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Frack off! Photo: Bill Baker via Flickr.com.

IPCC's shale gas error

Alex Kirby

14th April 2014

The latest IPCC report urges a dash for gas to allow us to reduce the burning of coal, including shale gas from fracking. But as Alex Kirby reports, their calculations appear to be based on an arithmetical flaw. more...
Chris O'Donnell after being attacked by police.

Barton Moss: who is policing Greater Manchester Police?

David Cullen

9th April 2014

Police violence has been a running theme in the anti-fracking protests at Barton Moss. Individual officers are acting with impunity. Is this a deliberate strategy to disrupt the protests on behalf of vested interests? David Cullen investigates ... more...
It's not just Caroline Lucas - Josef Dobraszczyk is one of the five fracking protest defendants in the Brighton Court this week. Photo: Zoe Brougton.

Time is running out

Caroline Lucas and her co-defendants

29th March 2014

This statement was read out by the five anti-fracking campaigners standing trial at Brighton Magistrates Court this week, for joining in a peaceful protest near the Sussex village of Balcombe. The trial will resume on 17th April, when a verdict is expected. 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...
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...
Caroline Lucas, the Green MP for Brighton Pavilion. Photo: http://underclassrising.net/ via Flickr.com.

Seeing through the hot air: Farage vs Clegg, and Lucas on trial

Rupert Read

23rd March 2014

Two unusual political events will take place next week. The Green MP Caroline Lucas goes on trial for protesting against fracking. And Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage go head to head on TV. Rupert Read contrasts the underlying political agendas ... 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...
Castle Bravo goes up - 1st March 1954. Photo: Government of the USA via Wikimedia Commons.

Human radiation experiments in the Pacific

Glenn Alcalay

19th March 2014

It was 60 years ago that the US devastated Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific with its Caste-Bravo nuclear bomb test, reports Glenn Alcalay. But did the US run another secret test - in which the Marshall Islanders were nuclear fallout guinea pigs? 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...

The Real Power in Politics

Donnachadh McCarthy

7th March 2014

Environmental campaigner and former politician Donnachadh McCarthy on the power of political lobbyists and the damage they do to democracy. 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...

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Saffron, a 15 year old schoolgirl from Cadishead, arrested by Greater Manchester Police at the Barton Moss drilling site last weekend. Photo: SalfordStar.com.

Planners' pension funds set to win from fracking permissions

Jan Goodey, Will Cottrell & Ed Jones

24th February 2014

Two Councils at the front line of fracking protests - Greater Manchester and West Sussex - have pension funds investing in the major fracking operators - while decisions on planning applications to frack are pending. more...
Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, is a forceful advocate of deregulation in the fracking sector. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Exxon CEO seeks to halt fracking project in 'his backyard'

Rebecca Leber

22nd February 2014

The Big Oil CEO's day job is to promote fossil fuel extraction and deregulate the industry. But when his $5 million property was threatened by a nearby fracking rig - he joined a lawsuit to block it. more...
Arrested for walking on a public footpath. Photo: Salford Star.

Fracking camp: Salford's shock at Barton Moss policing

The Salford Star

19th February 2014

For Salford school half term, yesterday was designated Children's Day at the Barton Moss Community Protection Camp with crafts, balloons and games. In between the fun, local families witnessed the full force of the Greater Manchester Police Tactical Aid Unit. more...
Pungesti - the protests against Chevron and the fracking profiteers continue as homes are shaken by earthquakes and wells are poisoned. Photo: Radu Ciorniciuc.

Romania - a Peasants Revolt against fracking

Jim Wickens & Paraic O'Brien

18th February 2014

Earthquakes and poisoned wells are setting off a revolt against fracking in Romania, revealing deep fault lines between the rural heartlands and the urban political elite. Jim Wickens & Paraic O'Brien report on a country at war with itself. more...
This may sum up George Osborne's philosophy - but not that of many Lib Dem MPs. Image: from Heather Carr / bluelivingideas.com.

Can fracking survive the 2015 General Election?

Alex Stevenson

19th February 2014

The Government sees fracking as the answer to the UK's energy problems. But as Alex Stevenson reports, support for it is weak among Lib Dem MPs, not to mention their voters. Could fracking soon be finished?
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Barton Moss GMP brutality - Salford TAU arrest of Vanda. Photo: Jason Smalley / Salford Star.

Police attack Barton Moss anti-fracking protestors

Salford Star

16th February 2014

After anti-fracking protestors scored an important legal victory at Barton Moss, Manchester Police responded with outright violence and intimidation. The message was clear: 'Never mind the Courts and Judges. We are are the law.' more...
Trucks backing up at Barton Moss following the 'footpath ruling'. Photo: Barton Moss Protest Camp.

Protestors' 'Fracking victory' at Barton Moss

Oliver Tickell

14th February 2014

Protestors at the Barton Moss fracking site have held off all deliveries to the rig for two days after a judge ruled that the 'road' they were using is actually a footpath. Will iGas now back off for good? more...
CSG drill rig, Pilliga Forest, July 2011. Lock the Gate Alliance, Photo by Kate Ausburn.

Time to end the Cheney / Halliburton loophole

The Daily Take, the Thom Hartmann Program

15th February 2014

The US fracking industry has a dirty secret. It has secured a total of seven loopholes and exemptions that give it the power to pollute at will - and citizens have no comeback. Now it's time to fight back! more...
Don't Frack New York! CREDO Action & New Yorkers Against Fracking Protest Gov. Cuomo's plan to frack New York. Photo: CREDO via Flickr.com.

Spying on environmentalists - the American Petroleum Institute

Adam Federman

15th February 2014

The US fossil fuel industry has been caught red-handed spying on green activists. But Adam Federman finds it has received poor value for money - and is no closer to tackling the 'existential crisis' it faces. more...
Marcellus shale rig and well, Ridge Road, Jackson Township, Butler County, PA, USA, operated by Rex Energy. Photo: WCN 24/7 via Flickr.com.

Welcome to 'frackland': does a river have the right not to be polluted?

Shannon Biggs

7th February 2014

The impact of fracking on communities and ecosystems demands a complete rethink of the human relationship with nature, writes Shannon Biggs. Nature has rights - and this must be reflected in our laws. more...
Selecting dolphins for capture at the 'drive hunt' at Taiji. Photo: Sea Shepherd.

Taiji - Japan's dolphin slaughter continues

Joshua Frank

30th January 2014

The Japanese dolphin slaughter at Taiji is an exercise in wilful sadism, writes Joshua Frank. But responsibility for the killing spreads much wider than Japan, with captive cetaceans from Taiji reaching aquaria around the globe - including SeaWorld. more...
Ivory carvings depicting various sex acts on sale in Bangkok, November 2010. Photo: Thomas Quine via Flickr.com.

Give elephants a future!

Dominic Dyer

24th January 2014

Protestors will gather on Saturday at the Chinese Embassy in London to call for an end to the global ivory trade, writes Dominic Dyer. But it's not just China - the UK must also pay its part to save Africa's elephants. more...
White rhino with horn removed to reduce value to poachers near Ohrigstad, Limpopo, South Africa. Photo: Paolo via Flickr.com.

South African rhino slaughter hits all-time high

Sophie Morlin-Yron

26th January 2014

2013's illegal rhino slaughter in South Africa was the biggest ever. The population of the critically endangered black rhinos is now near the tipping point with only just over 4,000 animals left in the wild. more...

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