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Ed Hamer and horse, hard at work. Photo: Chagfood.

Horsepower - the future of farming?

Andrew Wasley

28th January 2014

A radical experiment in community supported agriculture is attempting to break farming's reliance on fossil fuels and unsustainable practices. Andrew Wasley met green farmer Ed Hamer for this exclusive extract from The Ecologist Guide To Food. more...
Nanti people on river bank. Photo: © Anonymous / Survival.

Peru: Amazon tribes sacrificed to gas project

Oliver Tickell

27th January 2014

Peru has approved the highly controversial expansion of the Camisea gas project onto the land of isolated Amazon tribes - who will be put at risk of a massive death toll or extinction from introduced diseases. more...
Alaska pipeline. Photo: toffehoff via Flickr.com.

Shell oil licences in Alaska 'unlawful'

Sophie Morlin-Yron

24th January 2014

A landmark court ruling has set back Shell's plans to drill for Arctic oil. It represents a great victory for indigenous peoples and environmental groups - and a serious setback for the oil giant's Arctic expansion. more...
Torched Senger home. Photo: Justin Kenrick.

Kenya: police begin Forest People evictions

The Ecologist

23rd January 2014

The Kenyan government has begun to forcibly evict tens of thousands of Sengwer indigenous people from their ancestral forest lands and burn their homes, food stores and belongings to the ground. The World Bank wrings its hands. more...
Chris O'Donnell after being attacked by police.

Manchester Police break anti-fracker's eye socket

The Ecologist

21st January 2014

Kris O'Donnell, a peaceful cameraman and Legal Observer at Barton Moss anti-frack camp, was attacked by Greater Manchester police yesterday. He is under arrest in hospital with a broken eye socket. more...
Skateboarders - banned at the stroke of bureaucrats pen. Photo: Norma Desmond via Flickr.com.

Public space - we must defend our freedoms!

Josie Appleton

21st January 2014

Laws handing sweeping new powers to police and private security to restrict access to Britain's public space will extinguish the diversity of civic life, writes Josie Appleton. Time for us to rediscover and defend our freedoms! more...
The price of food even in this market in Santo Tomás Chichicastenango, Guatemala, is manipulated by international speculation. Photo: ElCapitan via Flickr.com.

EU defies Britain to curb food speculation

Nick Dearden

17th January 2014

In the teeth of determined oppostion from the British government, the EU has agreed on new regulations to curb speculation on food prices, reports Nick Dearden. more...

Farming Freedom

Lorna Howarth

17th January 2014

A simple agricultural technique could release farmers from the grip of agrochemical corporations. With no patents, no royalties and no licensing fees, this system just benefits the farmers. more...
Cyclists dismount, and drivers get out and push. Photo: ned the head via Flickr.com

Metropolitan Police - stop persecuting cyclists!

Donnachadh McCarthy

15th January 2014

London's Metropolitan Police have responded to a spate of cycling deaths by ... persecuting cyclists for cycling on pavements in order to avoid 'death junctions'. Donnachadh McCarthy wrote this Open Letter ... more...
Chinese arrival at the Shokalskiy. From video by Intrepid Science.

Stuck in the Antarctic ice we set out to study

Erik van Sebille

13th January 2014.

Antarctica is a desolate place. That much we know, but nothing prepares you for it until you actually get there, writes Erik can Sebille, recently escaped from an icy imprisonment. more...

Hitachi-GE nuclear reactor design assessment begins

The Ecologist

6th January 2014

The Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency have begun assessing Hitachi-GE's boiling water nuclear reactor design. more...
They do it with mirrors - the Tardis. Photo: Timothy Wells via Flickr.com.

Re-nationalise our railways!

Rupert Read

3rd January 2014

The Green Party was demonstrating yesterday against above-inflation price-hikes imposed by fat-cat rail companies. Green transport spokesman Rupert Read joined the demos ... and somehow ended his day in the Tardis. more...

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Pungesti - villagers 'living in terror' of police violence

Oliver Tickell

28th December 2013

Romania - A leading human rights group has charged the Government with serious violations of the human rights of inhabitants of Pungesti following protests against pre-fracking gas exploration by Chevron. more...
Nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, Somerset. Photo: rrx_blade via Flickr.com.Nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, Somerset. Photo: rrx_blade via Flickr.com.

Hinkley C: the Generic Design Assessment has failed

Emma Bateman

26th December 2013

The safety assessment for the Hinkley C reactor design has failed, reports Emma Bateman. Faced with 724 unresolved concerns about the EPR design, the UK regulator went ahead and issued the licence anyway. more...
The Banaue rice terraces in the Philippines have been declared free of all genetically modified orgaisms (GMOs). Photo: Agricmarketing at en.wikipedia.org.

Golden Rice ignores the risks, the people and the real solutions

Daniel Ocampo

28th December 2013

'Golden Rice' is being promoted by GM advocates as a solution to malnutrition. But Daniel Ocampo says it is for the 'target populations' in the Philippines and elsewhere to decide whether to accept the technology - and they don't want it! 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...
The Baker Shot of Operation Crossroads, Bikini Atoll 25 July 1946. Wikimedia Commons.

Atom bomb veterans deserve justice!

Neil Kinnock

19th December 2013

Britain sent 22,000 soldiers to witness a total of 21 nuclear bomb tests in the Pacific between 1952 and 1958. Since then they and their descendants have suffered from severe health problems. Neil Kinnock believes the nuclear veterans deserve recognition and justice. more...
Explosion cloud from the Operation Hurricane atomic bomb test, 3 October 1952.

Cancer, nuclear bombs and dirty tricks

Chris Busby

19th December 2013

Following a campaign of dirty tricks a decisive case in Britain's nuclear test veterans fight for justice will reach the High Court in June 2014, writes Chris Busby. The case will also put on trial the dominant risk model for radiation and human health. more...
Villagers clash with riot police at Pungesti. Image: RT.com

Pungesti, Romania: people versus Chevron and riot police

Alex Summerchild in Pungesti

12th December 2013

Pungesti is at the terrifying front line of Romania's resource war - where villagers are fighting off rapacious corporations and their private army of violent riot police, backed by corrupt politicians. Alex Summerchild reports ... more...
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...
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...

UK pensions fuelling hunger

The Ecologist

3rd December 2013

UK pension funds are betting an estimated £1.5 billion on global food prices - £180 per average UK pension saver - according to a report released today by the World Development Movement. And the speculation is increasing food costs for the world's poorest people ... more...
Fashion can be forest friendly. Image: Canopy Style.

Forest-friendly fashion

Nicole Rycroft

3rd December 2013

Could your fashion style be destroying forests and driving orang-utans towards extinction? Nicole Rycroft shows how cellulose fibres used in textiles are a major cause of biodiversity loss worldwide. But your choices can make all the difference ... more...

China accused of stealth land grab over Mozambique's great rice project

Cecilia Anesi and Andrea Fama in co-publication with China Files

30th November 2013

China led the reclamation of the largest abandoned rice farm in Mozambique, with the blessing of the authorities. But now the company involved is accused of land grabbing and displacing thousands. Cecilia Anesi and Andrea Fama report
more...
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...

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