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A massive open pit coal mine in the US's Powder River Basin. Photo: Greenpeace.

Huge US coal leasing program releasing tens of Gigatonnes of carbon

The Ecologist

29th July 2014

A massive expansion of coal leasing by the US's Bureau of Land Management will release tens of billions of tonnes of carbon to the atmosphere, a new Greenpeace report reveals - completely at odds with President Obama's stated climate objectives. more...
Antique furniture like this Ming era Ta couch in the Shanghai Museum has inspired thousands of 'hongmu' copies among China's rich - and the demand is devouring forests across Southeast Asia. Photo: Gisling via Wikimedia Commons.

The rosewood massacre - China must act

Zuzana Burivalova

23rd July 2014

Surging Chinese demand for rosewood used in 'hongmu' furniture is ruining forests across southern Asia, writes Zuzana Burivalova. As demand surges, China must impose stricter regulations and harsher punishments or the forests may never recover. more...
Syncrude refinery, Alberta. Photo from the 2014 Tar Sands Healing Walk (www.healingwalk.org) by Rainforest Action Network.

Ignore tar sands emissions! EU buckles under US, Canada pressure in TTIP talks

Derek Leahy

23rd July 2014

The EU's Fuel Quality Directive is set to be the first casualty of the TTIP trade talks, writes Derek Leahy. Canada and the US have threatened to pull out unless the EU ignores the massive emissions of oil from tar sands - and the EU is collapsing under the pressure. more...
As a boy, the author pulls a big's tail on the family farm - around the time that Parliament, in 1953, allowed farmers to add antibiotics to animal feed.

Antibiotics saved me - now help me save them

Richard Young / Sustainable Food Trust

24th July 2014

As a youngster on a small farm, antibiotics saved Richard Young's life after a scratch on barbed wire led to septicemia. Now, he's campaigning to stop the routine, mass use of antibiotics on intensive farms, so that they can carry on saving human lives for many years to come ... more...
Israeli tanks massing on the Gaza border ... but do the soldiers know what they're really fighting for? Photo: Amir Farshad Ebrahimi via Flickr.

Gaza: Israel's $4 billion gas grab

Nafeez Ahmed

18th July 2014

Never mind the 'war on terror' rhetoric, writes Nafeez Ahmed. The purpose of Israel's escalating assault on Gaza is to control the Territory's 1.4 trillion cubic feet of gas - and so keep Palestine poor and weak, gain massive export revenues, and avert its own domestic energy crisis. more...
Zac Goldsmith opens the new milking parlour at Pierrepont Farm in Frensham, Surrey.

Antibiotics: British lives must come before factory farm profits

Zac Goldsmith

24th July 2014

The UK's massive use of antibiotics on farms is breeding lethal drug resistance into bacteria, writes Zac Goldsmith. Although we use five times more antibiotics per animal than Scandinavian countries, Cameron is mysteriously reluctant to clamp down on abuses. more...
The Bakun dam under construction. Photo: pHotosHo0x via Flickr.

Borneo mega-dams threaten indigenous 'ethnocide'

Amanda Stephenson

30th June 2014

Massive dams in Sarawak, Malaysia, threaten to flood over 2,000 square kilometers of the world's oldest rainforests, displace 10,000s of indigenous people, and aggravate climate change, writes Amanda Stephenson - all to generate electricity that no one wants. more...
The Belo Monte dam construction site. Photo: Programa de Aceleração do Crescimento via Flickr.

Brazilians have far more to protest about than the World Cup

Steffen Böhm & Rafael Kruter Flores

20th June 2014

It may all be over for England, but for Brazil, the battle is only just beginning. Anger over the vast cost of the World Cup - well over $10 billion - and its huge social impacts, is spilling over into a wider fury at massive mega-projects than enrich elites, trash the environment, and leave the poor poorer. more...
'How many more can we take?' screams a Daily Mail headline. Photo: Gideon via Flickr.

Love immigrants, hate immigration

Rupert Read

19th June 2014

The quest for never-ending economic growth demands high levels of immigration, writes Rupert Read - as do the demands of capital for pools of educated, needy, obeisant, low waged workers. Can we love individual immigrants, but hate mass immigration? more...
Just outside the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales (pictured), on common land high above Ebbw Vale, developers want to build a 3.5 mile motor racing complex. Photo: Ross Merritt via Flickr.

The upland commons of South Wales are no place for a motor sports complex

Kate Ashbrook

14th June 2014

Developers are determined to build a massive motor sports complex on common land above the South Wales valleys, on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, writes Kate Ashbrook. But although they have planning permission, they can still be defeated ... more...
'Operation Arctic Shadow' - tar sands refining at Fort McMurray, Alberta. Photo: kris krüg / DeSmogBlog via Flickr.

Climate change as a weapon of mass destruction

Tom Engelhardt

1st June 2014

When we speak of WMD, we usually think of weapons - nuclear, biological, or chemical - that are delivered in a moment, writes Tom Engelhardt. But what of climate change: a WMD on a long fuse, already lit and smoking ... more...
Bangkok Floods 2011 - Pakkred and beyond. Photo: Philip Roeland via Flickr.

UKIP's climate idiocy - and future mass migration

James Dyke

27th May 2014

UKIP's election success is a victory for the climate change 'skeptics', writes James Dyke. But head-in-the-sand climate politics will only provoke more mass migration to northern countries in the future - as coastal cities flood, and tropical temperatures rise. more...

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Can we talk about climate change now? Flooded Oxford residents take to the streets. Among their problems, sewage contamination of flood waters and non-flushing toilets. Photo: Adam Ramsay.

UK winter floods - more to come with hotter oceans

Simon Redfern

4th May 2014

A massive citizen-powered climate simulation conclusively links the UK's winter floods to global warming, writes Simon Redfern. Over 33,000 climate models running in 'screen saver' mode show a powerful connection between hotter oceans and UK rainfall. more...
Used clothes from wealthy countries on sale at Nanyuki Market, Kenya. Photo: Konrad Glogowski via Flickr.

Anti-consumerism is not enough

Oliver Williams

25th May 2014

Our economies and our jobs depend on mass consumption, argues Oliver Williams. If we all consume less to save the planet, the economy will tank and millions will lose their jobs. The answer is not frugality, but reductions in population. more...
Angels of nuclear death. Image: Abode of Chaos via Flickr.com.

Chernobyl - how many died?

Jim Green - Nuclear Monitor

26th April 2014

It was 28 years ago today that Reactor 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine ruptured and ignited, sending a massive plume of radiation across Europe. Jim Green assesses the scientific evidence for how many people died as a result of the catastrophe. more...
Women from the Dassanech Tribe fetching water from the Omo River, 2011. Photo: Rod Waddington via Flickr.com.

20 years after Rwanda - Ethiopia's 'slow genocide' in the Omo Valley

Human Rights Watch

7th April 2014

A 'slow genocide' is unfolding in Ethiopia - one driven by greed rather than hatred. With Chinese and World Bank finance, massive dams and plantations are robbing the Omo Valley's 500,000 indigenous people of their land and water. The UK 'sees no evil'. more...
Invitation to the Biomess Awards 2014. Image by BioFuelWatch.

Fighting the Big Biomass Baddies

Sophie Bastable

7th April 2014

It's your chance to choose who's the worst of the six Big Biomass Baddies - the companies making a killing from burning forests in power stations. And please join us at the 'Biomess' Awards ceremony on Weds 9th April in London. more...
Watchkeeper UAV first flight in UK at MoD Aberporth. 14th April 2010. Photo: Think Defence via Flickr.com.

West Wales - the hills are abuzz with the sound of drones

Paul Mobbs

25th March 2013

In rural West Wales, with no public consultation, the Ministry of Defence and QinetiQ are about to launch a new era in drone technology and experimentation. Paul Mobbs reports on Wales's role in a legally dubious future of mass surveillance and remote killing. more...
Farmer Fadel Jaber is arrested for 'stealing water' in  the Palestinian village of Sussia, on South Mt. Hebron.  Israel has constructed water pipes in the area, but they only serve the army and the settlers. The Palestinians are forced to drive to the clo

Water apartheid in Palestine - a crime against humanity?

Ayman Rabi

22nd March 2014

Systematic, acute, malicious discrimination in access to water in the West Bank and Gaza, combined with massive resource theft, is operated by the occupation authorities and the private water company Mekorot, writes Ayman Rabi on UN World Water Day. more...
Lakota members marched during the annual Liberation Day commemoration of the Wounded Knee massacre. Photo: Deep Roots United Front / Victor Puertas.

Dead or in prison before we allow the KXL pipeline

Camila Ibanez

17th March 2014

The Oglala Lakota people are victims of poverty, government violence, land theft and alcohol, writes Camila Ibanez. Yet 114 years after the massacre at Wounded Knee, they are still there, and still fighting. Now the battle is over the Keystone XL pipeline ... more...
Aleqa Hammond. Photo: Government of Greenland.

Sailing full steam into treacherous waters

The Ecologist

17th March 2014

Greenland's first female prime minister is on a modernising drive to prosperity and independence, But will the combination of melting glaciers, oil, mining projects and mass immigration bring wealth or destruction? more...
A regular Sunday shopping in Chennai, India. Photo: McKay Savage via Flickr.com.

Gandhi's nightmare has come true

Subhankar Banerjee

18th March 2014

The era of mass consumption has reached India, bringing about a frenzy of over-consumption, pollution and ecological havoc. But so long as there's money to be made, asks Subhankar Banerjee, why worry about climate change? more...
On its way to Drax? A loader picking up trees from a clearcut for Enviva near the Ahoskie mill, North Carolina. Photo: Dogwood Alliance.

Biofuel and biomass 'sustainability standards' are pure greenwash

Almuth Ernsting

10th March 2014

Who and what are biofuel sustainability standards designed to benefit? They are meant to safeguard forests and communities, writes Almuth Ernsting - but their real purpose is to protect the biofuel industry ... more...
Water permit hearing poster for uranium mining in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Photo: via White Plume.

Protect our sacred water!

Ben Whitford

3rd March 2014

The curse of Uranium has fallen once again on the Black Hills of South Dakota, ancestral home to the Lakota Indians - now fighting a massive mining project that threatens land, rivers and groundwater. But this time, writes Ben Whitford, the Lakota are not alone ... more...
AGM-114 Hellfire Anti-Tank missiles and Hydra 70mm rockets. Photo: LH_Wong via Flickr.com.

Iraq: 935 lies, a tyrant and weapons of mass destruction

Felicity Arbuthnot

28th February 2014

The suffering is far from over in Iraq, reports Felicity Arbuthnot. It's new dictator is being supported by massive shipments of horrific weapons, while the country remains poor and devastated country, and a covert US re-invasion is under way ... more...

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