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Crude oil seeps through the ground, poisoning the land the Khanty live off. Photo: © RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov.

Siberia - a Small People challenges Big Oil

Georgy Borodyansky

14th June 2014

Russia’s oil Goliaths have been devastating vast areas of natural landscape, and indigenous people’s lives, in their rush to extract the black gold that lies beneath. But as Georgy Borodyansky reports, a family of reindeer herders has taken them on. more...
Emissions from tar sands bitumen production. Photo: Williamson via Flickr.com.

Alberta - tar sands emissions linked to health damage

Carol Linnitt for DeSmog Canada

5th April 2014

A report by Alberta's energy regulator links emissions from tar sands oil production with serious health impacts in the Peace River region that have forced families to flee their homes, reports Carol Linnitt. The findings reveal 'a huge information gap'. more...
Lakota members marched during the annual Liberation Day commemoration of the Wounded Knee massacre. Photo: Deep Roots United Front / Victor Puertas.

Dead or in prison before we allow the KXL pipeline

Camila Ibanez

17th March 2014

The Oglala Lakota people are victims of poverty, government violence, land theft and alcohol, writes Camila Ibanez. Yet 114 years after the massacre at Wounded Knee, they are still there, and still fighting. Now the battle is over the Keystone XL pipeline ... more...
Bold Nebraska draws the line - ranchers and farmers have built a renewable energy powered barn in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline. Photo: 350.org via Flickr.com.

Nebraska court decision halts Keystone XL pipeline

Sophie Morlin Yron

21st February 2014

The Keystone XL pipeline was dealt a blow in a Nebraska court this week when a key enabling law was ruled 'unconstitutional' - bringing the controversial project to a standstill in the state. more...
Pungesti - the protests against Chevron and the fracking profiteers continue as homes are shaken by earthquakes and wells are poisoned. Photo: Radu Ciorniciuc.

Romania - a Peasants Revolt against fracking

Jim Wickens & Paraic O'Brien

18th February 2014

Earthquakes and poisoned wells are setting off a revolt against fracking in Romania, revealing deep fault lines between the rural heartlands and the urban political elite. Jim Wickens & Paraic O'Brien report on a country at war with itself. more...
Bageni family in the gorilla sector of Virunga National Park, Bukima, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Brent Stirton / WWF.

Virunga - UK Government to investigate oil company

The Ecologist

17th February 2014

The UK Government is to examine the activities of London-based oil company Soco over alleged violations of environmental protections and human rights abuses in Africa's first National Park, home to 200 Mountain gorillas. more...
AGM-114 Hellfire Anti-Tank missiles and Hydra 70mm rockets. Photo: LH_Wong via Flickr.com.

Iraq: 935 lies, a tyrant and weapons of mass destruction

Felicity Arbuthnot

28th February 2014

The suffering is far from over in Iraq, reports Felicity Arbuthnot. It's new dictator is being supported by massive shipments of horrific weapons, while the country remains poor and devastated country, and a covert US re-invasion is under way ... more...
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...
A farm near the Virunga mountains and National Park. Photo: John & Mel Kots via Flickr.com.

Virunga - police arrest 7 anti-oil gorilla defenders

The Ecologist

1st February 2014

Congolese Police have cracked down on peaceful, legal protests to keep a UK oil company out of Virunga National Park, important for its 200 mountain gorillas. more...
Shell drilling vessel in the Arctic. Photo: US Coastguard.

Shell scraps 2014 Arctic drilling

The Ecologist

31st January 2014

Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden has announced that the company will not attempt to drill in the Alaskan Arctic in 2014. Greenpeace responds: 'Get out for good!' more...
Young orangutan in the Sabangau Forest. Photo: Matt Adam Williams / OuTrop

L'Oreal moves against forest destruction

The Ecologist

30th January 2014

L'Oreal, the world's largest beauty and cosmetics company, has committed to remove forest destruction from its products by 2020. more...
An oil spill in the Niger Delta. Photo:  Sosialistisk Ungdom - SU via Flickr.com.

Shell - you're fired!

Arts not Oil

29th January 2014

Oil-branded concerts at London's Southbank Centre come to an end after campaigners expose Shell's record of environmental damage. more...

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‘All the oil wells of Arabia will not sweeten this deal’. Lady Macbeth in front of painting. Photo: Hugh Warwick.

Fighting Big Oil's cynical arts sponsorship

Chris Garrard

27th January 2014

A growing movement is opposing fossil fuel industry sponsorship of the arts. Pop-up protests and performances denouncing Shell, BP and others are winning the popular vote, writes Chris Garrard. more...

Davos: Fracking won't avert energy crisis

Alex Kirby

25th January 2014

UK solar entrepreneur tells world leaders at Davos: fracking for shale oil and gas cannot help to avert a global energy crisis - and a global oil crisis could strike in 2015. Alex Kirby reports. more...
Alaska pipeline. Photo: toffehoff via Flickr.com.

Shell oil licences in Alaska 'unlawful'

Sophie Morlin-Yron

24th January 2014

A landmark court ruling has set back Shell's plans to drill for Arctic oil. It represents a great victory for indigenous peoples and environmental groups - and a serious setback for the oil giant's Arctic expansion. more...
'Forbidden: open burning land, collecting plants. Photo: Marcus Colchester.

Palm Oil company plan to slow deforestation 'another land-grab'

Marcus Colchester

23rd January 2014

A palm oil company's 'forest conservation' programme in Indonesia has ended up being a second land grab, writes Marcus Colchester - seizing resources from local communities' control. more...
The Tripa Forest burning at night, cleared for palm oil. Photo: Carlos Quiles / RAN -  ran.org/tripa-expose -  via Flickr.com.

Palm oil company's $30 million fine for burning rainforest

The Ecologist

17th January 2014

An Indonesian palm oil company has been convicted of large-scale burning of protected swamp forest in Aceh - home to some of Sumatra's last orangutans. more...

Arctic 30 coming home

The Ecologist

26th December 2013

The Arctic 30 are leaving Russia. 14 have received exit stamps and all are due back home in time to celebrate the New Year. But their fight for the Arctic is only just beginning ... more...
A village destroyed for palm oil, Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo: Rainforest Rescue.

Indonesia: terror and eviction for palm oil

Rainforest Rescue

25th December 2013

This month in Sumatra, Indonesia, 1,500 armed men demolished four indigenous villages and displaced inhabitants who were not willing to surrender their land to a palm oil company. more...

Christmas amnesty for Arctic 30, Pussy Riot

The Ecologist

18th December 2013

The Russian Parliament has today granted amnesty to the Arctic 30. The Duma voted 446-0 in favour of the Kremlin-backed amendment that extends an Amnesty Act to those charged with hooliganism. more...
Clare Short MP is chair of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

Shining light into the darkness

Alex Stevenson

20th December 2013

Mining and oil drilling are essential to the industrial world - but they are also linked with severe environmental and social damage, not to mention corruption. Clare Short, chair of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, spoke to Alex Stevenson. more...
Elephant and buffalo in Virunga National Park. Photo: Radio Okapi via Flickr.

Oil threat to Virunga's mountain gorillas

Raymond Lumbuenamo

13th December 2013

Soco International PLC, a British oil company, plans to explore for oil in Virunga - Africa's oldest national park, in DRC-Congo. Local WWF campaigner Raymond Lumbuenamo reports on the threats to Mountain gorillas and other precious wildlife. more...

UK fracking industry's PR offensive 'becoming more canny'

Andrew Wasley

9th December 2013

Documents reveal Celtique Energie has been privately touting 'dedicated fracking' to investors for Sussex oil and gas drilling - while publicly describing fracking plans as 'hypothetical'. Andrew Wasley reports.
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Ogoni villagers survey destroyed canoes at Kaa, 5th January 1994. Photo: Sr. Majella McCarron, NUI Maynooth Ken Saro-Wiwa archive.

Looking Shell in the eye: Ken Saro-Wiwa's last writings

Laurence Cox

6th December 2013

Author Ken Saro-Wiwa spear-headed the resistance of the Ogoni people of the Niger Delta against environmental devastation from oil drilling and ruptured oil pipelines. He was executed in 1995. Dr Laurence Cox introduces his last letters. more...
Lone Droscher Nielsen in a campaign poster.

Saving the Orangutan from the palm oil menace

Andy Morgan

5th December 2013

Lone Droscher Nielsen addressed the Oxfordshire village of Wootton about the deforestation that is pushing orangutans towards extinction - all driven by the world's hunger for palm oil. Andy Morgan was deeply moved ... more...

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