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There's no place for nuclear in the 'Clean Power Plan'

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 17:19
The EPA's plan for 'clean power' are welcome, writes Tim Judson - except for its inclusion of nuclear, and economic distortions and serious omissions that favour the technology. In this open letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, he and co-signatories call on her to ditch the 'false and irrational assumptions' used to justify both new and existing nuclear power.
Categories: Ecological News

Community renewable energy in the UK needs co-ops!

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 23:17
The UK's community energy sector was badly hit by the financial regulator's sudden decision this summer to disallow renewable energy co-operatives, writes Tammy Calvert. A consultation on the topic ends tomorrow, Friday - so get your views in quickly while you can!
Categories: Ecological News

World Bank: weather extremes will be the 'new climate normal'

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 20:01
The Earth is on an unavoidable path towards a 1.5˚C temperature rise by mid-century, says a new World Bank report. And as Alex Kirby reports, it could reach 4˚C by 2100 unless immediate action is taken - with dire impacts on the planet's poorest people.
Categories: Ecological News

No more cetacean extinctions! It's our last chance to save the vaquita

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 00:02
The 'vaquita', a small porpoise limited to a small area of Mexico's Gulf of California, is on the brink of extinction, writes Willie Mackenzie - its numbers reduced to around 100. But it's not too late to save it, by expanding a protected area and providing alternative livelihoods for local fishermen.
Categories: Ecological News

'Acutely toxic' mine waste threatens the death of Norway's fjords

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 22:18
Two huge open pit mines in northern Norway are on the verge of approval, writes Tina Andersen Vågenes - even though they would dump hundreds of millions of tonnes of tailings in fjords where wild salmon spawn. Scientists are voicing serious concerns, and protests are growing, but government and mining companies appear determined to push the projects forward regardless.
Categories: Ecological News

'Acutely toxic' mine waste threatens the death of Norway's fjords

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 22:18
Two huge open pit mines in northern Norway are on the verge of approval, writes Tina Andersen Vågenes - even though they would dump hundreds of millions of tonnes of tailings in fjords where wild salmon spawn. Scientists are voicing serious concerns, and protests are growing, but government and mining companies appear determined to push the projects forward regardless.
Categories: Ecological News

A whisker from victory! Oregon GMO vote goes to a recount

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 18:08
Oregon's 'Yes on 92' GMO labeling supporters are just 809 votes from winning, forcing a recount in which they are confident of prevailing - despite being hugely outspent by a corporate 'no' campaign that received nearly $5 million from Monsanto alone.
Categories: Ecological News

The UK's farms can generate as much power as Hinkley C by 2020 - renewably!

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 14:06
A new report shows that the UK's farms can easily generate as much power as the proposed Hinkley C nuclear plant, writes Jonathan Porritt. Not only would it all be renewable, but if could all be in place by 2020. Here he offers some friendly - but strictly confidential - advice for Energy Secretary Ed Davey.
Categories: Ecological News

Antarctic sea ice expands to record extent - and it's deeper than we thought

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:58
While the Arctic melts, Antarctica's ice has spread to record extents in three consecutive years, writes Edward Hanna. But is the news as good as it looks? Yes, if indications from a robot submarine that the ice is thicker than expected are supported by further evidence. It may just be that Antarctica's ice is more resilient than scientists dared to hope.
Categories: Ecological News

Hinkley C hovers on the brink - Europe's nuclear giants face meltdown

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:11
Doubts are growing doubts that the Hinkley C nuclear power station, the EU's biggest construction project, will get the final go-ahead from the UK government, writes Paul Brown. And that's leaving the European nuclear industry, already in serious financial difficulties, facing a struggle for survival.
Categories: Ecological News

As Hinkley C hovers on the brink, Europe's nuclear giants face meltdown

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 00:11
Doubts are growing doubts that the Hinkley C nuclear power station, the EU's biggest construction project, will get the final go-ahead from the UK government, writes Paul Brown. And that's leaving the European nuclear industry, already in serious financial difficulties, facing a struggle for survival.
Categories: Ecological News

Tar sands industry faces 'existential' $246 billion loss

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 21:31
The exploitation of Canada's tar sands is more than just an environmental catastrophe, writes Gregory McGann. It's also an turning into an economic disaster, with massive investments at risk as falling oil prices leave the tar sands stranded.
Categories: Ecological News

World Bank to focus on 'all forms of renewable energy'

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 01:49
The president of the World Bank has promised to back out of financing coal developments, and instead target its finance at 'every dimension of renewable energy' under a new climate-friendly strategy.
Categories: Ecological News

Human rights vs sustainability? EU must not attack Maldives 'green' fishery

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 01:10
The Maldives, a vast republic of scattered islands in the Indian Ocean, has worked hard to make its fisheries among the world's most sustainable, writes Tony Juniper. But now the EU has slapped a 20% levy on its fish exports due to human rights concerns - a move that mainly hits poor fisherfolk innocent of any wrongdoing.
Categories: Ecological News

'Fake environmentalists' battle for Istanbul's last forest

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 00:27
After Gezi Park, another battle for one of Istanbul's increasingly rare green spaces is raging, writes Nick Ashdown - and this time it's on the city's Asian side. Demonstrators are holding a 24-hour vigil on the edge of an 'illegal' construction site at Validebag Grove - despite having been repeatedly detained and attacked by police.
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Why is Bill Gates backing GMO red banana 'biopiracy'?

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 15:57
The Gates Foundation has sunk $15 million into developing GMO 'super bananas' with high levels of pre-Vitamin A, writes Adam Breasley. But the project is using 'stolen' genes from a Micronesian banana cultivar. And what exactly is the point, when delicious, popular, nutritious 'red bananas' rich in caroteinoids are already grown around the tropics?
Categories: Ecological News

Nigeria: Shell's false oil spill claims exposed in court

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 18:18
A London court has forced Shell to disclose documents about its pipelines and oils spills in Nigeria, writes Sarah Shoraka - and they reveal that the company has lied about the scale of oil spills in previous legal actions, and concealed the terminally poor condition of its pipelines.
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Journalists doing their job are not 'domestic extremists'

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 01:34
Six journalists are taking the UK Government to court after discovering that they are listed on its 'domestic extremism' database just for reporting on protests, or undertaking inconvenient investigations into state or corporate misconduct. Adrian Arbib is one of them ...
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Marine Protected Areas in South Africa - ocean grabbing by another name

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 23:48
Today on World Fisheries Day, fisher peoples and their allies are taking to the streets and beaches to fight against ocean grabbing in all its forms - including Marine Protected Areas imposed without consultation that rob and criminalise local communities and benefit only privileged outsiders.
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The para-judicial persecution of Julian Assange

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 17:59
It's easy to forget that Julian Assange - reviled by mainstream media, hounded by Sweden's judiciary, 'red-listed' by Interpol, publicly attacked by the US defense secretary - remains an innocent man, 'wanted' for nothing more than questioning, writes John Pilger. His disgraceful treatment dishonours only his persecutors.
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