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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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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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Attenborough launches new climate campaign

News

31st May, 2007

Veteran naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough has launched a new multi-million pound fund to combat climate change. more...
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1 billion homeless by 2050, says Christian Aid

News

14th May, 2007

One billion people could have been forced out of their homes by 2050 as a result of the pressures of climate change, a new report by development charity Christian Aid says. more...
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Cargill's Amazon soy plant forced to close

News

26th March, 2007

Cargill, the international agribusiness giant, has been forced to closed a soy-bean export terminal in the Amazon. more...
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Bushmen struggle to return to Central Kalahari

Clive Dennis

1st March, 2007

Botswanan police are refusing to allow Kalahari Bushmen to return to their ancestral homelands, despite their having won a landmark high court case allowing them to do so, writes Clive Dennis more...

'Build on the green-belt' says think-tank

News

23rd January, 2007

A new report by the Policy Exchange think-tank has advocated scrapping the green-belt and simplifying the planning system. more...
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Milton Friedman: Architect of Neoliberalism RIP

Paul Kingsnorth

1st December, 2006

Death is rarely something to be celebrated, but I can’t say I shed a tear last week when I heard that Milton Friedman, the father of neoliberal economics, had gone to the great free market in the sky. more...
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Nairobi: where did it all go wrong?

Mark Anslow

24th November, 2006

Having enjoyed brief media coverage, world attention towards climate change during the last few weeks did not end with a bang. Instead, it fizzled out, bogged down in international policy and technicalities at the UN Climate Change Conference in Nairobi last week. Why? more...

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