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deformed pig

Deformities, sickness & livestock deaths: the real cost of glyphosate & GM animal feed?

Andrew Wasley

28th November 2013

Much of our meat and dairy produce is made from animals raised on GM feeds. Alarming new claims suggest that the GM diet is affecting animal health - prompting fears over human safety. Andrew Wasley reports ... more...
Pig Business

How 'ag gag' laws target those exposing horrors of factory farming

Andrew Wasley

21st October 2013

Faced with threats, draconian gagging laws and even violence, journalists and activists investigating the secrets of the global food industry tread a dangerous path, says Andrew Wasley. Additional reporting by Sarah Stirk more...

Revealed: brutal reality of world's 'biggest dolphin hunt'

Jim Wickens

17th October 2013

Undercover filming by the UK investigative agency Ecostorm has exposed - for the first time - the brutal hunting and killing of dolphins for use as shark bait off Peru's Pacific coast. Jim Wickens reports more...

Oil giant Halliburton lined up as potential UK fracking partner

Andrew Wasley

5th October 2013

Deepwater Horizon disaster firm hold talks with company planning to drill for oil and gas in South Downs National Park. Andrew Wasley reports
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Fracking poses risk to UK farm animals and food safety, experts warn

Andrew Wasley

17th September 2013

US researchers behind a study that showed links between gas drilling and sickness in livestock say a moratorium should be imposed on fracking in the UK until its impact on food safety can be assessed. Andrew Wasley reports more...
palm oil

Don't turn a blind eye to what's in your food - it could be killing elephants

30th June, 2013

Dan Bucknell

Palm oil is a key ingredient in everything from cereal, biscuits and margarine to shampoo, lipstick and toothpaste. Unless we curb our desire for it critical forests and wildlife habitat will be gone forever, says Dan Bucknell more...

Palm oil's forgotten victims: Sumatran elephants suffer in rush for 'liquid ivory'

30th June, 2013

Jim Wickens

Western consumers are inadvertently driving the Sumatran elephant to extinction by eating, washing and wearing - in cosmetics - the derivatives of a fruit that is destroying the animal's last remaining forest habitat. Jim Wickens reports more...

Badger cull a PR disaster for UK countryside, warn 'dissident' farmers

18th June, 2013

Andrew Wasley and Sarah Stirk

A growing number of farmers are now questioning the nature of the cull and its effectiveness. And some are blaming poor biosecurity and intensive farming for the spread of TB in the UK cattle herd. Andrew Wasley and Sarah Stirk report more...

Fracking Hell? How Poland's dash for gas turned sour

28th February, 2013

Andrew Wasley

Poland is about to open its doors to an unprecedented dash for gas. But with multinational energy companies circling and widespread fracking about to begin, people and the environment are in the firing line. Andrew Wasley reports from Gdansk more...
Caroline Lucas

Where next for the Greens?

Bibi van der Zee

28th May, 2012

After some of the biggest breakthroughs in their history, the Green Party now faces a leadership election so what happens now? Are the Greens ready to take the next big leap forward, asks Bibi van der Zee more...
endangered black rhino

How rhino horn poaching fuels criminal gangs in UK and Europe

Anna Taylor

18th May, 2012

Rhino poaching hits record high as criminal gangs target museums and exhibitions in UK and Europe to cash in on lucrative trade more...
Tibetan plateau

The global cost of China's destruction of the 'roof of the world'

Sylvia Downes

11th May, 2012

China's least talked about crime against Tibet is the damage to the Tibetan plateau: dams, deforestation, mining, poaching and the dumping of nuclear waste. And it is impacting on all of us more...

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India's first Sauvignon blanc

India’s 'Napa Valley': Sula vineyard pioneers eco-friendly wine in an emerging market

Joseph Mayton

4th May, 2012

A unique winery in Western Maharashtra is utilising water recycling, solar power and waste reduction in an effort to avoid the environmental damage linked to wine production in California more...
Deforestation

Activists return to defend Tasmania's forests as logging resumes

Ollie Milman

27th April, 2012

An agreement that would end 30 years of verbal, and often physical, confrontation over the future of the forests in the Australian state of Tasmania is teetering on the edge of collapse. Ollie Milman reports more...
Pillage theory

Pillage theory: a blueprint for prosecuting corporations trading in conflict resources

Matilda Lee

20th April, 2012

Timber, diamonds, gold and oil have long been recognised as drivers of war. But companies involved in trading commodities from conflict zones are seldom prosecuted. Isn't it time they were held to account? Matilda Lee reports more...
EPD treatment for allergies

Pharmaceutical industry 'rejoices' at demise of pioneering EPD allergy treatment

Charlotte Davis

13th April, 2012

Enzyme Potentiated Desensitisation is a groundbreaking treatment for allergy sufferers. But the recent closure of a firm championing EPD leaves its future in doubt. Drug companies and mainstream doctors are unlikely to be mourning, says Charlotte Davis
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Sunlight through the trees

Big brother gone green: using technology to tackle the eco-crisis

Hugh Knowles and Martin Wright

6th April, 2012

The revolution in remote monitoring should help solve environmental problems, but might it also increase our distance from the natural world? more...
Man tipping vegetables into container. Consumers & supermarkets need to tackle food waste

Love Food Hate Waste: could you live without throwing food away?

Madeleine Cuff

30th March, 2012

Madeleine Cuff challenged herself to spend a week reducing her food and packaging waste. Did it work, and will other consumers and supermarkets take note? more...

Controversial El Quimbo dam risks becoming 'Colombia’s Belo Monte'

Amy Lieberman

16th March, 2012

A growing movement of fishing communities, miners and farmers are stepping up their campaign against the dam - one of dozens of hydroelectric projects looming across Colombia - despite violent repression of some protests more...
big oil

Oil deal 'threatens Ugandan biodiversity'

Alice Klein

9th March, 2012

The discovery of oil in Uganda was a blessing to the impoverished East African country. But before the oil has even started pumping, disputes over tax, accusations of corruption and fears for the environment plague the sector. Alice Klein reports from Hoima more...

Agroforestry comes of age, but will UK farmers embrace it?

Ed Hamer

2nd March, 2012

The practical evidence suggests agroforestry in the UK has got something to offer both commercial farmers and smallholders alike. The challenge now, says Ed Hamer, is how to encourage sceptical farmers that planting trees across farmland is a good idea more...
Scroby Sands offshore wind farm in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Wind turbines: the future of renewable energy or a blight on UK countryside?

Bethany Hubbard

24th February 2012

The wind farms debate rages on as the need for renewable energy grows. But is the UK in danger of putting aesthetics before the need to cut carbon emissions and adopt greener technologies? more...

Violence and pollution stain Brazil's shrimp farming boom

Kennedy Warne

17th February, 2012

Despite being an economic success, prawn farms built in Brazil's mangroves have displaced natural ecosystems and the coastal communities which rely on them, says Kennedy Warne in an exclusive extract from 'Let Them Eat Shrimp'

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oil in Belize

Mayan people battle oil giants as Belize's rainforests threatened

Robin Llewellyn

10th February, 2012

Forest communities are fighting increasing incursions onto their land by US oil companies. Now the Belizean government is seeking to reverse a court ruling preventing them allowing oil exploration, logging or mining. Robin Llewellyn reports from Belize
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Bjorn Lomborg

Bjørn Lomborg: 'Five inches...? I can't even remember that figure'

Richard Orange

3rd February, 2012

Despite no scientific training Bjørn Lomborg has had a strong influence on the climate change debate, positioning himself against climate deniers and campaigners who say that climate change is a global emergency more...

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