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Where next for the Greens?

Bibi van der Zee

28th May, 2012

Caroline Lucas After some of the biggest breakthroughs in their history, the Green Party now faces a leadership election so what happens now? Are the Greens ready to take the next big leap forward, asks Bibi van der Zee more...

Pillage theory: a blueprint for prosecuting corporations trading in conflict resources

Matilda Lee

20th April, 2012

Pillage theory Timber, diamonds, gold and oil have long been recognised as drivers of war. But companies involved in trading commodities from conflict zones are seldom prosecuted. Isn't it time they were held to account? Matilda Lee reports more...

Mayan people battle oil giants as Belize's rainforests threatened

Robin Llewellyn

10th February, 2012

oil in Belize Forest communities are fighting increasing incursions onto their land by US oil companies. Now the Belizean government is seeking to reverse a court ruling preventing them allowing oil exploration, logging or mining. Robin Llewellyn reports from Belize
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Could politicians be charged with 'ecocide' if they approve tar sands pipeline?

Rosie Spinks

29th November, 2011

Dumper truck on tar sands road A law of ecocide could potentially see politicians who approve environmentally-damaging projects, like the tar sands pipeline between the US and Canada, face a court trial more...

UK charity dogged by 'monocultures and rights violations' claims

Ecologist

7th October, 2011

Sunlight through the trees The Jewish National Fund UK has always denied a swirl of claims over its history and activities in the Middle East, including allegations of land grabbing Palestinian villages. But campaigners want the organisation stripped of its charitable status more...

Activists challenge 'corrupt' government in the battle for Sarawak's rainforests

Alex Joseph

10th August, 2011

Sarawak forests Land seizures, rampant logging and oil palm expansion have decimated Sarawak's forests. But now an invigorated reform movement is fighting back - accusing the government and its chief minister Abdul Taib Mahmud of duplicity. Alex Joseph reports more...

Activism special Where next for eco-activism in the UK?

Bibi van der Zee

6th July, 2011

Climate change protest 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...

Egypt faces 'environmental crisis' following ousting of Mubarak

Joseph Mayton

19th May, 2011

Egyptian flag The political future of the Arab world's largest country could look brighter following the recent uprising in Tahrir Square and beyond. But the country faces an ecological catastrophe - much of it tourism related - reports Joseph Mayton from Cairo more...

Siberian tigers under threat as 'timber mafia' devastate Russian forests

Sebastian Strangio

11th May, 2011

Illegal logging in Russia Criminal gangs are increasingly smuggling Russian timber into China for manufacture into baby cribs, picture frames and toilet seats sold in the west. Those trying to thwart them face violence and corruption. Sebastian Strangio reports from Vladivostok more...

Revealed: paper giant 'linked to Indonesian forest trashing' targeted activists

Mandy Haggith

30th March, 2011

Sumatran forest A little-reported legal battle in Italy between paper company Pigna and eco-activists from Terra! is leading to fears that it may open the way for big companies to muzzle legitimate environmental protests. Mandy Haggith reports
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Can British activists solve Middle Eastern water conflicts using permaculture?

William Parry

25th January, 2011

An unreported war over natural resources in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories has led students from Bangor University to set up a radical eco-movement, Bustan al Qaraaqa, to address the issue. William Parry reports from Bethlehem more...

Sustainable stock exchanges: a new choice for investors

Chris Milton

28th December, 2010

Stockmarket Can the cut-throat, speculative world of the stock market be used to hold businesses to account for environmental damage and human rights abuses? Chris Milton investigates for the Ecologist more...

Green Investment Bank faces critical test over funding shortfall

Mark Jansen

8th December, 2010

stacks of pound coins on a stock chart George Osborne pledged £1billion to a green bank that could help Britain reduce carbon emissions. But with low carbon technologies unproven, banks, institutions and energy companies are wary, meaning the venture may not attract the capital to make it viable more...

How pirate fishing fuels human exodus from Africa to Europe

Dawn Starin

19th October, 2010

Illegal fishing to feed European demand for seafood is devastating coastal communities in The Gambia and across West Africa - forcing many people to leave their homeland and make a perilous and sometimes deadly voyage to Europe more...

Special report: Horrific bush-meat trade stalks Guinea-Bissau

Dawn Starin

29th September 2010

bush meat In a remarkable and harrowing dispatch from Guinea-Bissau, Dawn Starin reports how logging, mining and agriculture are opening up the country's once intact forests to the ravages of the growing bush-meat trade, threatening some of the country's most enigmatic monkey species more...

Will high petrol prices help the environment?

Mark Jansen

12th July, 2010

a rising price line behind oil barrels High petrol prices mean less demand and less pollution, right? Not necessarily, finds Mark Jansen. Our relationship with our cars is far more complex... more...

Copenhagen failed. So should we tax carbon at the border?

Dan Box

8th February, 2010

US flag 'made in China' The lack of agreement at Copenhagen has left some thinking that the only way to protect national economies is to tax imports from nations who don't pay a carbon price... more...

Farmers' markets, coops and repair shops will seed the new economy

Tim Jackson

26th January, 2010

Buying veg at a farmers' market It's called the 'Cinderella economy'. You know it as the local, sustainable businesses that don't make the GDP figures soar, but do provide jobs and glue communities together... more...

Selling Indonesia's coast for cheap prawns and profit

Jim Wickens

24th November 2009

In an exclusive investigation, the Ecologist Film Unit reveals the impact of Indonesia's plans to privatise its entire 90,000 km coastline more...

Conned for her copper: Zambia pays the price for aid

Khadija Sharife

29th September, 2009

Copper mine workers at NFC Africa Mining shaft in Chimbishi 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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