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Farming in Poland, the traditional way. Photo: Jejma via Flickr.

The farmer is the future

Julian Rose

13th June 2014

In our modern world of supermarkets and on-demand delivery, its easy to forget about the few remaining 'real farmers' who grow healthy, wholesome food, writes Julian Rose. But it won't be long before we give them the appreciation they deserve ... more...
Small farmers - like Ndomi Magareth, planting beans here on her land in Cameroon - 'are losing land at a tremendous rate. It’s a land reform movement in reverse', says GRAIN’s Henk Hobbelink. Credit: Monde Kingsley Nfor/IPS

'Land reform in reverse' - land grabs are increasing world hunger

Stephen Leahy

3rd June 2014

Small farmers are losing out as the world's farmland is becoming concentrated in ever fewer hands - and food security is suffering as a consequence. If we do nothing to reverse this trend, writes Stephen Leahy, the world will lose its capacity to feed itself. more...
White Rot Mushroom, Trametes versicolor. Photo: Luke Detwiler via Flickr.

Fungi clean contaminated soils

The Ecologist

22nd May 2014

A new system for cleaning soils contaminated with industrial toxins harnesses the power of White rot - a common fungus that decays fallen wood in forests. Research in Finland shows it can also destroy dioxins and poly-aromatic hydrocarbons. more...
Narsaq inlet - just the place for a uranium ore  port? Or a yellowcake plant? Photo: Claire Rowland via Flickr.

Australian uranium mining in Greenland is tearing the country in half

Antony Loewenstein

16th May 2014

Last October Greenland repealed a law that banned uranium mining. Now mysterious Australian mining companies are staking out the country for exploitation. But as Antony Loewenstein reports, local fears are growing, and political opposition is heating up. more...
In Scotland's Hebridean Isles most 'fishing communities' have long since lost all their rights to fish, and are reduced to trapping shellfish for a living. Photo: Florian Seiffert via Flickr.

Selling the silver: the enclosure of the UK's fisheries

Emma Cardwell.

7th July 2014

Fishing quotas were meant to conserve stocks and support fishing communities, writes Emma Cardwell. But they have achieved the reverse - rewarding the most rapacious fishing enterprises and leaving small scale fisherfolk with nothing. more...
Israeli and international volunteers rebuilding Al Araqib. Photo: Silvia Boarini / silviaboarini.com.

Israel's Bedouin citizens - unrecognized in the Negev

Silvia Boarini

12th May 2014

Since July 2010 the Bedouin village of Al Araqib in the Negev desert has been demolished 68 times, writes Silvia Boarini. Many have fled but those that remain are determined to stand their ground: 'They can demolish us 100 times, but we're not going anywhere.' more...
Celebrating. Photo: Jason Taylor for Friends of the Earth 2014.

When our land is free, we're all free

Silas Kpanan'Ayoung Siakor & Jacinta Fay

7th May 2014

Across Africa, corporations are grabbing community land and water - and nowhere more than in Liberia, where half the country has already been lost. But one community has shown it's possible to overcome intimidation, organize and resist. more...
A US government photograph of Operation Redwing's Apache nuclear explosion in the Pacific Ocean's Marshall Islands on July 9, 1956.

Nuclear WMD states sued - by the Marshall Islands

Robert Dodge

4th May 2014

The US threatens to attack Iran if it tries to build a nuclear bomb, yet the US and other nuclear WMD states have ignored their treaty obligation to work toward nuclear disarmament, writes Rober Dodge. Now the Marshall Islands has gone to court to enforce compliance. 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...
The teff harvest in the highlands of northern Ethiopia. Photo: Alan Davey via Flickr.com.

Ethiopia's seed banks - under threat from G8 plan to 'develop' Africa

Claire Provost in Addis Ababa

25th April 2014

Ethiopia leads the way in preserving crop seeds by engaging farming communities in the effort, and making the exchange of seeds part of village life and culture, reports Claire Provost. But now it's all at risk from a G8 plan to open Africa to corporate agriculture. more...
Women from the Dassanech Tribe fetching water from the Omo River, 2011. Photo: Rod Waddington via Flickr.com.

20 years after Rwanda - Ethiopia's 'slow genocide' in the Omo Valley

Human Rights Watch

7th April 2014

A 'slow genocide' is unfolding in Ethiopia - one driven by greed rather than hatred. With Chinese and World Bank finance, massive dams and plantations are robbing the Omo Valley's 500,000 indigenous people of their land and water. The UK 'sees no evil'. more...
A Devon badger in the wild. Photo: Jon Bowen via Flickr.com.

BBC says sorry - we got it wrong on Irish badgers

The Ecologist

23rd March 2014

In a ground-breaking decision the BBC has admitted: it was wrong to state that badger culling in the Republic of Ireland had reduced incidences of TB in cattle. Will the decision stop the Government from making the same mistake? more...

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Aleqa Hammond. Photo: Government of Greenland.

Sailing full steam into treacherous waters

The Ecologist

17th March 2014

Greenland's first female prime minister is on a modernising drive to prosperity and independence, But will the combination of melting glaciers, oil, mining projects and mass immigration bring wealth or destruction? more...
The ice-covered, cloud-shrouded mountains of NE Greenland, where the ice is melting far faster than previously known. Photo: Visit Greenland via Flickr.com.

'Stable' NE Greenland ice sheet is melting away

Shfaqat Abbas Khan

18th March 2014

A new study has found that the NE section of the Greenland ice sheet - thought to be stable due to the extreme cold - has been losing ice since 2006 with increasing speed. And as Shfaqat Abbas Khan reports, that has huge implications for global sea level rise. more...
Brian Nicholson runs the islands' mandolin, ukulele and guitar shop. Photo: Thembi Mutch.

Maybe we can all learn from smaller islands?

Thembi Mutch

8th March 2014

Europe's periphories are meant to be in a state of collapse - but not so the Shetland Isles, where Thembi Mutch found a land of open skies, howling storms, historic traditions, and an active, growing community of notable individuals ... more...
A protest in Susya, 22nd June 2012. Photo: Yossi Gurvitz via Flickr.com.

No child should be afraid to drink a glass of water ...

Nasser Nawajah

2nd March 2014

... in case there is none tomorrow. Nasser Nawajah wrote this open letter to Israel's economics minister Naftali Bennett - leader of The Jewish Home - about the water starvation suffered by Palestinians. more...
Ian Redmond. Photo via Ian Redmond.

Joy for the natural world

Sarah Stirk

18th February 2014

Ian Redmond, 'ape man', talked to Sarah Stirk about his joy in the natural world, and especially his passion for Mountain gorillas - the only ape (other than humans) whose population is rising. more...
Polish farmers hard at work gathering in the hay crop. Photo: Hejma via Flickr.com.

Polish farmers 'grassroots rebellion'

Julian Rose & Jadwiga Lopata

16th February 2014

Farmers in northern Poland are demanding the right to sell the food they produce in local shops, fighting oppressive sanitary regulations, picketing the Land Agency for access to prime farmland, and resisting GMOs. more...
A boy from the Lower Omo stands on the riverbank. Photo: © Survival

Congress over-rules USAID to protect abused Ethiopian tribes

The Ecologist

12th February 2014

The US Congress has outlawed the use of aid to Ethiopia to evict tribal peoples in the SW of the country - where violent expulsions are under way to clear land for cash-crop farming. more...
Many of the Somerset Levels's rarest species inhabit the ditches or 'rhynes' that thread the landscape. Photo: Joe Dunckley via Flickr.com.

Somerset Levels - a vision for 2030

Somerset Levels and Moors Task Force

8th February 2014

As fierce public debate rages over how to manage the Somerset Levels, a Task Force of farmers, wildlife groups, official Agencies and Councils has agreed a new 'Vision 2030' for the Levels - one the mainstream media have entirely missed ... more...

Ghost Tour

Lucy Anna Scott

7 February 2014

The Marsh sow-thistle, officially extinct in London, is having a revival after being reintroduced to the Thames Road wetland site and nurtured back to strength. more...
The River Moriston, near the Dundreggan Estate. Scots pine and other native trees grow along the river, but much of the glen is given over to commercial conifer plantation of low biodiversity value. Photo: Philip Mason.

One tree at a time: restoring the forest of Caledon

Philip Mason

3rd February 2014

Scotland's native forest remains in only a few fragments, but Trees For Life is working to restore it, and almost all of the work is done by volunteers. Philip Mason joined their newly expanded long-term volunteer programme for two months last autumn. more...
The watery world of beavers. This wetland was created by a 100m beaver dam across the valley. Photo: Paul Ramsay / beaversatbamff.blogspot.co.uk.

Time to bring back Nature's flood management engineer - the beaver

Louise Ramsay

20th January 2014

As climate change brings more rain, Britain is suffering from the extinction here of our native flood engineer - the beaver. Louise Ramsay says it's high time to re-introduce these charismatic rodents all over Britain. more...
Military observation post, Jordan Valley. Photo: michael loadenthal via Flickr.com.

The Jordan Valley: stolen land, stolen childhood

Victoria Brittain

21st January 2014

The Jordan Valley in the Palestinian West Bank is under active annexation to Israel - in breach of the 4th Geneva Convention. Victoria Brittain went there to explore what this means for the people of the Valley, and the implications for John Kerry's 'peace negotiations'. more...
Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum). Photo: Paolo via Flickr.com.

Swiss wildlife climbing up the mountains

Tim Radford

16th January 2014

Wildlife in Switzerland is seeking relief from warming temperatures by moving higher up the mountains, reports Tim Radford. more...

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