May 2011

We’ve got carbon emissions targets we can still be proud of

Posted by tracy.frauzel - 17 May 2011 at 5:38pm - Comments

David Cameron stepped into a cabinet row this week and accepted the recommendations from the government’s independent climate advisors for ambitious targets that would lead to a 50% cut in carbon emissions by 2025.

What's happening in West Africa? An African Voices video

Posted by Gemma Freeman - 17 May 2011 at 1:37pm - Comments
African Voices: Harbour and hub of Joal. Unloading of fish from pirogues.
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African Voices: Harbour and hub of Joal. Unloading of fish from pirogues.

Three leaders of West African fishing communities arrived in the UK on Sunday to embark on a week long mission: to reveal how massive European fleets are not just destroying ocean ecosystems in Africa, but also lives and communities.

Fashion and fish? Selfridges' Project Ocean is a powerful partnership

Posted by Willie - 17 May 2011 at 12:17pm - Comments
Prince Charles at the launch of Selfridges' sustainable fishing event Project Oc
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Prince Charles at the launch of Selfridges' sustainable fishing event Project Ocean

Selfridges launched Project Ocean with a bang last week. The legendary department store's front is draped with a giant banner asking ‘No more fish in the sea?.’ Their famed Oxford Street windows are filled with installations on fish issues - grabbing attention and headlines.  And they’ve pulled in a host of celebrity supporters, from Katherine Hamnett to Elle McPherson. But that's just the start of this month long celebration of our seas...

Has Cameron lost his love for the huskies and our climate?

Posted by jamie - 13 May 2011 at 5:06pm - Comments
Is this really the 'greenest government ever'?
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Is this really the 'greenest government ever'?

Is it really a year since David Cameron, newly ensconced as prime minister, assured us that the coalition would be the "greenest government ever"? It's an anniversary worth remembering, if only to consider how, in environmental terms, Cameron's government seems stuck in reverse.

African Voices slideshow: local fishing communities under threat

Posted by Gemma Freeman - 12 May 2011 at 5:00pm - Comments
Fishingboats arriving to Tarrafal, Santiago, Cape Verde.
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Fishingboats arriving to Tarrafal, Santiago, Cape Verde.

On Sunday the latest leg of African Voices begins, as three delegates from West African fishing communities arrive in London to start a tour of the UK, speaking out on how the invasion of industrial-sized EU fleets are threatening their livelihoods, food security and marine ecosystems.

Wikileaks reveals Arctic could be the new cold war

Posted by jamess - 12 May 2011 at 3:35pm - Comments
The Arctic resource scramble is sparking military tension
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The Arctic resource scramble is sparking military tension

UPDATE: Watch BBC Newsnight's feature on the Wikileaks Arctic files

Submarine explorers planting Russian flags under the North Pole. Military tension between Nato and Russia. US diplomats manoeuvring in the wings. Aircraft carriers lurking and strike fighters changing hands.

Sound like something from a James Bond plot? Unfortunately it’s not.

New Wikileaks releases today have shown the Arctic oil rush is not just a threat to the environment and our climate, but also to peace.

Destroying the Arctic for a three-year fix

Posted by jamess - 12 May 2011 at 1:52pm - Comments
Oil companies are taking their drills to the Arctic
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Oil companies are taking their drills to the Arctic

How much oil lies under that Arctic ice? 90 billion barrels, according to the US Geological Survey.

But, how much really is that? If you ask an oil company, that’s a huge amount. With a barrel of oil over the hundred dollar mark, that's nine trillion dollars worth at today’s prices – if you could get at it all.

However, there’s a much more important number than the mind-boggling figures that the oil companies deal in.

Selfridges launch Project Ocean

Posted by Willie - 11 May 2011 at 6:00pm - Comments
Project Ocean: Selfridges celebrate, fundraise and reach out to save our seas
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Project Ocean: Selfridges celebrate, fundraise and reach out to save our seas

There’s a big splash on Oxford Street today as Selfridges - the world’s best department store, on the busiest shopping street - has been taken over for five weeks to help save our seas with Project Ocean.

The drills are heading into the Arctic ice

Posted by ben - 11 May 2011 at 4:01pm - Comments
Cairn's tugs drag icebergs out the way of its Arctic oil drilling rig
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Cairn's tugs drag icebergs out the way of its Arctic oil drilling rig

Yesterday, the UK’s wildest wildcat oil company, Cairn Energy, received the news it has been waiting for: it got permission from the Greenland authorities to start its 2011 Arctic drilling programme.

HSBC backs nuclear power in Indian earthquake zone

Posted by jamie - 11 May 2011 at 12:34pm - Comments
Site of the proposed nuclear power station in Jaitapur, India
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Site of the proposed nuclear power station in Jaitapur, India

Two months ago, an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. This not only resulted in a huge natural disaster and humanitarian crisis, but also triggered an unprecedented man-made tragedy. And yet plans are afoot to build a nuclear power plant in another earthquake zone, this time in India.

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