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The Ecologist Magazine

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World Bank and UN carbon offset scheme 'complicit' in genocidal land grabs

2 hours 17 min ago
The plight of Kenya's Sengwer people shows that carbon offsets generated by 'sustainable' forest management are empowering a corporate recolonisation of the South backed by the World Bank against its own guidelines, writes Nafeez Ahmed. Indigenous forest peoples are at risk of genocide while corporations let rip.
Categories: Ecological News

Free the seeds to feed the world!

4 hours 15 min ago
Patented and 'indentured' seeds are fast taking over the world's food supply, write Jack Kloppenburg & Irwin Goldman, terminating farmers' and gardeners' ancient right to develop new varieties, and forcing them to buy seed anew for every crop. Enter the Open Source Seed Initiative ...
Categories: Ecological News

Weather-related disasters rise five-fold from 1970s to 2000s

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 22:33
Data collected by the WMO shows there were almost five times as many weather- related disasters in the first decade of this century than in the 1970s, writes Chris Rose. Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was the most expensive ever, costing $147 billion.
Categories: Ecological News

Kazakhstan's nuclear power plans - the mysteries only deepen

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:47
Russia has announced that it will build the first thermal nuclear power station in Kazakhstan, the world's largest uranium producer, writes Komila Nabiyeva. But where in that vast country will it be located? Who will own and operate it? How many reactors are planned? Who will get the power? And will it ever actually happen?
Categories: Ecological News

Detroit: what happens when water is a commodity, not a human right

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:22
The shutoff of water to thousands of Detroit residents, the proposed privatization of the water system, and the diversion of the system's revenue to banks are possible, writes Pete Dolak, because water - the most basic human need - has become a means to extract profit from the City's people.
Categories: Ecological News

Airports' global bird slaughter - 100,000s gassed, shot, poisoned

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:13
Airports around the world are waging a war on birds, writes Rose Bridger. It's meant to prevent aircraft bird strikes. But in fact, fatal (for people) collisions are rare - and even killing thousands of birds does little to reduce the number of strikes. Best fly less, and keep airports away from birds!
Categories: Ecological News

The animals can't speak up for themselves - so we must do it for them

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 15:52
The essential first lesson for an animal rescuer: you are unimportant. It's the animals that matter. Sophie Morlin-Yron meets Jan Creamer - effective, courageous and seemingly selfless campaigner against animal cruelty worldwide, from Bolivia to Zambia, from circuses to factory farms.
Categories: Ecological News

NFU and cull companies out of police control rooms

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 14:32
Avon & Somerset police say that National Farmers Union and cull company representatives will be excluded from the control room in the 2014 cull. Their presence in control rooms in the 2013 cull caused a major loss of public confidence in the policing operation.
Categories: Ecological News

Green energy co-ops blocked by UK financial regulator

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 21:11
The FCA is accused of undermining official policy by refusing new applications for community energy projects with a co-operative structure, writes Adam Vaughan. The key question: what is a bona fide co-op? Is investment alone a valid form of participation?
Categories: Ecological News

The Nicaragua Canal - a disaster in waiting?

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 16:37
A second canal joining the Pacific and Atlantic oceans is planned for Nicaragua, writes Nathan Wood. But the gigantic project is raising growing fears due to a grossly unfair contract, glaring failures of process, close links to the Chinese government, and its enormous - but uncosted - ecological impacts.
Categories: Ecological News

On-line activism - from surveillance to ecological footprint

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 16:18
Campaigning has never been so easy - sign an Avaaz petition here, send an email there ... and the world is soon put to rights, no? No, writes Paul Mobbs. We must examine the impacts and implications of our e-life, from climate change to corporate dominance, and take control of the technologies we increasingly depend on.
Categories: Ecological News

Solar panels: a clear & present threat to present and future generations?

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 14:50
An array of solar panels on a Chiswick side street, facing a brewery wall, constitute a threat to the quality of life of future generations, according to the council and a planning inspector. Paula Owen begs to differ, and wonders - exactly what kind of mushroom have they been smoking?
Categories: Ecological News

Solar panels: a clear & present threat to this and future generations?

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 14:50
An array of solar panels on a Chiswick side street, facing a brewery wall, constitute a threat to the quality of life of future generations, according to the council and a planning inspector. Paula Owen begs to differ, and wonders - exactly what kind of mushroom have they been smoking?
Categories: Ecological News

GMOs and RoundUp - junking down our food supply

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 22:00
The introduction of GMO crops has caused a huge increase in the use of the herbicide glyphosate, writes Dr Thierry Vrain. In turn we are eating ever more of it in our food, depriving us of vital mineral nutrients and damaging the symbiotic bacteria we all depend on for life and health.
Categories: Ecological News

Last chance to stop USDA approval of 2,4-D GMO crops

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:49
The US is poised to 'deregulate' GMO corn, soybean and cotton varieties resistant to the herbicides 2,4-D and dicamba. The result will be a big increase in the use of those herbicides, as high as 600%. Only a huge public outcry can now stop the GMO-herbicide juggernaut.
Categories: Ecological News

Ignoring Ukraine's neo-Nazi storm troopers

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 19:40
Western media have studiously ignored the far-right, violent and often outright Nazi politics of many of Ukraine's Euro-Maidan protestors, writes Robert Parry. But with the thugs now organized into Nazi brigades of the Ukrainian army, and waging war on Russian separatists, an unlikely British paper has dared tell the truth: the conservative Daily Telegraph.
Categories: Ecological News

Whistle-blowing monitor reveals: how not to run a badger cull

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 14:11
New revelations show that the rifle-wielding badger cullers were often acting criminally, writes Lesley Docksey - pursuing badgers with loaded weapons on both private and public land outside licenced areas, with impunity, while the IEP was apparently kept in the dark. Strict controls are essential - or just an end to the cull.
Categories: Ecological News

Nice work: G4S wins $118 million Guantánamo contract

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 18:14
G4S, the UK government outsourcer that supports Israeli security functions in the West Bank, will now supply 'custodial services' to Guantánamo Bay Naval Base, writes Clare Sambrook. Shocked? You shouldn't be. G4S is impervious to public criticism and defies international law with impunity.
Categories: Ecological News

For the next energy revolution, we must deregulate power grids

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 14:12
How do we spur more microgrids powered by renewable energy? Deregulate, writes Bill Watkins, ending the monopolies enjoyed by centralized energy companies. The alternative is to keep consumers and micro-generators stuck with the energy equivalent of the 'Princess' phone.
Categories: Ecological News

Fossil fuels raising mercury levels in oceans, and fish

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:49
Coal burning in particular is responsible for releasing the toxic heavy metal mercury to the oceans, writes Chris Rose, where it accumulates in fish. In future levels will rise, as processes that carry mercury to deep waters weaken.
Categories: Ecological News