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Hasankeyf, a 10,000 year old city in Turkey's Kurdish region, is due to be flooded by the Ilusu dam - giving common cause to the Kurdish minority, and environmental activists. Photo: Omer Unlu via Flickr.com.

After Gezi, a new eco-democratic alliance challenges Erdogan

Rosa Wild

26th March 2014

Turkey's Gezi Park protestors are finding common cause with Kurdish communities, writes Rosa Wild. Both are suffering from Erdogan's annihilation of land, forests, parks and cities in pursuit of economic growth. A new eco-democratic resistance is taking root. more...
Enbridge's ruptured pipeline near the River Kalamazoo, Michigan, July 2010. Photo: NRDC.

Vermont stands against the tar sands pipeline

Meg Berlin

31st March 2014

A 62-year old pipeline across New England could be used to carry hazardous tar sand crude oil from Canada to the Atlantic, writes Meg Berlin. But communities across Vermont are campaigning to block the project that imperils waters, people and wildlife ... more...
Teak logs on the Irrawaddy River on their way from the forests of northern Myanmar to markets in Mandalay or Yangon. Photo: Terry Feuerborn via Flickr.com.

Myanmar's $6 billion illegal timber trade

The Ecologist

26th March 2014

New analysis of Burma's forestry and trade data points to a multi-billion dollar illegal logging and exports black hole - indicating widespread criminality and official corruption. more...
Exporting protein from Brazil to feed the pigs, cows and chickens of Europe and beyond: Cargill's soya terminal at Santarem, between Rio Amazonas and Rio Tapajos. Photo: Sara y Tzunki via Flickr.com.

Ending hunger - the rich world holds the keys

Olivier De Schutter

25th March 2014

Food - and the land we grow it on - are much too important to be left to 'free' markets, writes Olivier De Schutter. And all the more so when those markets are not really free at all, but grossly distorted in favour of the rich. more...
Sour garlic and fennel pickles. Photo: Gary Leybman /  FB Wild Fermentation group.

My microbes, therefore I am: fermentation, health, and human identity

Joanna Wright

10th April 2014

Fermentation is far more than a way to prepare diverse, delicious and wholesome food, writes Joanna Wright. It is a means for us to connect with the ancient past, with the world around us, and with our own selves. Are you ready to try it? 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...
General Mills breakfast cereals at the Entrance to Price Chopper February 2014. Photo: Mike Mozart / JeepersMedia via Flickr.com.

General Mills promises - only deforestation-free palm oil

The Ecologist

24th March 2014

From now on General Mills, a major US food conglomerate, will buy only palm oil that does not contribute to deforestation or the loss of high carbon tropical peatlands. more...
On 10 March 1943 Hitler visited Army Group South's headquarters in occupied Ukraine. Photo: Heinrich Hoffmann / German Federal Archives / Wikimedia Commons.

Ukraine - the corporate annexation

JP Sottile

21st March 2014

As the US and EU apply sanctions on Russia over its annexation' of Crimea, JP Sottile reveals the corporate annexation of Ukraine. For Cargill, Chevron, Monsanto, there's a gold mine of profits to be made from agri-business and energy exploitation. more...
For Sale - the Co-op's Stoughton Farm.

Halt the Co-op Farm sale - save the co-operative tradition

Helena Paul & Pete Riley

20th March 2014

The Co-operative Group is in deep trouble. Its response is to sell off its farms, in defiance of all its founding values. Instead it should reconnect with its original purpose, write Helena Paul & Pete Riley, and seek creative and truly co-operative solutions. more...
This freshly slaughtered lamb was killed with respect and compassion by a 'shochet', a pious Jew who has in mind the life of the animal as he draws the knife across its neck. Photo: Seth Frantzman via Flickr.com.

We don't care how farm animals live - so why care how they die?

William Naphy

19th March 2014

The debate about halal and kosher animal slaughter is missing the point, writes William Naphy. The question of consciousness at the moment of death is far less important than the suffering animals endure in the preceding minutes, hours, days and months. more...
Two thirds of the energy companies coal, oil and gas resources will have to stay in the ground to protect the climate. Photo: eastcolfax via Flickr.com.

Financial markets should get serious on climate policy

Sam Fankhauser

22 March 2014

Climate policy could bite on fossil fuel resource values much faster than financial markets anticipate, writes Sam Fankhauser. It's time investors wised up to the hazards of investing in fossil fuels, when two thirds of them may have to remain unexploited. more...
Dancing in the forest - Baka children in the rainforest of Cameroon. The Baka have been there for millennia, but the government 'owns' the forest and its carbon. Photo: Baka.co.uk/ .

Forest Peoples at risk from 'carbon grab'

Oliver Tickell

20th March 2014

A new 'carbon grab' is under way as governments and corporations seize valuable rights to the carbon stored in standing forests, with UN and World Bank support. But there's no benefit for forest communities - who even risk expulsion to make way for 'carbon plantations', more...

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Pro-Europe protest in the Maidan, 27th November 2013. Photo: Evgeny Feldman / Wikimedia Commons.

Ukraine, Chevron, Condi Rice and shale gas ... join the dots

JP Sottile

18th March 2014

High principles dominate the rhetoric on freedom-loving Ukraine, writes JP Sottile. But more mundane realities - like the interests of US oil corporations and Ukraine's vast shale gas capacity - might just be part of the volatile equation. more...
Early stages of Holistic Planned Grazing with Dexter cattle awaiting their daily move at Haye Farm, Worcestershire. Photo: Stuart Norgrove.

The omni-benefits of regenerative pasture

Natasha Giddings

21st March 2014

Managing grasslands in a way that mimics natural grazing by wild animals improves water infiltration, reduces erosion, conserves nutrients, reduces costs, raises production and increases profits, writes Natasha Giddings. Why isn't everyone doing it? more...
Stars mark sites where the researchers put the leaf bags, with colors corresponding to levels of radiation. Photo: Mousseau et al., Oecologia.

Chernobyl's forests - dead wood and leaves preserved by radiation

Rachel Nuwer / Smithsonian

24th March 2014

It's not just people, animals and trees that suffer from radiation at Chernobyl, writes Rachel Nuwer, but also decomposer fungi and microbes. And with the buildup of dead wood comes the risk of catastrophic fire - which could spread radiation far and wide. more...
Craig Sams with members of the Poyonaam Women's Group, Belize. Photo: Carbon Gold.

Biochar is 'carbon gold' for Belize's cacao farmers

Craig Sams

5th April 2014

A 'harmonic convergence' in the Mayan calendar set off something big for Craig Sams and his Belizean partners. First, Green & Blacks chocolate - and now an even more ambitious project to restore the world's soils using biochar and organic farming systems. more...
Lakota members marched during the annual Liberation Day commemoration of the Wounded Knee massacre. Photo: Deep Roots United Front / Victor Puertas.

Dead or in prison before we allow the KXL pipeline

Camila Ibanez

17th March 2014

The Oglala Lakota people are victims of poverty, government violence, land theft and alcohol, writes Camila Ibanez. Yet 114 years after the massacre at Wounded Knee, they are still there, and still fighting. Now the battle is over the Keystone XL pipeline ... more...
Tree losing its leaves in the Beijing smog. Photo:  Philip McMaster via Flickr.com.

Beijing's $5bn tree project - will it cut pollution?

Jun Yang

16th March 2014

Beijing is to plant trees over an area 200 times the size of Central Park in the city's latest effort to neutralise its choking pollution. But Jun Yang asks - how much will the trees really help, unless accompanied by drastic reductions in emissions? more...
Marching against Monsanto, Denver, CO, 13th October 2013. Photo: Confrontational Media via Flickr.com.

GMOs - Throwing precaution to the wind

Pat Thomas

15th March 2014

As the UK Prime Minister welcomes the recommendations of his science advisors to 'go it alone' in Europe and embrace GMO crops, Pat Thomas wonders - whatever happened to the Precautionary Principle? more...
Air pollution at Vado Ligure. Photo: Amada44 / Wikimedia Commons.

Italy: Police close down deadly power station

DeSmogBlog

16th March 2014

A coal-fired power station in Italy that has caused an estimated 442 deaths has been closed down following a court order. A case of corporate manslaughter is under investigation. more...
Hermitage Quarry - eating into ancient woodland at Oaken Wood, Kent. Photo: Woodland Trust.

Enough is enough - protect Britain's ancient woods!

Sian Atkinson

13th March 2014

In principle ancient woodland enjoys strong protection, but that's not how it works out on the ground, reports Sian Atkinson. HS2 alone threatens 82 ancient woods, and 440 are at risk nationwide. Hence the Woodland Trust's 'Enough is Enough' campaign ... more...
Twenty years from now we'll be looking at a dried up industry that blew away, leaving half a million new holes in the ground, ruined aquifers, and we'll wonder if it was all worth it. Image: Post Carbon Institute.

Snake Oil: how fracking's false promise of plenty imperils our future

Paul Mobbs

20th March 2014

Fracking is just another step on the fossil fuel treadmill, according to 'Snake Oil' by Richard Heinberg. High costs, diminishing returns and growing pollution will ultimately nail its future. Paul Mobbs urges readers - give a copy to your MP before it's too late! more...
Earl Ray Tomblin, Democrat Governor of West Virginia - dedicated servant of Big Coal. Photo: iwasaround via Flickr.com.

One State, under Coal

Jeffrey St. Clair

15th March 2014

When Mike Roselle tried to give his State Governor a sample of Mountain Top Removal dust for analysis, he was not expecting to be arrested at gunpoint and banged in jail for a week on suicide watch - all without charge. more...
The salmon on your plate is not GMO - and now it's looking more likely to stay that way. Photo: Andrea Pokrzywinski via Flickr.com.

Largest US grocery stores say 'no' to GMO salmon

The Ecologist

7th March 2014

The two largest grocery stores in the United States, Kroger and Safeway, have promised to not sell GMO salmon. Over 9,000 stores nationwide have now committed to being free of the controversial fish. more...
The US military is the world's single largest consumer of fossil fuels. Pictured here is US Navy Aircraft Carrier USS John C Stennis. Photo: Defence Images via Flickr.com.

Pentagon warns of climate change 'devastation'

Steve Horn

6th March 2014

Unlike many US politicians the Pentagon is a firm believer in climate science. But although it foretells climate devastation on a global scale, reports Steve Horn, it has no credible plan to cut its own gigantic fossil fuel burn. more...

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