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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...
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...
Going to waste ... a burst water main in Wealdstone, Harrow, 7th Feb 2014. Photo: timku via Flickr.com.

UK must step up on access to water

David Hall

17th March 2014

Across Europe water is going public - no silly, going into the public sector! Except in England, writes David Hall, where politicians (except the Greens) adhere rigidly to the failed, expensive model of corporate water supply ... 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...
London's pollution is less visible, but it's still there and it's still deadly. Nelson's Column during the Great Smog of 1952. Photo: N T Stobbs / Wikimedia Commons.

British cities deserve clean air!

Caroline Allen

16th March 2014

Air pollution in London and other British cities is intolerable, writes Caroline Allen. Faced with the same deadly problem Paris has just imposed restrictions on cars - but here politicians do nothing. It's time to elect some who will act for public health! more...
Badgers love peanuts - a fact exploited by badger cullers, but not on this occasion. Photo: Natalie Downe via Flickr.com.

MPs vote - halt badger cull in England!

Damian Carrington for the Guardian

14th March 2014

The UK's House of Commons has voted overwhelmingly for a motion stating that pilot culls have 'decisively failed' - by 219 votes to one. But the vote is non-binding - will the Government listen? more...
The damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station as seen during a sea-water sampling boat journey, 7 November 2013. Photo: IAEA Imagebank via Flickr.com.

Fukushima meltdown continues around the world

Paul Mobbs

12th March 2013

Three years after the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe hit our TV screens, Paul Mobbs examines the still unfolding global disaster - and the motives of politicians whose love of nuclear power is stronger, than it is wise. more...
Hinkley Point B. Photo: Ken Grainger / geograph.org.uk via Wikimedia Commons.

European Commission: Hinkley C subsidies are unfair State Aid

Greenpeace UK & The Ecologist

11th March 2014

The European Commission has launched its public consultation over the UK's proposed state aid to the proposed Hinkley C nuclear plant in Somerset - and in the process delivered a mighty broadside against the UK Government's plans. more...
Smokestack. Photo: ribarnica via Flickr.com.

May 2014 - Voting for the climate

Olaf Corry

12th March 2013

Climate policy should be the big issue for voters heading for the polls in May's Euro elections, writes Olaf Corry - the EU's emissions are plenty high enough do matter, and the European Parliament is at the heart of the action. more...

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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...
Nick Clegg - would you buy a used TTIP from this man? Photo: Liberal Democrats via Flickr.com.

Leaked memo: now Libdems are running scared of the Greens

Rupert Read

10th March 2014

The LibDems fear the Greens will beat them in the Euro-elections, writes Rupert Read. Now they plan to use Green opposition to the 'corporate charter' TTIP trade deal to batter the Greens on 'jobs'. more...
North Ocean 102 Cable Carousel, laying the UK-Holland interconnector across the North Sea in 2009. Photo: Global Marine Photos via Flickr.com.

Keeping the lights on - time to wake up to the simple solution

Alan Whitehead

11th March 2013

The UK Government is throwing billions at the Hinkley C nuclear plant, reports Alan Whitehead, while neglecting a far quicker and cheaper way to 'keep the lights on' - more under-sea power connectors. more...
Atlantis deploys a 1 MW tidal turbine at European Marine Energy Centre at Orkney, UK. Photo: Green Energy Futures via Flickr.com.

All at sea - the UK's policies for wave and tidal power

Godfrey Boyle

7th March 2014

First the UK made a mess of wind and let Denmark take the prize. And now, writes Godfrey Boyle, the government's prevarication is risking our lead in another key renewable energy sector - marine power. more...
Before the rain: Laguna Colorada, Bolivia. Photo: Robin Fernandes via Flickr.com.

Bolivia and Britain - a tale of two floods

Maddy Ryle

11th March 2014

Living between southern England and Bolivia, Maddy Ryle finds inconsistent media attitudes in reporting extreme weather and climate change - and searches out new narratives that engage and empower communities across the world. more...
The solution to the UK's air pollution is clear - more walking, cycling, public transport, and less traffic. Photo: Magdalen Bridge, Oxford, by Tejvan Pettinger via Flickr.com.

Pollution - EU takes UK to court

The Ecologist

5th March 2014

The European Commission has launched legal proceedings against the UK for persistent air pollution problems - specifically its failure to cut toxic oxides of nitrogen, known as 'NOx'. more...
Cameron to the rescue: the politicisation of the UK's 2014 floods has not been conducive to enlightening discourse. Photo: The Prime Minister's Office via Flickr.com.

The floods - blaming the climate change messengers

George Marshall

6th March 2014

Mainstream media reporting of the recent UK storms rapidly degenerated into narratives of blame focused on environmentalists, writes George Marshall. It's time they uncovered the real villains! more...
Another fracking hazard for campaigners to worry about - radioactive waste. Photo of protest at Balcombe, 6th August 2013, by Push Europe via Flickr.com.

Fracking's radioactive legacy - we lack the technology

Alan Herbert & Trevor Jones

5th March 2014

Fracking operations produce radioactive waste derived from naturally occurring uranium and thorium - until now, safely buried deep underground. And right now the industry has neither a plan, nor the technology, to deal with it. more...
Poundland jubilee flag maker by Banksy. Photo: Duncan Hull via Flickr.com.

Fracking is the death spasm of a defunct economic order

Paul Mobbs

5th March 2014

Political support for fracking is not just about energy, writes Paul Mobbs. It reflects the greater ecological and resource crisis at the root of our current economic woes - and only postpones the essential shift to a new kind of economy. more...
Hinkley Point A (right) twin magnox and Hinkley Point B (left) AGR nuclear power stations in Somerset, across the River Parrott in Burnham. Photo: Joe Dunckley via Flickr.com.

UK taxpayer will be liable for Hinkley C billions

David Toke

4th March 2014

The EPR nuclear reactor is a busted flush. The two examples under construction in France and Finland are way over time, and budget. If the UK goes ahead with an EPR at Hinkley Point in Somerset, writes David Toke, the taxpayer will pay a huge price ... more...
Fukushima graffiti. Photo: Abode of Chaos via Flickr.com.

'No one died, no one's health was damaged' - Fukushima's big lie

Karl Grossman

8th March 2014

The nuclear industry and its media cheerleaders have raised a chorus of misinformation over Fukushima, writes Karl Grossman. But their attempts to suppress the truth are ultimately doomed to failure. 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...

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