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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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Regional Destruction Agency: Why SWRDA would rather demolish than make sustainable

Simon Fairlie

8th January, 2009

The South West Regional Development Agency is letting down planet and people despite promises to redevelop the former site of Morland leather works 'sustainably'. more...
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'This is big'

Joss Garman

1st November, 2008

‘Britain’s astounding retreat from reason is now legitimising anarchy.’ That was the conclusion of the hotblooded screaming radical Melanie Phillips, writing for The Spectator. more...
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Nature? Do The Maths

Malcolm Tait

30th October, 2008

Mathematics is at the heart of any research and, in nature, it can be used to predict and enhance our surroundings and ultimately control it. The logical conclusio to the concept is frightening: there could be a mathematical formula for every aspect of life more...
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Money or the planet's future? You decide

Richard Heinberg

1st October, 2008

During the past weeks, the world’s media have been transfixed by the convulsions of the US and global fi nancial system. At stake are billions in bail-outs and trillions in derivatives. The viability of banks and currencies is threatened, and ultimately the savings and investments of hundreds of millions of ordinary people. more...
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How to be free: non-action in action

Tom Hodgkinson

1st October, 2008

From all sides, the cry is the same: something must be done. More must be done. more...
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Control cash not people: a voice against birth control

Asoka Bandarage

1st October, 2008

To blame our social and environmental problems on a population explosion in the developing world is to ignore the real bottom line, says Asoka Bandarage more...
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The Forest King

Andrew Wasley

7th August, 2008

It was bred to aid the rural poor, but one bird is also helping break industrialised farming’s stranglehold on India. Andrew Wasley meets the remarkable Giriraja
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Tree Thieves

Steve Kemper

7th August, 2008

The environmental disaster that put paid to China's intensive logging spawned an illegal trade in timber that risks global erosion. In their rush to feed the dragon, loggers on both sides of the law can't see the trees for the wood, says Steve Kemper more...
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Between a rock and a hard place

Phil Moore

1st August, 2008

The battle between mining giant Vedanta and the threatened tribal Dongria Kondh of Orissa, eastern India continues. more...
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Trump's Aberdeen Golf Course Proposal Awaits Acceptance

George Hackford

9th July, 2008

Donald Trump, the American property tycoon, awaits acceptance of his proposal to build a five-star golf complex in Aberdeenshire from local councillors and the Scottish government. more...
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The North-South divide

Helena Norberg-Hodge

22nd June, 2008

Rich industrialised countries have a responsibility to help others stick to their green responsibilities, argues Helena Norberg-Hodge, not collude in helping shirk them more...

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How to be free: bad medicine

Tom Hodgkinson

3rd June, 2008

Bono may be cheerleading for its charitable wing, but corporate America is not waging a war on AIDS for the sake of its health, says Tom Hodgkinson more...
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In a climate of political chaos Zimbabwe's wildlife is being exterminated

Robin Hammond

1st June, 2008

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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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The problem of greenwash - green-fiddling while Rome burns…

Pat Thomas

1st June, 2008

It’s fair to say that we have our share of robust discussions in this office. Opinions get aired, fingers get pointed, occasionally voices get raised. It’s all in a good cause. Setting the world to rights isn’t always a civilised tea party. more...
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Tata and the turtles

Ashish Fernandes

24th April, 2008

Tata is not limiting itself to dominance of the mainland. Ashish Fernandes reports on the sea turtles falling foul of the corporation in waters off the Indian subcontinent more...
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The commons: an antidote to globalisation

Jonathon Rowe

1st April, 2008

The corporate market has become the institutional equivalent of a compulsive eater. It has a built-in hunger that cannot be filled, and it is hard to stop the damage within the framework of its own game.
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Energy leapfrogging in China and India

Joanna Lewis

28th March, 2008

Two firms in the wind power sector illustrate how companies in the developing world can take advantage of increasing access to technological know-how, while staying within the bounds of intellectual property law, says Joanna Lewis. more...
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Spinning Wheels

Dan McDougall

13th March, 2008

‘This is the Indian dream!’ shouts Mohit, clutching a tattered plastic bag as he joins the impatient throng gathering at Hall A of the Auto Expo in New Delhi. Around us more than 100,000 Indians are aggressively jostling for space and a precious glimpse of the £1,200 Tata Nano, the world’s cheapest car. It is a vehicle that, put simply, costs less than the optional DVD player on the new Lexus LX470 SUV. more...
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The end of food as we know it

Joanna Blythman

1st March, 2008

It’s 2008, and feeding ourselves has never been easier. We take for granted a supply of every agricultural commodity on the planet, 365 days a year. Food is cheap. Never in living memory have we spent less on it as a proportion of our total expenditure. Even our poorest citizens can afford the luxury foods of yesteryear, like salmon and chicken. more...
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When bad news is good news

Isabel Hilton

15th February, 2008

There were deaths, pollution and substandard goods, but last year’s slew of negative
publicity may have encouraged China to face up to its responsibilities, says Isabel Hilton
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Investigations

Carbon Trading and the limits of free-market logic

Kevin Smith

3rd October, 2007

Carbon trading, its backers claim, brings emissions reductions and supports sustainable development in the global south. But, argues Kevin Smith, it may do neither, and is harming efforts to create a low-carbon economy. more...
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Government's advisors give thumbs up to Severn Barrage

News

2nd October, 2007

The Government's Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) has given the nod to a huge barrage across the Severn estuary which will result in the loss of 145 hectares of protected wetland habitat and a change in the intertidal area of some 14,428 hectares. more...

Fortis bank shirks responsibility for toxic mud-flow

News

21st June, 2007

A major investor in a gas exploration project which has set off a toxic mud-flow has washed its hands of responsibility for the damage caused to homes of thousands of Indonesian people. more...

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