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UN talks begin on a new law to save our oceans

The Ecologist

30th January 2015

A rosier future for the high seas beckons. Photo: Moyan Brenn via Flickr (CC BY 2.0). Countries at the UN have agreed to start formal negotiations on a new 'legally binding instrument' to conserve the biological riches of the high seas that cover 45% of planet Earth, and ensure their sustainable use for the benefit of all mankind. more...

California drought: rains bring scant relief

Kieran Cooke

29th January 2015

Parched aricultural land in California’s drought-hit San Joaquin Valley. Photo: Pete Souza / White House via Wikimedia Commons. California's worst drought on record is far from over, writes Kieran Cooke. But while residents are getting used to dusty cars and parched lawns, the state's massive agricultural sector is still growing water-intensive crops like rice. How crazy is that? more...

Devon's beavers will stay wild and free

Oliver Tickell

28th January 2015

A beaver in the River Otter, Devon, feeds on an overhanging willow branch. Photo: David Land via Devon Wildlife Trust. Natural England announced today that the wild beavers living on Devon's River Otter will be allowed to remain free under a 're-introduction' licence granted to Devon Wildlife Trust. more...

100GW solar support in US-India climate talks, but no emissions cuts

Nivedita Khandekar

27th January 2015

Despite the handshake between Barack Obama and Narendra Modi, no deal was done on Indian emissions reductions. Photo: Government of India Press Information Bureau. India made no promises to cut its CO2 emissions from coal power stations, writes Nivedita Khandekar, and refused to reveal its ambitions for the Paris climate talks - but Obama promised US support for its plans to roll out 100GW of solar power. more...

BP's logo all over Tate for under half percent of income

The Ecologist

26th January 2015

Tate's 'Walk through British art' - 'BP Displays, supported by BP, celebrating 25 years of the BP & Tate partnership'. From tate.org.uk. Tate, the leading London art gallery owner, has revealed the price of the BP logos that plaster its exhibitions: under 0.5% of its income - but only after a court order forced it to do so. more...

Greens' election debate victory as member surge approaches 60,000

Oliver Tickell

24th January 2015

Riding high - the Greens are close to level pegging with UKIP and the LibDems, according to an ICM/Guardian poll published on 20th January. Greens are celebrating a decision by the main UK broadcasters to include them in the 2015 TV election debates alongside the SNP and Plaid Cymru - as their UK membership exceeds 58,000! more...

Coal's dark cloud hangs over Germany's energy revolution

Henner Weithöner

22nd January 2015

Tagebau Garzweiler strip mine, Germany. Photo: Bert Kaufmann (CC BY-SA 2.0). Germany cut emissions and boosted renewables to record levels last year, writes Henner Weithöner. Yet the country's coal burn remains the EU's highest - and ambitious emissions targets can only be met by closing coal-burning power stations. more...

Legal challenge puts coal mining's climate blame on trial

Samantha Hepburn

21st January 2015

Coal mine, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. Photo: Stephen Codrington via Wikimedia Commons. A legal challenge has been launched against what would be Australia's biggest coal mine, writes Samantha Hepburn. If it succeeds, all future coal mine assessments will have to include the impacts of the resulting CO2 emissions on Australia's most important nature sites, such as the Great Barrier Reef. more...

Warmer world threatens wheat shortages

Paul Brown

19th January 2015

Photo: Scott Wallace / World Bank via Flickr, (CC BY-NC-ND). Just one degree of global warming could cut wheat yields by 42 million tonnes worldwide, around 6% of the crop, writes Paul Brown - causing devastating shortages of this staple food. more...

Tate must reveal price of BP sponsorship

Richard Heasman / DeSmogUK

16th January 2015

The Reclaim Shakespeare Company chant “Art Not Oil” outside the Tate AGM. Photo: Platform London. The Information Tribunal has ordered Tate, the charity which runs two of London's biggest art galleries, to release details of financial support from the oil company BP, writes Richard Heasman - and they have until 27th January to comply. more...

Greens overtake UKIP and Libdems - over 4,000 new members in 2 days!

The Ecologist

15th January 2015

Vote Green! Photo: Leo Reynolds via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). The Green party today overtook both UKIP and the LibDems the on number of paid-up members. After a surge of 4,000 new members in two days, the Greens UK-wide now have 44,713 members, 4,000 more than UKIP, and 1,500 more than the LibDems. more...

India: 'Jungle Book' tribes illegally evicted from tiger reserve

The Ecologist

14th January 2015

4WDs and tourists in, tribal people out - Kanha Tiger Reserve, India, where the events of Kipling's  'Jungle Book' take place. Photo: © Survival. Indigenous forest dwellers in India's iconic Kanha Tiger Reserve have suffered another round of illegal forced evictions at the hands of the country's Tiger Conservation Authority - a move that is threatening the future of the tigers themselves. more...

EuroParl votes in new era of GMO farming

13 January 2015

Oliver Tickell

Pioneer's PR39F58 maize at Werktuigendagen, Belgium 2009. Photo: Bdk via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). Following a disgraceful EU stitch-up, the European Parliament today passed a law permitting EU-wide GMO crop cultivation. With regulation and safeguards devolved to member states, and only limited 'opt-out' rights, it is a recipe for chaos that GM corporations will ruthlessly exploit. more...

Burnable: peat bogs' 850bn tonnes of carbon

Tim Radford

12th January 2015

A peatland fire smoulders in the peat of a former swamp forest cleared for commercial agriculture in Indonesia. Photo: Ryan Woo / Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). Human exploitation of peatlands has led to some of the biggest fires on Earth, including one in Indonesia that released 2.5 Gt of carbon, writes Tim Radford. A new study calculates that the world's peatlands contain almost a trillion tonnes of carbon at growing risk of burning. more...

UK's soaraway financial support to foreign fossil fuels

Christine Ottery / Greenpeace Energydesk

9th January 2015

Russian underground coal mining by SUEK - financed by the British taxpayer. Photo: SUEK via Greenpeace. The UK's financing of fossil fuels abroad increased tenfold in two years to exceed £1 billion in 2013 / 2014, writes Christine Ottery. Incredibly, the fossil fuel funding increase came after a government promise to use the money to support 'innovative and green technologies'. more...

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