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Devon's beavers will stay wild and free

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 20:07
Natural England announced today that the wild beavers living on Devon's River Otter will be allowed to remain free under a 're-introduction' licence granted to Devon Wildlife Trust.
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Nigerian farmers face destitution from 300 sq.km land grab backed by UK aid

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 15:36
Development secretary Justine Greening is facing questions over UK involvement in a massive land-grab in Nigeria that is evicting local farmers from 300 square kilometres of fertile farmland to clear the way for a rice farm owned and controlled from the US and Canada. A 45,000-strong community faces landlessness and destitution.
Categories: Ecological News

Ebola is killing chimps and gorillas too - now we must save them!

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 14:32
Ebola has wiped out a third of chimps and gorillas since the 1990s, writes Meera Inglis, and together with hunting and deforestation is pushing them towards extinction. So why haven't we even used a safe, effective Ebola vaccine developed for chimps and gorillas?
Categories: Ecological News

100GW solar support in US-India climate talks, but no emissions cuts

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 23:34
India made no promises to cut its CO2 emissions from coal power stations, writes Nivedita Khandekar, and refused to reveal its ambitions for the Paris climate talks - but Obama promised US support for its plans to roll out 100GW of solar power.
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Message to the UK: the fracking 'bridge' is burning!

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 23:43
The lesson of fracking in the US and Canada is a simple one, writes Naomi Klein. The fracking industry is vicious, brutal and will stop at nothing to get its way. British anti-frackers can celebrate yesterday's achievements - but the fight ahead will not be an easy one.
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Message to the UK: the fracking 'bridge' is burning!

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 23:43
The lesson of fracking in the US and Canada is a simple one, writes Naomi Klein. The fracking industry is vicious, brutal and will stop at nothing to get its way. British anti-frackers can celebrate yesterday's achievements - but the fight ahead will not be an easy one.
Categories: Ecological News

BP's logo all over Tate for under half percent of income

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 19:41
Tate, the leading London art gallery owner, has revealed the price of the BP logos that plaster its exhibitions: under 0.5% of its income - but only after a court order forced it to do so.
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The EAC's plan for a 'fracking moratorium' in Britain doesn't go far enough

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 16:21
The Environmental Audit Committee today calls for shale fracking in the UK to be 'put on hold', writes Paul Mobbs. But the EAC is missing an even more dangerous technology that the Infrastructure Bill would support - underground coal gasification.
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Greens' election debate victory as member surge approaches 60,000

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 22:13
Greens are celebrating a decision by the main UK broadcasters to include them in the 2015 TV election debates alongside the SNP and Plaid Cymru - as their UK membership exceeds 58,000!
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Greens' election debate victory as surge continues

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 22:13
Greens are celebrating a decision by the main UK broadcasters to include them in the 2015 TV election debates alongside the SNP and Plaid Cymru - while their membership and poll standing surge ahead.
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Election 2015: finally, our chance to ditch Trident

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 19:50
Campaigners against nuclear weapons on a 'Wrap up Trident' demo at the Ministry of Defence in London today have a new spring in their step, writes Paul Ingram. Thanks to the new electoral geometry of the 2015 general election, they could finally get to close down Britain's £100 billion nuclear weapons programme - and not a moment too soon!
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Europe's 'circular economy' waste laws binned despite MEPs' fury

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 19:30
The European Commission has confirmed that it will drop its 'circular economy' package, writes James Crisp, in the face of protest by MEPs and environment ministers. The EC's insistence that a future version would be 'improved' - but in in unspecified ways - only raised suspicions of a deregulatory coup by Europe's dirtiest businesses.
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WEF: Big energy CEOs don't get the renewable revolution

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 16:32
Launched at Davos this week, a WEF report on electricity generation predicts that solar power will cost twice as much in 2030, as the lowest cost sources today, writes Chris Goodall. It's sources? WEF isn't telling. But if 'facts' like these are driving the decisions of big energy CEOs, heaven help their companies in years to come.
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Austria: 'we will launch Hinkley C nuclear subsidy legal challenge by April'

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:33
Austria will launch its legal challenge against the UK's massive support package for the planned 3.2GW Hinkley Point C nuclear power station by April, writes Arthur Nelsen. The move will add years of delay to the controversial project, and may well finish it off altogether as fears over the troubled EPR reactor design grow, and renewables continue to fall in cost.
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Austria: Hinkley C nuclear subsidy legal challenge is imminent

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:33
Austria will launch its legal challenge against the UK's massive support package for the planned 3.2GW Hinkley Point C nuclear power station by April, writes Arthur Nelsen. The move will add years of delay to the controversial project, and may well finish it off altogether as fears over the troubled EPR reactor design grow, and renewables continue to fall in cost.
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The Philippines are squandering their moral authority on climate change

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 00:09
Yeb Sano, Philippines climate negotiator at the COP19 Warsaw climate talks, spoke for the entire poor and climate vulnerable world as his country was ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. But he was mysteriously absent from Lima in 2014 - signalling a major national policy reversal in which the Philippines are giving everything away - and receiving nothing in return.
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Thai communities poisoned by illegal lead mine waste

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 17:59
For 16 years the Thai government has ignored the plight of a community where toxic lead mine waste is causing severe chronic poisoning - defying both a 2013 court order, and its international obligations. It's just one of many toxic sites across Thailand that need to be cleaned up - but the government's main concern is to encourage further industrialisation.
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Coal's dark cloud hangs over Germany's energy revolution

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 17:03
Germany cut emissions and boosted renewables to record levels last year, writes Henner Weithöner. Yet the country's coal burn remains the EU's highest - and ambitious emissions targets can only be met by closing coal-burning power stations.
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Save our farmers with fair trade milk!

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 23:34
As hundreds of British dairy farmers are forced out of business by milk prices well below production cost, writes Patrick Holden, it's time for a 'fair trade' British milk label that guarantees a fair price to smaller scale farmers operating to good environmental and animal welfare standards.
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On election day, young Greeks will be voting for Syriza

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 16:03
As Greece prepares for its election this weekend, the leftist Syriza coalition stands alone as a progressive force committed to rebuild democracy and civil society, writes Elati Pontikopoulou-Venieri - and opposed to the austerity, bigotry, corruption and violence offered by the mainstream parties. Thanks to Greece's young voters, it could just win.
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