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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...
A protest in Susya, 22nd June 2012. Photo: Yossi Gurvitz via Flickr.com.

No child should be afraid to drink a glass of water ...

Nasser Nawajah

2nd March 2014

... in case there is none tomorrow. Nasser Nawajah wrote this open letter to Israel's economics minister Naftali Bennett - leader of The Jewish Home - about the water starvation suffered by Palestinians. more...
Polish farmers hard at work gathering in the hay crop. Photo: Hejma via Flickr.com.

Polish farmers 'grassroots rebellion'

Julian Rose & Jadwiga Lopata

16th February 2014

Farmers in northern Poland are demanding the right to sell the food they produce in local shops, fighting oppressive sanitary regulations, picketing the Land Agency for access to prime farmland, and resisting GMOs. more...
A boy from the Lower Omo stands on the riverbank. Photo: © Survival

Congress over-rules USAID to protect abused Ethiopian tribes

The Ecologist

12th February 2014

The US Congress has outlawed the use of aid to Ethiopia to evict tribal peoples in the SW of the country - where violent expulsions are under way to clear land for cash-crop farming. more...
Many of the Somerset Levels's rarest species inhabit the ditches or 'rhynes' that thread the landscape. Photo: Joe Dunckley via Flickr.com.

Somerset Levels - a vision for 2030

Somerset Levels and Moors Task Force

8th February 2014

As fierce public debate rages over how to manage the Somerset Levels, a Task Force of farmers, wildlife groups, official Agencies and Councils has agreed a new 'Vision 2030' for the Levels - one the mainstream media have entirely missed ... more...

Ghost Tour

Lucy Anna Scott

7 February 2014

The Marsh sow-thistle, officially extinct in London, is having a revival after being reintroduced to the Thames Road wetland site and nurtured back to strength. more...
The River Moriston, near the Dundreggan Estate. Scots pine and other native trees grow along the river, but much of the glen is given over to commercial conifer plantation of low biodiversity value. Photo: Philip Mason.

One tree at a time: restoring the forest of Caledon

Philip Mason

3rd February 2014

Scotland's native forest remains in only a few fragments, but Trees For Life is working to restore it, and almost all of the work is done by volunteers. Philip Mason joined their newly expanded long-term volunteer programme for two months last autumn. more...
The watery world of beavers. This wetland was created by a 100m beaver dam across the valley. Photo: Paul Ramsay / beaversatbamff.blogspot.co.uk.

Time to bring back Nature's flood management engineer - the beaver

Louise Ramsay

20th January 2014

As climate change brings more rain, Britain is suffering from the extinction here of our native flood engineer - the beaver. Louise Ramsay says it's high time to re-introduce these charismatic rodents all over Britain. more...
Military observation post, Jordan Valley. Photo: michael loadenthal via Flickr.com.

The Jordan Valley: stolen land, stolen childhood

Victoria Brittain

21st January 2014

The Jordan Valley in the Palestinian West Bank is under active annexation to Israel - in breach of the 4th Geneva Convention. Victoria Brittain went there to explore what this means for the people of the Valley, and the implications for John Kerry's 'peace negotiations'. more...
Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum). Photo: Paolo via Flickr.com.

Swiss wildlife climbing up the mountains

Tim Radford

16th January 2014

Wildlife in Switzerland is seeking relief from warming temperatures by moving higher up the mountains, reports Tim Radford. more...
Bramley Frith wood in Hampshire will never be same again. In 1965 the National Grid build a substation there serving Basingstoke.

Ancient woodland cannot be 'offset'

Austin Brady

11th January 2014

Owen Paterson has done it again - offering up ancient woodland for development via 'biodiversity offsetting' - planting new trees elsewhere. Trouble is, says Austin Brady, ancient woods are centuries in the making. more...
Participants of a protest against nickel production were brutally beaten by security guards of the LLC Mednogorsky Copper and Sulphur Plant in 2013.

Mining Russia - thousands join the protests

Konstantin Rubakhin

2nd January 2014

Protests at the proposed mining of nickel and copper in the heart of Russia's Black Earth belt have been escalating - as has the smear campaign against the protesters. Konstantin Rubakhin sees this as a positive sign ... more...

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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...

Israel scraps Prawer Plan to evict 40,000 Bedouins

The Ecologist

13th December 2013

Israel's Knesset has withdrawn a controversial Bill that would have expelled over 40,000 Bedouion citizens of Israel from their homes in the Negev desert. more...
Khone-Phapheng Falls. Photo: hiroo yamagata via flikr.com.

The Mekong must run free!

Tom Fawthrop

14th December 2013

The Mekong is among Southeast Asia's greatest rivers, sustaining tens of millions from its abundant fisheries and its floodwaters which both irrigate and fertilise. But as Tom Fawthrop reports, Nature's bounty, and beauty, are at risk from a series of 11 dams. more...
A dry bath in Gaza, where clean water is an increasingly unaffordable luxury. Photo: Charlie Andreasson.

Gaza - living under artificial drought

Charlie Andreasson

3rd December 2013

The Gaza blockade - a state of chronic shortage of the necessaries of life jointly imposed by Israel and Egypt - is creating floods of sewage and a growing shortage of fresh water. Charlie Andreasson's blog reflects the increasing difficulty of daily life ... more...
Beautiful but threatened by rising seas: Betio island, Kiribati. Photo: Shevelev Alexey / Shutterstock.

Kiribati and the impending climate refugee crisis

Sandi Keane / Independent Australia

3rd December 2013

The New Zealand courts have refused to grant asylum to a 'climate refugee' from the Pacific island of Kiribati. But as Sandi Keane reports, the underlying problem is set to increase to a stupendous scale. more...

China accused of stealth land grab over Mozambique's great rice project

Cecilia Anesi and Andrea Fama in co-publication with China Files

30th November 2013

China led the reclamation of the largest abandoned rice farm in Mozambique, with the blessing of the authorities. But now the company involved is accused of land grabbing and displacing thousands. Cecilia Anesi and Andrea Fama report
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PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and other Pacific leaders met President Obama. Photo: East-West Center / flikr.com.

Corporate land grabs in PNG - independence betrayed?

Frederic Mousseau & Serah Aupong

23rd November 2013

Papua New Guinea is among the most culturally and biologically diverse nations on earth, and its laws enshrine the customary land ownership of indigenous tribes. Yet a massive land grab is under way with 12% of the country's land leased out to foreign corporations ... more...
One of many protests against a greenfield airport at Aranmula. Photo: Aranmula Paithruka Grama Karmasamithy

India - people resist airport land grabs

Rose Bridger

21st November 2013

Rural communities all over India are battling against a land grab of epic proportions. And one of the biggest causes of land grabs is for airports to support India's domestic aviation boom. Rose Bridger reports from Kerala, where four new 'green field' airports are meeting stiff local resistance. more...
The view upwards toward Beinn an Oir, the highest Pap of Jura.

Jura: reinvigorated by adventure

Jon Gardner

15th November 2013

Looking for a green holiday amid gorgeous landscapes and unbridled nature? Jon Gardner was inspired to visit Jura, where George Orwell wrote 1984. He was not disappointed ... 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...

To Life!

Martin Spray

November 8th, 2013

Martin Spray reviews a text on eco-art that whilst (surprisingly) not visually stunning he found presented a comprehensive guide to the issues and approaches of the genre, as well as providing clues on 'where to look to next' ... more...

Coke joins Oxfam's fight against land grabs

Oliver Tickell

8th November 2013

Coca-Cola has announced a "zero tolerance for land grabs" policy aimed at protecting communities from having their land stolen by big landlords and agro-industrial enterprises. more...

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