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The hidden costs of gold: mercury poisoning blights mining communities

Jody Clarke

14th November, 2011

The high price of gold has sent thousands into the informal mining sector and exposed workers and the environment to the devastating effects of mercury poisoning more...
Agriculture in Africa

Durban climate change conference: why farming is the biggest issue for Africa

Rosie Spinks

4th November, 2011

With little hope of a binding deal on climate change at the latest UN summit, campaigners are hoping that Africa's COP will tackle the issue that plagues the continent most: agriculture more...
Wangari Maathai

With the death of Wangari Maathai, the green movement has lost one of its greatest proponents

Ruth Styles

7th October, 2011

Environmentalist, democracy campaigner and Nobel laureate; Wangari Maathai led an extraordinary life but it's her overwhelming kindness and charm that I’ll always remember, says Ruth Styles more...
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Melting chocolate: climate change threatens West Africa's cocoa dominance

Tom Levitt

29th September, 2011

Hundreds of thousands of small-scale cocoa farmers in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire will be forced to adapt or relocate by higher temperatures more...
WINTER COATS

Five of the best…eco friendly winter coats

Vanessa Jones

27th September, 2011

Whether you’re looking for a trench, a cape or a cocoon, Vanessa Jones has the skinny on the best eco-friendly outerwear around this winter more...
Ivory Smuggling China

Illegal ivory openly on sale in Chinese cities

Rosie Spinks

17th August, 2011

Activists question allowing China to participate in ivory trade, with estimates that as much as 90 per cent of retail items in the country are illegal more...
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Not charity but work: Vivienne Westwood's 'Ethical Fashion Africa' collection goes on sale

Rosie Spinks

8th August, 2011

In an effort to address the joint problems of poverty and environmental degradation, Vivienne Westwood has joined up with the International Trade Centre for the launch of her second ethical range more...
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Export of Zimbabwean diamonds threatens ethical jewellery trade

Rosie Spinks

08 August, 2011

With the Kimberley Process in a state of paralysis over Zimbabwean diamonds, consumers can no longer be sure they’re buying ethical jewels. Ahead of a BBC Panorama investigation into the issue, Rosie Spinks reports more...
Walking Thunder: In the Footsteps of the African Elephant

Walking Thunder: In the Footsteps of the African Elephant

Ruth Styles

28th July, 2011

Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson’s stunning images highlight the luminous beauty of Africa’s elephants, says Ruth Styles, and show why ending the ivory trade is more important than ever more...
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Among necessary giants: why we can’t afford to lose the elephant

Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson

27th July, 2011

Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson, authors of Walking Thunder, explain why the survival of the elephant is critical for our own future more...
Raoul du Toit, 2011 Goldman Prize winner

Raoul du Toit: Saving Zimbabwe's black rhino

Matilda Lee

31st May, 2011

Despite increased poaching threats, a difficult political situation, drought and climate change, Goldman Prize Winner Raoul du Toit has pioneered a new approach in community stakeholding to save the black rhino more...
Tea picking in Kenya

PG Tips and Lipton tea hit by 'sexual harassment and poor conditions' claims

Verity Largo and Andrew Wasley

13th April, 2011

Unilever denies some female employees at its Rainforest Alliance-certified tea plantation in Kenya are subjected to sexual harassment. But Dutch research outfit SOMO paints a very different picture. Verity Largo and Andrew Wasley report more...

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Cambodia sugar plantations

Revealed: the bitter taste of Cambodia’s sugar boom

Sam Campbell

13th April, 2011

Sugar may seem innocuous enough, but sweet-toothed Western consumers could be fuelling conflict between poor farming communities and big business with every spoonful. Sam Campbell reports from Phnom Penh more...
Tea loading in Indonesia

Environmental damage and human rights abuses blight global tea sector

William McLennan

13th April, 2011

Human rights violations have been reported at plantations in virtually all major tea producing countries, while tea growing itself has a profound effect on the local environment. William McLennan reports more...
palm oil plantation

Palm oil giants target Africa in 'land grab' following Indonesia deforestation ban

Tom Levitt

25th March, 2011

Indonesia's move to bring in a two-year moratorium on new palm oil plantations to protect its remaining rainforests has seen agribusiness giants like Sime Darby switch expansion plans to Cameroon, Ghana and Liberia more...
Malawi FYF

Agroecological farming 'can double food production in Africa over next 10 years'

Tom Levitt

8th March, 2011

Low-input farming projects, not reliant on chemical fertilisers and pesticides, have brought significant increases in food production in Africa, south-east Asia and South America, according to a UN report more...
Migrating wildebeest

Tanzania urged to accept World Bank funding of alternative Serengeti highway route

William McLennan

3rd March, 2011

World Bank offers to help fund the cost of road if it avoids bitterly opposed route through the Serengeti National Park more...
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Worldwatch report attacks criminalising of seed saving and promotes agroecology

Tom Levitt

13th January, 2011

Green revolution approach of expensive fertilisers and seeds is failing and needs replacing with projects that prevent food waste, build resilience to climate change, and strengthen city farming more...
A mountain gorilla

Mountain gorilla numbers in central Africa on the rise

Shanta Barley

9th December, 2010

The increase in population in Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda from 380 to 480 is due to efforts to reduce poaching and disease, say scientists more...
Bycatch

What's linking slavery to your dinner plate?

Environmental Justice Foundation

October 4th, 2010

A shocking new film released by the Environmental Justice Foundation reveals how workers endure violence and incarceration for months - or even years - onboard ships which supply European consumers with fish. more...
Bycatch

'Slavery' uncovered on trawlers fishing for Europe

Felicity Lawrence, special correspondent for the Guardian

30th September, 2010

Violence and incarceration for months or even years found on ships off coast of west Africa, which supply European consumers with fish more...
Gold panning

Nigeria gold rush sees 200 children killed in outbreak of lead poisoning

Xan Rice, Guardian East Africa correspondent

23rd September, 2010

The UN has sent an emergency team to Zamfara state, in Nigeria, as processing of ore by hand affects 18,000 people more...
Guyana

Atlantic Rising: Guyana using mangroves to defend itself from sea-level rises

Tim Bromfield

19th July, 2010

Global sea level rise poses a big challenge for the small country of Guyana but mangrove planting offers a cost-effective way of protecting coastal regions more...
Plans for diamond mining in Botswana saw Bushmen forced out of their home

Zimbabwe given 'one last chance' on diamond mining exports

Ecologist

16th July, 2010

Campaign groups on the verge of leaving international diamond trade body because of failures to prevent military takeovers of mines, worker deaths and systematic smuggling more...
Malawi FYF

Malawi reaps the reward of returning to age-old, chemical-free farming

Molly Stevenson

22nd June, 2010

Returning to age-old, chemical-free farming techniques is improving crop harvest for Malawian farmers more...

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