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Homebuyers willing to pay more for proximity to wildlife

Andrea Gear

25th November 2013

Despite hard economic times, a recent survey shows that two thirds of UK homebuyers would consider paying more for a house with a wildlife-friendly garden ... more...
Mining taking place at an Australian open pit coal mine. Photo: Kadda / Shutterstock.com.

The climate change saboteurs

Binoy Kampmark

20th November 2013

At the COP19 in climate conference in Warsaw, a new coalition has formed - 'the climate saboteurs'. Key members are Australia, Canada, Japan. They are resolute in crushing the hopes of developing countries already suffering climate catastrophes like Typhoon Haiyan. more...

Ocean acidity rising at 'unprecedented rate'

The Ecologist

19th November 2013

The unprecedented rate of ocean acidification is one of the most alarming phenomena generated by climate change and the only way to mitigate the dangers is to reduce CO2 emissions significantly. more...

Dongria Kondh tribe of India resist powerful mining company

Joanna Eede

20th November 2013

India’s Dongria Kondh tribe have rejected plans by mining giant Vedanta Resources for an open-pit bauxite mine in their sacred Niyamgiri Hills. Although the decision is not yet final, the case has been hailed as an unprecedented triumph for tribal rights ... more...
Christiana Figueres speaks. Photo: Arend Kuester / flikr.com.

Leave your coal in the ground!

Christiana Figueres

18th November 2013

Speaking to the World Coal Association in Warsaw, the UNFCCC's executive secretary tells the coal industry: invest in renewables; and leave most of your coal underground. more...

Campaigners cry 'insanity' as UNEP postpones frozen gas report

Oliver Tickell

18th November 2013

UNEP today postponed the launch of a highly controversial report - branded as "lunatic" by climate campaigners - at the COP19 talks in Warsaw. more...
A black-backed jackal leaning over to drink from a waterhole in the Kalahari Desert. Photo: Villiers Steyn / shutterstock.com.

The great Kalahari frack attack

Jeff Barbee and Mira Dutschke in Nata, Botswana, David Smith in Johannesburg

18th November 2013

Botswana has been accused of sacrificing the Kalahari, one of the world's most precious wildlife reserves, to commercial fracking while ignoring the concerns of environmentalists and communities who could lose access to scarce water. more...
Christiania Figueres. Photo: Oxfam International.

Open letter to Christiania Figueres

Clémence Hutin

17th November 2013

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary UNFCCC, personally excluded Clémence Hutin from COP19 for standing in solidarity with the Philippines. In so doing she betrayed her own rhetoric and revealed the UNFCCC's true colours - anti-youth, anti-democratic and beholden to corporate interests. more...
Corporate logos on show at COP19.

COP19, Warsaw - Corporations rule OK!

Rachel Tansey

15th November 2013

Big business, industry and finance, keen to set the agenda and shape the rules in the interests of their profits - and at the expense of climate justice - have infiltrated COP19. more...

COP19: Poor countries in the dark on climate finance

Oliver Tickell

14th November 2013

Poor countries are being left with little idea about what money is available to help them cope with climate change because of murky accounting and a lack of transparency by rich countries, according to an Oxfam study. more...
Yeb Sano surrounded by supporters at COP19.

COP19: ejected for expressing solidarity with the Philippines

Clémence Hutin

13th November 2013

At COP19 in Warsaw, corporations rule the roost while climate change activists are ejected - in this case for supporting Philippines delegate Yeb Sano. more...

Loggers against Earth's most threatened tribe

Toby Nicholas

11th November 2013

The Awá have been driven to the brink of extinction as waves of illegal loggers, settlers and ranchers have flooded their land. Toby Nicholas reports that there is hope on the horizon ... more...

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July 2012 - Filling the reservoir Boguchan HPP.

Siberia: Sold down the river

Margarita Baranova, from Krasnoyarsk, Russia

9th November 2013

The Angara, the only river draining Lake Baikal, might disappear by 2020, as it is progressively dammed for massive hydroelectric schemes designed to aid the development of ... China. more...
M3 at Twyford Down

Biodiversity offsetting - an end to environmental protection?

Hannah Mowat

4th November 2013

The UK Government plans to allow biodiversity destroyed by development to be recreated elsewhere. Hannah Mowat of FERN believes the idea is both wrong and dangerous. The official consultation ends on 7th November 2013. more...
A rare 'ghost bear' in the BC temperate rainforest.

In the sanctuary of the White Bear

Lorna Crozier

17th November 2013

Poet Lorna Crozier vists the Great Bear Rainforest in BC, Canada and finds a fragile paradise imbued with myth, meaning and magic for local indigenous peoples. more...

Microplastic Soup: The State of Our Oceans

October 29th, 2013

Tanya Cox

Tanya Cox explains how microplastic pollution, which at some marine sites occurs at a concentration higher than that of plankton, has become a macroscopic problem for the life that calls the ocean its home ... more...

Africa's biggest wind farm opens

Oliver Tickell

26th October 2013

20,000 square kilometres of Ethiopia are suitable for grid-based wind power generation, with a total capacity of 100 GW. more...

Pity the freezing children of Norway

October 25th, 2013

Deborah Doane

Deborah Doane believes that the idea of development should be rooted in empathy and solidarity....
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People or Polar Bears?

August 30th, 2013

Robin Maynard

Robin Maynard tells the Ecologist why he is trying to encourage environmental NGOs to have the courage to move beyond a politically correct stance on issues of population growth and really engage with the big questions...... more...
Matses tribe girl

Canadian oil company threatens the survival of Peru’s ‘Jaguar people’

by Sarah Gilbertz

The Peruvian Government is yet again failing to protect the rights of its Indigenous citizens, and if history is anything to go by it is no wonder that the Matses tribe fear for themselves and other nearby tribal peoples. Sarah Gilbertz reports. more...

Operation Disclosure forces DfT London lockdown

by Paul Creeney

Last Monday (8 April) campaigners against the Bexhill-Hastings link road (BHLR) held a nine-hour vigil outside the Department for Transport, attempting to search for redacted documents on the road. Paul Creeney reports...... more...

Targeting transport: guerrilla gardening goes one stop further

April 8th, 2013

by Ellie Garwood

Ellie Garwood reports on the rise of guerrilla gardening in and around UK transport systems, including the new Edible Bus Stop initiative..... more...

Inuit, the Polar Bear and Climate Change

March 22nd, 2013

by Luke Dale-Harris

What's really behind the sudden global concern over the Inuit’s right to hunt - a concern that swung the polar bear vote at CITES? Luke Dale-Harris reports more...

Why we all need to worry about the decline in native butterflies

Faye Dobson

2nd August, 2012

Butterfly populations are an important gauge of the health of local habitats and wider climate change. Faye Dobson explains what population changes mean, and how you can get involved in helping monitor them. more...

Collaborative Consumption: Tool Sharing

by Samir Jeraj

Collaborative Consumption is the next step on from Freecycle and swapshops, says Samir Jeraj more...

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