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Why is Jewson selling timber that's been plundered from the Amazon?

Posted by Richardg - 15 May 2014 at 12:23pm - Comments
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Stacks of ipe timber in Jewson's supplier's lumber yard

Illegal logging is the norm in the Brazilian Amazon, where timber laundering - covering illegal timber with phony papers - happens on an industrial scale. So why is the DIY chain Jewson selling garden decking made from rare Amazon trees?

Exposed: how loggers plunder the Amazon and get away with it

Posted by Richardg - 14 May 2014 at 5:54pm - Comments
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For two years, Greenpeace has been investigating logging in the Brazilian Amazon. We found that criminals were ransacking the forest - and that the systems set up to stop them are being used to launder illegal timber.

Brazil's logging sector is full of crooks - and the Amazon is paying the price

Posted by Richardg - 7 May 2014 at 3:05pm - Comments
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The Brazilian government has made several attempts to take control of logging in the Amazon. But despite high-profile crackdowns, the trade in illegal timber is vast and growing.

No more tears for tigers as Johnson & Johnson cleans up its palm oil

Posted by Richardg - 6 May 2014 at 11:21am - Comments
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On Friday, Johnson & Johnson announced it would stop buying palm oil from companies destroying the rainforest. Now the onus is on the palm oil industry as a whole to leave its forest destruction behind.

Shock: 3/4 British people want fracking companies to ask before tunnelling underneath their homes.

Posted by Lawrence Carter - 6 May 2014 at 10:26am - Comments
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Last month we found out that the government is cooking up plans to strip homeowners and tenants of their legal right to deny permission to companies that want to frack directly underneath their property. If every English person’s home is their castle, then government ministers are currently digging a tunnel underneath the ramparts to let the frackers in.

In pictures: It's World Tuna Day

Posted by Angela Glienicke - 2 May 2014 at 10:02am - Comments
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Captive bluefin tuna inside a transport cage which is being towed by a tug from fishing grounds in Libya to Tuna farms in Sicily, 2006.

Last Friday was the penguins' special day. Now this Friday is World Tuna day; and whilst the world's most popular fish might not be as cute as the waddling creatures, they are amazing wild species that are vital to the ocean ecosystem and deserve to have their story told.

Tuna are for life, not just for lunch.

Posted by Willie - 2 May 2014 at 12:00am - Comments
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Tuna are awesome. We don’t get to say that enough, so since it’s World Tuna Day, I want to make amends. These fish are majestic ocean wanderers, who have earned their place in history, but today they are sadly the icons of global overfishing & dodgy fishing methods, and a globally-traded commodity.

Taking action, in freedom

Posted by faiza_oulahsen - 1 May 2014 at 12:59pm - Comments
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Protest against Russian oil tanker transporting oil from the Gazprom drilling platform Prirazlomnaya

Today is the day. The very first barrels of Arctic oil have found their way to my home country. Gazprom, Russia’s biggest energy company, has shipped the first tanker with crude oil from the Arctic to the Rotterdam harbor, the Netherlands.

Name that tuna

Posted by Willie - 30 April 2014 at 1:51pm - Comments
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Tuna are fish, and they are wild animals. But to many people, they are simply understood as food. It can be a bit confusing when the short hand of ‘tuna’ is used, as it covers a whole family of species, from the relatively-tiddly and widespread skipjack, right up to the majestic but beleaguered bluefins.

In pictures: flappy feet for World Penguin Day

Posted by Angela Glienicke - 25 April 2014 at 12:22am - Comments
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A penguin stands in front of a camera during Greenpeace's tour in the Southern Ocean

Today is World Penguin Day, what a good excuse to dig out all those cute, funny and sometimes thought-provoking photos of my favourite bird! The awareness day promotes the conservation of these amazing creatures and coincides with the northward migration of adelie penguins and their return to Antarctica after months spent at sea.<--break->