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A fiasco. Photo: Gwydion M. Williams via Flickr.com.

Badger culls were ineffective and inhumane

Oliver Tickell

28th February 2014

Sources close to Defra have revealed that the UK's badger culls were an outright failure. They killed well under the target number of animals, and were unable to meet Defra's own 'humaneness test' more...
March 23, 2011 - The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan conducts a wash down while the ship is operating off the coast of Japan, to remove potential radiation contamination. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle Carlstrom.

The US Navy knew: Fukushima's 'hard rain' on USS Ronald Reagan

Harvey Wasserman

27th February 2014

A telephone transcript released under the Freedom of Information Act shows: the US Navy knew that the USS Ronald Reagan took major radiation hits from the Fukushima atomic power plant after its '3/11' meltdowns and explosions. more...
The Solúcar PS10 20MW solar tower near Seville, Spain. Saudi Arabia is now planning to build much bigger versions of the technology. Photo: Alejandro Flores via Flickr.com.

Solar is going great - but could be greater!

Jonathon Porritt

1st March 2014

The solar industry is going great, with tens of gigawatts of new capacity planned for 2014 alone. But as Jonathon Porritt writes, the solar revolution could be going even faster - with smart, consistent policies for solar power in Europe and Japan. more...
PRISM - bending light, or bending truth? Photo: Ingrid Truemper via Flickr.com.

Can PRISM solve the UK's plutonium problem?

Jim Green, Nuclear Monitor

26th February 2014

The UK's nuclear decommissioning authority has a problem - what to do with over 100 tonnes of plutonium. Jim Green evaluates the NDA's options, and sees another generation of nuclear white elephants in the making. more...
Saffron, a 15 year old schoolgirl from Cadishead, arrested by Greater Manchester Police at the Barton Moss drilling site last weekend. Photo: SalfordStar.com.

Planners' pension funds set to win from fracking permissions

Jan Goodey, Will Cottrell & Ed Jones

24th February 2014

Two Councils at the front line of fracking protests - Greater Manchester and West Sussex - have pension funds investing in the major fracking operators - while decisions on planning applications to frack are pending. more...
Weather vane, St Helen's Church, Norwich, UK. Photo: LEOL30 via Flickr.com.

The media's climate Fail - we must move beyond mere anger

Vanessa Spedding

24th February 2014

Following the BBC's abysmal reporting of climate change, Vanessa Spedding believes that news 'consumers' must transcend their outrage at media ignorance of climate, and demand new, inspiring narratives. more...
Mmm ... a wholesome freegan breakfast.  Photo: Maria Evrenos.

My 'freegan' week in London - surviving without money

Maria Evrenos

22nd February 2014

Maria Evrenos left her wallet at home for a week to discover that even an inexperienced urban forager can survive without money for a week by treasuring other people's trash. more...
Maidenhead floods. Photo: poppy via Flickr.com.

Open letter: water management in England and Wales

Sue Illman and others

21st February 2014

England has just experienced the wettest winter on record leading to widespread flooding - and a shambolic response from Government. Professional bodies have come together to offer this valuable advice ... more...
Earthworks under way and trees felled at the 'World Logistics Hub' site. Photo: Jonathan Gatward / intouchphotos.webs.com.

Manchester Airport - the concrete shadow spreads

Rose Bridger

22nd February 2014

The new Manchester Airport Enterprise Zone is causing the piecemeal environmental destruction of Green Belt countryside, reports Rose Bridger - all sacrificed to an archaic vision of fossil-powered economic growth. more...
Its more than just water the UK's privitatised water industry is wasting - it's costing every household £80 more than it should. Photo: Magnus D via Flickr.com.

Public water is no pipe dream

Stephen Struthers

21st February 2014

In 2010 Parisians sacked the private water companies. Now they are reaping the benefits of public cownership and control, writes Stephen Struthers - and it's high time for the UK to do the same. more...
Dunedin Highland Games. This picture really did come up on a creative commons image search for Owen Paterson. Photo: theSuperStar via Flickr.com.

Owen Paterson - the invisible Minister

Lesley Docksey

18th February 2014

Storms, floods, tidal surges, a failed badger cull, GMO controversies ... then Owen Paterson, widely considered the worst Environment Secretary we have ever had, vanished. Lesley Docksey wonders - will he ever return? more...
Bageni family in the gorilla sector of Virunga National Park, Bukima, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Brent Stirton / WWF.

Virunga - UK Government to investigate oil company

The Ecologist

17th February 2014

The UK Government is to examine the activities of London-based oil company Soco over alleged violations of environmental protections and human rights abuses in Africa's first National Park, home to 200 Mountain gorillas. more...

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This may sum up George Osborne's philosophy - but not that of many Lib Dem MPs. Image: from Heather Carr / bluelivingideas.com.

Can fracking survive the 2015 General Election?

Alex Stevenson

19th February 2014

The Government sees fracking as the answer to the UK's energy problems. But as Alex Stevenson reports, support for it is weak among Lib Dem MPs, not to mention their voters. Could fracking soon be finished?
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Barton Moss GMP brutality - Salford TAU arrest of Vanda. Photo: Jason Smalley / Salford Star.

Police attack Barton Moss anti-fracking protestors

Salford Star

16th February 2014

After anti-fracking protestors scored an important legal victory at Barton Moss, Manchester Police responded with outright violence and intimidation. The message was clear: 'Never mind the Courts and Judges. We are are the law.' more...
Natalie Bennett presents Sunday Politics travel news, 2 Feb 2014. Photo: from BBC Sunday Politics.

Flooding and climate - we need action!

Natalie Bennett

14th February 2014

It's time for the Government to get serious about the flooding - and the climate change that is driving it, says Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett. Cameron should begin by dredging the muck out of his own Cabinet. more...
Trucks backing up at Barton Moss following the 'footpath ruling'. Photo: Barton Moss Protest Camp.

Protestors' 'Fracking victory' at Barton Moss

Oliver Tickell

14th February 2014

Protestors at the Barton Moss fracking site have held off all deliveries to the rig for two days after a judge ruled that the 'road' they were using is actually a footpath. Will iGas now back off for good? more...
Flooding in Oxford. Photo: Tejvan Pettinger via Flickr.com.

Ten steps to protect the UK from floods

The Ecologist

14th February 2014

Reversing the Environment Agency cuts, tightening planning rules for flood plains, holding rainwater back in upland catchments ... all part of the Green Party's new ten-point flood management and resilience plan. more...
A Devon badger in the wild. Photo: Jon Bowen via Flickr.com.

Defra's astonishing new TB figures - an end to the cull?

Lesley Docksey & Oliver Tickell

14th February 2014

New figures just released by Defra show that bovine TB was declining in UK herds - just as Paterson claimed the disease was 'spreading' - and that Wales's no-cull, biosecurity and vaccination policy led to a 24% drop in herd infections. more...
AGM-114 Hellfire Anti-Tank missiles and Hydra 70mm rockets. Photo: LH_Wong via Flickr.com.

Iraq: 935 lies, a tyrant and weapons of mass destruction

Felicity Arbuthnot

28th February 2014

The suffering is far from over in Iraq, reports Felicity Arbuthnot. It's new dictator is being supported by massive shipments of horrific weapons, while the country remains poor and devastated country, and a covert US re-invasion is under way ... more...
Giant hogweed growing on waste ground. Photo: Rab Pillans via Flickr.com.

Exterminate! New law to compel landowners to kill off exotics

Oliver Tickell

11th February 2014

The Law Commission says the UK's wildlife agencies should be able to compel landowners to clear invasive exotic plants and animals from their land, or enter land and do it themselves. more...
Heavy rain at Warsash, England. Photo: Ian Hughes via Flickr.com.

Climate change - bringing the UK worse winters

Alex Kirby

10th February 2013

Scientists at the UK Met Office say all the evidence supports the theory that the exceptionally wet and stormy winter affecting much of Britain is caused at least in part by climate change. more...

UK's environment research funding to help ... Shell

Damian Kahya / Greenpeace

7th February 2014

The UK's main environment research funding agency has signed a partnership agreement with Shell to ensure the research it funds 'can be fully used' by the oil giant. more...
A British barn owl in the wild. Photo: Barn Owl Trust.

Save our Barn owls!

David Ramsden

6th February 2014

Britain's barn owls are in trouble, their number 70% down on historic levels. A big reason for the dramatic decline is the growing use of toxic rodenticides to kill farm rats, writes David Ramsden, who urges us to join the campaign to limit their use. more...
Redacted - a document released by Defra following an FOI request. From www.teambadger.org.uk/pdf/OpennessBriefJun13.pdf.

Paterson 'badgered' - will he last out February?

Lesley Docksey

6th February 2014

Defra's information firewall about the badger cull is slowly crumbling under the onslaught of FOI requests, reports Lesley Docksey. But Defra will be unable to hide the truth for much longer. more...
A flooded home, recently built, at Severn Stoke, Worcester. Photo: Dave Throup.

The inconvenient truth: houses built on floodplains could flood

Karen Potter

4th February 2014

Somerset is experiencing its most significant flooding in decades. As the political right calls for ever more dredging, Karen Potter trawls Defra's archives ... and finds a shocking history of sound policy sacrificed to short term political expediency. more...

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