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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.
Categories: Ecological News

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.
Categories: Ecological News

Walmart, Asda owners using their billions to attack rooftop solar

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 02:11
The Walton family, owners of Walmart and Asda, project a 'public environmentalism', writes Mike Gaworecki. But their real agenda is to advance a monopolistic corporate economic model that is threatened by decentralised energy solutions like rooftop solar. The answer? Exterminate!
Categories: Ecological News

Fracking is safe. Radiation is harmless. And pigs have wings

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 01:08
Jim Ratcliffe of Ineos, Environment Secretary Liz Truss, the Environment Agency and its ex-boss Lord Smith all suffer from a blind spot, writes David Lowry - the dangers of fracking, its radioactive emissions and the toxic chemicals that threaten to pollute our aquifers. As for official advice that 'regulation needs to be strongly and robustly applied' - pass the Tippex!
Categories: Ecological News

UKIP uncut - acoloytes of America's far-right corporate gunslingers

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:11
Would UKIP be riding so high if voters knew of the party's links with powerful right-wing US corporate interests promoting fossil fuels, denying climate change, opposing gun control, and supporting big tobacco, teaching creationism in schools, healthcare privatisation and the lifting of nuclear power regulation? An Ecologist investigation exposes the real UKIP.
Categories: Ecological News

Hinkley C hit by surprise treble whammy - is it all over for EDF?

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 20:25
EDF has already moved heavy earth moving gear onto the Hinkley C nuclear power station construction site, writes Doug Parr - but that doesn't mean it's a done deal. On the contrary, a host of intractable problems are coming home to roost, and the increasingly troubled project is looking shakier than ever.
Categories: Ecological News

Mystery drones are buzzing around French nuclear plants - should we be worried?

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 17:32
With unidentified drones regularly overflying French nuclear power plants, Daniel Salisbury and Christopher Hobbs warn that despite the dismissive responses of nuclear operators, they have cause for concern: the drones may be unable to cause serious damage in themselves, but they compromise site security and open the way to future attacks.
Categories: Ecological News

Explaining Burma's missing 9 million people - evaporation, or genocide?

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 22:02
The best way to deal with embarrassing, inconvenient facts is to ignore them, writes Guy Horton. And this is precisely what the international community is doing over Burma's demographic anomaly - 9 million people who ought to be there, but aren't. Their absence is prima facie evidence of genocide - but as we all celebrate the 'brave new Burma', no one wants to know.
Categories: Ecological News

ECJ affirms UK's right to clean air - the Government must act!

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 19:40
A landmark judgment by the European Court of Justice compels the UK Government to act as soon as possible to reduce air pollution in British cities, writes Keith Taylor - and a good thing too for our health, safety and wellbeing. But it's not just the UK that benefits: every EU country must also comply with the ruling.
Categories: Ecological News

Keystone XL - we won! But the real battle lies ahead

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 13:47
The enabling bill for Keystone XL failed yesterday in the US Senate. Supported by all 45 Republican senators, it fell one vote short of the required 60-vote threshold. But the victory will be a temporary one, writes Alexander Reid Ross. The final battle can only be won by massive grassroots engagement and protest in communities across North America.
Categories: Ecological News

Long noses: Shell, GDF Suez, Samsung sweep Pinocchio Awards

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 01:29
Who has the longest nose of them all? Worthy winners of France's fiercely contested 'Prix Pinocchio' 2014 were selected last night, recognising corporate greed, hypocrisy and malfeasance, based on a record vote since the awards began.
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NHS at risk from TTIP - Friday's key debate

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 00:46
Tomorrow MPs will debate a bill to halt the ongoing privatisation of the NHS, writes John Hilary. But even if the bill passes into law, it risks being squashed by the TTIP - the increasingly unpopular US-EU trade deal which could hand over the NHS to US health giants.
Categories: Ecological News

New technologies can help poor farmers - just not the ones you're thinking of

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:02
Modern technology has a lot to offer small farmers in poor countries, writes Tony Juniper - just not the GMOs and pesticides that are widely touted. But how about film, digital communications and smart phones? These new media can empower farmers and allow them to share knowledge and experience of how to produce more, from less.
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My conversion - from shearwater hunter to protector of birds and ocean

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 00:30
For nearly 30 years, Gil Fortes was a hunter of Cabo Verde's shearwater chicks, helping to drive the bird to the brink of extinction. But following a life-changing rethink, he and his daughter Isabel (Bella), are now at the forefront of efforts to save the shearwater and rebuild its perilously low numbers.
Categories: Ecological News

China leads the world in green energy - despite US Senate Leader 'do nothing' claims

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 23:48
The Leader of the US Senate says that under the China-US climate deal, China can 'do nothing at all for 16 years'. John Mathews and Hao Tan examine the claim - and find it's the very reverse of the truth. China is leading the world in greening its energy supply, and has committed to add a massive 1.3GW of renewable power capacity every week for 15 years. Now Mitch - beat that!
Categories: Ecological News

Peru: indigenous leaders murdered for protecting their forests

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 22:26
As Peru prepares to host UN climate talks, Global Witness exposes the murder of Peruvian eco-defenders - 57 killed since 2002, including indigenous leaders protecting their forests from illegal logging ignored by police and Government.
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Farming for profit? Or for people, nature, health, wellbeing and human survival?

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 21:21
Farming today is well on the way to becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of the agro-chemical-biotech industry, writes Colin Tudge. Defra and the European Commission are all too keen to make it so, reflecting the interests of an agro-oligarchy obsessed with profits and growth at all costs. But there is an alternative. Join the 'real farming' agrarian renaissance ...
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Want to double world food production? Return the land to small farmers!

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 20:13
All over the world, small farmers are being forced off their land to make way for corporate agriculture, writes GRAIN - and it's justified by the need to 'feed the world'. But it's the small farmers that are the most productive, and the more their land is grabbed, the more global hunger increases. We must give them their land back!
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Britain's 'energy policy' - carried out by Tories, made by UKIP?

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 17:36
As the governing conservative party lurches ever further to the right, writes Kyla Mandel, it feels like UKIP has already won the election - six months before it's even happened. Tory ministers are already executing UKIP policies, with their ignorant but implacable hatred of renewable energy in all its forms.
Categories: Ecological News

Obama 'shirtfronts' Abbott: protect Barrier Reef from climate change

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 16:15
In a blunt rebuke to Australia's prime minister Tony Abbott, US President Obama stated that 'every nation has the responsibility to do its part' on climate change, writes Michelle Grattan - in a clear reference to the G20 host's backsliding on climate promises.
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