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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 dirty secret: who's breathing toxic air?

Donna Green, Jayajit Chakraborty & Mark Patrick Taylor

16th April 2014

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...
Synthetic biology for everybody? What a wonderful world that would be ... at a lecture by Dr. Manuel Selg, Photo: Martin Hieslmair / Ars Electronica via Flickr.com.

It's time to get a grip on technology!

David King

12th April 2014

The issues surrounding powerful new technologies from GMOs to nuclear power appear disparate, writes David King - but look harder and most are linked by common threads. Key among them are issues of profit, control and socialisation of cost ... more...
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.

European Parliament demands action on DU munitions

The Ecologist

11th April 2014

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...
P&G commits to deforestation-free palm oil.

P&G promises 'deforestation free' palm oil

The Ecologist

9th April 2014

Procter & Gamble has committed to use only 'no deforestation' palm oil by 2020. Greenpeace claims success for its campaign, focused on Head & Shoulders shampoo. more...
H&M - now its clothes are forest-friendly. Photo: Elvert Barnes via Flickr.com.

World's two biggest clothiers go deforestation-free

The Ecologist

4th April 2014

The world's two largest clothing brands are among those that have just commited to eliminate pulp from ancient and endangered forests from all of their rayon and viscose clothing. more...
Sadias Adam Imam collects millet, El Fasher, Darfur. Photo: UNAMID via Flickr.com.

UK 'aid' is financing a corporate scramble for Africa

Miriam Ross

3rd April 2014

£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...
Picture taken at the museum in Hiroshima. It shows the devastation of the A-Bomb dropped on 6 August 1945. Photo: M M via Flickr.com.

We are still fighting a slow nuclear war

Julio Godoy in Berlin

1st April 2014

Robert 'Bo' Jacobs was brought up under the shadow of nuclear war. A world expert on the cultural and social impacts of radiation, he lives and works in Hiroshima. Julio Godoy caught the chance of an interview ... and discovered that nuclear war is still going on today - in slow motion. more...
We could all do with one of these - the Greenwash Guerillas at the Business Design Centre, London, 2008. Photo: fotdmike via Flickr.com.

Cashing in on climate won't fool nature

Daniel Nyberg & Christopher Wright

31st March 2014

Corporate responses to climate change are delusional - and its us who are being deluded. If the IPCC's new report tells us anything, it's to ditch the corporate greenwash, and begin the climate governance. more...
On 10 March 1943 Hitler visited Army Group South's headquarters in occupied Ukraine. Photo: Heinrich Hoffmann / German Federal Archives / Wikimedia Commons.

Ukraine - the corporate annexation

JP Sottile

21st March 2014

As the US and EU apply sanctions on Russia over its annexation' of Crimea, JP Sottile reveals the corporate annexation of Ukraine. For Cargill, Chevron, Monsanto, there's a gold mine of profits to be made from agri-business and energy exploitation. more...
Caroline Lucas, the Green MP for Brighton Pavilion. Photo: http://underclassrising.net/ via Flickr.com.

Seeing through the hot air: Farage vs Clegg, and Lucas on trial

Rupert Read

23rd March 2014

Two unusual political events will take place next week. The Green MP Caroline Lucas goes on trial for protesting against fracking. And Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage go head to head on TV. Rupert Read contrasts the underlying political agendas ... more...
For Sale - the Co-op's Stoughton Farm.

Halt the Co-op Farm sale - save the co-operative tradition

Helena Paul & Pete Riley

20th March 2014

The Co-operative Group is in deep trouble. Its response is to sell off its farms, in defiance of all its founding values. Instead it should reconnect with its original purpose, write Helena Paul & Pete Riley, and seek creative and truly co-operative solutions. more...
Celestine Akpobari, from World on Want's Nigerian partner Social Action. Photo: WoW.

The new frontlines of war

Paul Collins

20th March 2014

This Saturday War on Want holds its Frontlines conference in London on the global conflict between communities and corporations, writes Paul Collins. Featuring a host of inspiring speakers, it will forge new alliances and new strategies of resistance. more...

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Castle Bravo goes up - 1st March 1954. Photo: Government of the USA via Wikimedia Commons.

Human radiation experiments in the Pacific

Glenn Alcalay

19th March 2014

It was 60 years ago that the US devastated Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific with its Caste-Bravo nuclear bomb test, reports Glenn Alcalay. But did the US run another secret test - in which the Marshall Islanders were nuclear fallout guinea pigs? more...
Going to waste ... a burst water main in Wealdstone, Harrow, 7th Feb 2014. Photo: timku via Flickr.com.

UK must step up on access to water

David Hall

17th March 2014

Across Europe water is going public - no silly, going into the public sector! Except in England, writes David Hall, where politicians (except the Greens) adhere rigidly to the failed, expensive model of corporate water supply ... more...
Aleqa Hammond. Photo: Government of Greenland.

Sailing full steam into treacherous waters

The Ecologist

17th March 2014

Greenland's first female prime minister is on a modernising drive to prosperity and independence, But will the combination of melting glaciers, oil, mining projects and mass immigration bring wealth or destruction? more...
Stop the Koch brothers. Image: Free Press Pics via Flickr.com.

Climate misinformation is criminally negligent

Lawrence Torcello

14th March 2014

Those who finance and direct strategic campaigns to undermine the public's ability to develop and voice informed opinions on climate change should - writes Lawrence Rorcello - face criminal penalties. more...
Nick Clegg - would you buy a used TTIP from this man? Photo: Liberal Democrats via Flickr.com.

Leaked memo: now Libdems are running scared of the Greens

Rupert Read

10th March 2014

The LibDems fear the Greens will beat them in the Euro-elections, writes Rupert Read. Now they plan to use Green opposition to the 'corporate charter' TTIP trade deal to batter the Greens on 'jobs'. more...
Making Sustainability Work - second edition, front cover.

Making Sustainability Work

Finn Jackson

14th March 2014

'Business' has to made sustainable - but how is the transformation to be achieved? Finn Jackson reviews a key book on the topic - but finds that amid the checklists of criteria, the authors have somehow missed the point of it all. more...
A regular Sunday shopping in Chennai, India. Photo: McKay Savage via Flickr.com.

Gandhi's nightmare has come true

Subhankar Banerjee

18th March 2014

The era of mass consumption has reached India, bringing about a frenzy of over-consumption, pollution and ecological havoc. But so long as there's money to be made, asks Subhankar Banerjee, why worry about climate change? more...
Caroline Lucas marching for the NHS. Photo: Green Party of England & Wales.

We must protect NHS democracy

Caroline Lucas

28th February 2014

The UK's Coalition Government told us it wanted to hand control of the NHS to patients. In truth, writes Caroline Lucas MP, it is attacking NHS democracy on every side. more...
Anti-nuclear protesters at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA, 16 April 2011. Photo: Brian Stansberry / Wikimedia Commons.

President Obama - pardon the 'Oak Ridge Three' anti-nuclear activists!

Kevin Alexander Gray

19th March 2014

After a peaceful protest against nuclear weapons showed up shoddy security at a $19 billion nuclear bomb factory site, writes Kevin Alexander Gray, Uncle Sam got mad - against the protestors, now jailed for up to five years. Will Peace Prize winner Obama set them free? more...
Photo: Teymur Madjderey via Flickr.com.

Time to wake up to the Climate Denial Beast

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

26th February 2014

The truth is often extraordinary - perhaps because it is so rare that we are told it. This disturbing speech by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse shines the bright light of truth on the US's huge, shadow-dwelling climate denial industry. 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...
Kellogg's BiGG MiXX - 4-Grain Goodness You Can See! Photo: Jason Garber via Flickr.com.

Kelloggs goes 'deforestation free'

The Ecologist

19th February 2014

The global cereal giant Kellogg has committed to sourcing palm oil that is deforestation-free. It will also ensure that carbon rich tropical peatlands are preserved. more...
Pungesti - the protests against Chevron and the fracking profiteers continue as homes are shaken by earthquakes and wells are poisoned. Photo: Radu Ciorniciuc.

Romania - a Peasants Revolt against fracking

Jim Wickens & Paraic O'Brien

18th February 2014

Earthquakes and poisoned wells are setting off a revolt against fracking in Romania, revealing deep fault lines between the rural heartlands and the urban political elite. Jim Wickens & Paraic O'Brien report on a country at war with itself. more...

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