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Back to school? Schools that have installed solar panels threatened with an unfair tax bill

Ecologist reporter

5th September, 2015

How comes doing 'the right thing' comes with hidden costs? For state schools planning to go solar this year the business rate hike would reduce the lifetime return of the panels to zero or even negative, while those that have have already installed solar panels face an unexpected tax bill in excess of £800 a year. more...

New study suggests pro-nuclear countries are making much slower progress on climate targets

James Hakner

24th August, 2016

With the UK's Hinkley Point deal hanging in the balance, a new study casts fresh doubts over future of nuclear energy in Europe, writes JAMES HAKNER more...

There's no tree-huggers here: Why the ‘systems' approach to climate action is preventing change...

Katie Arthur

15th August, 2016

Half a year or so on from the historic signing of the Paris Agreement at the COP21, the smiling promises and diplomatic handshakes have not only left the mainstream media but left us still waiting for the shift to a greener world. NEW VOICES contributor, KATIE ARTHUR looks at whether we can ever expect systems to change without transformed attitudes to lead the way... more...

It's time for A Progressive Alliance for reform and for our environment

Dr Alex Chapman

2nd August, 2016

Actors across the UK political spectrum are recognising that the time is ripe for fundamental change; a Progressive Alliance of the left and centre parties, offering comprehensive constitutional, electoral, policy reform and tough measures on climate change, writes ALEX CHAPMAN more...

TTIP: The most dangerous weapon in the hands of the fossil fuel industry

Andreas Sieber & Pavlos Georgiadis

27th July, 2016

The European Union and the USA have been negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) behind closed doors since 2013. Negotiators kept insisting that their secret talks would work in the best interest of the public and the environment. But since Greenpeace leaked the TTIP draft negotiating documents it became clearer than ever, that this trade agreement could become one of the most dangerous weapons in the hands of the fossil fuel industry in its effort to kill Climate Action for the 21st century. The elephant in the room is here and it is huge: the word "climate" means something totally different in the TTIP papers. more...

What price cotton? Too high when sustainability standards are not being met

Keith Tyrell, Isabelle Roger and Richard Holland

8th June, 2016

In an independent cotton sustainability ranking released earlier this week by Pesticide Action Network (PAN) UK, Solidaridad and WWF, just eight out of 37 companies make it out of the red zone. Only home furnishing giant IKEA, which tops the list, is in the green zone. more...
Marie Mason. Photo: supportmariemason.org.

The Ecoterrorist and me

David Rovics

10th December 2013

Marie Mason is five years into a 22-year sentence for participating in non-violent - but highly destructive - actions with the Earth Liberation Front. David Rovics met with her at the Carswell Federal Women's Prison in Fort Worth, Texas. more...
Village anti-fracking protest. Photo: Jim Wickens / EFU.

Transylvania revolts: Farmers against fracking

Jim Wickens

27th November 2013

The unspoilt pastoral landscape of Transylvania is the latest battlefield in the war against aggressive fossil energy extraction. Jim Wickens reports on the farming communities fighting back against multinational energy companies. more...

Anti-extraction movement in the US gains momentum

March 25th, 2013

by Eric Moll

Protests against fracked-gas pipelines in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are part of a growing movement of direct-action resistance to extraction. Insider Eric Moll reports from the Frontline of the resistance more...
RSPB

TAKE ACTION: tell George Osborne to promote economic recovery through green growth

Rebecca Campbell

16th March, 2012

Ahead of next week's budget, the RSPB is calling on you to remind the Chancellor not to forsake the environment on the road to economic recovery more...
adverse drug reactions

Revealed: the prescription drugs and medications most likely to harm or kill you

Andrew Wasley & Bethany Hubbard

13th March, 2012

Official data suggests antidepressants, antipsychotics, stop smoking drugs, vaccines against swine flu and even paracetamol cause adverse drug reactions. So just how safe are they? Andrew Wasley & Bethany Hubbard report more...
Move your money

TAKE ACTION to build a more ethical banking sector

Priyanka Mogul

15th February, 2012

As we slowly recover from one of the worst economic recessions of our time, Move Your Money will guide us towards building a safer and better banking system that we can rely on more...

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Seal Protection Action Group

TAKE ACTION to save Scotland's seals

Priyanka Mogul

8th February, 2012

There has been a significant reduction in the killing of seals in Scotland but the Seal Protection Action Group needs your help in ending the killings altogether more...
Dow Chemicals

Petition to stop Dow Chemical partnering with 2012 London Olympics

Ben Hudson

3rd December, 2011

Responsible for one of the worst industrial accidents in the world, Dow Chemical's toxic legacy threatens the reputation of the London Olympics more...
War on Want

TAKE ACTION to demand a strong supermarket watchdog

Ecologist

12th October, 2011

Join War on Want's campaign for a independent supermarket watchdog to help stop supplier bullying more...
Barclays Bank

TAKE ACTION to stop bankers betting on food

Hannah Corr

13th September, 2011

With food prices in the developing world rising, is hunger the price to pay for Barclays speculating on food markets? more...
blood diamonds africa

Export of Zimbabwean diamonds threatens ethical jewellery trade

Rosie Spinks

08 August, 2011

With the Kimberley Process in a state of paralysis over Zimbabwean diamonds, consumers can no longer be sure they’re buying ethical jewels. Ahead of a BBC Panorama investigation into the issue, Rosie Spinks reports more...
Climate change protest

Where next for eco-activism in the UK?

Bibi van der Zee

6th July, 2011

After the failure of the Copenhagen climate talks, the undercover police scandal, the disbanding of Climate Camp - and the sudden rise of UK Uncut - Bibi van der Zee takes the temperature of Britain's green activism movement more...
Just Do It

Just Do It: the story of modern-day outlaws

Matilda Lee

6th July, 2011

A new film launching on July 15th gives an in-depth look inside the clandestine world of environmental direct action more...
Garden Organic's 'I don't dig peat' campaign

TAKE ACTION to save the UK's peat bogs

Matilda Lee

28th June, 2011

Be an eco-friendly gardener and make a promise to be peat-free more...
If a Tree Falls

If a tree falls: the story behind the making of an American 'eco terrorist' group

Matilda Lee

22nd June, 2011

The Earth Liberation Front targeted dozens of businesses they accused of destroying the environment. As a new film charting its rise and fall premieres in the US, Matilda Lee speaks to director Marshall Curry about the fine line between activism and terrorism more...

TAKE ACTION to ban 'killer jeans'

Matilda Lee

25th May, 2011

Join Labour Behind the Label in a week of action from 30th May to 5th June to lobby brands to ban the technique of sandblasting denim more...
Police tactics have been heavily criticised in two reports

Climate activists need to protect their right to protest

Frances Wright

21st April, 2011

Following the High Court judge ruling that police 'kettling' tactics at the G20 protests were illegal, Climate Camp legal advisor Frances Wright argues that protestors need to be more aware than ever of their rights more...
Nick Mole, Pesticide Action Network

CAMPAIGN HERO: Nick Mole, Pesticide Action Network

Matilda Lee

15th April, 2011

The Pesticide Action Network campaigner on why and how the government should urgently implement EU legislation on pesticides to protect human health and the environment more...
Spraying pesticides

Pesticide lobby resists moves to sanction 'deadly' paraquat substance

Keith Tyrell

April 7th, 2011

Experts want the weedkiller paraquat - poison of choice in many suicide attempts - to be added to a 'watch list' of dangerous substances. Why then is Syngenta fighting the proposals asks Keith Tyrell? more...

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