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London's pollution is less visible, but it's still there and it's still deadly. Nelson's Column during the Great Smog of 1952. Photo: N T Stobbs / Wikimedia Commons.

British cities deserve clean air!

Caroline Allen

16th March 2014

Air pollution in London and other British cities is intolerable, writes Caroline Allen. Faced with the same deadly problem Paris has just imposed restrictions on cars - but here politicians do nothing. It's time to elect some who will act for public health! more...
A seizure of canisters of CFCs and HCFCs labelled as CFC-12 and CFC-22. Photo: EIA.

Euro Parliament ratifies F-gas ban - 'huge gain for climate'

The Ecologist

13th March 2014

The European Parliament has today adopted a ner Regulation to phase-down the use of super greenhouse gases - known as 'F-gases' - some of which are thousands of times more powerful than CO2. more...
Hinkley Point B. Photo: Ken Grainger / geograph.org.uk via Wikimedia Commons.

European Commission: Hinkley C subsidies are unfair State Aid

Greenpeace UK & The Ecologist

11th March 2014

The European Commission has launched its public consultation over the UK's proposed state aid to the proposed Hinkley C nuclear plant in Somerset - and in the process delivered a mighty broadside against the UK Government's plans. more...
Smokestack. Photo: ribarnica via Flickr.com.

May 2014 - Voting for the climate

Olaf Corry

12th March 2013

Climate policy should be the big issue for voters heading for the polls in May's Euro elections, writes Olaf Corry - the EU's emissions are plenty high enough do matter, and the European Parliament is at the heart of the action. more...
North Ocean 102 Cable Carousel, laying the UK-Holland interconnector across the North Sea in 2009. Photo: Global Marine Photos via Flickr.com.

Keeping the lights on - time to wake up to the simple solution

Alan Whitehead

11th March 2013

The UK Government is throwing billions at the Hinkley C nuclear plant, reports Alan Whitehead, while neglecting a far quicker and cheaper way to 'keep the lights on' - more under-sea power connectors. more...
The solution to the UK's air pollution is clear - more walking, cycling, public transport, and less traffic. Photo: Magdalen Bridge, Oxford, by Tejvan Pettinger via Flickr.com.

Pollution - EU takes UK to court

The Ecologist

5th March 2014

The European Commission has launched legal proceedings against the UK for persistent air pollution problems - specifically its failure to cut toxic oxides of nitrogen, known as 'NOx'. more...
On its way to Drax? A loader picking up trees from a clearcut for Enviva near the Ahoskie mill, North Carolina. Photo: Dogwood Alliance.

Biofuel and biomass 'sustainability standards' are pure greenwash

Almuth Ernsting

10th March 2014

Who and what are biofuel sustainability standards designed to benefit? They are meant to safeguard forests and communities, writes Almuth Ernsting - but their real purpose is to protect the biofuel industry ... more...
Zac Goldsmith & Boris Johnson on a walk about in Richmond, April 10, 2012. Photo: By Andrew Parsons / i-Images via Flickr.com.

No rubber stamp for the TTIP!

Zac Goldsmith

27th February 2014

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Programme - TTIP - is a huge 'free trade' agreement under negotiation between the EU and the USA. Zac Goldsmith MP warned Parliament that it threatens to undermine key democratic principles. more...
The Solúcar PS10 20MW solar tower near Seville, Spain. Saudi Arabia is now planning to build much bigger versions of the technology. Photo: Alejandro Flores via Flickr.com.

Solar is going great - but could be greater!

Jonathon Porritt

1st March 2014

The solar industry is going great, with tens of gigawatts of new capacity planned for 2014 alone. But as Jonathon Porritt writes, the solar revolution could be going even faster - with smart, consistent policies for solar power in Europe and Japan. more...
Edward Snowden - 'True American Hero'. Photo: Richard Loyal French via Flickr.com.

Euro-Parliament turns against TTIP

The Ecologist

15th February 2014

Euro-MPs have backed Green demands for the immediate suspension of talks leading to the proposed new TTIP trade and investment deal between the EU and the US, following wide scale US spying on EU citizens more...
Polish farmers hard at work gathering in the hay crop. Photo: Hejma via Flickr.com.

Polish farmers 'grassroots rebellion'

Julian Rose & Jadwiga Lopata

16th February 2014

Farmers in northern Poland are demanding the right to sell the food they produce in local shops, fighting oppressive sanitary regulations, picketing the Land Agency for access to prime farmland, and resisting GMOs. more...
Chernobyl / Pripyat Exclusion Zone. Graffiti on a wall facing the amusement park in central Pripyat. Photo: Pedro Moura Pinheiro via Flickr.com.

The true cost of disaster insurance makes nuclear power uncompetitive

Ingmar Schumacher

6th February 2014

The European Commission is assessing how it should augment its nuclear disaster insurance. Ingmar Schumacher calls for full transparency of insurance costs in the cost-benefit evaluation of the nuclear industry. more...

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Shell gas flare by Oloibiri in the Niger Delta. Photo: Rhys Thom via Flickr.com.

Fighting ecocide in Nigeria

Senator Dr Bukola Saraki

5th February 2014

Ecocide is a global problem, writes Bukola Saraki, and laws are desperately needed to hold companies to account for the damage they cause. Nigeria - long despoiled with impunity by the oil industry - is just the place to start. more...
More genetic diversity in this small room than in a million acres of industrial farming - the inner recesses of the Heritage Seed Library. Photo: Cultivate Oxford.

MEPs vote against EU seed Regulation

Oliver Tickell

31st January 2014

MEPs have voted against a proposed EU sed regulation that would further concentrate the seed market and discriminate against genetically diverse traditional seeds. more...
Bastion of democracy - or of neo-liberalism? The European Parliament building, Brussels. Photo: Alex.ch via Flickr.com.

Want sustainability? Start by leaving the EU

David Acunzo

31st January 2014

To achieve true sustainability, ecological movements across Europe must push for independence from an EU ideologically locked into a neoliberal 'free trade' agenda wedded to endless economic growth, writes David Acunzo. more...
Crop spraying on a windy day. Photo: CropShot via Flickr.com.

Keep Agent Orange herbicide out of our food!

Christoph Then, Helen Wallace & Hans Muilerman

28th January 2014

The growing trend for GM crops incorporating herbicide resistance now threatens to flood Europe's crops and groundwater with the Agent Orange chemical 2,4-D. The madness must stop now. more...

Ecocide: 112,000 vote to criminalize ecological destruction

The Ecologist

23rd January 2014

The effort to raise 1 million votes across Europe to compel EU institutions to progress a law to prevent ecocide has failed. But a powerful movement has taken shape - and the campaign will continue. more...
Danish offshore wind turbine, Burbo Bank. Photo: Danish Wind Industry Association via Flickr.com.

Weeny, weedy, weaky: the EU's new climate plan

Oliver Tickell

22nd January 2014

Europe's new targets for carbon emissions and renewable energy are severely retrograde and fly in the face of both science and economics. They will endanger climate and retard the renewable energy revolution. more...
Cornfield message in support march against Monsanto, October 2013. Photo: Light Brigading via Flickr.com.

Stop import of 'super-GM' SmartStax maize!

Oliver Tickell

9th January 2014

A Complaint has been filed today with the European Commission to prevent import of the 'super-GM' SmartStax maize developed by Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences. more...
Polluted air over London, autumn 2012. Photo: shirokazan via Flickr.com.

EU promises to act on Europe's toxic air

Matthew Ledbury

21st December 2013

Air quality is back on Europe's political agenda with new proposals put forward by the EU environment commissioner, Janez Potočnik. But do the plans go far enough? Matthew Ledbury reports. more...

'Illegal UK state aid' probe hits nuclear plans

Paul Brown

14th December 2013

An EU investigation into the UK's financial support for new nuclear power stations is dividing Europe, with critics saying London is flouting EU rules by offering illegal subsidies to EDF at Hinkley Point in Somerset. Paul Brown reports. more...
Sardine discards from the Adrar in Western Sahara's territorial waters. Photo: Western Sahara Resource Watch.

EU set to join in Western Sahara fisheries plunder

Erik Hagen

6th December 2013

On 10 December, the European Parliament will vote over a huge fisheries partnership agreement with Morocco. If the agreement is approved the environment, human rights, peace and international law will all suffer. Erik Hagen reports... more...

Europe must prepare for extreme weather events

The Ecologist

2nd December 2013

Europe has to plan for future extreme weather incidents, according to a new report by EASAC. Heat waves, floods and storms do not respect national frontiers, so as climate change gathers place, there is an urgent need for action at both national and EU levels. more...
Workers take to Capitol Hill to stop trade deals. Photo: ALF-CIO / Flikr.

Secret trade deals attack global health and environment

Ben Whitford

26th November 2013

The US is busy negotiating two sprawling new trade deals, with the European Union and 11 Pacific Rim nations, and progressives are up in arms. Ben Whitford asks: Just how bad are the deals? more...
Smokestack. Photo: Andriano / shutterstock.com.

Environment Agency staff cuts risk economy and reputation

Veerle Heyvaert

26th November 2013

The Environment Agency, the UK's lead eco-regulator, faces huge cuts that may leave it unable to fulfill its legal mandate. The Government is making a false economy, argues Veerle Heyvaert, and betraying its green promises. more...

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