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A Shell oil well-head in Ogoniland - situated in a wetland, and surrounded by spilt oil. Photo by Friends of the Earth International via Flickr.

Niger Delta oil - Shell ignores horrendous pollution

Oliver Tickell

4th August 2014

The systemic failure of the Nigerian government and oil giant Shell to clean up the horrendous oil pollution in the Niger Delta has been branded 'shameful' by a group of Nigerian and international NGOs. more...
Under the new guidance, even Stonehenge could by destroyed by fracking if it would 'achieve substantial public benefits that outweigh that harm or loss.'

Fracking go-ahead on UK's National Parks, World Heritage Sites, nature reserves

Oliver Tickell

28th July 2014

The UK has just opened a bidding round for fracking licences. But the rules contain only weak protections against fracking in National Parks and AONBs - and none at all for even the most important wildlife sites and drinking water aquifers. more...
Mixed messages: a warning sign at a fracking site in Pennsylvania. Photo: Ostroff Law / Wikimedia Commons.

Fracking boom depletes, pollutes US water supplies

Valerie Brown

20th June 2013

The US's 'dash to frack' for oil or gas, which has transformed the country's energy market, is seriously depleting and contaminating aquifers and surface water supplies, writes Valerie Brown. The choice facing America is plain - energy, or water? more...
Coca-Cola Factory in Mehdiganj. Photo: India Resource Center.

India: Coca Cola bottling plant shut down

The Ecologist

19th June 2014

After eleven years of campaigning by local people suffering from water shortages, state authorities have closed Coca-Cola's bottling plant at Mehdiganj, Uttar Pradesh - inspiring campaigners at another three Coca Cola sites in India. more...
White storks nesting at Coto Doñana, Spain. Photo: Ian Keith via Flickr.

Thanks to EU laws and money, Coto Doñana rises from disaster

Laurence Rose

4th June 2014

Spain's Coto Doñana shows the value of EU conservation law, writes Laurence Rose, as the UK tries to get rid of the Birds and Habitats Directives. Both have proved essential to the protection and restoration of one of Europe's greatest wetlands. more...
Oil pipeline across Lago Agrio, in Ecuador's Amazon. Photo: Julien Gomba via Flickr.

Your investment in Chevron will never be safe!

Humberto Piaguaje, UDAPT

29th May 2014

Humberto Piaguaje traveled from Ecuador's rainforest to Texas to deliver this Open Letter from Texaco's victims to Chevron-Texaco shareholders. Chevron is refusing to pay multi-billion dollar damages awarded to those suffering from its pollution. more...
European Dipper (Cinclus cinclus) near a waterfall in the Carpathian mountains. Photo: Irene Mei via Flickr.

Meet the dipper - our canary in the coal mine for polluted rivers

Steve Ormerod

21st May 2014

Hormone-disrupting pollutants in the urban rivers of South Wales are having adverse effects on the health and development of wild birds such as dippers, writes Steve Ormerod. Could this humble bird be the 'new canary' for environmental toxins? more...
Lake Atitlan in 2009. Photo: Wojtek Ogrodowczyk via Flickr.com.

Reviving Guatemala’s treasured Lake Atitlán

Anna-Claire Bevan for Tico Times

2nd April 2014

The limpid beauty of Guatemala's Lake Atitlán has long been a magnet for dreamers, mystics and hippies. But now the Lake is suffering from sewage and farm pollution. Anna-Claire Bevan reports on efforts to clean Lake Atitlán and restore its ecological health. 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...
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...
A dry bath in Gaza, where clean water is an increasingly unaffordable luxury. Photo: Charlie Andreasson.

Gaza - living under artificial drought

Charlie Andreasson

3rd December 2013

The Gaza blockade - a state of chronic shortage of the necessaries of life jointly imposed by Israel and Egypt - is creating floods of sewage and a growing shortage of fresh water. Charlie Andreasson's blog reflects the increasing difficulty of daily life ... more...
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High street giant H&M pledges to change its ways

Hannah Corr

20th September, 2011

In the wake of a Greenpeace campaign, H&M has agreed to put an end to polluting practices. So could this be the start of a new trend? Hannah Corr reports more...

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Death by fashion: is your wardrobe poisoning the world's water supply?

Gervase Poulden

24th August, 2011

A Greenpeace investigation has found traces of the toxin NPE in clothes made by 14 major brands. Gervase Poulden reports more...
Ecologist Magazine July 1971

The Ecologist July 1971: Britain’s water shortage

Henry Gass

1st July, 2011

Forty years ago this month F.N. Steele wrote about Britain’s water shortage and about the importance of addressing its causes immediately more...

The Wandle Trust: restoring London's 'hidden gem' river

Eifion Rees

3rd January, 2011

The transformation of the Wandle from polluted waterway to one of the capital's most loved rivers shows what communities and rivers trusts can achieve together more...
A survey of the River Trent

Pesticide companies told to fund clean up of waterways

Tom Levitt

10th November, 2010

Coalition of environmental groups including RSPB and the National Trust urge government to introduce a levy on chemical industry and enforce bigger fines for polluters more...
India's first Sauvignon blanc

Growing green grapes and bottling sustainable wine in India

Anna da Costa

10th August, 2010

Viticulture is growing at a rate of knots in India, and the country's largest winery is leading by environmental example more...
Water scarcity hotspots

Report lists top ten countries at risk of water shortages

Ecologist

29th June, 2010

Sub-Saharan African countries top list of those with most vulnerable water supplies as report warns of 'looming crisis' in both Asia and Africa from pollution and depletion of natural water resources more...

A beginner's guide to fishing

Robert MacDougall-Davis

18th May, 2010

Few sports bring you as close to nature as angling. Here's how, why and where to get started more...
A sewage pipe

Water companies, not farmers, to blame for river pollution

Ecologist

15th April, 2010

Household sewage waste rather than farm slurry should be the target of tough pollution measures to reduce phosphorus levels in English rivers, says study more...
Polluted waterway

Human waste could be fertiliser and power source

Ecologist

24th March, 2010

Many of the substances that make wastewater a pollutant can also be useful as fertilisers for agriculture and in generating gases for small power stations, says report more...
Fighting Coal

Fighting Coal

Frank Joseph Smecker

7th July, 2009

The Appalachians, America's vast network of mountains, has long been threatened by destructive coal mining practices. Local communities fighting mountain top removal are putting their hopes behind new legislation now in Congress more...
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Cruise control

Jacqueline Savitz

20th June, 2008

An iceberg sank the Titanic, now it seems international shipping is getting its own back. Jacqueline Savitz reports on an industry given the green light to carry on polluting more...
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Cancer-supporting nitrites - an all-too-familiar story

Oliver Tickell

9th June, 2008

Research from China suggests that even low levels of nitrites in drinking water can cause cancer. Why is the West ignoring the evidence? asks Oliver Tickell more...
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750,000 a year killed by Chinese pollution

News

3rd July, 2007

In a damning cover up the Chinese government has used its involvement in a World Bank report on the environment to conceal results that show around three quarters of a million people in the country die prematurely each year due to pollution. more...

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