against climate change through adaptation, education and technology, and by making peace with traditional enemies.
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Undefeated after 67 years, Palestinians' thirst for peace and justice

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 18:44
Today is Nakba day - when Palestinians everywhere remember in their native land, stolen homes, demolished villages and long-lost way of life with grief, anger and a deep yearning that endures from generation to generation, writes Johnny Barber.
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Thawing Arctic carbon threatens 'runaway' global warming

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 23:40
Arctic warming is releasing ancient organic matter that's been deep-frozen for millennia, writes Tim Radford. And now scientists have discovered its fate: within weeks it's all digested by bacteria and released to the atmosphere as CO2 - with potentially catastrophic impacts on climate.
Categories: Ecological News

Breast cancer and nuclear power - statistics reveal the link 'they' wanted to hide

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 21:23
The link between nuclear power and cancer is real, writes Chris Busby, and revealed in the UK's cancer statistics - if only you look for it. Previous approaches have focused on rare cancers over large, poorly selected populations. But look at common cancers among those most exposed to nuclear radiation, and the statistical evidence is overwhelming.
Categories: Ecological News