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Mixed messages: a warning sign at a fracking site in Pennsylvania. Photo: Ostroff Law / Wikimedia Commons.

Fracking boom depletes, pollutes US water supplies

Valerie Brown

20th June 2013

The US's 'dash to frack' for oil or gas, which has transformed the country's energy market, is seriously depleting and contaminating aquifers and surface water supplies, writes Valerie Brown. The choice facing America is plain - energy, or water? more...
Police Liaison Officers at work - easily recognised by their 'blue bibs'. Just remember what they are there for. Photo: Netpol.

Smiling spies: Police Liaison Officers exposed

The Ecologist

18th June 2014

An internal police document has confirmed what many have long suspected: the Police Liaison Officers 'facilitating' protests and demonstrations are not just there to make friends - they play a 'pivotal role' in intelligence gathering. more...
An endangered Fin whale landed at Miòsandur whaling station, Hvalfjördur, Iceland, in September 2010 © EIA.

First blood: Iceland resumes whale hunt, kills fin whale

The Ecologist

17th June 2014

Icelandic whalers made their first kill of the 2014 hunting season - an endangered fin whale, landed today. Campaigners have condemned the hunt, and are calling for a boycott of whaling companies' seafood exports. more...
The future is coming ... and for electric utilities, it'll hurt. Photo: Mike Lewinski via Flickr.

Barclays: solar power threatens US utilities

Tyler Hamilton

13th June 2014

As renewables grow in scale, and fall in price, the threat to electric utilities becomes ever more clear, writes Tyler Hamilton. The last thing they needed was Barclays downgrading their corporate bonds ... more...
I'll be back ... and next time, no more Mr Nice Guy! Photo: Hugh Warwick.

BP - beware the Viking 'flash-horde' coming your way!

Chris Garrard

11th June 2014

Visit the British Museum's hugely successful Vikings exhibition, and you can't miss the BP branding - a fair price for their sponsorship? No way, writes Chris Garrard, who will join a 'flash-horde' at the Museum next Sunday and give BP its last rites in a Viking longship. more...
Flame retardants are frequently found in mattresses and other soft furnishings, including those for use by children. Photo: © Copyright Aaron Moraes / Greh Fox via Flickr.

Flame retardants are the new lead - our children must be protected

Pat Thomas

13th June 2014

Flame retardant chemicals lower children's IQs, disrupt hormone function and cause a host of other health problems, writes Pat Thomas. Yet they are ubiquitous in homes and offices, even in bedding and accessories for babies and young children. more...
Police confront a peaceful demonstration against the Exmingua mine, owned by Canadian Radius Gold Corporation, in San José del Golfo, Guatemala. Photo: Briss Milián via Flickr.

To defend the environment, we must defend human rights

Friends of the Earth International

10th June 2014

The neoliberal model of 'development' is ravaging nature and pitting communities and eco-defenders against powerful corporations and colluding police and military forces. The violence must stop! more...
The Rivne nuclear complex in Ukraine - which has set an example to the rest of Europe by being required to undergo a full transboundary EIA before its operating licence can be extended. Photo: Дьяков Владимир Леонидович / Wikimedia

Europe's ageing nuclear reactors will have to undergo environmental assessments

Jan Haverkamp / Greenpeace

9th June 2014

A decision by parties to an obscure Convention has huge implications for Europe's ageing nuclear reactors, writes Jan Haverkamp. Licence extensions must follow EIAs which compare the potential impacts to those of alternatives - including wind, solar and other renewables. more...
The bloodied corpse of badger 200, whisked away before it could be retrieved by cullers and subjected to a post-mortem that showed it had been shot in the wrong place and suffered a slow and painful death.

A night in the life of a badger sett monitor - Chris Tasker's story

Lesley Docksey

5th June 2014

NFU running police control rooms. Violent 'bounty-hunting' badger shooters in the woods at dead of night, none too bothered about the finer points of law. Confused, ill-informed police bearing prejudice against 'protestors' ... It's all a recipe for a big mess, writes Lesley Docksey. more...
A buzzard in flight, photographed by Tambako The Jaguar. Via Flickr.com.

Buzzard 'control' licences must be refused

Martin Harper

2nd June 2014

An application has been made to kill ten buzzards to protect pheasant poults at a game shoot. With buzzards only slowly returning to the UK after decades of persecution, writes Martin Harper, this and all similar applications must be rejected. more...
The blockade of the Amazon Highway near the Belo Monte construction site. Photo: Xingu Vivo.

Brazil: Amazon Indians shot at Belo Monte dam site

Xingu Vivo / The Ecologist

30th May 2014

This week 20 Amazon Indians walked to the Belo Monte dam site to demand the company keep its promises to compensate indigenous communities. Police shot them with 'rubber bullets' and stun grenades, wounding four. Tensions are rising ... more...
The Organ Mountains of New Mexico, now designated a National Monument. Photo: Bob Wick / BLM California.

A new National Monument for New Mexico

Ted Zukosjy

31stth May 2014

The stunning landscape of the Organ Mountains in New Mexico is now permanently protected as a National Monument following a Presidential Proclamation, reports Ted Zukosjy of Earthjustice. more...

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Melting away: an aerial view of the margin of Greenland's threatened ice sheet. Photo: Hannes Grobe / Alfred Wegener Institute via Wikimedia Commons.

Greenland's glaciers 'more vulnerable' to rapid melting

Tim Radford

27th May 2014

Greenland's glaciers are more vulnerable to global warming than had previously been feared, reports Tim Radford, as ice bodies are undercut by seawater. The threat of rapidly rising sea levels just went up yet another notch. more...
This iceberg in the Amundsen Sea was once part of a glacier. Photo: NASA HQ PHOTO via Flickr.

Antarctica's ice collapse threatens metres of sea level rise within decades

Dady Cherry

26th May 2014

Scientists know that if Antarctica's ice sheets and glaciers collapse, sea levels could rise 5 metres. But the idea that it will take 200 years to happen is based on a linear model, writes Dady Cherry. In fact, the process is exponential - and could take place 'within decades'. more...
Tiger skin being processed at Xia Feng. Photo: © EIA.

China's lethal wildlife trade loophole

Vicky Lee

21st May 2014

A little-known licensing scheme allows over 100 Chinese companies to trade in wildlife products like tiger skins, ivory, bear bile and musk deer glands. Vicky Lee shows how the system provides cover for the lucrative illegal wildlife trade to reach wealthy buyers. more...
The drought-stricken Chowilla floodplain in South Australia, Changing wind patterns are bringing cold and snow to Antarctica, while Australia gets hotter and drier. Photo: Gary Sauer-Thompson via Flickr.

Strong winds keep Antarctica cold - while Australia bakes

Tim Radford

16th May 2014

Rising greenhouse gas levels are causing stronger winds over the Southern Ocean. It's good news for Antarctica, writes Tim Radford, as the circumpolar winds are keeping its ice caps cold. But Australia is getting hotter and drier - and its problems will only increase. more...
In Scotland's Hebridean Isles most 'fishing communities' have long since lost all their rights to fish, and are reduced to trapping shellfish for a living. Photo: Florian Seiffert via Flickr.

Selling the silver: the enclosure of the UK's fisheries

Emma Cardwell.

7th July 2014

Fishing quotas were meant to conserve stocks and support fishing communities, writes Emma Cardwell. But they have achieved the reverse - rewarding the most rapacious fishing enterprises and leaving small scale fisherfolk with nothing. more...
English Badger, British Wildlife Centre, Newchapel, Surrey. Photo: Peter Trimming via Flickr.com.

Badger culls - who is standing up for public safety?

Lesley Docksey

14th May 2014

Senior Gloucestershire police were questioned this week about the policing of the 2013 pilot cull, writes Lesley Docksey. But the Police Commissioner never asked about the most serious problems - police bias and ignorance of the law, and culler criminality. more...
Are oil company valuations as ephemeral as the smoke rising from this oil refinery? Photo: Horia Varlan via Flickr.

Oil companies' $1.1 trillion gamble

Paul Brown

16th May 2014

Financial experts warn investors that their money is being used by oil companies for high-risk projects, reports Paul Brown, on the assumption that oil prices will go on rising, with little or no regard for climate change. $1.1 trillion could be at risk. more...
Traces of submerged lands are visible today, if you know where to look. Richerman, CC BY-SA.

Melting glaciers have drowned lands before, and will again

Vince Gaffney

12th May 2014

The North Sea's 'Dogger Bank' was once dry land, inhabited by people and herds of Pleistocene megafauna, writes Vince Gaffney. The long-lost world of Doggerland shows how melting glaciers drowned land at the end of the last ice age. And surely not for the last time ... more...
Organic farming as it used to be ... sow with piglets at Sandy Lane Farm, Oxfordshire. Photo: Sandy Lane Farm.

Organic certification - inorganic bureaucracy

Julian Rose

17th May 2014

Organic certification used to be carried out by real farmers in wellies, who knew all the tricks and could spot dodgy practice on the land at 100 paces, writes Julian Rose. Today's certifiers arrive in patent leather shoes and get no further than the office - and this is meant to be an improvement? more...
Badger sniffing daisies. Photo: Sally Longstaff via Flickr.com.

Badger cull - police face public grilling from Commissioner

The Ecologist

9th May 2014

Days after our exposé of a policing disaster at England's 2013 badger culls, the Police Commissioner for Gloucestershire is to question the county's most senior police officers. The event will be video-streamed online. more...
The German researchers say they have found a so far unknown source of sea level rise in East Antarctica. Photo: euphro via Wikimedia Commons.

East Antarctic ice basin 'may be at risk'

Alex Kirby

8th May 2014

The East Antarctic ice sheet is thought by most scientists to be stable, reports Alex Kirby. But a German team says it has found how a large part of it could in time melt unstoppably, causing a long term 4 metre rise in global sea levels. more...
Unscrupulous cull contractors were adding badger roadkill to their bags. But it gets a lot worse than that.  Photo: Victoria Chan via Flickr.com.

Police, Guns, Action - how safe were the pilot badger culls?

Lesley Docksey

7th May 2014

In its report on last year's pilot badger culls, the Independent Expert Panel (IEP) judged that the culls failed the criteria for effectiveness and humaneness, but satisfied those for safety, writes Lesley Docksey. The facts say otherwise. more...
Fourth of July Iceberg, 2008, Twillingate, Newfoundland. Photo: Barbara Matilsky.

Vanishing ice through artists' eyes

Martin Spray

9th May 2014

This chronicle of over two centuries of melting Alpine and polar ice, seen through the works of contemporary artists, is at its best both powerful and provocative, writes Martin Spray. But he wonders - is art really such an effective force for environmental protection? more...

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