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Thailand army forcibly evicts six forest villages

HRW

23rd July 2014.

A typical indigenous village in up-country Buriram Province, NE Thailand. Photo: Pinyapat Smily Wilaichit via Flickr. Forest-dwellers in Buriram province involved in a land dispute with the Thai government have been forcibly evicted, intimidated, arrested, held without charge, and dumped on a site unfit for human habitation with no water supply. more...

Germany and UK top EU's 'Dirty 30' pollution league

Kieran Cooke

22nd July 2014

Neurath coal-fired plant, in Germany, is one of Europe’s worst polluters. Photo: Bert Kaufmann via Wikimedia Commons. A new report names the 30 biggest sources of greenhouse gases in the EU, writes Kieran Cooke. Coal-fired power plants are undermining Europe's long-term targets on emissions reductions - and the UK and Germany lead the list of shame. more...

Badger Trust's High Court cull challenge

The Ecologist

21st July 2014

The social structure of badger families is perturbed by the loss of a single member, and this can cause the spread of any TB they may be harbouring. Photo: Tim Brookes via Flickr. The Badger Trust will challenge the trial badger culls in the High Court next month, claiming that Environment Secretary Liz Truss and Natural England are acting unlawfully in failing to appoint an expert panel to oversee the experiment. more...

California and Texas are mainstreaming renewable energy

Mike G / DeSmogBlog

20th July 2014

At the heart of the US oil industry, 'solar sunflowers' just off the I-35 in Austin, Texas. Photo: Jim Hutchison via Flickr. California and Texas continue to break new ground in making electricity generation from renewable sources, writes Mike G. Solar PV in particular has become a vital part of the US' energy mix, accounting for half of new generation capacity. more...

Australia's drought - yes, it's climate change

Tim Radford

18th July 2014

Water depth marker in the dried out bed of Lake Albert, South Australia. Photo: Bidgee via Wikimedia Commons. Australia's prime minister thinks climate change is 'crap' and has just abolished his country's carbon-pricing system. But scientists say that it's rising levels of CO2 that are leaving the south of the country parched and sweltering - and it's only going to get worse. more...

Truss - the badgers must die!

The Ecologist

17th July 2014

Liz Truss threatens a badger with a garden fork at the Family Action's Escape Allotment in Swaffham. Photo: Matthew Usher / edp24.co.uk/ The new Environment Secretary Liz Truss flunked her first 'Green test' today as she told Parliament that the badger cull goes on. We run this excerpt from the Parliamentary record in which she states 'We are progressing with our programme!' more...

Bill launched to ban wild animals in circuses

The Ecologist

17th July 2014

Wild animals photographed at Jolly's Exotics circus. Photo: Animal Defenders International. A former Defra minister will introduce a new Bill to Parliament in September to ban wild animals in circuses. It reflects Government policy since 2012 and the Prime Minister has promised 'We're going to do it'. But will he keep his word? more...

Climate inaction could cost Europe 200,000 lives a year

Tim Radford

16th July 2014

Smoke from Russian forest fires obscures the Sun in 2010. Photo: Ximonic, Simo Räsänen via Wikimedia Commons. A failure to act to reduce the impacts of climate change could cost Europe almost €200 billion and 200,000 lives a year, writes Tim Radford. These 'conservative estimates' are published in a new European Commission study. more...

Andaman tribe threatened by illegal 'human safari' road upgrade

The Ecologist

15th July 2014

A Jarawa woman and boy by the side of the Andaman Trunk Road. Photo: © Salomé / Survival. An illegal road on India's Andaman Islands has already opened up a 55,000 year old tribe to disease, sexual abuse and the theft of their resources. But instead of closing the road, local politicians are upgrading it with two new bridges. more...

Fossil fuels the 'new sub-prime crisis'

Nathan Wood

14th July 2014

Dark clouds gather over a sunset industry - represented by a Chevron oil tanker. Photo: Jamie Grant via Flickr. The UK's conservative Daily Telegraph warns: investors in fossil fuels are 'throwing good money after bad', reports Nathan Wood, as renewable energy takes off leaving a potential $19 trillion of oil assets 'stranded'. more...

London, B'ham, Leeds will not get clean air until after 2030

The Ecologist

10th July 2014

Air Pollution Level 5, London, April 30 2014. Photo: David Holt via Flickr. The UK will break nitrogen dioxide limits until after 2030, EU judges were told today. And now the 'secret' information is public - accidentally published on a Government website, while lawyers were asking judges to keep it secret. more...

Community bids excluded from Coop farm sale

The Ecologist

9th July 2014

For Sale - the Co-op's Stoughton Farm. The sale process of the UK's Co-op Group of its entire 70,000 acre farm estate systematically blocked community and cooperative bidders. Not a single such bid was received by the deadline. more...

Recycled phones drive new wildlife protection technology

Alex Kirby

7th July 2014

Smartphone tracking device ready for installing high in the forest canopy. Photo: Rainforest Connection (RFCx). Networks of recycled smartphones are powering a crack down on illegal logging and poaching, writes Alex Kirby. The technology will help combat devastation of trees and wildlife in threatened habitats worldwide - beginning with Africa. more...

Renewables boom - $5 trillion to be invested by 2030

Rosie Murray-West

4th July 2014

Many more of these to come ... solar panel at Solar panels in Uttaranchal, India. Photo: Barefoot photographers of Tilonia via Flickr. Two thirds of the world's investment in building new power generation until 2030 may go to renewable energy, reports Rosie Murray-West, causing CO2 emissions to peak at end of the 2020s. more...

Victory! Syngenta pulls 'bee-killer' pesticide application

The Ecologist

4th July 2014

Bee gathering nectar. Photo: Jack Wolf via Flickr. Blaming 'lack of time', Syngenta withdraws its emergency application to use a seed treatment blamed for killing bees. Friends of the Earth and 38 Degrees claim victory - but Syngenta warns: we'll be back! more...

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