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Global warming - you must be joking! How melting Arctic ice is driving harsh winters

Nick Breeze

21st November 2014

This record snowfall is what the melting Arctic brought to Cheektowaga, New York yesterday, 20th November 2014. Photo: Anthony Quintano via Flickr. The very least 'global warming' could do for us is to give us warmer winters, right? Wrong, writes Nick Breeze, who met climate scientist and meteorologist Jennifer Francis in his attempt to understand the complex interactions of jet stream, polar vortex, the melting Arctic, and the extreme snowfall that's hitting the northeast US right now. more...

A tale of two apple farms - can big be beautiful for organic growers?

Andrew Wasley

11th November 2014

Organic apples from the tree. Photo: Veronica Olivotto via Flickr. The organic movement faces a dilemma. Should it hold to its roots and stick with traditional production methods and local distribution? Or embrace technology and supermarkets, and feed as many mouths as possible? Andrew Wasley meets two very different organic apple producers ... more...

Pete the Temp: combatting climate change with captivating comedy

Sophie Morlin-Yron

1st November 2014

Pete the Temp in mid-performance. Photo: Pete the Temp. Pete the Temp's remarkable 'spoken word' show is challenging, inspiring, terrifying and amusing audiences across Britain, writes Sophie Morlin-Yron. But it's performance with a purpose - to engage people in a positive fight to protect the Earth from catastrophic climate change. And so far, it seems to be working ... more...

Gold is joy for one day - Mariana Goméz Soto

Hal Rhoades / Gaia Foundation

21st October 2014

Mariana Goméz Soto. Photo: Mariana Goméz Soto. Doima, a small town in the Colombian highlands, is on the front line of battle against a giant government-backed gold mine that would fill a nearby valley hundreds of metres deep in over a billion tonnes of mine waste. Hal Rhoades met Mariana Goméz Soto, an activist in Doima's campaign to defeat the mine project. more...

'He is bonkers?' Daniel Raven-Ellison on a Greater London National Park

Lucy Anna Scott

7th October 2014

Daniel Raven-Ellison. Photo: Darren Moore. Daniel Raven-Ellison is a man with a big idea - making London the world's first 'National Park City' to safeguard, and promote the enjoyment of London's myriad natural treasures, writes Lucy Anna Scott. Is he bonkers? Probably. But with a growing band of backers getting behind his bold vision, who cares? more...

George Marshall: Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change

Carol Linnitt / DeSmog.ca

25th September 2014

George Marshall wins a giant cockroach on the Climate Change Wheel of Misfortune. Photo: Annie Levy. Is our inability to tackle climate change the fault of politicians? Corporations? Governments? Or is it because that's the way our brains have evolved, able to hold six contradictory ideas at once, and believe them all? Carol Linnitt met climate campaigner George Marshall, who thinks he is finally asking the right questions. more...

Wild horses, Hunter Lovins, and the way to a better world

Sophie Morlin-Yron

10th September 2014

Hunter Lovins. Photo: Joi Ito via Flickr. Hunter Lovins is on a mission, writes Sophie Morlin-Yron: to put the transformational technologies we already have to work for the benefit of people and business - and to re-create the economy so it's no longer a machine for polluting the planet and devouring natural resources, but a mechanism for building and sustaining natural and human capital. more...

Defeating TTP - a Pandora's Box of corporate power

Mickey Z

25th August 2014

A May 2014 rally in Washington DC to oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership. Photo: AFGE via Flickr. Adam Weissman spills the beans on the Trans Pacific Partnership, which threatens to undermine democracy in the US and other countries at its roots. If passed it will represent a massive handover of power from nations to corporations - but as Mickey Z writes, there is still time to organize and defeat Obama's TTP campaign. more...

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

Sophie Morlin-Yron

18th August 2014

At the time of his rescue, Toto was kept chained by the neck. Photo: ADI. 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. more...

Belarus - fighting nuclear power in the shadow of Chernobyl

Chris Garrard

28th July 2014

Tatyana Novikova (centre) at Aarhus, Denmark in a delegation from environmental NGO Ecohome to demand access to information about the Ostrovets nuclear power station under the Aarhus Convention. Photo: Ecohome. Tatyana Novikova has been fighting an unsafe nuclear power plant right on the country's border with Lithuania. She spoke to Chris Garrard about her campaign, the official persecution of anti-nuclear activists, and her invocation of the Aarhus Convention to the anti-nuclear cause. more...

Gaia Theory - an Arctic warning

Laurence Rose

2nd July 2014

Image: 'Gaia's surrender' by Jef Sadi via Flickr. As composer Jonathan Dove prepares for the premiere of his 'Gaia Theory' at the BBC Proms this month, he explains to Laurence Rose how his recent work has been inspired by a wake-up call - right from the very top of the world. more...

Agamemnon Otero, renewable dynamo

Lucy Anna Scott

23rd June 2014

Otero Agamemnon speaking at the Renewable Energy conference, 2013. Repowering London is an energising force - not just making renewable energy projects happen, but engaging communities to finance them, training young people to install them, and ensuring the benefits stay local. Lucy Anna Scott meets the dynamic Agamemnon Otero ... more...

Ours is a path of survival for the whole planet

Liam J Shaughnessy

17th June 2014

Davi Koponawa at home in the forest. Photo: Survival International. As the World Cup gets under way in Brazil, Yanomami shaman Davi Kopenawa told Liam J Shaughnessy about the very different world he inhabits, deep in the Amazon rainforest - a world of bright spirits, ancient knowledge, union with nature. And a world under threat. more...

Gottfried Glöckner - 'how Syngenta destroyed my life for telling the truth about GMOs'

F William Engdahl

2nd June 2014

Gottfried Gloeckner. German dairy farmer Gottfried Glöckner told F William Engdahl how the Anglo-Swiss GMO and agrochemicals giant Syngenta tried to crush him after he denounced the company's products as toxic - recruiting the resources of the German state and legal system to destroy his life. more...

Confronting consumption: an interview with Mohan Munasinghe

Noah M. Sachs

23rd May 2014

Mohan Munasinghe, from  www.mohanmunasinghe.com/. You can actually be better off, healthier and happier with less consumption, says Munasinghe. And it's not just rich countries that need to change, he told Noah Sachs - poor countries too must develop sustainably, or the Earth's resources will simply run out. more...

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