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Ecocide: 112,000 vote to criminalize ecological destruction

The Ecologist

23rd January 2014

The effort to raise 1 million votes across Europe to compel EU institutions to progress a law to prevent ecocide has failed. But a powerful movement has taken shape - and the campaign will continue. more...
Danish offshore wind turbine, Burbo Bank. Photo: Danish Wind Industry Association via Flickr.com.

Weeny, weedy, weaky: the EU's new climate plan

Oliver Tickell

22nd January 2014

Europe's new targets for carbon emissions and renewable energy are severely retrograde and fly in the face of both science and economics. They will endanger climate and retard the renewable energy revolution. more...
Cornfield message in support march against Monsanto, October 2013. Photo: Light Brigading via Flickr.com.

Stop import of 'super-GM' SmartStax maize!

Oliver Tickell

9th January 2014

A Complaint has been filed today with the European Commission to prevent import of the 'super-GM' SmartStax maize developed by Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences. more...
Polluted air over London, autumn 2012. Photo: shirokazan via Flickr.com.

EU promises to act on Europe's toxic air

Matthew Ledbury

21st December 2013

Air quality is back on Europe's political agenda with new proposals put forward by the EU environment commissioner, Janez Potočnik. But do the plans go far enough? Matthew Ledbury reports. more...

'Illegal UK state aid' probe hits nuclear plans

Paul Brown

14th December 2013

An EU investigation into the UK's financial support for new nuclear power stations is dividing Europe, with critics saying London is flouting EU rules by offering illegal subsidies to EDF at Hinkley Point in Somerset. Paul Brown reports. more...
Sardine discards from the Adrar in Western Sahara's territorial waters. Photo: Western Sahara Resource Watch.

EU set to join in Western Sahara fisheries plunder

Erik Hagen

6th December 2013

On 10 December, the European Parliament will vote over a huge fisheries partnership agreement with Morocco. If the agreement is approved the environment, human rights, peace and international law will all suffer. Erik Hagen reports... more...

Europe must prepare for extreme weather events

The Ecologist

2nd December 2013

Europe has to plan for future extreme weather incidents, according to a new report by EASAC. Heat waves, floods and storms do not respect national frontiers, so as climate change gathers place, there is an urgent need for action at both national and EU levels. more...
Workers take to Capitol Hill to stop trade deals. Photo: ALF-CIO / Flikr.

Secret trade deals attack global health and environment

Ben Whitford

26th November 2013

The US is busy negotiating two sprawling new trade deals, with the European Union and 11 Pacific Rim nations, and progressives are up in arms. Ben Whitford asks: Just how bad are the deals? more...
Smokestack. Photo: Andriano / shutterstock.com.

Environment Agency staff cuts risk economy and reputation

Veerle Heyvaert

26th November 2013

The Environment Agency, the UK's lead eco-regulator, faces huge cuts that may leave it unable to fulfill its legal mandate. The Government is making a false economy, argues Veerle Heyvaert, and betraying its green promises. more...
Hinkley protest

Nuclear subsidies: Open letter to Commissioner Almunia

Gerry Wolff

15th November 2013

Following the UK Government's announcement of huge public subsidies for the proposed Hinkley C nuclear power station in Somerset, England, Energy Fair has called on EU Commissioner Almunia to open a formal investigation for breaches of competition law. more...
stacks of pound coins on a stock chart

Is it possible to make EU budgets a force for good?

The Ecologist

31st October, 2012

With better planning, EU spending can finance projects which bring environmental, social and economic benefits to all, says a new coalition of campaign groups
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Fish on a fishing boat

New EU fish reforms anger artisan fishermen

Victor Paul Borg

31 July, 2012

More than seven out of ten edible marine species in the EU are over-fished and coastal communities are dying. So you might think new draft reforms would help reverse this trend. Not so, says Victor Paul Borg, who investigates the impact of changes that the community fishermen themselves do not want more...

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Child's Play: How Children Learn

Phoebe Doyle

17th July, 2012

They need to play; we buy them toys. But education writer Phoebe Doyle thinks you might just be wasting your money, and your children’s time more...
Top 10… ways to give old furniture a facelift

Top 10… ways to give old furniture a facelift

Lisa Stephens

25th May, 2012

Don’t go to IKEA – unleash your inner artist and revamp your table and chairs instead. Lisa Stephens shares some expert advice
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The New Scramble for Africa

The New Scramble for Africa

Mark Newton

9th May, 2012

From slave labour to armed conflict, our thirst for natural resources has created serious problems for Africa. Pádraig Carmody’s latest book attempts to unravel the moral morass, says Mark Newton more...
EPD treatment for allergies

Pharmaceutical industry 'rejoices' at demise of pioneering EPD allergy treatment

Charlotte Davis

13th April, 2012

Enzyme Potentiated Desensitisation is a groundbreaking treatment for allergy sufferers. But the recent closure of a firm championing EPD leaves its future in doubt. Drug companies and mainstream doctors are unlikely to be mourning, says Charlotte Davis
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TAKE ACTION to protect 'free from' labelling on skincare products

Mark Briggs

10th April, 2012

Knowing what isn't in a beauty product can be as important as knowing what is. New EU legislation threatens to restrict the 'free from' term on skincare labels but Neal's Yard Remedies say this penalises those that go out of their way to ensure products are safe more...
Dietary supplements in pill form

The rise of nutraceuticals: how the ‘placebo-driven’ industry has got us hooked

Bethany Hubbard

23rd March, 2012

Big companies, from PepsiCo to Kellogg’s, are cashing in on our interest in health food ‘quick fixes’ while continuing to sell us high fat, sugary foods more...
Pill sandwich with a fork sticking out

Dietary supplement and functional food industry is ‘placebo-driven’ warns expert

Bethany Hubbard

23rd March, 2012

Monsanto, Kellogg’s and PepsiCo are just a few of the companies cashing in on our addiction to nutraceuticals - the fast-growing pharma food and supplements sector more...
How to…pitch a tent and make it stay put

How to… pitch a tent (and make it stay put)

Ben Martin

8th March, 2012

Camping is a Great British institution that won’t be going out of fashion any time soon. Former Scoutmaster Charles Rosin explains how to pitch your tent like a pro more...
Smoke rises from a nuclear facility's four chimneys

Links between childhood leukaemia and nuclear power plant radiation

Matilda Lee

15th February, 2012

The UK government's scientific advisory group found no link between childhood leukaemia and proximity to nuclear power plants, but German and French research has found an alarming doubling of risk more...
Maastricht

Going Dutch in Maastricht

Ruth Styles

31st January, 2012

Limburg’s capital boasts hearty local food, historic monuments and wonderful walks – all just a short train ride away more...
HEN WEEKENDS

Five of the best… green weekend breaks

Holly Tuppen / Greentraveller

10th November, 2011

Getting away for a weekend with friends doesn’t have to cost the earth and it certainly doesn’t mean having to splash out. Greentraveller has some eco-friendly suggestions more...
Patagonia store

Patagonia launches London flagship store

Ruth Styles

4th October, 2011

The bright green outdoor sports brand has finally arrived in London. Ruth Styles got a sneak preview more...
T Rex

Five of the best... British natural history museums

Gervase Poulden

26th August, 2011

Don’t despair if this weekend turns out to be a washout; the UK’s natural history museums are the perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon. Gervase Poulden has five of the best more...

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