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Forest people

Protecting forests AND the rights of forest peoples

Laura Sevier

8th December, 2009

The plans currently under consideration for saving forests might help the trees, but they could ride roughshod over indigenous communities. Here are some ways to change that more...
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CASE STUDY: learning from ancient wisdom

Nicola Graydon

1st January, 2008

What can indigenous wisdom teach us about how to better live within our environmental means? Maestro Tlakaelel has some tips more...
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The Evacuation Begins

Dan Box

22nd April, 2009

Dan Box is on-site to witness the world's first climate refugees being evacuated due to rising sea levels more...
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Back to basics

Andrew Simms

22nd April, 2009

Uncontrolled growth of financial debt is currently laying waste to large parts of the global economy. An explosion of ecological debt looks set to do the same, but worse, to a biosphere friendly to human civilisation. more...
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Composting under fire

Anne Barr

28th March, 2009

Next time you grumble that it's too much effort to seperate you plastic from your cans, imagine doing it as the bullets are flying over head more...
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Indonesia wages war against tribe

Paul Kingsnorth

29th January, 2009

Armed and financed by Western corporations, Indonesia is waging a brutal war against a tribal people with little more than bows and arrows to defend itself. more...
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World Bank is unfit to manage new global climate funds, say 142 organisations

Ecologist

19th January, 2009

Environmental groups were pleased at the end of 2007 when the UN announced that its under-resourced adaptation funds - established to help less-industrialised nations adapt to the effects of climate change - were to receive a cash injection. more...
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Determination in the face of destruction

Michelle Duffield

16th October, 2008

What do you do when your faith, identity, independence and livelihood are all endangered by a mine that has the backing of a multi-billion pound company and even your own government? For the Dongria Kondh hill tribe of Orissa, India, there is only one answer: you stop them. more...
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Q & A: Bruce Parry, explorer & TV presenter

Laura Sevier

1st October, 2008

Bruce Parry on tree-bark trips, deforestation and lessons learnt from tribal living more...
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Trade in precious minerals and timber continues to fuel violence and conflict across the globe

Ecologist

1st June, 2008

Revenues obtained from the often illegal extraction and supply of commodities such as timber and diamonds are directly bankrolling corrupt regimes and armed insurgency groups, and fund the purchase of weapons and other contraband goods that perpetuate cycles of conflict.
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Farming despair

Raj Patel

1st November, 2007

As the bluetongue virus sinks its teeth into British livestock, there is one appalling certainty: like the outbreaks of Mad Cow Disease and foot-and-mouth before it, some farmers will see no way out, and take their own lives. Farmers in Britain are the profession second most likely to commit suicide (after, bizarrely, dentistry). more...
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Chemically Bonded

Zoe Cormier

1st December, 2006

For the Canadian Aanishnaabek tribe, who live on a reserve surrounded by chemical plants, there seems no escape. Do they leave, and abandon their past, or stay, and perhaps lose their future? Zoe Cormier investigates

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Investigations

Life on the edge of a warming world

Clare Kendall

1st June, 2006

The native Inuit people of the Arctic regions need no convincing of the effects of global warming. As Clare Kendall discovers, they are already suffering its impact more...
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Seeds of Hope

Nicola Graydon

1st December, 2003

Ladakh is framed by the Karakoram mountains to the north and the Himalayas to the south. Yet even in this remote environment the forces of global consumerism are intruding. Nicola Graydon reports on the locals' inspiring defence of their culture more...
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The Bushmen of the Kalahari

Sandy Gall

1st September, 2003

Sandy Gall describes the genocide the Botswanan government is waging to clear the Bushmen from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve more...
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Masters of Illusion

Janine Roberts

1st September, 2003

Janine Roberts describes how De Beers cons the world into paying so much for its cheap, plentiful diamonds and turns a blind eye to the eradication of the oldest culture on the planet. more...

Xinjiang: China's forgotten occupation

Dan Box

1st September, 2003

Isolated by the surrounding desert, Kashgar was once
an oasis on the old Silk Road. Now the city is being overwhelmed in the rush to open up the region’s oil and gas reserves. By Dan Box.
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Investigations

Leapfrogging the Law

Dr John Palmer

1st June, 2003

The economic troubles in Argentina have been widely reported around the world. The impoverishment of the middle classes and the Argentines’ growing cynicism about their politicians have been extensively written up. Less well covered in the news has been the effects of the crisis on Argentina’s very poorest – people who live far from the eye of city-based reporters, the country’s original inhabitants, a people despised and vilified as ‘savages’ by the settler population. more...

Seeds of Hope

Jake Bowers

1st May, 2003

Considering its estimated 25,000-plus uses – for producing food, fuel, medicine, paper, plastics and even dynamite – the most wasteful thing you could probably do with hemp is smoke it. Jake Bowers describes hemp’s potential to transform agriculture and the plant’s demonisation by huge and competing industrial interests more...
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13 Globe-trotting indigenous grannies carry message of unity and prayer

Nicola Graydon

1st January, 2001

Grandmother Earth - Thirteen matriarchs from indigenous cultures are currently touring the world, promoting peace, unity and a respect for nature. nicola Graydon meets one of them, Mona Polacca more...
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Again, the savage Indian

Kirkpatrick Sale

14th June, 2000

Kirkpatrick Sale is shocked by a new and disturbing view of the ecological role of the American Indian. more...
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A better kind of justice

Nandor Tanczos

13th June, 2000

Nandor Tanczos thinks the modern legal system could learn a lot from traditional ideas of justice, such as those of the Maori people more...
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Why greens should be politically incorrect

Aidan Rankin

12th June, 2000

Aidan Rankin argues that modern liberal values can be more of a threat than a liberation. more...

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