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Greenpeace demonstration in Olkiluoto, Finland. Photo: Greenpeace Finland via Flickr.

Hinkley C will cost Britain dear - if it's ever built

Keith Barnham

15th October 2014

The UK Government promises that the Hinkley C 'EPR' nuclear reactor will lower electricity bills, but Keith Barnham shows that this is the very reverse of the truth. Our best hope is that it will never be built. Legal challenges aside, no sane investor will commit until one of the two EPR prototypes is working, which will be in 2016 at the earliest. more...
Is France determined to put an end to this kind of farming? Cattle grazing in the marais d'Olonne, Vendée, in Western France. Photo: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra via Flickr.

France's 1,000 cow factory - a second battle of the Somme

Evan Jones

17th October 2014

For all France's rhetoric about supporting the small farmer, the authorities are bending legalities to push through the country's biggest dairy farm, writes Evan Jones. This reveals the 'socialist' government true loyalties: to subsidy-driven 'free trade', and industrial agriculture that pollutes, depopulates, unemploys - and generates vast profits for a powerful elite. more...
The Dounreay nuclear plant in Caithness, Scotland, is one of those that have provoked an increase in childhood leukemia. Photo: Paul Wordingham via Flickr.

Nuclear power stations cause childhood leukemia - and here's the proof

Ian Fairlie

23rd August 2014

Controversy has been raging for decades over the link between nuclear power stations and childhood leukemia. But as with tobacco and lung cancer, it's all about hiding the truth, writes Ian Fairlie. Combining data from four countries shows, with high statistical significance, that radioactive releases from nuclear plants are the cause of the excess leukemia cases. more...
French dairy farmers Sandrine Lizaga milking her organic ewes.

EU outlaws animal use of herbal remedies on organic farms

Sandra Saadi

11th July 2014

New EU regulations forbid the use of herbal remedies and plant essences to maintain animal health instead of antibiotics, reports Sandra Saadi. An organic ewe breeder in France has already been threatened with the loss of EU farm support payments. more...
Coal fired power station at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Photo: Guy Gorek via Flickr.

Stop 'back door' financing for new coal power stations!

Steven Herz

11th June 2014

France, Germany and other wealthy countries have positive policies on climate change, writes Steven Herz. So why are they handing out back door financing for new coal power stations abroad via 'export credits'? Over $5 billion from EU countries since 2007 ... more...
In the queue. Photo: Diagram - Anders Granberg / Lars Lengquist.

Evian go home

Anders Granberg

22nd April 2014

Swedish artist duo Diagram escorts a glass of water back to its origin - from a convenience store in Stockholm back to a storm-drain in Evian les Bains, by Lake Geneva - and expose one of the many absurdities of modern life. more...
Emmanuel Giboulot.

Organic winemaker risks prison for not using pesticide

Sandra Saadi

28th March 2013

An organic farmer in France's Cote d'Or has been prosecuted for refusing to spray insecticide on his vineyard - and is anxiously awaiting the verdict, due on 7th April. He faces 6 months in prison and a €30,000 fine. more...
Going to waste ... a burst water main in Wealdstone, Harrow, 7th Feb 2014. Photo: timku via Flickr.com.

UK must step up on access to water

David Hall

17th March 2014

Across Europe water is going public - no silly, going into the public sector! Except in England, writes David Hall, where politicians (except the Greens) adhere rigidly to the failed, expensive model of corporate water supply ... more...
On Stevenson’s trail: honey and horses in the Cévennes

On Stevenson’s trail: honey and horses in the Cévennes

Ruth Styles

11th April, 2012

Robert Louis Stevenson’s account of his epic 1879 journey through the Cévennes is one of the high points of travel literature but as Ruth Styles found out, there’s still plenty to be discovered more...
Five of the best…February half term breaks

Four of the best…eco-friendly February half term breaks

Ben Hudson

3rd February, 2012

Whether you’re in the market for an organic French farm or a spot of skiing in the Scottish Cairngorms, there’s an eco-friendly half term break for you and your family more...
Swiss National Park

Ten of the best...European national parks

Ruth Styles

29th July, 2011

From the volcanic caldera of Mount Teide to the craggy tors of Dartmoor, Europe’s national parks combine stunning scenery with wonderful flora and fauna. Ruth Styles rounds up ten of the best more...
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Top 10...European wildlife destinations

William McLennan

1st April, 2011

From birds to whales, Europe has plenty for wildlife watchers to love. William McLennan rounds up some of the best more...

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Gaian Economics

When it comes to work, less is more

Gaian Economics

18th August, 2009

Why don't we follow the French model and take the whole month of August as holiday? It may help strengthen our economy more...
Green Living

Starting a biodynamic vineyard

Monty Waldin

1st April, 2008

Making the transition from wine writer to viticulturist was a leap of faith for Monty Waldin. What could he expect from his new hilltop vineyard in the Pyrenees? more...
Investigations

Bad news, bears

Nick Kettles

1st March, 2008

From Catalonia in the South, through the Ariège and Béarn, to the Basque country in the North, both locals and tourists are used to seeing Nationalist slogans daubed in white paint on Pyrenean mountain roads. But now a new clarion call is vying for their attention: Non Ours (no bears) and Mort aux Ours (death to the bears.) more...
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Tidal Electric’s offshore project

The Ecologist

1st July, 2003

Could the latest type of tidal-power generator be environmentally benign and deliver cheap, dependable and sustainable energy? more...

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