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Former EPA Administrator Michael Leavitt speaks at an ALEC event sponsored by ExxonMobil, among other dirty energy interests and Fortune 500 companies. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

ALEC - civil society fights back

Ben Whitford

28th December 2013

Few groups have done more to further the US conservative agenda - and harm progressive causes - than the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. But as Ben Whitford reports, civil society is fighting back. more...

Arctic melting disrupts 'temperate' climates

Tim Radford

22nd December 2013

As Britain prepares for a tempestuous Christmas, Tim Radford reports that weather extremes in temperate countries may be the consequence of the melting of Arctic snow and ice. more...
Let's get this party started! Time for your 2014 resolution to go 100% renewable ...

A resolution for 2014 - go 100% renewable!

Kelly Rigg

27th December 2013

Deep down inside, do the people of the world want what's best for them, asks Kelly Rigg. Or what's best for everyone? more...
A commercial solar installation under way in the south of England. Photo: Adrian Arbib / Renewable energy Cooperative - r-eco.coop.

2014 - the UK's year of the sun?

Alex Stevenson & Oliver Tickell

20th December 2013

Cuts to feed-in tariffs and hostility to large-scale farms have undermined the UK's solar energy sector. But changes are under way in the heart of government. Could 2014 be the UK's 'year of the sun'? more...

EBRD - eyes wide shut to coal sector corruption

The Ecologist

17th December 2013

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has been financing coal mining companies implicated in criminal corruption allegations - according to a Bankwatch analysis. more...
Doña Pascuala’s houses and yard, Lancaya. Photo: Sian Cowman.

Bolivia: harshening climate meets traditional knowledge

Sian Cowman

30th December 2013

High altitude regions near the equator are highly vulnerable to climate change - as are marginalised communities. Sian Cowman reports on how resilience strategies - old and new - are helping one Andean community to survive a changing climate. more...
Time for radical changes in our pensions! Photo: Olha Afanasieva / Shutterstock.

Our pensions can change the world

Rebecca O'Connor

11th January 2014

The UK's pension funds are worth a colossal £3 trillion - yet few have any idea what 'their' pension money is doing. As Rebecca O'Connor reports, activist pension holders can now shift their funds towards green, ethical investments ... more...
The Earth's atmosphere photographed by the Atlantis crew, 8th February 2008. NASA.

Climate Action? Warsaw 2013 to Paris 2015

Assaad W. Razzouk

21st December 2014

The Warsaw 'COP-19' climate negotiations were a widely acknowledged failure. But Assaad Razzouk sees a small silver lining among the dark clouds. There is a real prospect of effective action on climate in the run up to COP20 in Paris, 2015. more...
15 residential areas of Gaza have been flooded by up to 2 metres of sewage contaminated floodwater.

Gaza wrecked by storm, floods, acute cold, sewage overflows and power cuts

Oliver Tickell

16th December 2013

The UN has described the Gaza Strip as a 'disaster area' following the onslaught of Storm Alexa and called on the international community to lift the blockade and allow recovery efforts to proceed. more...
Solar panels like these in Oxford could provide much of the UK's electricity. Photo: Adrian Arbib - www.arbib.org / r-eco.co.uk .

Sustainable energy for all

David Eliott

16th December 2013

Can we really produce all our electricity from renewable sources? Yes, says David Elliott - and at lower cost than by using fossil fuels and nuclear power. But powerful forces are opposed to change ... more...

Romania rejects Rosia Montana gold mine

The Ecologist

12th December 2013

Romania's parliament has voted down changes to mining laws that would have allowed Europe's biggest open cast pit gold mine to go ahead at Rosia Montana in the Carpathian mountains. more...
Image: Lightspring / Shutterstock.com.

Alzheimer's - the answers lie in diet and lifestyle

Oliver Tickell

13th December 2013

Alzheimer's disease is on the rise. Some 44 million people worldwide are estimated to have the disease today, at a cost of over $600 billion. By 2050 the number is expected to treble. But could diet and lifestyle changes reduce its incidence? more...

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Charles Windsor observes the consequences of eating GM foodstuffs. Photo: princeofwales.gov.uk

We must put a price on Nature

Charles Windsor

12th December 2013

If the world is to feed a growing population against a backdrop of climate change and biodiversity loss, argues Charles Windsor, we must put a cost on the damage we are causing to soils, water, climate and ecosystems. more...
The flood that would have hit London last week - without the Thames Barrier. Photo: the Environment Agency.

London flood surge 'worst in 60 years'

Oliver Tickell

9th December 2013

Revealed: the devastating flood London nearly suffered last week. more...

Green Climate Fund opens in Korea

The Ecologist

7th December 2013

The Green Climate Fund (GCF), which aims to finance the world's transition to a low carbon economy, has opened its headquarters in Songdo, Korea. more...
Offshore wind on the rocks? Photo: Chris Lishman / Shutterstock.com.

Offshore wind is too expensive!

Jim Platts

7th December 2013

Prices paid in the UK to solar and wind generators will change to favour offshore wind at the expense of the others. Jim Platt warns that the policy is doomed to failure - offshore wind is just too expensive, and likely to remain so. more...
Winston Churchill. Photo: Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons.

Climate change is about survival - not economics

Tom Burke

11 December 2013

Climate change is an existential threat to humans and our civilisation. A rapid transition to a renewable energy system must take place if we are to survive, argues Tom Burke - never mind the economics. more...
Beautiful but threatened by rising seas: Betio island, Kiribati. Photo: Shevelev Alexey / Shutterstock.

Kiribati and the impending climate refugee crisis

Sandi Keane / Independent Australia

3rd December 2013

The New Zealand courts have refused to grant asylum to a 'climate refugee' from the Pacific island of Kiribati. But as Sandi Keane reports, the underlying problem is set to increase to a stupendous scale. more...

Europe must prepare for extreme weather events

The Ecologist

2nd December 2013

Europe has to plan for future extreme weather incidents, according to a new report by EASAC. Heat waves, floods and storms do not respect national frontiers, so as climate change gathers place, there is an urgent need for action at both national and EU levels. more...
Bee on flower. Photo: dslaven / Shutterstock.com.

Neonicotinoid ban won't fix all bees' problems

Dave Goulson

30th November 2013

A temporary ban on neonicotinoid insecticides comes into effect across the EU this weekend. Dave Goulson argues that far deeper, structural changes are needed to create a countryside fit for bees and other wildlife. more...
Rowan Williams speaking at St Pauls.

How to change the world?

Sharon Garfinkel

28th November 2013

An inspirational series of talks has taken place this autumn at St Pauls Cathedral in London. Sharon Garfinkel will be back for more when the next series begins in 2014. more...
Gagged protester at COP19 in Warsaw. Photo: Langelle / GJEP-GFC.

Never again - end fossil fuel influence in UN climate talks!

The undersigned organisations

25th November 2013

Every COP has been subject to the influence of polluting corporations - but none so completely as COP19 in Warsaw. Now 70 organisations are demanding new rules to protect future climate talks from the influence of the fossil fuel industry.
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Ships at Svalbard. Photo: Christopher Ware.

Arctic at risk from invasive species

Christopher Ware

25th November 2013

As the Arctic ice melts, new shipping routes are opening up for tourism, mining and other commercial purposes, cutting journey times and fuel costs. And as Christopher Ware reports, a new danger arises - invasive alien species disrupting fragile Arctic ecosystems ... more...
UNFCCC COP19, Warsaw. Photo: pusheurope.org/ .

COP19 - All countries accept emissions targets

Paul Brown in Warsaw

23rd November 2013

Paul Brown, co-editor of the Climate News Network, makes his final despatch from Warsaw on the unscheduled last day of the climate talks. Compromises on all sides have kept hopes alive - just! more...

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