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The Ecologist Magazine

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Reaping the benefits of community energy

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 22:25
Donors, NGOs and investors want to help grassroots sustainable energy enterprises grow, so they can bring the myriad benefits of clean and affordable energy to many more people, writes Emily Haves. But just what kind of support is needed?
Categories: Ecological News

India - 'Foil Vedanta' protests erupt in Delhi

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 20:43
Students, workers and civil rights activists gathered in their hundreds today in Delhi to protest at the mining company Vedanta, and the Indian government's support of highly destructive mining projects in forests and on indigenous peoples' lands.
Categories: Ecological News

Gaza - is annexation Israel's 'permanent solution'?

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:21
As Israel pursues its war on Gaza with ever-increasing ferocity, and with 25% of Gaza's people forced from their homes, what's the final objective? It's unthinkable that Israel's aim is to 'cleanse' the territory of its people, seize its vast gas reserves, and annex some of the Med's hottest real estate. Isn't it?
Categories: Ecological News

Gaza - is annexation Israel's 'permanent solution'?

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:21
As Israel pursues its war on Gaza with ever-increasing ferocity, what final objective is it pursuing? It's unthinkable that Israel's aim is to 'cleanse' the territory of its people, seize its vast gas reserves, and annex some of the Med's hottest real estate. Isn't it?
Categories: Ecological News

Gaza - is annexation Israel's 'permanent solution'?

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:21
As Israel pursues its war on Gaza with ever-increasing ferocity, what final objective is it pursuing? It's unthinkable that Israel's aim is to 'cleanse' the territory of its people, seize its vast gas reserves, and annex some of the Med's hottest real estate. Isn't it?
Categories: Ecological News

Gaza: water crisis grows as Israel targets essential infrastructure

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 14:51
Israel's war on Gaza has seen the systematic and widespread destruction of civilian infrastructure essential for human survival, writes Luisa Gandolfo. This represents an apparently deliberate 'cutting off of life support' to those that survive the bombardment now under way.
Categories: Ecological News

Brazil: death threats stalk Amazon shaman Davi Kopenawa

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 23:18
As gold miners face eviction from Yanomami territory in the Brazilian Amazon, a rising tempo of death threats have been directed against the shaman Davi Kopenawa following his successful campaign.
Categories: Ecological News

Why freshwater dolphins are among the world’s most endangered mammals

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 20:54
Humans are to blame for the drastic declines in river dolphin populations around the world, writes Rachel Nuwer. But what exactly are we doing wrong? Mainly, scientists have found, it's building dams - and so destroying and fragmenting their habitat.
Categories: Ecological News

Rio Tinto's 'sustainable mining' claims exposed

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 18:08
Global mining giant Rio Tinto markets itself as a 'sustainable company', writes Kemal Özkan. But serious failures in its reporting, and its attempt to hold an Australian indigenous group to ransom, reveal a very different truth: the company is driven by a reckless pursuit of profit at any cost.
Categories: Ecological News

Pesticide safety research shouldn't be left to the pesticide companies

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 15:59
Pesticide companies are responsible for assessing the safety of their products, writes Christopher N Connolly - and this situation cannot continue. The research should be carried out independently, subjected to peer review, and published.
Categories: Ecological News

Pesticide safety research shouldn't be left to the pesticide companies

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 15:59
Pesticide companies are responsible for assessing the safety of their products, writes Christopher N Connolly - and this situation cannot continue. The research should be carried out independently, subjected to peer review, and published.
Categories: Ecological News

Huge US coal leasing program releasing tens of Gigatonnes of carbon

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 16:19
A massive expansion of coal leasing by the US's Bureau of Land Management will release tens of billions of tonnes of carbon to the atmosphere, a new Greenpeace report reveals - completely at odds with President Obama's stated climate objectives.
Categories: Ecological News

Obama's achievement: the US is the world's biggest oil producer, again

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 20:57
The US, long the world's biggest oil consumer, has just surpassed Saudi Arabia to become the world's top oil producer, writes Don Lieber. Oil exports to Europe and Asia will begin shortly. Now what was that Obama said about climate change? Oh, forget it ...
Categories: Ecological News

To save blue whales, move California shipping lanes

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 20:42
Long after Blue whales have ceased to be hunted, their numbers have failed to record substantial increases, writes Luke Rendell. Are ship strikes to blame? A 15-year scientific study says the answer may be yes - and advises moving California shipping lanes.
Categories: Ecological News

Fracking go-ahead on UK's National Parks, World Heritage Sites, nature reserves

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 18:04
The UK has just opened a bidding round for fracking licences. But the rules contain only weak protections against fracking in National Parks and AONBs - and none at all for even the most important wildlife sites and drinking water aquifers.
Categories: Ecological News

Ukraine's use of unguided rockets in civilian areas of Donetsk 'may be war crimes'

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 18:55
Human Rights Watch has gathered evidence in the war zones of Eastern Ukraine which show that Ukrainian government forces have violated the laws of war by using 'notoriously imprecise' rockets in civilian areas, destroying homes, killing and injuring non-combatants.
Categories: Ecological News

Obama food aid ravages Third World farmers

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 17:34
The US taxpayers who finance foreign food aid surely believe they are feeding starving people, writes James Bovard. But the truth is the reverse - it is undermining indigenous agriculture in recipient countries - creating famine and chronic malnutrition, while sabotaging self-sufficiency.
Categories: Ecological News

Victory - 30 new marine reserves for Scotland

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 22:05
Scotland's network of marine reserves doubled in area today with the designation of 30 new marine reserves. The move has been welcomed by green groups who have long campaigned on the issue - but they warn: this is where the real work begins.
Categories: Ecological News

Carry on Culling - the fiasco continues

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:58
'We need to look at the best scientific evidence' on badgers and bovine TB, says Environment Secretary Liz Truss. But as Lesley Docksey writes, the 'best scientific evidence' appears to mean only that which supports the cull - and there's precious little of it!
Categories: Ecological News

Gaza: an end to the war - 'Once And For All'

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:46
In this war, both sides have declared the same aim - to put an end to the situation that existed before it started. Remarkably, writes Uri Avnery, they can both have their way: an end to the rockets, bombs and shells; an end to the blockade and the occupation. In short, peace. But first they must talk to each other ...
Categories: Ecological News