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The new 'peak oil'? A dollar invested in solar yields more energy than a dollar invested in oil

4 hours 50 min ago
According to oil company executives, oil is going to be a major energy source to 2100 and beyond. So after hearing an oil man make his case, Chris Goodall went home and crunched some numbers. Money invested in solar power already produces more energy than if it's put into oil exploration and production, and the gap is only going to widen from here. Is this the new 'peak oil'?
Categories: Ecological News

'Killing the Host': the financial system is destroying the global economy

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 22:49
The main engine of economic exploitation is the financial system's ever increasing extraction of value through interest payments, according to economist Michael Hudson. Paul Craig Roberts finds his analysis all too accurate, as the over-financialized economies of western countries head down a spiral of poverty, decline, injustice and despair.
Categories: Ecological News

From latest gizmo to toxic waste: the dark side of the worldwide electronics obsession

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 22:08
Our thirst for the latest gadgets has created a vast empire of electronic waste, writes Ian Williams. The EU alone produces some 9 million tonnes of it a year, of which some 70% is still working when disposed of, and over a third is disposed of illegally. With increasingly affordable electronic devices available to ever more people, it's high time for effective global regulation.
Categories: Ecological News

Fukushima PM Naoto Kan: 'if you love your country, let nuclear go!'

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 21:54
Nuclear power is a uniquely hazardous technology that can destroy entire nations, Japan's prime minister at the time of the Fukushima nuclear disaster has warned British MPs. The lessons of from such catastrophes must be heeded in other countries that believe that nuclear fission can be harnessed safely, writes Linda Pentz Gunter - or they, and the world, will reap the whirlwind.
Categories: Ecological News

Fund managers: campaign on climate, or face lawsuits

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 19:57
Fund managers who neglect their 'duty of care' to clients by failing to put pressure on the companies they invest in to reduce their carbon emissions and prepare for a fossil-free future could be sued for their negligence, say respected experts in law, environment and finance.
Categories: Ecological News

Beware the GMO Trojan horse! Indian food and farming are under attack

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 15:56
Global oilseed, agribusiness and biotech corporations are engaged in a long term attack on India's local cooking oil producers, writes Colin Todhunter. In just 20 years they have reduced India from self-sufficiency in cooking oil to importing half its needs. Now the government's unlawful attempts to impose GM mustard seed threaten to wipe out a crop at the root of Indian food and farming traditions.
Categories: Ecological News

Argentine and Brazilian doctors suspect mosquito insecticide as cause of microcephaly

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 23:42
With the proposed connection between the Zika virus and Brazil's outbreak of microcephaly in new born babies looking increasingly tenuous, Latin American doctors are proposing another possible cause: Pyriproxyfen, a pesticide used in Brazil since 2014 to arrest the development of mosquito larvae in drinking water tanks. Might the 'cure' in fact be the poison?
Categories: Ecological News

Intensive, corporate agriculture is increasing poverty in Africa

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 19:25
New research indicates that agricultural policies aimed at alleviating poverty in Africa are making things worse, writes Lawrence Woodward. Backed by 'development' aid, big business is forcing modern farming practices on unwilling rural communities. Only the rich benefit, while the poor carry the burden of landlessness and debt.
Categories: Ecological News

Why the Paris Agreement will fail: the living Earth cannot be reduced to tonnes of carbon

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 18:05
Mainstream solutions to climate change are all based on reducing the world down to a single metric - tonnes of carbon. But as Camila Moreno, Daniel Speich Chassé & Lili Fuhr explain, this uni-dimensional world view is doomed to failure as it neglects all the difficult things that matter most: people, communities, ecosystems, love, beauty, politics, money, corruption, and corporate power.
Categories: Ecological News

Beyond Paris: avoiding the trap of carbon metrics

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 18:05
Carbon metrics is the new buzz phrase in the fight against climate change, writes Camila Moreno, Daniel Speich Chassé & Lili Fuhr. But whilst we're busy working out emissions, carbon metrics don't appear to quantify the full problem. Is it all that it's cracked up to be, or will it go up in smoke?
Categories: Ecological News

Hotter planet helping spread of Zika virus mosquitos

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 15:57
The Aedes mosquitos that carry the Zika virus and dengue fever are not just perfectly adapted to life in cities, writes Nadia Pontes. They are also being helped along by warming climates which increase their range. It's time to get serious about the health implications of a hotter planet.
Categories: Ecological News

Burkina Faso's decision to drop GM cotton and the law of unintended consequences

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 00:48
Over 100,000 Burkina Faso farmers were pleased with Monsanto's yield-boosting Bt cotton, write Brian Dowd-Uribe & Matthew Schnurr. But not the companies that had to buy the crop at a fixed government-set price. The shorter fibres produced by Bt varieties led to less lint being extracted, and of lower quality, making it a lose-lose proposition for the country's most important industry.
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As flooding in Gaza worsens, the most basic of human rights are under threat

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 21:49
The humanitarian crisis in Gaza has worsened after floods and purposeful destruction has taken its toll in recent months, writes Vanessa Amaral-Rogers. The eight year blockade by Israel and conflict with Egypt has already hit Palestinian families hard but now Gaza is at even greater risk as Egypt diverts seawater into life-line tunnels.
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They don't like it up'em: Greenpeace 'frack' Parliament Square

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 19:48
As Cuadrilla's application to frack in Lancashire goes to public inquiry today, protestors from Greenpeace have installed a full-size 'fracking rig' in Parliament Square, London, complete with flare and deafening sound effects, to let MP's know just how great it is to have a fracking well on your doorstep.
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If you think it's bad inside the EU, think again

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 17:06
A British exit from the EU wouldn't liberate us from the extreme neoliberalism epitomised by TTIP, writes Caroline Lucas. On the contrary, UK governments have been the strongest drivers of the EU's 'free trade', pro-corporate agenda. Despite all the EU's faults - and they are many - it is protecting us from much, much worse.
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What's more corrosive than Flint's water? The cynicism of the powerful

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 04:55
The Flint water crisis exposes like nothing else the toxic cynicism of America's ruling class, writes Jesse Jackson. In their privileged view, the victims of the lead poisoning are disposable 'unpersons' that matter less than General Motors' auto parts. But now they, and their peers in other poisoned communities, are fighting back.
Categories: Ecological News

After Malheur: Americans are losing control of our public lands

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 04:03
The public interest is already derelicted by federal officials on the US's public lands routinely intimidated by aggressive local economic and political interests, writes George Wuerthner. And now it's only going to get worse, with media coverage of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge debacle uncritically promulgating the false narrative of over-zealous enforcement of regulations.
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National Park service finally stands up for Grizzlies - and for people!

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 03:58
As the movement to 'delist' Grizzly bears from protection under the Endangered Species Act gathers pace in US states and the Fish & Wildlife Service, two National Park superintendents have spoken out for the bears', writes Louisa Willcox. The hunters and the FWS may be furious, but the change of approach enjoys strong support from a public who have come to love their local bears.
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Large-scale bioenergy must be excluded from the EU's renewable energy definition

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 00:50
We, the signatories of this declaration, are calling on the European Union (EU) to exclude bioenergy from its next Renewable Energy Directive (RED), and thereby stop direct and indirect subsidies for renewable energy from biofuels and wood-burning.
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‘Land Grabbing’: exposing the impacts of large-scale agriculture on local communities

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 22:48
Agriculture is big business and with the EU pumping money at the sector, the corporate profiteers are holding all the aces, writes Chris Lang. The documentary ‘Land Grabbing’ investigates what happens when well-financed agro-investors take over rural communities' land and water.
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