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Fracking's radwaste - supervision remains inadequate

Sharon Kelly / DeSmogBlog

22nd April 2014

If only it was this easy to see radiation. Strange Land by Russ Seidel via Flickr.com. After over a decade of fracking, oversight of the industry's radioactive waste is still lacking, reports Sharon Kelly. Over half of the 280 billion gallons a year of radioactive waste water from fracking ends up in rivers and streams. more...

Russia, Ukraine, EU tied by gas dependency

Jack D. Sharples

18th April 2014

Can East-West relations be repaired as easily as this gas pipeline? Photo: Matthew Thorn via Flickr.com. The need for cooperation over Russia's exports of gas to the EU via Ukraine was an important reason for the tentative peace deal struck in Geneva yesterday. But as Jack D. Sharples writes, gas will also be a source of East-West tensions for a long time to come. more...

The howl of the wolf will not be silenced

Stephen Quirk & Alexander Reid Ross

17th April 2014

These trees may not last much longer. View of Mount Hood across a frozen Lake Trillium, Mount Hood National Forest. Photo: Karl Johnson via Flickr.com. The US Forest Service is developing a new armory of aggressive and often illegal tactics to push through loss-making timber sales, as it brands forest defenders as 'eco-terrorists'. Time to dig in for the trees - and the wolves. more...

Australia's dirty secret: who's breathing toxic air?

Donna Green, Jayajit Chakraborty & Mark Patrick Taylor

16th April 2014

Port Pirie, South Australia: the lights at the city's vast smelting plant are pretty, but not the lead contamination. Photo: Imre Hillenbrand www.universalfocus.com.au, CC BY-ND. Australia's poorer communities, with lower employment and education levels, and those with a high proportion of Indigenous people, are significantly more likely to suffer high levels of toxic air pollution. Children are at particular risk from rising levels of lead. more...

Peru - UK oil company to expand in territories of 'isolated' Amazon tribes

David Hill

15 April 2014

Sunset over the Peruvian Amazon near the Rio Napo. Photo: Ippei Yuge via Flickr.com. UK-based oil and gas company Perenco is expanding its operations in the Peruvian Amazon - in a remote area known to be inhabited by highly vulnerable indigenous people living in 'voluntary isolation'. But as David Hill reports, Perenco denies their existence ... more...

How Wales is defeating bovine TB without killing badgers

Jan Bayley

14th April 2014

Contented cow at Three Cliffs Bay, Penmaen (near Swansea), South Wales. Photo: Mélanie via Flickr.com. Wales has an enviable record of declining BTB in cattle - without having to kill a single badger. Jan Bayley explains how Wales's combination of frequent testing and exacting biosecurity has succeeded - and how England can learn from Wales's experience. more...

IPCC: the world must go renewable

Damian Carrington for The Guardian in Berlin

13th April 2014

These 70,000 solar panels in the Nevada desert power the Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Photo: Scott via Flickr.com. Th latest IPCC climate change report says that averting catastrophe is eminently affordable, reports Damian Carrington. A global roll-out of clean energy would shave only a tiny fraction off economic growth, and bring huge benefits in clean air and energy security. more...

Cowboy-Indian solidarity challenges the Keystone XL

Brian Ward for SCNCC

12th April 2014

This time, it's for real. Kit Carson Cowboy Annual, 1958, front cover. Photo: Steve Bowbrick via flickr.com. The 'Cowboy Indian Alliance' heads to Washington this month to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, Brian Ward reports on the rich history of collaborative resistance to destructive corporate power between ranchers and Native Americans. more...

European Parliament demands action on DU munitions

The Ecologist

11th April 2014

Thunderbolt II observation / attack aircraft. The Gatling gun at the bottom of the aircraft body fires DU shells capable of tearing a tank apart. Photo: Kevin / Wikimedia Commons. With a UN resolution on DU munitions due this autumn, the European Parliament is demanding a strong EU position supporting their abolition, or at least strict controls on these fearsome weapons whose toxic residues persist for decades after use. more...

Renewed hunting imperils Canada's Grizzlies

Kyle Artelle

10th April 2014

Had his chips? Galyna Andrushko / Shutterstock.com. The Grizzly bear hunting season is under way in British Columbia, Canada. The government claims that the decision to open the hunt and the kill quotas are 'science-based' but as Kyle Artelle writes, science doesn't get a look in - and the Grizzlies' are in serious danger. more...

Barton Moss: who is policing Greater Manchester Police?

David Cullen

9th April 2014

Chris O'Donnell after being attacked by police. Police violence has been a running theme in the anti-fracking protests at Barton Moss. Individual officers are acting with impunity. Is this a deliberate strategy to disrupt the protests on behalf of vested interests? David Cullen investigates ... more...

Hinkley C - a nuclear subsidy too far

Paul Dorfman

8th April 2014

Hinkley Point nuclear plant, viewed across the reedbeds from Steart. Quantock Hills in the background. Photo: Mark Robinson via Flickr.com. As the European Commission considers the £100 billion subsidy package the UK has offered EDF to build and operate Hinkley C nuclear power station, Paul Dorfman explains why the 'deal' is illegal, anti-renewables, and ruinous to energy users and tax payers. more...

20 years after Rwanda - Ethiopia's 'slow genocide' in the Omo Valley

Human Rights Watch

7th April 2014

Women from the Dassanech Tribe fetching water from the Omo River, 2011. Photo: Rod Waddington via Flickr.com. A 'slow genocide' is unfolding in Ethiopia - one driven by greed rather than hatred. With Chinese and World Bank finance, massive dams and plantations are robbing the Omo Valley's 500,000 indigenous people of their land and water. The UK 'sees no evil'. more...

Once again, Australia is stealing Its indigenous children

John Pilger

6th April 2014

Galiwin'ku children - Gawirrin, Lakarriny and Dharrangguralil, Elcho Island August 1971. Photo: Boobook48 via Flickr.com. Australia is still stealing Aboriginal children from their families, reports John Pilger. The 'lost generation' policies were meant to have ended in 1969, but a new wave of child thefts is under way - 2013 figures show that 13,914 Aboriginal children were in 'out of home care'. more...

Alberta - tar sands emissions linked to health damage

Carol Linnitt for DeSmog Canada

5th April 2014

Emissions from tar sands bitumen production. Photo: Williamson via Flickr.com. A report by Alberta's energy regulator links emissions from tar sands oil production with serious health impacts in the Peace River region that have forced families to flee their homes, reports Carol Linnitt. The findings reveal 'a huge information gap'. more...

Nuclear power - the Hitachi ABWR is not Justified

Cllr Mark Hackett

4th April 2014

AWBR under construction at Lungmen, Taiwan, in 2009. Photo: NuclearBWR / Wikimedia Commons. The UK Government is seeking to 'Justify' the Hitachi ABWR reactor type for new nuclear build at Wylfa and Oldbury. But as Mark Hackett reveals, the design is a dismal failure in Japan, costs more than alternatives, and brings serious health hazards. more...

UK 'aid' is financing a corporate scramble for Africa

Miriam Ross

3rd April 2014

Sadias Adam Imam collects millet, El Fasher, Darfur. Photo: UNAMID via Flickr.com. £600 million of UK aid money is going to help companies like Unilever and Monsanto take over African land and agriculture, writes Miriam Ross. The corporate power-grab will be disastrous for the small-scale farmers who feed at least 70% of Africa's people. more...

Reviving Guatemala’s treasured Lake Atitlán

Anna-Claire Bevan for Tico Times

2nd April 2014

Lake Atitlan in 2009. Photo: Wojtek Ogrodowczyk via Flickr.com. The limpid beauty of Guatemala's Lake Atitlán has long been a magnet for dreamers, mystics and hippies. But now the Lake is suffering from sewage and farm pollution. Anna-Claire Bevan reports on efforts to clean Lake Atitlán and restore its ecological health. more...

'Extreme levels' of Roundup are the norm in GMO soya

Thomas Bøhn and Marek Cuhra

1st April 2014

Crop dusting near Ripley, Mississippi, USA. Roger Smith via Flickr.com. To accommodate high levels of Roundup residues in GM soya, limits were raised 200-fold - with no scientific justification and ignoring growing evidence of toxicity. What Monsanto calls 'extreme levels' are now the norm - but only in GM crops. more...

How the US scuppered climate progress at Copenhagen

Oliver Tickell

31st March 2013

Copenhagen's little mermaid - during the 2009 COP15 climate conference. Photo: Erik de Haan via Flickr.com. Today the IPCC launches its latest review of world climate. But how to translate its grim findings into action when US is deploying its full armoury of intelligence and diplomatic dirty tricks to sink any prospect of an effective global climate agreement? more...

Organic winemaker risks prison for not using pesticide

Sandra Saadi

28th March 2013

Emmanuel Giboulot. An organic farmer in France's Cote d'Or has been prosecuted for refusing to spray insecticide on his vineyard - and is anxiously awaiting the verdict, due on 7th April. He faces 6 months in prison and a €30,000 fine. more...

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