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The original heads in sand salute at Sydney's Bondi Beach. Photo: unknown.

Bottoms up! 'Head in sand salute' is the new climate protest

Maxine Newlands

10th December 2013

A planned 'head in sand' salute had to be abandoned at COP20 in Peru this week, writes Maxine Newlands - called off due to lack of sand on Lima's stony shores. But climate campaigners in Australia and New Zealand made up for it with dozens of their own 'bums up' actions on sandy Antipodean beaches ... more...
Wolves - to reduce farm animal predation, don't shoot them! Photo: USFWS Midwest, CC BY.

Shot in the foot? Killing wolves, lynx, cougar increases farm predation

Niki Rust

4th December 2014

Farmers who shoot wolves and other predators to save their animals from predation are actually having the opposite effect, writes Niki Rust. The disruption that killing predators has on the stability of their families and packs actually causes more, not less predation. Ultimately, we're better off learning to live with predators. more...
The possible lengthening of ice-free periods may affect polar bears before the end of the century. Photo: Brocken Inaglory via Wikimedia Commons.

With melting Arctic ice, Canada's polar bears face wipe-out by 2100

Tim Radford

6th December 2014

The expected melting of sea ice in Canada's Arctic Archipelago will progressively render huge areas unable to support viable polar bears populations, writes Tim Radford. By 2100 the polar bears could be pushed out altogether. more...
The Belo Monte dam construction site. Photo: Programa de Aceleração do Crescimento via Flickr.

Brazilians have far more to protest about than the World Cup

Steffen Böhm & Rafael Kruter Flores

20th June 2014

It may all be over for England, but for Brazil, the battle is only just beginning. Anger over the vast cost of the World Cup - well over $10 billion - and its huge social impacts, is spilling over into a wider fury at massive mega-projects than enrich elites, trash the environment, and leave the poor poorer. more...
Police Liaison Officers at work - easily recognised by their 'blue bibs'. Just remember what they are there for. Photo: Netpol.

Smiling spies: Police Liaison Officers exposed

The Ecologist

18th June 2014

An internal police document has confirmed what many have long suspected: the Police Liaison Officers 'facilitating' protests and demonstrations are not just there to make friends - they play a 'pivotal role' in intelligence gathering. more...
Gorilla, Philadelphia Zoo. Photo: Richard Ricciardi via Flickr.

The amazing emotional intelligence of our primate cousins

Danielle Radin

24th June 2014

Gorillas cooperating to dismantle poachers's snares, altruistic, food sharing chimpanzees, grieving lemurs performing death rituals ... Danielle Radin finds an extraordinary emotional depth and capacity for empathy in our fellow primates. more...
Caroline Lucas MP. Photo: underclassrising.net via Flickr.com.

Caroline Lucas 'not guilty'

The Ecologist

17th April 2014

The Green MP for Brighton, Caroline Lucas, and four other protestors have been found 'not guilty' by Brighton magistrates on charges of obstructing the highway and other public order offences at a 2013 anti-fracking protest. 'The fight goes on!' more...
Caroline Lucas outside Brighton Court Centre. Photo: Zoe Broughton.

Caroline Lucas on trial

Zoe Broughton

28th March 2014

Green MP Caroline Lucas has been in court in Brighton this week following her arrest at Cuadrilla's exploratory fracking site near Balcombe, Sussex. Zoe Broughton reports ... 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...
The Kill - two wolves chowing down on what used to be a deer. Photo: Patrick Bell via Flickr.com.

Idaho wolf eradication challenged

The Ecologist

10th January 2014

Conservation groups have mounted a legal challenge to an 'unprecedented' program to exterminate two entire wolf packs in the Idaho Wilderness - intended to inflate elk numbers and attract recreational hunters more...
Tiger. Photo:  @Doug88888 via Flickr.com.

Restore large carnivores to save struggling ecosystems

William Ripple

10th January 2014

The key to keeping ecosystems in good health is to maintain or restore populations of large carnivores, argues William Ripple. Yet around the world, these vital species are on the decline. more...

Pungesti - villagers 'living in terror' of police violence

Oliver Tickell

28th December 2013

Romania - A leading human rights group has charged the Government with serious violations of the human rights of inhabitants of Pungesti following protests against pre-fracking gas exploration by Chevron. more...

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Lion from 'In Predatory Light: Lions and Tigers and Polar Bears'

In Predatory Light

Edgar Vaid

9th December 2013

Edgar Vaid reviews 'In Predatory Light: Lions and Tigers and Polar Bears', by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Sy Montgomery, and John Houston. more...

Homebuyers willing to pay more for proximity to wildlife

Andrea Gear

25th November 2013

Despite hard economic times, a recent survey shows that two thirds of UK homebuyers would consider paying more for a house with a wildlife-friendly garden ... more...

Dongria Kondh tribe of India resist powerful mining company

Joanna Eede

20th November 2013

India’s Dongria Kondh tribe have rejected plans by mining giant Vedanta Resources for an open-pit bauxite mine in their sacred Niyamgiri Hills. Although the decision is not yet final, the case has been hailed as an unprecedented triumph for tribal rights ... more...

Protecting our countryside

Andrew Motion

13th November 2013

Britain's countryside must be protected from a host of threats, says Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate and President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Lose our countryside and we all lose a piece of our soul. more...
Hacktivism

The beginning is near

Jamie Mackay

12th November 2013

Last week's 'million mask march' is a telling example of the mainstream media's structural hostility to any realisation of a participatory, deliberative or active public, argues Jamie Mackay. more...
We are Legion

Guy Fawkes: the medium is the message!

Jonathan Kent

6th November 2013

Jonathan Kent examines the diverse media coverage of last night's Guy Fawkes protests in London. The reports tell us more about media prejudices, than about the event itself. more...

Can we save the oceans by selling them?

Chris Frid

2 November 2013

The oceans cover almost three-quarters of the planet’s surface, and represent the last great wilderness. Yet they are hugely impacted by human activities. Could privatisation - as proposed by the World Bank - be the answer? more...

India - the new global warming villain

Oliver Tickell

25th October 2013

India has blocked progress on an agreement to reduce emissions of the HFC super-powerful greenhouse gases. more...

Petroldead?: How Britain's fuel addiction may be coming to an end

October 10th, 2013

Paul Creeney

When looking at the numbers of cars cruising Britain's roads, the amount of carbon being constantly released is staggering. Paul Creeney looks at how public transport is evolving to become a viable alternative.... more...

Open Letter to Prince Charles about Cyanide mining in Romania

September 12th, 2013

From Rupert Wolfe Murray

Rupert Wolfe Murray writes to Prince Charles about his grave concerns for the Rosia Montana region of Transylvania, under threat from Cyanide mining....... more...

The Occupy movement is dead – long live participatory democracy!

Lorna Howarth

11th September 2013

As governments in economic difficulties increasingly turn to environmentally damaging extraction industries for quick cash, citizens of those countries are responding with increasingly louder cries of protest. Lorna Howarth reports........... more...

This is bigger than Balcombe

Sophie Stammers

Musician Sophie Stammers visited Balcombe, the site of Cuadrilla’s controversial exploratory shale well, with a song to sing at the gates of the oil and gas firm’s operations. She returned with the sense of having become part of something much bigger, something which is steadily gaining momentum..... more...

Scientists link frozen spring to dramatic Arctic sea ice loss

by John Vidal

Melting sea ice, exposing huge parts of the ocean to the atmosphere, explains extreme weather both hot and cold.... more...

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