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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...

An inspirational forester

Phil Morgan

14th May 2014

Talis Kalnars in 1999, in the Dinam Estate woodlands in mid-Wales. Photos: Oliver Tickell. Talis Kalnars was a pioneer of 'continuous cover' forestry in Britain, writes Phil Morgan. His woodlands were not only beautiful but profitable, as he nurtured the 'natural capital' of the forest ecosystem, and only harvested the dividend of high value timber. more...

Rwanda's 'gorilla guardian' - Eugene Rutagarama

Veronique Mistiaen

7th May 2014

Eugene Rutagarama tracking gorillas early morning to locate them before tourists visit them in the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. This is what is done everyday to check on the health of each individual gorilla, but also to ensure that tourists visitin The 1994 genocide in Rwanda could easily have finished off the mountain gorillas of the Virunga mountains. The fact that they survived is in large part thanks to Eugene Rutagarama. He spoke with Veronique Mistiaen about the primates' future prospects ... more...

Russian eco-hero: how protecting bats became a 'criminal conspiracy'

Sophie Morlin-Yron

28th April 2014

Suren Gazaryan, winner of a 2014 Goldman Prize, surveying for bats in a cave deep underground. 2014 Goldman Prize winner Suren Gazaryan took on the Kremlin in trying to block illegal development at the Sochi Olympics and on the Black Sea coast, writes Sophie Morlin-Yron. Forced to flee to Germany, he can finally get down to researching his beloved bats. more...

Dominic Dyer, badger champion

Lesley Docksey

9th April 2014

Dominic Dyer addressing a public meeting against the badger cull in Exeter. Photo: Lesley Docksey. Anyone working to protect badgers from culling will know of Dominic Dyer - wildlife advocate and new director of the Badger Trust. Lesley Docksey met him 'on the hoof' at a recent march - and found out just why the badger campaign is so important to him. more...

We are still fighting a slow nuclear war

Julio Godoy in Berlin

1st April 2014

Picture taken at the museum in Hiroshima. It shows the devastation of the A-Bomb dropped on 6 August 1945. Photo: M M via Flickr.com. Robert 'Bo' Jacobs was brought up under the shadow of nuclear war. A world expert on the cultural and social impacts of radiation, he lives and works in Hiroshima. Julio Godoy caught the chance of an interview ... and discovered that nuclear war is still going on today - in slow motion. more...

Sailing full steam into treacherous waters

The Ecologist

17th March 2014

Aleqa Hammond. Photo: Government of Greenland. Greenland's first female prime minister is on a modernising drive to prosperity and independence, But will the combination of melting glaciers, oil, mining projects and mass immigration bring wealth or destruction? more...

Brian May - from rock star to badger champion

Lesley Docksey

10th March 2014

Brian May on a badger cull protest outside Parliament, 1st June 2013. Photo: Brian Minkoff - London Pixels / Wikimedia Commons. Brian May is best known as lead guitarist for the rock band Queen. But as Lesley Docksey discovers, he is also an astrophysicist, and a committed - and highly effective - advocate for Britain's wild animals, including badgers put at risk by England's cull programme. more...

Defender of the Rockies

Jeffrey St. Clair

3rd March 2014

Bridger Mountains. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. For sheer guts, vision and results, a single organisation stands out among the US's environmental defenders - the Alliance for the Wild Rockies. Jeffrey St. Clair met its leader, Mike Garrity, winner of 2014's Grassroots Activist Award. more...

Joy for the natural world

Sarah Stirk

18th February 2014

Ian Redmond. Photo via Ian Redmond. Ian Redmond, 'ape man', talked to Sarah Stirk about his joy in the natural world, and especially his passion for Mountain gorillas - the only ape (other than humans) whose population is rising. more...

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