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UK's environment research funding to help ... Shell

Damian Kahya / Greenpeace

7th February 2014

The UK's main environment research funding agency has signed a partnership agreement with Shell to ensure the research it funds 'can be fully used' by the oil giant. more...
A British barn owl in the wild. Photo: Barn Owl Trust.

Save our Barn owls!

David Ramsden

6th February 2014

Britain's barn owls are in trouble, their number 70% down on historic levels. A big reason for the dramatic decline is the growing use of toxic rodenticides to kill farm rats, writes David Ramsden, who urges us to join the campaign to limit their use. more...
Redacted - a document released by Defra following an FOI request. From www.teambadger.org.uk/pdf/OpennessBriefJun13.pdf.

Paterson 'badgered' - will he last out February?

Lesley Docksey

6th February 2014

Defra's information firewall about the badger cull is slowly crumbling under the onslaught of FOI requests, reports Lesley Docksey. But Defra will be unable to hide the truth for much longer. more...
A flooded home, recently built, at Severn Stoke, Worcester. Photo: Dave Throup.

The inconvenient truth: houses built on floodplains could flood

Karen Potter

4th February 2014

Somerset is experiencing its most significant flooding in decades. As the political right calls for ever more dredging, Karen Potter trawls Defra's archives ... and finds a shocking history of sound policy sacrificed to short term political expediency. more...
Fail - the House of Lords had its moment - and it flunked. Photo:  ukhouseoflords via Flickr.com.

Our bosses just reduced our ability to oppose them by 66%

John Ward

1st February 2014

The 'Transparency of Lobbying Bill' is a masterpiece of Orwellian double-speak that will give carte-blanche to politicians and press barons while crippling the ability of civil society to oppose them, writes John Ward. more...
The 'Turn your back on Thatcher' protest at Ludgate circus, as Mrs Thatcher's coffin approached. Photo: from video by thegoldengirlk8: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDW3mXrz44M

Protestors have nothing to gain from liaising with police

Rececca Lush Blum

2nd February 2014.

The Metropolitan Police invited Rebecca Lush Blum - who organised the 'Turn your back on Thatcher' protest in 2013 - to attend a seminar to discuss police liaison with protesters. She refused in this powerful letter ... more...
A beaver in Scotland, where they are being re-introduced. Photo: Paul Stevenson via Flickr.com.

Beavers are re-introducing themselves - and we should let them

Jo Cartmell

29th January 2014

Beavers are essential to thriving wetland ecosystems, writes Jo Cartmell, and will help not hinder flood control in densely populated England. We should all welcome their return. more...

Paterson slashes UK climate change budget

Sophie Morlin-Yron

28th January 2014

Reports of severe flooding around the UK, widely believed to be linked to climate change, pour in. But Owen Paterson, reports Sophie Morlin-Yron, has sharply cut the budget for coping with the effects of climate change. more...
Wheat among the trees - agroforestry at Wakelyns Farm. Photo: Wakelyns Farm.

The many faces of Real Farming

Colin Tudge and Graham Harvey

4th February 2014

Many contemporary farmers - despite a hostile economic environment - are finding new ways to make ecological farming viable. Colin Tudge and Graham Harvey have tracked down some inspiring examples ... more...
Fish-free fish oil - no more taking the mackerel? Photo: Bill Abbott via Flickr.com.

GMO 'fish oil' crop trials - how to respond?

Oliver Tickell

24th January 2014

Rothamsted Research has applied to field trial GM Camelina plants that make long chain omega-3 fatty acids - an important nutrient currently available only from fish. This poses a dilemma for those who have so far opposed GMO foods. more...
Danish offshore wind turbine, Burbo Bank. Photo: Danish Wind Industry Association via Flickr.com.

Weeny, weedy, weaky: the EU's new climate plan

Oliver Tickell

22nd January 2014

Europe's new targets for carbon emissions and renewable energy are severely retrograde and fly in the face of both science and economics. They will endanger climate and retard the renewable energy revolution. more...
Is the badger cull any more 'scientifically justified' than this?

Number 10's badger cull 'escape plan' - Paterson doomed?

Lesley Docksey

18th January 2014

Number 10 is seeking an 'escape plan' for a badger cull gone disastrously wrong under Owen Paterson's direction. Lesley Docksey reports on a likely end to the cull - and to Paterson's ministerial role. more...

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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...
An AP1000 reactor is under construction at Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Georgia. Units 1 and 2 pictured here. Photo: Nuclear Regulatory Commission via Flickr.com.

Toshiba's nuclear project - cheaper than Hinkley C?

David Toke

17th January 2014

Toshiba, the 60% owner of NuGen, has announced it will build 3 AP1000 reactors at Moorside, England - much faster and cheaper than Hinkley C. But the whole proposition, writes David Toke, is seriously implausible. more...
Andy enjoys the sunshine outside 'The Shack' - while solar panels charge up the batteries. Photo: Solar Events.

My solar life

Andy Hope

15th January 2014

Andy Hope has been working with solar power for over 25 years and pioneered renewable energy at festivals. He talks to The Ecologist about his passion for sustainability and his self-built, off grid home - 'The Shack' ... more...
Bramley Frith wood in Hampshire will never be same again. In 1965 the National Grid build a substation there serving Basingstoke.

Ancient woodland cannot be 'offset'

Austin Brady

11th January 2014

Owen Paterson has done it again - offering up ancient woodland for development via 'biodiversity offsetting' - planting new trees elsewhere. Trouble is, says Austin Brady, ancient woods are centuries in the making. more...
Jenny Jones / Baroness Moulsecoomb. Photo: Tanoshimi / Wikimedia Commons.

Learning the weird and wonderful ropes

Jenny Jones

23rd January 2014

The House of Lords is full of surprises - arcane rituals, labyrinthine corridors, mysterious procedures ... but also help, support and friendship from unexpected quarters, says Green peer Jenny Jones. more...
Power for the People demo, London. Photo: Robin Prime.

Energy: Public ownership is the rational solution

Andrew Cumbers

9th January 2014

There is one glaringly obvious solution to the UK's energy problems, says Andrew Cumbers: re-nationalise the profiteering, under-investing energy companies that have created the mess. more...
Would you buy popcorn from Owen Paterson? And no, it's not GM. With Joe & Sephs Gourmet Popcorn. Photo: UKTI via Flickr.com.

Owen Paterson: Europe must embrace GM

Fiona Harvey in Oxford for The Guardian

7th January 2014

Europe is likely to become ''the museum of world farming'' because of the failure to embrace GMOs, UK environment secretary Owen Paterson said today. Fiona Harvey reports ...
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Hitachi-GE nuclear reactor design assessment begins

The Ecologist

6th January 2014

The Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency have begun assessing Hitachi-GE's boiling water nuclear reactor design. more...
Wind turbines near Tow Law, County Durham, UK. Photo: Jonathan Pearson / pearsongraphics via Flickr.com.

Wind turbines - going strong 20 years on

Chris Goodall

3rd January 2014

Anti-wind campaigners claim that wind turbine performance more than halves after 15 years. Chris Goodall analyses the figures and finds that even 20-year old wind turbines in the UK are still going strong ... more...
Clearing debris from around the spent fuel pond in Fukushima Building 3 in late 2013. Photo from Tepco video.

Fukushima meltdown? Mystery steam rising over Reactor 3

Oliver Tickell

31st December 2013

Unexplained plumes of radioactive steam have been rising from Fukushima's Reactor Building 3, Could a major meltdown be on the way? more...

2014 - the UK's GM-free year!

The Ecologist

30th December 2013

Despite the best efforts of the GM industry and Government, no GM trials are to take place in the UK in 2014. Could this spell the beginning of the end for genetically modified crops in the country? more...
A fracked landscape South of Odessa, Texas. Photo: Dennis Dimick via Flickr.com.

Who will pay the costs of the fracking revolution?

Lesley Docksey

31st December 2013

Despite all the hype that fracking the UK will mean cheaper energy bills, it is increasingly clear that the opposite is the case, writes Lesley Docksey. And who will pay the cost? Taxpayers, energy users, and the environment ... more...
Smart meters - would we be better off sticking with these, and cutting £12 billion off our fuel bills? Photo: nilexuk via Flickr.com.

UK's £12 billion 'smart' meter program is FCUKED

Nick Hunn

27th December 2013

The UK's smart metering is set to be the country's next Government IT disaster, writes Nick Hunn - saddling consumers with a £12 billion cost on their fuel bills for little or no benefit. more...

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