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The bloodied deck of the Nisshin Maru, stained from the butchering of a whale. Photo: Tim Watters / Sea Shepherd Australia.

Japan's whaling - the end is nigh

Elizabeth Claire Alberts

24th April 2014

Following the ruling by the International Court of Justice that Japan's whaling in the Antarctic is illegal, Elizabeth Claire Alberts examines the legal, financial and practical challenges of a continued whaling program - with some help from Sea Shepherd's Captain Paul Watson. more...
Caroline Lucas outside Brighton Court Centre. Photo: Zoe Broughton.

Fracking - the clean fight against dirty fuels

Caroline Lucas

22nd April 2014

Following her acquittal on charges of obstructing the entrance to a fracking site in Balcombe, Sussex, Caroline Lucas explains why this is only the beginning of the fight against shale gas - and why we must also promote the clean energy alternatives. more...
Does nature have rights, too? A mountain valley in Kurdistan. Photo: Jan Sefti via Flickr.com.

Being Nature - extending civil rights to the natural world

Mumta Ito

24th April 2014

As the destruction of the biosphere continues, we need to establish new legal systems to protect what remains. Mumta Ito proposes a new beginning for environmental law based on extending 'civil rights' to the natural world. more...
Caroline Lucas MP. Photo: underclassrising.net via Flickr.com.

Caroline Lucas 'not guilty'

The Ecologist

17th April 2014

The Green MP for Brighton, Caroline Lucas, and four other protestors have been found 'not guilty' by Brighton magistrates on charges of obstructing the highway and other public order offences at a 2013 anti-fracking protest. 'The fight goes on!' more...
Threatened desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii). Photo: Roy C. Averill-Murray / USFWS Endangered Species via Flickr.com.

USA: Government gives in to illegal rancher's armed militia

The Ecologist

16th April 2014

Federal Agencies have capitulated to an armed militia protecting a Nevada rancher running his cattle on 100s of 1,000s of acres of public land reserved for 'threatened' Desert tortoises - despite multiple court orders and over $1 million in unpaid fines. more...
North Atlantic Right whale three miles off Ponte Vedra Beach, FL on February 21, 2013. Photo: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission via Flickr.com.

Lawsuit demands 50,000 square mile Atlantic whale sanctuary

The Ecologist

11th April 2014

The US Fisheries Service has repeatedly failed to give highly endangered Right whales adequate protection. Now wildlife groups are suing the Agency to demand a more than tenfold expansion of 'critical habitat' to protect the species along the US's Atlantic coast. more...
A humpback whale fresh from Antarctica in the Rurutu warm water mating grounds. Photo: Pierre Lesage via Fliuckr.com.

Japan must end 'scientific whaling' in the Antarctic

The Ecologist

31st March 2014

The International Court of Justice has ordered Japan to revoke its 'scientific whaling' permits in the Antarctic and cease to issue new ones as they are not for scientific purposes. Next, the North Pacific ... more...
It's not just Caroline Lucas - Josef Dobraszczyk is one of the five fracking protest defendants in the Brighton Court this week. Photo: Zoe Brougton.

Time is running out

Caroline Lucas and her co-defendants

29th March 2014

This statement was read out by the five anti-fracking campaigners standing trial at Brighton Magistrates Court this week, for joining in a peaceful protest near the Sussex village of Balcombe. The trial will resume on 17th April, when a verdict is expected. more...
Caroline Lucas outside Brighton Court Centre. Photo: Zoe Broughton.

Caroline Lucas on trial

Zoe Broughton

28th March 2014

Green MP Caroline Lucas has been in court in Brighton this week following her arrest at Cuadrilla's exploratory fracking site near Balcombe, Sussex. Zoe Broughton reports ... more...
Balcombe fracking protest, 18th August 2013. Photo: Beth Granter via Flickr.com.

Fracking - why are human rights being ignored?

Damien Short, Karen Hulme & Steffen Böhm

25th March 2014

On the final day of the trial of Caroline Lucas and other anti-fracking protestors, we ask - what about human rights? Entirely neglected by the government in its desperate drive to frack, they ought to trump all other policy considerations. more...
London's pollution is less visible, but it's still there and it's still deadly. Nelson's Column during the Great Smog of 1952. Photo: N T Stobbs / Wikimedia Commons.

British cities deserve clean air!

Caroline Allen

16th March 2014

Air pollution in London and other British cities is intolerable, writes Caroline Allen. Faced with the same deadly problem Paris has just imposed restrictions on cars - but here politicians do nothing. It's time to elect some who will act for public health! 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...

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Buy clean water! Nassarawa State, Nigeria. Photo: MikeBlyth via Flickr.com.

For Nigeria, tackling climate change is a security imperative

Bukola Saraki

8th March 2014

Nigeria is suffering political instability resulting from desertification and pollution, writes Senator Bukola Saraki. As Africa's most populous country it has no choice but to engage in the fight against climate change, its causes, and its consequences. 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...
Fukushima graffiti. Photo: Abode of Chaos via Flickr.com.

'No one died, no one's health was damaged' - Fukushima's big lie

Karl Grossman

8th March 2014

The nuclear industry and its media cheerleaders have raised a chorus of misinformation over Fukushima, writes Karl Grossman. But their attempts to suppress the truth are ultimately doomed to failure. more...
Bridger Mountains. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair.

Defender of the Rockies

Jeffrey St. Clair

3rd March 2014

For sheer guts, vision and results, a single organisation stands out among the US's environmental defenders - the Alliance for the Wild Rockies. Jeffrey St. Clair met its leader, Mike Garrity, winner of 2014's Grassroots Activist Award. more...
Native American or Palestinian, Awa, Inuit, Dayak or Bushman, the struggle against colonialism is one. Quanah Parker - Comanche. Photo from firstpeople.us.

Indigenous peoples of the world, unite!

Dr Sarah Marusek

13th March 2014

The struggle for collective rights unites all Indigenous peoples from North America to Palestine, writes Sarah Marusek - as does their common narrative of resistance to colonialism, imperialism and capitalism. more...
Richard Brooks - sued for CA$7 million for defending forests. Photo: Greenpeace Canada.

Canada - fighting the legal clamp-down on dissent

Richard Brooks

25th February 2014

Richard Brooks spoke out against the destruction of Canada's publicly owned boreal forests and loss of caribou habitat. His reward - a $7 million lawsuit from the country's biggest logger, Resolute. more...
Bold Nebraska draws the line - ranchers and farmers have built a renewable energy powered barn in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline. Photo: 350.org via Flickr.com.

Nebraska court decision halts Keystone XL pipeline

Sophie Morlin Yron

21st February 2014

The Keystone XL pipeline was dealt a blow in a Nebraska court this week when a key enabling law was ruled 'unconstitutional' - bringing the controversial project to a standstill in the state. 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...
Marcellus shale rig and well, Ridge Road, Jackson Township, Butler County, PA, USA, operated by Rex Energy. Photo: WCN 24/7 via Flickr.com.

Welcome to 'frackland': does a river have the right not to be polluted?

Shannon Biggs

7th February 2014

The impact of fracking on communities and ecosystems demands a complete rethink of the human relationship with nature, writes Shannon Biggs. Nature has rights - and this must be reflected in our laws. more...
Ecocide: Ajka, Hungary, October 2010. 'Red sludge' alumina plant accident. Photo: Ministry of Public Administration and Justice / Wikimedia Commons.

Outlaw ecocide!

Joselyn Morton

16th January 2014

End Ecocide has just days left in which to gather 1 million signatures from across Europe. Joselyn Morton urges all Ecologists to sign - and force the European Commission to progress the initiative. more...
Mumta Ito, co-founder of the International Centre for Wholistic Law.

Defending Nature with 'wholistic law'

Mumta Ito

Mumta Ito is the founder of the International Centre for Wholistic Law, which aims to realign the application and methodology of law with the universal laws that govern all life. She began by telling The Ecologist how her journey began in an improbable place ... more...

Putting people at the heart of the sustainable food debate

Dr Naomi Salmon

November 8th, 2013

Naomi Salmon argues that human rights law can - and should - have a crucial role in the fight to green our food systems ... more...

Stepping stones

by Tom Brenan

Tom Brenan discovers a wide range of voices from Earth law proponents around the world...... more...

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