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To save the world's wildlife, first we must love it

Hugh Warwick

1st October 2014

Loveable? Who could doubt it. But hedgehog number in the UK are down 37% in ten years. Photo: Last Human Gateway via Flickr. The number of wild vertebrate animals has more than halved over the last 40 years, writes Hugh Warwick - a truly catastrophic rate of decline. Yet the BBC did not consider it important enough to ask the Prime Minister about yesterday morning. Step one to saving our wonderful wildlife - rekindle our love for the natural world. more...

Corporate-smart greenwash: the Global Alliance on Climate-Smart Agriculture

Climate Smart Ag Concerns

30th September 2014

Cacao seedlings in the nursery - raised in biochar-enriched soil. Photo: Carbon Gold. The Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture made its high-profile launch at the New York Climate Summit. But for a huge coalition of civil society organizations, it's a 'greenwash' initiative designed to promote intensive profit-driven industrial agriculture at the expense of small farmers, environment, and the real solutions. more...

We must defend the Birds Directive against Malta's hunting lobby

Steve Micklewright, Birdlife Malta

2nd October 2014

Storks are a protected species under the EU's Birds Directive. But that affords them little protection against hunters in Malta, which lies on a key migration route across the Mediterranean. Photo: Tambako The Jaguar via Flickr. Shocking events have taken place in Malta as hunters - angered by a temporary closure of the bird-shooting season - attacked bird watchers, writes Steve Micklewright. But with a Maltese politician taking on the role of Environment Commissioner, the real battle lies ahead: the survival of the Birds Directive. more...

EU Parliament must reject Juncker's anti-environment Commission

Green10

29th September 2014

Amsterdam harbour: pollution like this costs lives and imposes health care costs of €900 bn per year across Europe. But is Juncker bothered? Photo: Erwyn van der Meer via Flickr. The proposed structure of Juncker's new European Commission sidelines sustainability issues and risks undoing years of environmental legislation. The European Parliament must now block his deregulatory assault on the EU’s climate, energy, biodiversity, pollution, chemicals and environmental health policies. more...

Malaysia: eco-activists combat judicial repression

Meena Raman

26th September 2014

The environmental movement in Malaysia remains strong, despite judicial repression, as this recent demonstration against Lynas and Bersih shows. Photo: cumi&ciki via Wikimedoa Commons. Government and corporations are resorting to the judicial repression of environmental activism in Malaysia, writes Meena Raman - deploying public order and defamation laws to suppress criticism and protest. Malaysia must value its peoples health and security above corporate profit. more...

Save the free beavers of England!

Alasdair Cameron / Friends of the Earth

25th September 2014

A beaver in Scotland, where they are being re-introduced. Photo: Paul Stevenson via Flickr.com. Deep in rural Devon, the word is that the Government intends to trap the wild-living beaver family on the River Otter next month, and consign them to captivity. But as Alasdair Cameron writes, this is not only unnecessary and unpopular, but probably illegal as well. more...

The UN saved the ozone layer - now it's the climate's turn

Nigel Paul

23rd September 2014

We did it for the ozone layer. Noe it's the climate's turn. Photo: ozone conditions over Antarctica, 7th September 2014. NASA. Thirty years after the UN took action to save the ozone layer, we can count the benefits - which only begin with 2 million fewer cases of skin cancer a year, writes Nigel Paul. With world leaders taking on the much greater climate challenge today, we should take cheer, and inspiration, from that historic success. more...

Putting people at the heart of climate-friendly buildings

John Alker

24th September 2014

Green and pleasant - GPT head office, Sydney. Photo: Woods Bagot. Energy efficiency in office buildings struggles to gain the attention of top management, writes John Alker - because energy is too cheap to really matter. But with 90% of operating costs spent on staff, show that green building design makes employees happier and more productive, and you're really onto something ... more...

Indigenous women versus men of power: the real dispute at the UN

Lisa VeneKlasen

24th September 2014

The challenge is to ensure that her voice, and those of millions of other indigenous people, does not get drowned out by economic and political power. A woman from the Ndebele tribe in Kwadlaulale Market, South Africa. Photo: United Nations Photo via Flic Both the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and the Climate Summit have taken place at the UN this week, writes Lisa VeneKlasen - each producing their lofty declarations. But what really matters is whose voices are being heard, and will be acted on, in a profound clash of worldviews. more...

'We won't be here forever' - Cambodian forest defender immortalised on film

Fran Lambrick

2nd October 2014

Chut Wutty under attack by military personnel in Cambodia after burning a store of illegal timber. Five months later, he was murdered by persons unknown at a logging camp in the Cardomom mountains. Photo: Fran Lambrick. Film maker Fran Lambrick was there to record Cambodian forest defender Chut Wutty's burning of a store of illegal logs. But she didn't expect to be filming an attempt on his life. Five months later, Chut was murdered in a remote logging camp. But his beliefs live on in an extraordinary film. more...

Britain's hospital ship to Gaza!

Veronica Vickery

23rd September 2014

The RFA Argus, a 100 bed hospital ship operated by the Royal Navy. Photo: ozz13x via Flickr. Thousands of wounded Gazans are awaiting medical treatment, writes Veronica Vickery, with many of Gaza's hospitals damaged or destroyed. Meanwhile a health crisis looms with the coming winter, amid a failing water and sewage system. One way the UK can help: send our hospital ship RFA Argus to provide essential medical aid. more...

Coca-Cola is not the solution to hunger in Africa

Miriam Ross

22nd September 2014

A small farmer keeps watch over his crops from a treetop south of Arba Minch, Ethiopia. But what will he do when multinational corporations, backed by the full force of law, enter the valley? Photo: David Stanley via Flickr. Coca-Cola is the latest company to join the agricultural 'scramble for Africa', writes Miriam Ross. Backed by £600 million of British aid under the guise of 'food security' and 'nutrition', a vast give-away of Africa's land is under way that will condemn small farmers to landlessness and poverty. more...

Blogs

'We won't be here forever' - Cambodian forest defender immortalised on film

Fran Lambrick

2nd October 2014

Chut Wutty under attack by military personnel in Cambodia after burning a store of illegal timber. Five months later, he was murdered by persons unknown at a logging camp in the Cardomom mountains. Photo: Fran Lambrick. Film maker Fran Lambrick was there to record Cambodian forest defender Chut Wutty's burning of a store of illegal logs. But she didn't expect to be filming an attempt on his life. Five months later, Chut was murdered in a remote logging camp. But his beliefs live on in an extraordinary film. more...

Farm waste and mushrooms challenge plastic, concrete, steel

Sophie Morlin-Yron

29th September 2014

This handsome tower was built from bricks made with farm and forestry waste bound together by fungal myceliae. Now, it's being composted. Photo: Sophie Morlin-Yron. Isn't it daft it is to use plastics that last for centuries to make short-life packaging? Now there's an alternative, writes Sophie Morlin-Yron - using fungi to bind farm and forestry waste into strong, non-toxic, complex forms. When the job is done, the material can be safely burnt or composted - and it even works for buildings ... more...

Comment

We must defend the Birds Directive against Malta's hunting lobby

Steve Micklewright, Birdlife Malta

2nd October 2014

Storks are a protected species under the EU's Birds Directive. But that affords them little protection against hunters in Malta, which lies on a key migration route across the Mediterranean. Photo: Tambako The Jaguar via Flickr. Shocking events have taken place in Malta as hunters - angered by a temporary closure of the bird-shooting season - attacked bird watchers, writes Steve Micklewright. But with a Maltese politician taking on the role of Environment Commissioner, the real battle lies ahead: the survival of the Birds Directive. more...

To save the world's wildlife, first we must love it

Hugh Warwick

1st October 2014

Loveable? Who could doubt it. But hedgehog number in the UK are down 37% in ten years. Photo: Last Human Gateway via Flickr. The number of wild vertebrate animals has more than halved over the last 40 years, writes Hugh Warwick - a truly catastrophic rate of decline. Yet the BBC did not consider it important enough to ask the Prime Minister about yesterday morning. Step one to saving our wonderful wildlife - rekindle our love for the natural world. more...

Letters

Letter: water use need not stall desert solar power

Dr Gerry Wolff

25th August, 2010

CSP trough-based system Yes, pioneering concentrating solar power plants are thirsty facilities, but their water use requirements could be made dramatically less more...

Letter - Time to get serious with the EU Emission Trading Scheme

27th May, 2010

Mark Chadwick

Carbon dioxide emissions Mark Chadwick from Carbon Clear argues a full auctioning of ETS permits is needed if the trading scheme is to start working more...

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