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Air pollution in Cairo, Egypt. Photo: Kim Eun Yeul / World Bank via Flickr.com. Photo ID: KY-EG002.

WHO: air pollution killing 7 million a year

Aaron Cantú

29th March 2014

Air pollution has become a leading cause of premature mortality worldwide, causing 1 in 8 premature deaths in 2012 - from transport, industry, energy generation and smoky indoor cooking fires. Aaron Cantú reports on WHO's grim findings. 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Curitiba's train-length buses simplify sustainable transit for the masses. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Curitiba: the Greenest city on Earth

Brian Barth

15th March 2014

Football fans around the globe have their eyes set on Curitiba, Brasil this year, the site of the 2014 World Cup. But as Brian Barth reports, eco-savvy urban planners have been studying Brasil's seventh largest city for decades ... more...
A one-horned rhino in Chitwan National Park. Photo: ALERT-conservation.org.

Nepal: new transport corridors threaten Chitwan Park

Bhrikuti Rai & Sunir Pandey

12th February 2014

A planned east-west railroad and highway network threaten the the conservation 'jewel in Nepal's crown' - the Chitwan National Park. Bhrikuti Rai and Sunir Pandey report from Chitwan. more...

Norway: electric vehicles lead the car market

Sophie Morlin-Yron

4th February 2014

In Norway, electric vehicles are out-selling conventional cars, giving the country the world's highest rate of EV ownership, writes Sophie Morlin-Yron. more...
An observation post on Drigg beach. It was used by observers from the Eskmeals gunnery range a short distance down the coast, but looks to have been abandoned years ago. Photo: tim_d via Flickr.com.

Still dangerous after 30 years - Uranium particles from DU weapons

Doug Weir & Oliver Tickell

1st February 2014

Uranium particles formed from exploding DU munitions are highly persistent in the environment, scientists have found. They are still hazardous after 30 years in soils or dumps and even their corrosion products are durable minerals. more...
The Mercedes Econic has large glass areas to the front and side that give the driver a direct view of nearby pedestrians and cyclists. Photo: LCC.

Cyclists demand 'direct vision' lorries on city streets

The Ecologist

21st January 2014

The London Cycling Campaign has demanded that 'direct vision' lorries become the standard on city streets - to save the lives of cyclists, pedestrians and other road users. more...
Cyclists dismount, and drivers get out and push. Photo: ned the head via Flickr.com

Metropolitan Police - stop persecuting cyclists!

Donnachadh McCarthy

15th January 2014

London's Metropolitan Police have responded to a spate of cycling deaths by ... persecuting cyclists for cycling on pavements in order to avoid 'death junctions'. Donnachadh McCarthy wrote this Open Letter ... more...

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In late 2013 this mass die-in took place outside the TFL headquarters to protest the spate of deaths and injuries to London cyclists. Photo: Stop Killing Cyclists.

Stop Killing Cyclists - the birth of a movement

Donnachadh McCarthy

15th January 2014

Following the death of 44 cyclists on London's 'killing roads' since 2011, the city has a new cyclists' movement with a radical edge and a focus on direct action. Donnachadh McCarthy is a co-founder of Stop Killing Cyclists. more...
Ellie Harrison campaigning for a publicly owned railway system. Photo: Robin Prime.

Power for the people!

Ellie Harrison

9th January 2014

Ellie Harrison explains how her concerns about climate change led to her founding two dynamic campaigns to make Britain's vital national infrastructure publicly owned and accountable once more. more...
OuTrop researchers in the Sabangau Forest. Photo: Matt Adam Williams / OuTrop

Jungle living in Borneo

Matt Williams

21st January 2014

Living in the rainforest, tracking orangutans, protecting the swamp forest and fighting off swarms of mosquitos in 30 degree heat. For Matt Williams it was a childhood dream come true ... more...
 Memorial stone to Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and UN Commissioner for Namibia, Bernt Carlsson.

Flight 103: it was the Uranium

Patrick Haseldine

6th January 2014

Mystery continues to surround the 1988 downing of Panam Flight 103 at Lockerbie - who did it, how, and why? After 25 years study of the topic Patrick Haseldine reveals the shocking truth. more...
They do it with mirrors - the Tardis. Photo: Timothy Wells via Flickr.com.

Re-nationalise our railways!

Rupert Read

3rd January 2014

The Green Party was demonstrating yesterday against above-inflation price-hikes imposed by fat-cat rail companies. Green transport spokesman Rupert Read joined the demos ... and somehow ended his day in the Tardis. more...

No 'road to ruin' at Izembek Wildlife Refuge, Alaska

Isabel Ricker and Courtney Sexton

27th December 2013

Secretary Jewell decides: no road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, following a broad based campaign to save this wildlife jewel. more...
Uranium mining in Kakadu National Park, Australia. Photo: Alberto Otero García via Flickr.com.

The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead

Dr Jim Green

25th December 2013

2013 has been the nuclear power industry's annus horribilis and the nuclear renaissance can now be pronounced stone cold dead. Dr Jim Green reveals the global unravelling of the nuclear dream ... more...
Calcite with boltwoodite encrustations from the Rossing uranium mine in Namibia. Photo:  Striving to a goal via Flickr.com.

Why Flight 103?

Patrick Haseldine

21st December 2013

On the 25th anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am flight 103, Patrick Haseldine uncovers some salient facts that may shed light on the tragedy. more...
Uranium glass - fluorescent under UV light. Photo: Danilo Russo via Flickr.com.

Uranium - the 'demon metal' that threatens us all

Chris Busby

1st January 2014

Ingested Uranium is linked with health impacts far greater than is explained by orthodox risk models. Chris Busby explains how the 'demon metal' does its damage - and why the nuclear industry is desperate to hide the truth. more...
Photo: hxdyl / Shutterstock.com

A U-turn too far!

Natalie Bennett

18th December 2013

The UK Government's U-turn on new airport capacity in England defies all logic, argues Natalie Bennett. We must end our obsession with 'high speed projects' and invest in low-speed sustainable transport. more...
Explosion cloud from the Operation Hurricane atomic bomb test, 3 October 1952.

Cancer, nuclear bombs and dirty tricks

Chris Busby

19th December 2013

Following a campaign of dirty tricks a decisive case in Britain's nuclear test veterans fight for justice will reach the High Court in June 2014, writes Chris Busby. The case will also put on trial the dominant risk model for radiation and human health. more...
GARDEN SQUARES: the BikeGrid would link many of London's historic garden square to make them cycle-friendly and pleasant public spaces. Image: LCC.

London's Bike Grid taking shape after four years

London Cycling Campaign

16th December 2013

In 2009 the London Cycling Campaign published plans for a Zone 1 BikeGrid, a badly needed cycle network for central London. This week the Mayor is to announce the BikeGrid's final form. Here's the LCC's original inspiring plan ... more...

Fossil fuel subsidies soar to $544 billion

The Ecologist

11th December 2013

Four years ago OECD country leaders promised to reduce fossil fuel subsidies. Now IEA figures show they have soared from $300 billion to $544 billion. more...

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