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The ecology of war: imperial power, permanent conflict and disposable humans

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 21:40
The real nature of war and its impacts on people and environment can only be understood through its ecology, surgeon Gus Abu-Sitta tells Andre Vltchek: the causes of conflict, the dynamics that sustain it, the corporate and strategic interests bent on its perpetuation, the deliberate destruction of health provision, and the repeating cycles of infection, injury, poverty and human misery which have become a permanent reality for uncounted millions.
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A climate insurgency: building a Trump-free, fossil-free future

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 18:51
After 99 days of Donald Trump's presidency, his only achievement is to pursue his anti-climate, anti-environment agenda with a cruel passion that is already alienating a clear majority of Americans, writes Jeremy Brecher. The Peoples Climate March tomorrow will signal the strength of the fightback. And while there will be no overnight victory, a national, indeed a global movement is forming to resist Trump and bring the age of fossil fuels to its long overdue end.
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Conservatives' hard right Brexit plans: UK's great leap backwards to 'dirty man of Europe'

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 21:27
It's barely mentioned in the election campaign or reported in the media. But a powerful faction of Tory ministers, ex-ministers and backbench MPs are bent on using Brexit to ignite a massive bonfire of 'spirit-crushing' laws on wildlife protection, air and water pollution, pesticides, renewable energy and public health, writes Brendan Montague. At risk are not just EU directives and regulations but even the UK's own Climate Change Act. May's Brexit may not just be hard, but very, very dirty.
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As government delays pollution plan, study shows how killer nanoparticles cause heart disease

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 18:00
A new study explains for the first time how nanoparticles like those in diesel exhaust fumes cause heart disease by lodging in inflamed blood vessels, writes Oliver Tickell. The study, published as the UK government is ordered before the High Court to justify its refusal to publish plans to tackle illegal air pollution which afflicts 38 million people, also raises wider fears about 'engineered nanoparticles' in the environment.
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As government delays pollution plan, study shows how toxic nanoparticles 'cause heart disease'

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 18:00
A new study explains for the first time how nanoparticles like those in diesel exhaust fumes cause heart disease and premature death by settling in inflamed blood vessels, writes Oliver Tickell. The study, published as the UK government is ordered before the High Court to justify its refusal to publish plans to tackle illegal air pollution which now afflicts 38 million people, also raises wider fears about 'engineered nanoparticles' in the environment.
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Brazil: Government to abandon tribes to 'genocide' by loggers and ranchers

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 17:08
Brazil's extreme right wing government is preparing to open up the rainforest territories of dozens of uncontacted indigenous tribes to 'free for all' development by defunding the protection they currently receive, according to information received by Survival International, which warns: 'The reality is these cuts could sanction genocide.'
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To conserve tropical forests and wildlife, protect the rights of people who rely on them

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 22:45
Who are the best guardians of forests and other wild places? Governments? Conservation NGOs? Corporations? No, writes Prakash Kashwan, it's the indigenous peoples who have lived in harmony with their environment for millennia. But to be able do so, they must first be accorded rights to their historic lands and resources, both in law and in practice. Among the countries leading the way, Mexico. Among the laggards, Kenya and India.
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Community repair: a pop-up alternative to the throwaway society

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 22:29
The ability to repair malfunctioning machinery from toasters and computers to bicycles and lawnmowers is essential to avoid all the waste, expense and pollution of dumping consumer goods prematurely, write Christine Cole & Alex Gnanapragasam. Many of us how no idea how to even begin doing that, but a new 'repair revolution' is sweeping the UK and other countries, with free-to-attend pop-up parties where you can learn the skills and fix your broken stuff.
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Worthless mining waste could suck CO2 out of the atmosphere and reverse emissions

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 20:52
The world must drastically reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, writes Simon Redfern - and we can't do it by cutting emissions alone. But we could we do it 'nature's way', using volcanic rocks and mining wastes that naturally soak up CO2 from the atmosphere and ocean, and turn it into harmless forms like limestone and dissolved bicarbonate.
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Fracking kills newborn babies - polluted water likely cause

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 17:37
A new study in Pennsylvania, USA shows that fracking is strongly related to increased mortality in young babies. The effect is most pronounced in counties with many drinking water wells indicating that contamination by 'produced water' from fracking is a likely cause. Radioactive pollution with uranium, thorium and radium is a 'plausible explanation' for the excess deaths.
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Tribunal judges: Monsanto isn't feeding the world - it's undermining food security

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 20:25
Five international judges say Monsanto's activities have negatively affected individuals, communities and biodiversity, writes Claire Robinson. The Monsanto Tribunal's damning ruling denounces the company's harmful impacts on food sovereignty, agricultural production, access to nutrition, the natural environment, seed diversity, climate change, pollution and traditional cultural practices.
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Tribunal judges: Monsanto isn't feeding the world, it's damaging food security

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 20:25
Five international judges say Monsanto's activities have negatively affected individuals, communities and biodiversity, writes Claire Robinson, following the damning ruling by the Monsanto Tribunal of the harmful impacts of the company's activities and business model on food sovereignty, agricultural production, access to nutrition, the natural environment, seed diversity, climate change, pollution and traditional cultural practices.
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Ecologist Special Report: From fish to forests and conflicts to coffee...how humans are affected by climate-driven species shifts

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 20:10
Climate change has species on the move, with major consequences for biodiversity and human communities write TERO MUSTONEN and HANNIBAL RHOADES. Building resilience has never been more important and Indigenous Peoples are showing the way
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Up in smoke: the fight to block Gloucestershire's unwanted incinerator

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 17:41
Activists in Gloucestershire are battling to block the construction of a massive incinerator that they see as a blight on the landscape, costly, polluting, wasteful and undermining recycling, writes Dan Hinge. Now the fight, backed by superstar actor Jeremy Irons, just entered a new phase after a tribunal forced the County Council to reveal essential details of the contract it had signed.
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Special Investigation: How bullying and intimidation in abattoirs threatens food safety checks

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 16:54
A Unison survey of UK meat hygiene inspectors found that, last year, 51% of respondents had been the victim of bullying and harassment. One inspector said the situation was so bad he had considered suicide. Campaigning reporter, ANDREW WASLEY investigates
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Lies, damned lies and twisted statistics - fake science set to kill 100,000 English badgers

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 17:22
The government / NFU badger culling policy is based on a single study, the Randomised Badger Culling Trials (RBCT), which found that area-wide badger killing reduced TB 'breakdowns' in cattle herds. But a robust reanalysis of the RBCT data reveals that culling is entirely ineffective, writes Tom Langton. The only scientifically valid conclusion is that culling badgers has no effect on TB in cattle. Defra and Natural England must think again!
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We can do it! 'Mission 2020' bid to get emissions falling in three years

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 16:53
Never mind the climate idiocy that has gripped the USA! Global emissions are already flatlining, writes Joe Ware, and a new initiative just launched in London aims to start pulling them down by 2020. Sure it's ambitious, but it's possible - because the future is unlike the past, and it's already happening, right now. Are you up for the challenge?
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Permafrost thaw threatens flood of carbon, methane emissions

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 20:57
Permafrost is much more sensitive to warmer temperatures than previously known, writes Alex Kirby. A new study shows that every 1C of warming could melt 4 million sq.km of frozen soil, releasing huge amounts of methane and carbon dioxide to add to the warming. It's time to start meeting those Paris targets!
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False promise: nuclear power: past, present and (no) future

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 16:59
Nuclear power was originally sold on a lie, writes Dave Elliott. While we were being told it would make electricity 'too cheap to meter', insiders knew it cost at least 50% more than conventional generation. Since then nuclear costs have only risen, while renewable energy prices are on a steep decline. And now the nuclear behemoths are crumbling ... not a moment too soon.
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Green nationalism? How the far right could learn to love the environment

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 16:46
Myths of a pagan past in harmony with nature have been a feature of green nationalism, writes Peter Paul Catterall, from its beginnings through to the Anastasia ecovillages in contemporary Russia where - unlike their equivalent hippy communes found in the West - sustainable living is combined with a 'reactionary eco-nationalism'. Could it happen here too?
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