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The nuclear fallout from 'Brexatom': threat, opportunity, or plain bonkers?

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 23:52
The UK's inability to import radio-isotopes for cancer therapy is just the latest outcome of the UK's decision to leave EURATOM to hit the headlines, writes Pete Roche. It may also put a brake on the UK's plans to build new nuclear plants, and import and export nuclear fuel and wastes. The UK's exit from the treaty, as a strongly pro-nuclear state, could also mark an EU-wide anti-nuclear swing.
Categories: Ecological News

Climate change is a white swan

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 19:00
There's nothing unexpected about the coming catastrophe: it is approaching us ‘smoothly'. And yet we're doing so little to stop it. What gives? asks Philosopher, RUPERT READ
Categories: Ecological News

Trump's multi-trillion dollar fraud on America: 'public-private' infrastructure partnerships

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 01:09
Donald Trump's scheme to rebuild US infrastructure could be among the world's greatest ever financial heists, writes Pete Dolack. He has chosen the most expensive, anti-democratic way to do the job, through the mass privatization of priceless public assets - sticking users and taxpayers for exorbitant charges for decades to come, while banks and speculators reap the profits.
Categories: Ecological News

UK researchers discover a new species of primate from Africa's Angolan rainforests

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 21:57
Until now, civil unrest and the difficulty of working at night have stood in the way of understanding the true nocturnal diversity of the African rainforests but the recent discovery of a new species of primate hints at what lies in wait to be discovered
Categories: Ecological News

How a toxic spill and a book launched Britain's environmental movement - the forgotten story

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 18:01
The mass poisoning of farm animals in Kent in 1963 was traced to a factory where a pesticide developed as a WWII chemical warfare agent was manufactured, writes John Clark. The event, so close to the publication of Rachel Carson's 'Silent Spring', galvanised a growing ecological awareness - all the more so as the government's only wish was to hush the matter up.
Categories: Ecological News

Rewilding Spirituality

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 22:24

Efforts to address the planetary crisis must include a contemporary spiritual ecology to cultivate the deep humility and fierce resolve required to live sustainably and create a new story about the place of humanity in a post-capitalist world, writes KARA MOSES
Categories: Ecological News

Rising Up! protest blockades Heathrow airport

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 15:52
A direct action protest by Rising Up! today blocked access to three Heathrow terminals to press their demand for no third runway at the UK's biggest airport. The activists included both climate campaigners and local people fearful of increased pollution, loss of homes and green space and entire villages destroyed.
Categories: Ecological News

Brexit and the future of farming: threat or opportunity?

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 00:51
With most of our food exports going to the EU, and most of our food imports coming from the EU, Molly Scott Cato wondered what plans the government had for the sector after Brexit. The answer? None! Two reports published today map out a positive future of sustainable farming, local food, thriving rural economies and abundant biodiversity. But is the government on the same page?
Categories: Ecological News

Appropriate civilization versus 'new despotism': one month into the Trump Presidency

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 00:28
Believers in the possibility of a better civilization, one rooted in increasing co-operation and harmony, find ourselves in a world where demagogues are empowered to bring about the polar opposite, writes Jeremy Leggett. A new despotism rooted in isolationist nationalism and conflict is gaining strength. The battle is not lost: but first we must understand the dangers.
Categories: Ecological News

The Hunting Act 12 years on - time to crack down on the fox-killing criminals!

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 00:26
Since February 18, 2005 roughly 200,000 illegal hunting events undertaken by registered hunts may have taken place in the UK, writes Jordi Casamitjana. By engaging in fictitious 'trail hunting', they can chase foxes as before, and when they are killed, well, it was all a shocking 'accident'. It's high time to strengthen the law to ensure the spirit in which it was passed is fulfilled.
Categories: Ecological News

To mine or not to mine?

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 19:37
The Alternative Indaba initiated by faith-based groups eight years ago is a forum to discuss alternatives to the mining rush that brought more doom than gloom over the African continent and beyond. JASPER FINKELDEY reports back from this month's forum which called for the mining industry to be made more accountable
Categories: Ecological News

New protection of Canada's ‘Sea of Glass' bans fishing near the reefs

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 18:31
The last living remains of an ancient European species - the 9,000-year-old fragile glass sponge reefs off the coast of Canada - will now be offered further protection
Categories: Ecological News

Trump's 'beautiful wall' threatens 111 endangered species

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 18:28
The 3,100km concrete wall Donald Trump plans to build along the US-Mexico border would be a disaster for the border zone's ecosystems, writes Shonil Bhagwat. Among the species at risk: ocelots, bears, Bighorn sheep, the US's last wild jaguars facing genetic isolation north of the border, and the Bald eagle, the US's national bird.
Categories: Ecological News

'You'll never walk alone': highs and lows of badger patrolling against the cull

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 22:19
If you love wildlife and enjoy country walks, you've got the makings of a badger patroller, writes Lesley Docksey. You can walk at night if you want to, but daytime observation on country lanes and footpaths is no less important, watching out for the signs of cullers at work. And with the trust and warm friendship that builds among badger patrollers, you'll never be without congenial company.
Categories: Ecological News

Why did the US need toxic uranium munitions to destroy fuel tankers in Syria?

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 19:39
Depleted uranium (DU) munitions may not be regulated but their severe long term health impacts mean they should be, writes Doug Weir. So why did 'Coalition' forces fire 5,265 armour-piercing DU rounds on IS fuel convoys in Syria? When non-DU munitions would have done the job just as well? Just because they knew they would never be held to account? All the more reason to act now!
Categories: Ecological News

BP, Total oil drilling would endanger newly discovered Amazon coral reef

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 01:21
A newly discovered coral reef in the mouth of the Amazon is threatened by oil drilling planned by oil giants Total and BP, say the scientists who identified it. But the oil companies are determined to press ahead despite the risks, writes Lawrence Carter, and Brazil's environment ministry is set to give its approval.
Categories: Ecological News

Copeland by-election: opposing nuclear power, and voting Green, is the only rational choice

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 23:05
All but one of the candidates in next week's Copeland by-election are backing a massive new nuclear power station in the constituency that would cost us tens of billions of pounds. Only the Green Party's Jack Lenox is resisting the spin, hypocrisy and outright lies that his rivals have swallowed whole. Here he explains why this risky, unaffordable white elephant must be scrapped.
Categories: Ecological News

RWE npower, Colombian coal is killing our children! Close Aberthaw!

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 17:46
The coal power station at Aberthaw is not just polluting much of South Wales with its filthy emissions. It could also be seriously damaging the health of children in Colombia with coal dust from BHP Billiton's massive Cerrejón coal mine. In this open letter, Luz Ángela Uriana Epiayu implores RWE npower to shut down its stinking, obsolete and illegal power station.
Categories: Ecological News

RWE npower, your Colombian coal is killing our children! Close Aberthaw!

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 17:46
The coal power station at Aberthaw is not just polluting much of South Wales with its filthy emissions. It's also seriously damaging the health of children in Colombia with coal dust from BHP Billiton's massive Cerrejón coal mine, which supplies Aberthaw. In this open letter, Luz Ángela Uriana Epiayu implores RWE npower to shut down its stinking, obsolete and illegal power station for good.
Categories: Ecological News

Indigenous land rights could halt Australia's largest coal mining project

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 21:29
Indigenous elders from the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) people have put mining company Adani - and Australia's governments - on notice to quit the Carmichael mine project over native title claims. MAXINE NEWLANDS reports
Categories: Ecological News