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Torched Senger home. Photo: Justin Kenrick.

Kenya: police begin Forest People evictions

The Ecologist

23rd January 2014

The Kenyan government has begun to forcibly evict tens of thousands of Sengwer indigenous people from their ancestral forest lands and burn their homes, food stores and belongings to the ground. The World Bank wrings its hands. more...
Sengwer, Marakwet and other inhabitants of the Embobut Forest being told to move by authorities. Photo: © Justin Kenrick / FPP.

Kenya - forest people facing violent eviction

Oliver Tickell

9th January 2014

The Kenyan government has sent troops to the Embobut forest to forcefully - and illegally - evict thousands of its indigenous inhabitants, to make way for a World Bank-financed 'Natural Resource Management Project'. more...
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World Bank's support of Tata Mundra coal plant condemned

Nicole Ghio

7th November 2013

The World Bank's President Dr Kim proclaims his human and green concerns. But at Tata Mundra in Gujarat, India, his support for a 4,000MW coal fired power plant is devastating poor communities and despoliating their environment. more...
An orang utan is rescued following deforestation for palm oil.

HSBC loans drive deforestation and push orangutans to the brink

Paul Newman

7th November 2013

High Street banking giant HSBC is bankrolling the destruction of rainforests essential for the survival of Bornean orangutans and other endangered species. more...
Occupy World Street by Ross Jackson

Occupy World Street: a call to action for the '99 per cent'

Matilda Lee

21st March, 2012

The Ecologist speaks to author, activist and former businessman Ross Jackson about his idea for a roadmap for radical economic and political reform more...
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Kazakhstan fights to save its corner of a divided Aral Sea

Matilda Lee

9th September, 2011

On the Kazakh side of the Aral Sea, water levels are rising, and fishing communities are being rebuilt. The future of the South Aral Sea, bordering on Uzbekistan, is still in doubt. Matilda Lee reports from Aral City more...
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Why India doesn't need World Bank energy funding

Matilda Lee

3rd June, 2011

Ahead of the release of the World Bank's revised energy strategy, the Ecologist speaks to sustainable development advocate Srinivas Krishnaswamy about why despite huge gigawatt power projects, 45 per cent of India's households still lack electricity more...

How Essex schoolchildren help save endangered species through Millenium Seed Bank

Kara Moses

19th November, 2010

Kara Moses reports on a group of 10-year-olds from Holly Trees Primary School who - by fundraising for Kew's Millennium Seed Bank Partnership - have helped secure the future of a rare Namibian plant that was virtually extinct in the wild more...
Lumps of coal

World Bank invests record sums in coal

Juliette Jowit, Observer environment editor

16th September, 2010

Last year, $3.4bn was invested in the dirtiest fossil fuel despite international commitments to cut emissions more...
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World bank hints Africa is ‘quick win’ for land grabbing investors

Ecologist

14th September, 2010

Report on land-grabbing reveals large-scale farmland deals amounted to 45 million hectares in 2009 alone with 6 million hectares expected to be added every year in less industrialised countries
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Paul Collier: saying 'nature has to be preserved' condemns the poor to poverty

Matilda Lee

14th May, 2010

Oxford Economics Professor and former head of Development Research at the World Bank, Paul Collier on reconciling romantic environmentalism and mainstream economics to help poor countries more...
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Wangari Maathai: fighting for Kenya's environment

Nicola Graydon

1st March, 2005

Wangari Maathai’s Nobel prize-winning activism has thrust the environment to the forefront of the global security agenda more...

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Mine workers at NFC Africa Mining shaft at Chimbishi - Credit: Christian Aid/David Rose

Progress is slow, but Zambia might yet see fair copper mining

Chris Hegarty

9th October, 2009

Scottish aid agency SCIAF responds to the Ecologist's article, 'Conned for her copper: Zambia pays the price for aid' more...
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World Bank shackling developing world to high-carbon future

Ecologist

6th October, 2009

World Bank lending figures reveal that fossil fuel projects are still receiving the lion's share of funding more...
Copper mine workers at NFC Africa Mining shaft in Chimbishi

Conned for her copper: Zambia pays the price for aid

Khadija Sharife

29th September, 2009

Copper underwires the modern world, running through everything from the gas guzzler to the wind turbine. Any country that finds substantial reserves of the metal ought to consider itself to have struck gold. That is, until you let the World Bank decide how your mines should be run… more...
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Legal challenge to Treasury over RBS investments

Ecologist

2nd July, 2009

A green coalition has brought a legal challenge against the Treasury for refusing to rein-in the Government-owned RBS bank, which continues to invest in polluting industries more...
Making greener savings

Ecologist guide to ethical finance

Ecologist

14th October, 2009

Banks, building societies, ethical funds, pensions or people - where should the discerning environmentalist put their money? more...
In the News

Bank backlash from Peoples' Tribunal in Bangladesh

Ecologist

1st February, 2009

Peoples' Tribunal calls for World Bank, IMF and Asian Developmen Bank ban. more...
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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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Farming despair

Raj Patel

1st November, 2007

As the bluetongue virus sinks its teeth into British livestock, there is one appalling certainty: like the outbreaks of Mad Cow Disease and foot-and-mouth before it, some farmers will see no way out, and take their own lives. Farmers in Britain are the profession second most likely to commit suicide (after, bizarrely, dentistry). more...
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New carbon trading scheme aims to preserve forests

News

4th July, 2007

A new U.N. led scheme called "Reduced Emissions from Deforestation" (RED) is due to be announced later this year that aims to make it rewarding for countries to preserve their forests rather than cut them down.
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750,000 a year killed by Chinese pollution

News

3rd July, 2007

In a damning cover up the Chinese government has used its involvement in a World Bank report on the environment to conceal results that show around three quarters of a million people in the country die prematurely each year due to pollution. more...
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Campaigners celebrate collapse of trade talks

News

25th June, 2007

Environmental groups have welcomed the collapse of the latest round of Doha trade talks, which fell apart on Friday. more...
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The Ecologist's 'Real Green Budget'

Mark Anslow

23rd March, 2007

Environmentalists had waited with baited breath for the Chancellor's 2007 Budget. Gordon Brown had intimated that it would be the 'greenest ever'. In fact, it was a resounding disappointment. more...
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World Bank: Deforestation Good for Growth

News

22nd February, 2007

The World Bank has released a report encouraging the Indonesian government to create vast timber plantations that would damage local ecosystems and livelihood, in order to encourage economic growth.
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