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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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Nuclear waste in Cumbria

Battlelines drawn as Cumbrian residents square up over nuclear waste site

Matilda Lee

15th February, 2012

A decision looms on whether - and where - to build the UK's first deep disposal for nuclear waste. Two borough councils in Cumbria have 'volunteered' - but can the communities be convinced? Matilda Lee reports more...
The world

Population is 'our biggest challenge' says government chief scientist Sir John Beddington

Tom Levitt

14th February, 2012

The next world population milestone of 8 billion will come sooner than we think - perhaps as early as 2025 - yet we remain reluctant to debate the issue. A forthcoming Royal Society report may force us to more...
blood diamonds africa

Glencore faces questions over controversial DRC mine sales

Brett Scott

9th February, 2012

Moves by unknown shell companies to control lucrative natural resources may have cost Democratic Republic of Congo $1 billion in lost revenue, as UK-listed mining company Glencore under pressure to explain deals more...
BP

Co-operative, M&S and Waitrose accused of greenwash over close links to 'unethical' companies

Ben Miller

7th February, 2012

Seemingly ethical companies like The Co-operative, M&S and Waitrose have been accused of double-standards over their partnerships with oil giants like BP, Shell and Chevron more...
A green bulb

Getting a good deal from the Green Deal

Hannah Kyrke-Smith

25th January, 2012

The Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) have the potential to reduce emissions from the UK’s ageing housing stock, create warmer homes and new jobs, says Hannah Kyrke-Smith. But will there be enough uptake? more...
train

Beyond HS2: invest in existing rail and reduce rail fares to make travel greener

Richard Hebditch

11th January, 2012

More investment in existing rail lines, joining up the high speed line to public transport and ensuring rail fares are sustainable and affordable are what the government should focus on argues Campaign for Better Transport more...
An Ecology of Mind by Nora Bateson

An Ecology of Mind: film interprets a life of unconventional thought

Rachel Fleming

11th January, 2012

A new documentary, An Ecology of Mind, directed by Nora Bateson, celebrates her father Gregory - anthropologist, philosopher, ecologist and systems theorist more...
Man tipping vegetables into container. Consumers & supermarkets need to tackle food waste

Supermarket food waste to power renewable energy instead of tackling food poverty

Matilda Lee

23rd December, 2011

Food aid charities argue supermarket food waste could help prevent hunger in vulnerable people. Yet supermarkets' anaerobic digestion plans may eclipse food redistribution says Matilda Lee more...
Rebecca Sweetman, the Paradigm Shift

Paradigm Shift: how one young activist uses documentary film to inspire change

Sophie Laggan

20th December, 2011

Rebecca is an ordinary woman with extraordinary ambitions, inspiring people all over the world and making 'Shift Happen' through her charity that creates free educational films more...
Right Livelihood Award

The world's 'alternative' Nobel Prize: an award fit for the 21st century

Matilda Lee

26th December, 2011

How a rejection by the Nobel Committee spurred Jakob von Uexkull to create the Right Livelihood Award celebrating the solutions helping to ensure a healthy planet and people more...
Advert

Advertising makes us 'more individualistic' and less concerned about the planet, says report

Rosie Spinks

19th December, 2011

Our desire to spend time with our families and help our local communities and the environment is being eroded by the overwhelming nature of modern advertising more...

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Exhaust pollution from a car

Campaign For Better Transport: how to reduce the need to travel

Richard Bourn

13th December, 2011

The National Planning Policy Framework will sideline smart growth in favour of out-of-town sprawl - rolling back decades of town centred development. Now campaigners have launched a toolkit to reduce travel demand within local transport plans more...
London 2012 Paralympic Medals

Will London 2012 sponsors BP, Dow, EDF and Rio Tinto tarnish the Olympic brand?

Matilda Lee

14th December, 2011

In a values tug of war, many are asking whether London 2012 corporate sponsors like BP, Dow and EDF live up to the Olympic spirit? more...
Jolly Pilgrim by Peter Baker

Talk of a ‘new climate deal' at COP17 is a distraction from inaction

Murray Worthy

7th December, 2011

Talk of a long-term climate deal to cut carbon emissions is allowing industrialised countries to delay taking action, says Murray Worthy from the World Development Movement more...

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...
Plans for diamond mining in Botswana saw Bushmen forced out of their home

Global Witness quits Kimberley Process as Zimbabwe 'blood diamonds' exported

Rosie Spinks

6th December, 2011

Consumers could unwittingly buy rings or other jewellery linked to serious human rights abuses after Kimberley Process fails to prevent the sale of diamonds from Robert Mugabe's Marange diamond fields more...
Dow Chemicals

Petition to stop Dow Chemical partnering with 2012 London Olympics

Ben Hudson

3rd December, 2011

Responsible for one of the worst industrial accidents in the world, Dow Chemical's toxic legacy threatens the reputation of the London Olympics more...
The Story of Broke

The Story of Broke

Ben Hudson

3rd December, 2011

Annie Leonard's new film looks at how money that could be used to build a sustainable future through investment in renewables and increasing recycling is being used to fund wars and subsidise fossil fuels more...
Sustainable refurbishment

Is Chris Huhne's 'Green Deal' just a marketing strategy?

Sam Arie

25th november,2011

The 2011 Energy Act provides for a ‘Green Deal’ in which households will be encouraged to borrow money on easy terms to finance energy saving home improvements. But will it work? more...

#OCCUPY and Buy Nothing Day move into phase two: #OCCUPYXMAS

Ben Hudson

25th November, 2011

On its twentieth anniversary, Ad Busters plan to take it up a gear, marrying Buy Nothing Day with Occupy in order to #OCCUPYXMAS more...
Dumper truck on tar sands road

Could politicians be charged with 'ecocide' if they approve tar sands pipeline?

Rosie Spinks

29th November, 2011

A law of ecocide could potentially see politicians who approve environmentally-damaging projects, like the tar sands pipeline between the US and Canada, face a court trial more...
African women sewing

TAKE ACTION: Tools for Self Reliance providing practical help for practical people

Sophie Laggan

25th November, 2011

Charity group Tools for Self Reliance empower the disadvantaged - providing tools and skills so that others can go on to create small businesses in hands-on occupations such as carpentry and tailoring more...
gold

The hidden costs of gold: mercury poisoning blights mining communities

Jody Clarke

14th November, 2011

The high price of gold has sent thousands into the informal mining sector and exposed workers and the environment to the devastating effects of mercury poisoning more...
Lord Anthony Giddens

Durban climate change conference: 'Sideline the UN' says leading academic

Matilda Lee

7th November, 2011

Ahead of the latest UN climate conference, leading academic Anthony Giddens explains why it's time to switch to smaller agreements between major world powers more...

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