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France bans all ivory and rhino horn trade

19th August, 2016


BRUSSELS - The French Environment Minister Ségolène Royal has signed a decree banning the trade in ivory and rhino horn in France and all overseas French territories.This follows an earlier French governmental move to suspend re-exports of elephant ivory
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The smoke rises above Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada - no, not from the recent fires that afflicted the city, but from the highly polluting plant processing tar sand into oil. Photo: kris krüg / DeSmogBlog via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND).

Renewables versus climate change - the battle heats up!

Jeremy Leggett

7th June 2016

The renewable energy revolution is in full swing, writes Jeremy Leggett, with costs falling to new lows, deployment of wind and solar surging to unprecedented highs, and confidence ebbing away from fossil fuels. But global warming is also accelerating, with global temperature records broken every month for a year. Will the energy transition happen in time to avert catastrophe? more...

Footprint Identification Technology - where traditional ecology meets technology

Zoe Jewell & Sky Alibhai of WildTrack

26th May 2016

The inspiration for the pioneering Footprint Identification Technique (FIT) technology sprang from an unexpected source - traditional ecological wisdom. Conservationists Zoe Jewell & Sky Alibhai explain how that happened. more...

Footprint Identification Technology (FIT) - where traditional ecology meets technology

Zoe Jewell & Sky Alibhai

25th May, 2016

The inspiration for Footprint Identification Technology (FIT) sprang from an unexpected source - traditional ecological know how. Conservationists Zoe Jewell & Sky Alibhai explain how that happened more...
The key to further big increases in wind and solar capacity is to store surplus power as gas, then burn it CCGT gas power stations when needed to meet demand. Photo: Royd Moor wind farm, Yorkshire, by steve p2008 via Flickr (CC BY).

Renewable energy can 'keep the lights on' - here's how

David Elliott

6th May 2016

Critics of renewable energy sources like wind and solar claim that they are inefficient, unreliable and need to be backed up by coal and gas, writes David Elliott. But we have the technology to match green power supply and demand at affordable cost without fossil fuels - by deploying the 'smart grid', using 'green gas' made from surplus power, and raising energy efficiency. more...
More wind farms like this, combined with 'wind to gas' plants, gas storage and CCGT power stations, and you could have the same electricity production profile as the Hinkley C nuclear power station - more quickly and at lower cost and with lower financial

Wind power with 'windgas' is cheaper and greener than Hinkley Point C nuclear plant

Energy Brainpool

17th February 2016

If the UK really wants 3.2GW of 'baseload' power in Somerset, then the Hinkley C nuclear power station is not the only way, write Marie-Louise Heddrich, Thorsten Lenck and Carlos Perez Linkenheil. Wind power with 'wind to gas' plant and CCGT gas power stations could do the same - faster, cheaper, more flexibily, and at much lower technical and financial risk. more...
Woe betide any politician with a bad word to say about wind power in Iowa, where it's big, getting bigger, and everyone loves it. Photo: Andrew Huff via Flickr (CC BY-NC).

Politicians take note: Iowa is the US's most wind-powered state - and everyone loves it!

Zachary Davies Boren / Greenpeace Energydesk

30th January 2016

As presidential contenders gather in Iowa for the beginning of the party selection season, they may have noticed a lot of wind turbines, writes Zachary Davies Boren. And if they have any sense, they will find only nice things to say about them. Wind supplies 30% of the state's power, more than any other US state, and Iowans are all for it. Ted Cruz, mind your words! more...
Maybe he has a better idea? Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide on a spacewalk, 5th September 2012. Photo: Fragile Oasis via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA).

Osborne's nuclear fantasies - can you hear me Major Tom?

Doug Parr

10th September 2015

This week Chancellor George Osborne told Parliament that the power from the planned Hinkley C nuclear plant would be cheaper than onshore wind, writes Doug Parr. That could be true on Planet Zog - but here on Earth the reverse is the case. Exactly what are Osborne and his Treasury mandarins smoking? more...
Somerton wind farm, Norfolk. Photo: Lordspudz via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND).

Tories' attack on green energy threatens climate and prosperity

Noam Bergman, Lee Stapleton & Mari Martiskainen

5th August 2015

With the US, China, Germany and other countries firmly fixing their aim on a low carbon, renewable energy future, the UK government has chosen precisely the opposite track, write Noam Bergman, Lee Stapleton & Mari Martiskainen. Its mission to destroy wind and solar power, undercut energy efficiency and boost nuclear power and fracking threatens serious, lasting damage. more...
Royd Moor wind farm in Yorkshire. Photo: steve p2008 via Flick (CC BY).

It's only government policies that make the UK's wind power expensive

Andrew ZP Smith, UCL

22nd June 2015

The UK has the best wind power resource in Europe, yet it costs far more than in less windy countries like Germany, writes Andrew ZP Smith. That's because of government policies that undermine investor confidence, and fail to recognise that wind power, despite 'subsidies', lower the price consumers pay for electricity. more...
Whale shark butcher at work. Photo: Wildlife Risk.

World's largest whale shark slaughterhouse uncovered in China

Sophie Morlin-Yron

3rd February 2014

The world's biggest slaughterhouse for endangered whale sharks has been uncovered in southeast China, writes Sophie Morlin-Yron. It's products are being traded across the world in health and cosmetic products. more...

UK Government fails to take wildlife crime seriously

April 24th, 2013

by Simon Pope

Simon Pope, Director of Campaigns and Communications for the World Society for the Protection of Animals, questions why the UK government is so far behind other global powers when it comes to tackling the illegal wildlife trade. more...

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Shades of gray: America's wolf dilemma

11tth March, 2013

Jim Wickens

Reviled by ranchers and fawned over by conservationists, the Gray wolf is highly controversial in the US. Jim Wickens travels to Montana and Wyoming to unravel the complex arguments surrounding plans to cull the animals more...

Shades of gray: shedding new light on the Rocky Mountain wolf wars

5th March, 2013

Jim Wickens

In the lead up to broadcast of the next Link TV/Ecologist film, Shades of Gray, Jim Wickens introduces the thorny issues surrounding wolf culling in the US more...

Cayman Islands under fire over 'factory farming' of sea turtles

Ecologist

10th January, 2013

The tropical tourist destination is at the centre of a dispute over the farming of green sea turtles after animal welfare campaigners launched a campaign to shut the world's only facility rearing the animals for human consumption more...
Worker's torture a recently captured baby elephant.

VIDEO: UK tourists fuelling brutal live elephant trade between Burma & Thailand

The Ecologist

23rd July, 2012

An illegal cross-border trade in endangered wild Asian elephants to serve Thailand's tourist industry is threatening the future of the species, an undercover investigation by the Ecologist Film Unit (EFU) has revealed more...
ethical jewellery

Ethical jewellery: what to ask and what to buy

Amy Hall

24th April, 2012

From blood diamonds to mining with cyanide, bling is a big problem for the planet. But as Amy Hall explains, clued-up consumers mean greener gems more...
Are straw bales the future of sustainable building?

Are straw bales the future of sustainable building?

Mark Briggs

20th April, 2012

Straw bale is a low impact, low carbon building material making strides towards mainstream acceptance. So is it about time we took notice? Mark Briggs reports more...
Into the wild: getting to grips with primal fitness

Wild at heart: getting to grips with primal fitness

Hazel Sillver

24th January, 2012

Fed up of slaving in the gym? Wild Fitness’ emphasis on natural movement of the sort our ancestors would have used could be just what you need. Get in touch with your inner caveman more...
ZIMBABWE

On patrol with Zimbabwe's wildlife defenders: the last hope for black rhinos?

Ruth Styles

1st December, 2011

The illegal wildlife trade threatens Zimbabwe's black rhinos with decimation. Ruth Styles reports on the Malilangwe Trust and safari company Singita's attempts to reverse the decline more...
KIM WOLHUTER

Q&A: Wildlife documentary filmmaker, Kim Wolhuter

Ruth Styles

30th November, 2011

Playing with hyenas, hunting with cheetahs and running with wild dogs is all in a day's work for Kim Wolhuter. He tells Ruth Styles why he does it more...
Marine Protected Areas

TAKE ACTION: Don't let the government back-track on UK marine protected areas

Ben Hudson

16th November, 2011

Show the government you support the creation of a marine conservation network to protect the UK's threatened sea life more...
home brew

How to make your own booze

Hannah Corr

1st November, 2011

With no food miles, no additives and no duty involved, making your own alcohol saves both money and the planet. Hannah Corr explains how to get started more...
smallholder

Smallholding: the basics

Gervase Poulden

18th October, 2011

From sheep to spinach, Gervase Poulden has the skinny on how to make your smallholding dreams a reality more...
Skipjack tuna

Experts hail world's first 'sustainable industrial fishery' for tuna

Chris Pala

16th July, 2011

Support from UK supermarkets to phase out tuna caught with damaging fishing gear could make the Western Pacific tuna the world's first sustainable industrial fishery more...

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