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The melting Arctic - John Nissen's emergency call to action

Tomás d'Ornellas

15th December 2015

John Nissen speaking at AMEG's COP20 press conference. Photo: still from video on unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/ . The Earth faces an imminent crisis caused by runaway Arctic warming. So says climate campaigner John Nissen, who travelled to COP20 in Lima to impress the dangers on delegates - and urge them to emergency action to cool the Arctic before it's too late. Tomás d'Ornellas, editor of Tecnews.pe, met him there ...
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River of Life: Ian Player, saviour of the white rhino

Nicola Graydon

5th December 2014

Ian and Magqubu minding the nightly fire to protect against predators. Photo: www.trevorbarrettphoto.co.uk/ . The white rhino is in deep trouble after a new surge of poaching. But the fact that it's there at all is largely thanks to one man: Ian Player, who saved the white rhino from near-certain extinction in the 1960's. Earlier this year Nicola Graydon met Dr Player at his home in South Africa, to record his last major interview. more...

Stephen Corry: conservation must work with, not against, indigenous peoples

Alice Bayer

29th November 2014

Stephen Corry. Portrait by Wolfgang Schmidt / Survival. From the creation of the very first national parks and game reserves, 'conservation' has always been about repressing and expropriating indigenous tribes, Survival International director Stephen Corry told Alice Bayer. And despite all the evidence that indigenous peoples are the best wildlife managers, old attitudes die hard ... more...

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...

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