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Bramley Frith wood in Hampshire will never be same again. In 1965 the National Grid build a substation there serving Basingstoke.

Ancient woodland cannot be 'offset'

Austin Brady

11th January 2014

Owen Paterson has done it again - offering up ancient woodland for development via 'biodiversity offsetting' - planting new trees elsewhere. Trouble is, says Austin Brady, ancient woods are centuries in the making. more...
Participants of a protest against nickel production were brutally beaten by security guards of the LLC Mednogorsky Copper and Sulphur Plant in 2013.

Mining Russia - thousands join the protests

Konstantin Rubakhin

2nd January 2014

Protests at the proposed mining of nickel and copper in the heart of Russia's Black Earth belt have been escalating - as has the smear campaign against the protesters. Konstantin Rubakhin sees this as a positive sign ... more...
Photo: hxdyl / Shutterstock.com

A U-turn too far!

Natalie Bennett

18th December 2013

The UK Government's U-turn on new airport capacity in England defies all logic, argues Natalie Bennett. We must end our obsession with 'high speed projects' and invest in low-speed sustainable transport. more...

Israel scraps Prawer Plan to evict 40,000 Bedouins

The Ecologist

13th December 2013

Israel's Knesset has withdrawn a controversial Bill that would have expelled over 40,000 Bedouion citizens of Israel from their homes in the Negev desert. more...
Khone-Phapheng Falls. Photo: hiroo yamagata via flikr.com.

The Mekong must run free!

Tom Fawthrop

14th December 2013

The Mekong is among Southeast Asia's greatest rivers, sustaining tens of millions from its abundant fisheries and its floodwaters which both irrigate and fertilise. But as Tom Fawthrop reports, Nature's bounty, and beauty, are at risk from a series of 11 dams. more...

UK fracking industry's PR offensive 'becoming more canny'

Andrew Wasley

9th December 2013

Documents reveal Celtique Energie has been privately touting 'dedicated fracking' to investors for Sussex oil and gas drilling - while publicly describing fracking plans as 'hypothetical'. Andrew Wasley reports.
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A dry bath in Gaza, where clean water is an increasingly unaffordable luxury. Photo: Charlie Andreasson.

Gaza - living under artificial drought

Charlie Andreasson

3rd December 2013

The Gaza blockade - a state of chronic shortage of the necessaries of life jointly imposed by Israel and Egypt - is creating floods of sewage and a growing shortage of fresh water. Charlie Andreasson's blog reflects the increasing difficulty of daily life ... more...
Beautiful but threatened by rising seas: Betio island, Kiribati. Photo: Shevelev Alexey / Shutterstock.

Kiribati and the impending climate refugee crisis

Sandi Keane / Independent Australia

3rd December 2013

The New Zealand courts have refused to grant asylum to a 'climate refugee' from the Pacific island of Kiribati. But as Sandi Keane reports, the underlying problem is set to increase to a stupendous scale. more...

China accused of stealth land grab over Mozambique's great rice project

Cecilia Anesi and Andrea Fama in co-publication with China Files

30th November 2013

China led the reclamation of the largest abandoned rice farm in Mozambique, with the blessing of the authorities. But now the company involved is accused of land grabbing and displacing thousands. Cecilia Anesi and Andrea Fama report
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PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and other Pacific leaders met President Obama. Photo: East-West Center / flikr.com.

Corporate land grabs in PNG - independence betrayed?

Frederic Mousseau & Serah Aupong

23rd November 2013

Papua New Guinea is among the most culturally and biologically diverse nations on earth, and its laws enshrine the customary land ownership of indigenous tribes. Yet a massive land grab is under way with 12% of the country's land leased out to foreign corporations ... more...
One of many protests against a greenfield airport at Aranmula. Photo: Aranmula Paithruka Grama Karmasamithy

India - people resist airport land grabs

Rose Bridger

21st November 2013

Rural communities all over India are battling against a land grab of epic proportions. And one of the biggest causes of land grabs is for airports to support India's domestic aviation boom. Rose Bridger reports from Kerala, where four new 'green field' airports are meeting stiff local resistance. more...
The view upwards toward Beinn an Oir, the highest Pap of Jura.

Jura: reinvigorated by adventure

Jon Gardner

15th November 2013

Looking for a green holiday amid gorgeous landscapes and unbridled nature? Jon Gardner was inspired to visit Jura, where George Orwell wrote 1984. He was not disappointed ... more...

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To Life!

Martin Spray

November 8th, 2013

Martin Spray reviews a text on eco-art that whilst (surprisingly) not visually stunning he found presented a comprehensive guide to the issues and approaches of the genre, as well as providing clues on 'where to look to next' ... more...

Coke joins Oxfam's fight against land grabs

Oliver Tickell

8th November 2013

Coca-Cola has announced a "zero tolerance for land grabs" policy aimed at protecting communities from having their land stolen by big landlords and agro-industrial enterprises. more...

Tasman Sea: small ships sail to confront oil giant

November 8th, 2013

A 'People's Flotilla' of small boats is launched today from ports around New Zealand to confront a ship set to begin deep sea oil drilling off the west cost of New Zealand's North Island. more...
plant and soil

Peak soil: act now or the very ground beneath us will die

8th November, 2013

Helen Browning

The health of our soils is more important now than ever, says the Soil Association’s Helen Browning - especially with the challenges that climate change will bring ... more...

New Zealand at risk of becoming the next oil exploration frontier

Rachael Shaw

6th November 2013

Deep sea drilling will soon commence in the rough waters off the NZ coast. This could mark the beginning of an oil rush in which democratic process, public concern, environmental protection and safety considerations are all swept aside. more...

European forests absorbing less C02 - time for a rethink?

November 5th, 2013

Alan Simson

New research shows that European forests are 'peaking' in terms of their ability to absorb carbon dioxide. If this is true, writes Alan Simson, it's time to embrace some novel landscape-scale solutions ... more...

The real point of GM food is corporate control of farming

1st November 2013

Colin Tudge

The claims made for GM agriculture are a transparent fraud. The real purpose of GM foods is to give giant corporations legally-enforceable monopoly powers over the entire global food chain. more...

Landscape Photography: a communion with the elements

Charlie Waite

25th October 2013

As the winners of the Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2013 are unveiled, award founder Charlie Waite takes the opportunity to tell the Ecologist why he believes landscape photography and environmental passion go hand in hand..... more...
Pig Business

How 'ag gag' laws target those exposing horrors of factory farming

Andrew Wasley

21st October 2013

Faced with threats, draconian gagging laws and even violence, journalists and activists investigating the secrets of the global food industry tread a dangerous path, says Andrew Wasley. Additional reporting by Sarah Stirk more...

Oil giant Halliburton lined up as potential UK fracking partner

Andrew Wasley

5th October 2013

Deepwater Horizon disaster firm hold talks with company planning to drill for oil and gas in South Downs National Park. Andrew Wasley reports
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Beware Our Bitumen Salesmen

October 4th, 2013

By Andrew Nikiforuk

Andrew Nikiforuk warns us that the Canadian pro-Bitumen lobby will stop at nothing - including ignoring democratic processes and barefaced lying - to promote the dirty, carbon-rich substance..... more...

Extreme Energy

The Ecologist

23rd September 2013

Paul Mobbs, leading environmental campaigner, author and engineer, tells the Ecologist Film Unit that extraction industries, including coal bed methane extraction, are going ahead in the UK despite serious environmental concerns........ more...

Unconventional gas: 'unsafe, unnecessary and unwanted'

September 20th, 2013

Mary Church

It’s hard to see what unconventional gas - including fracking and coal bed methane extraction - has to offer the UK with our vast renewable energy potential, says Mary Church more...

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