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Hinkley Point. Photo: Crowcombe Al via Flickr.com.

New EU rules hammer UK's nuclear ambitions

The Ecologist

10th April 2014

The UK tried to make the EU relax its rules on State Aid to allow subsidies to nuclear power. Now we know - it failed. The chances that the Hinkley C power station will ever be built have fallen another notch. more...
Women from the Dassanech Tribe fetching water from the Omo River, 2011. Photo: Rod Waddington via Flickr.com.

20 years after Rwanda - Ethiopia's 'slow genocide' in the Omo Valley

Human Rights Watch

7th April 2014

A 'slow genocide' is unfolding in Ethiopia - one driven by greed rather than hatred. With Chinese and World Bank finance, massive dams and plantations are robbing the Omo Valley's 500,000 indigenous people of their land and water. The UK 'sees no evil'. more...
Two thirds of the energy companies coal, oil and gas resources will have to stay in the ground to protect the climate. Photo: eastcolfax via Flickr.com.

Financial markets should get serious on climate policy

Sam Fankhauser

22 March 2014

Climate policy could bite on fossil fuel resource values much faster than financial markets anticipate, writes Sam Fankhauser. It's time investors wised up to the hazards of investing in fossil fuels, when two thirds of them may have to remain unexploited. more...
The closing still from The Money Trap (1965). Metro Goldwyn Mayer via marsmet472 / Flickr.com.

Breaking the despotic power of finance

Ann Pettifor

14th March 2014

Orthodox economics and finance have promoted a false account of money, writes Ann Pettifor. Change is necessary and possible. But it will come only through a revolution in the general public's understanding. more...
'Foreclosing the Future' by Bruce Rich book cover.

Foreclosing the Future - can the World Bank ever reform?

Tom Griffiths

24th February 2014

Will the World Bank ever change? After decades of promises, initiatives, accords and re-branding, Bruce rich finds that the World Bank is the same old indiscriminate money-pump, still funding social and environmental catastrophe worldwide. more...

Norwegian pension giant drops investments in coal, tar sands, palm oil

Sophie Morlin-Yron

30th January 2014

Scandinanvia's biggest pension fund manager will cut all its investments in 'climate villains', writes Sophie Morlin-Yron - including 40 companies in the coal, tar sands and palm oil sectors. more...
The price of food even in this market in Santo Tomás Chichicastenango, Guatemala, is manipulated by international speculation. Photo: ElCapitan via Flickr.com.

EU defies Britain to curb food speculation

Nick Dearden

17th January 2014

In the teeth of determined oppostion from the British government, the EU has agreed on new regulations to curb speculation on food prices, reports Nick Dearden. more...
Time for radical changes in our pensions! Photo: Olha Afanasieva / Shutterstock.

Our pensions can change the world

Rebecca O'Connor

11th January 2014

The UK's pension funds are worth a colossal £3 trillion - yet few have any idea what 'their' pension money is doing. As Rebecca O'Connor reports, activist pension holders can now shift their funds towards green, ethical investments ... more...

COP19: Poor countries in the dark on climate finance

Oliver Tickell

14th November 2013

Poor countries are being left with little idea about what money is available to help them cope with climate change because of murky accounting and a lack of transparency by rich countries, according to an Oxfam study. more...

Go fossil-free, urge investment managers

Kieran Cooke

28th October 2013

Fossil fuel companies are feeling the heat from investors concerned that many of their assets may prove worthless. more...
stacks of pound coins on a stock chart

Is it possible to make EU budgets a force for good?

The Ecologist

31st October, 2012

With better planning, EU spending can finance projects which bring environmental, social and economic benefits to all, says a new coalition of campaign groups
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Occupy protests: a four step guide to bypassing high-street banks

Brett Scott

8th December, 2011

You've read about the Occupy Wall Street and London protests and you know about corporate greed (and the banking bail-out) but how can you do something about it? more...

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The Ecologist guide to ethical investments

Ruth Styles and Ben Hudson

17th October, 2011

If the thought of investing makes you go cold, it might be time for a rethink. As Ruth Styles and Ben Hudson discovered, there’s a growing number of ethical investment funds out there making your money work hard for the planet

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Food speculation

Food speculation 'boom' linked to volatile food prices

Ecologist

13th September, 2011

In a major investigation and film, the Ecologist takes a look at how volatile financial speculation on food commodities is causing hunger and poverty in Mexico - and around the world more...

Alarm as controversial EBRD eyes up Middle Eastern investment opportunities

Fidanka Bacheva-McGrath

10th June, 2011

Before rushing to finance projects in Africa and the Middle East, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) should address its environmental and social lending criteria, says Fidanka Bacheva-McGrath more...
Food speculation

A guide to food speculation: how to argue with a banker

The Ecologist

9th June, 2011

The financial industry has been quick to dismiss its role in pushing up food prices but with the evidence growing daily the Ecologist cuts through the jargon to explain the reality of food speculation more...
Stockmarket

Sustainable stock exchanges: a new choice for investors

Chris Milton

28th December, 2010

Can the cut-throat, speculative world of the stock market be used to hold businesses to account for environmental damage and human rights abuses? Chris Milton investigates for the Ecologist more...
stacks of pound coins on a stock chart

Green Investment Bank faces critical test over funding shortfall

Mark Jansen

8th December, 2010

George Osborne pledged £1billion to a green bank that could help Britain reduce carbon emissions. But with low carbon technologies unproven, banks, institutions and energy companies are wary, meaning the venture may not attract the capital to make it viable more...

Green business: Lush

Eifion Rees

17th November, 2010

Cosmetics company Lush is a zero-packaging pioneer on the high street. In the first of our new 'Green business' series, founder Mark Constantine discusses gourmet consumerism, dream factories and why his ethical creation is a work in progress more...

Ecologist guide to ethical investments

Eifion Rees and Matilda Lee

5th November, 2010

All you need to know to start putting your money where your mouth is more...

Ecologist guide to ethical investments

Eifion Rees and Matilda Lee

5th November, 2010

All you need to know to start putting your money where your mouth is more...
Dan Box

Will putting a price on nature put environmentalists out of a job?

Dan Box

5th July, 2010

The launch of the massive economic ecosystem assessment, TEEB, will help force the natural world onto the corporate balance sheet. It's a step forward. But how will protesters react to the ground shifting under their feet? more...
Dan Box

Bond markets, not politicians, control our future

Dan Box

29th April, 2010

We've lost control of our spending and debt to international bond markets and whoever wins the election won't be able to take it back more...
stacks of pound coins on a stock chart

Snapshot: what the budget does for the green economy

Ecologist

24th March, 2010

In the last budget before the general election, Alistair Darling announced a series of measures that could have a positive environmental impact, including a £2 billion green investment bank more...
credit unions

How credit unions can succeed where banks fail

Dorienne Robinson

2nd February, 2010

If you're looking for small, short-term loans for a green project, it's worth borrowing from a credit union instead of a bank more...

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