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New report says electric cars will dramatically improve Britain's energy security

Joe Ware

25th August, 2017

Environmental campaigning groups including Greenpeace and WWF publish a joint report today calling on the UK Government to bring forward the proposed ban on petrol and electric cars to 2030.
JOE WARE reports
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First legal action under Ireland’s new climate legislation

Conor Purcell

17th July, 2017

Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) has taken the first legal action under Ireland’s new climate legislation. FIE has expressed its concerns that the Irish government is intending to ignore the terms set out by the 2015 Paris climate agreement by lodging a judicial review with the High Court in relation to Dublin Airport's proposed new runway, CONOR PURCELL reports more...

New poll shows British voters want a government that cares about the environment - of course they do!

Joe Ware

26th May, 2017

UK politicians (aside from the Green Party) may not have the environment high on the agenda but the British public want to remain part of the Paris Agreement and care deeply about climate change according to a new poll released today. JOE WARE reports more...

High Court gives UK Government eight months to draw up fresh air quality plan

21st November, 2016

The UK Government has been ordered by a High Court judge to draw up an improved plan by July next year which must bring air pollution within legal limits. more...

ECOLOGIST INTERVIEW - ALISTAIR McGOWAN

Tim Saunders

28th October, 2016

British impressionist, comedian, actor and musician Alistair McGowan is also a staunch environmentalist - he doesn't even drive a car. He tells TIM SAUNDERS we should all be doing more to help save the planet and that the environmental costs of the proposed new runway at Heathrow are not worth the promised economic benefits more...

ClientEarth against UK government in High Court over illegal air pollution

Ecologist reporter

18th October, 2016

Environmental Lawyers group ClientEarth is in court today to bring a case against the Government for failing to tackle illegal levels of air pollution in the UK more...
Smog Alert in Peoples Square, Beijing, China, on 15th February 2014. Photo: Lei Han via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND).

China's smog kills over a million each year - but there's blue skies ahead

Oliver Wild, Lancaster University

19th October 2015

China's smog is an increasing cause of public discontent, writes Oliver Wild - and no wonder! New research shows that the country's air pollution is killing over a million people every year. Thanks to China's geography the problem is hard to solve, but the rapid rise of renewables and the slow demise of coal do offer the promise of cleaner, healthier future. more...
A pile of pants? Golf Diesel. Photo: Peter P. via Flickr (CC BY-NC).

How Volkswagen got caught cheating emissions tests by a clean air NGO

Paul Nieuwenhuis

23rd September 2015

The discovery that Volkswagen has been 'gaming' vehicle emissions tests has taken the world by storm, writes Paul Nieuwenhuis. But it comes as no surprise to campaigners who have long been aware of the huge gap between 'official' emissions and real word pollution. Where were the regulators? And why did it take an NGO to uncover the scandal? more...
An anti-Starbucks rally. Photo: Travis Forden.

Boycott Starbucks! Here's five strong reasons why

Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins

5th June 2014

Starbucks has positioned itself as a 'progressive' brand - but it's no such thing. It refuses to commit to fair trade coffee, organic milk, GMO-free / organic foods and snacks, and supports the mighty Grocery Manufacturers Association, lobbyist for GMOs and industrial agriculture. more...
The solution to the UK's air pollution is clear - more walking, cycling, public transport, and less traffic. Photo: Magdalen Bridge, Oxford, by Tejvan Pettinger via Flickr.com.

Pollution - EU takes UK to court

The Ecologist

5th March 2014

The European Commission has launched legal proceedings against the UK for persistent air pollution problems - specifically its failure to cut toxic oxides of nitrogen, known as 'NOx'. more...
Mother and baby - both vulnerable to even moderate levels of air pollution. Photo:  Kaushal Vaidya via Flickr.com.

Moderate air pollution damages mothers' and babies' health

The Ecologist

21st February 2014

Air pollution can damage the health of pregnant women and their children - even if the pollution is within permitted limits, according to a study from Lund University in Sweden. Among the risks, diabetes. 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...

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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...
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England's new runways - where's the demand?

Chris Goodall

18th December 2013

As the UK Government prepares to build new runways in SE England, Chris Goodall points out that air travel forecasts have been cut by 35% in the last six years. So why should we believe the latest numbers? more...
Shanghai at sunset seen from the Jin Mao tower observation deck. The sun has not yet dropped below the horizon; it has simply reached the smog line. Wikimedia commons / Suicup.

Shanghai's 'airpocalypse': can China fix its deadly pollution?

Matthew Currell

13th December 2013

Shanghai is experiencing unprecedented levels of pollution. Last week fine particulate levels reached almost 20 times WHO guidelines, and they are still at dangerous levels. Matthew Currell reports on China's pollution crisis. 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...

Fracking poses risk to UK farm animals and food safety, experts warn

Andrew Wasley

17th September 2013

US researchers behind a study that showed links between gas drilling and sickness in livestock say a moratorium should be imposed on fracking in the UK until its impact on food safety can be assessed. Andrew Wasley reports more...

Badgers: the truth behind the cull

Dominic Dyer

12th August 2013

Of 5,500 badgers to be shot during the pilot culls, only 240 will be independently monitored for humaneness, it has emerged. And just 4 Natural England officials will oversee the killing in Gloucestershire and Somerset more...

Why the organic movement's badger cull stance threatens its image

Dominic Dyer

If the Soil Association joined those opposing the cull it would be able to brand its organic milk and dairy products 'badger friendly'- no doubt leading to a much needed boost in sales, says Dominic Dyer more...

Boycotting organic farms over badger cull is 'counter-productive'

Helen Browning

Buying organic food is an important choice for everyone concerned about animal welfare, wildlife and conservation. It would not make sense for consumers to stop buying organic if they disagree with badger culling, says Helen Browning more...

Badger cull a PR disaster for UK countryside, warn 'dissident' farmers

18th June, 2013

Andrew Wasley and Sarah Stirk

A growing number of farmers are now questioning the nature of the cull and its effectiveness. And some are blaming poor biosecurity and intensive farming for the spread of TB in the UK cattle herd. Andrew Wasley and Sarah Stirk report more...

Dairy farms suffer in US shale gas fracking boom

28th January, 2013

Dimiter Kenarov

The dash for unconventional gas may have brought financial benefits to some, but for struggling dairy farmers in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, the arrival of drilling wells could be the final nail in the coffin. Dimiter Kenarov reports more...
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Behind the label: how fair are organic and Fairtrade bananas?

Tom Levitt

28th May, 2012

The Dominican Republic's organic and Fairtrade boom has helped banana growers but what about the slum-dwelling Haitian migrant workers? Tom Levitt reports on the plight of the forgotten people in the banana trade more...
How to…give your cocktail a green-over

How to…give your cocktail a green-over

Amy Hall

8th May, 2012

Forget Pimms: eco-friendly cocktails not only taste great, they don’t cause a headache for the planet either. Amy Hall shows you how to give your tipple an eco-friendly spin more...
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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...

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