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On the day a new fracking law is set to be announced, we're off to pay David Cameron a visit

Posted by simon clydesdale — 4 June 2014 at 6:28am - Comments
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David Cameron, tours a shale drilling plant near Gainsborough, in Lincolnshire earlier this year (credit: Lindsey Parnaby/PA)

It's 7AM and I'm writing this from a B&B in rural Oxfordshire. After I've hit the publish button, I'll be heading outside for an early morning drive into the Cotswolds.

But despite how this might sound right now, I'm on no countryside day out. I am here, along with a team of 6 Greenpeace volunteers, to deliver a wakeup call to David Cameron.

The 'get lost zone' - a novel concept in international law

Posted by Daniel Simons — 30 May 2014 at 11:32am - Comments
The bridge of the Esperanza, with the Transocean Spitsbergen oil rig in the back
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Statoil has belatedly launched legal challenges to occupation of the Apollo drill site by the Esperanza

Desperate times call for desperate measures. That seems to be the thinking of Norway's petroleum ministry, which yesterday issued a highly irregular order in an attempt to bring an end to the Esperanza's peaceful protest in the Barents Sea.

9 things you didn't know about Bear Island (including 'What is Bear Island?')

Posted by Erlend Tellnes — 28 May 2014 at 2:37pm - Comments
Sign on Bear Island
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Bear Island is a long way from anywhere

There is a fairly good chance this is the first time you've heard about Bear Island. Don’t be alarmed. First time I heard about the island was less than two years ago. So why do I need to know about Bear Island, you might think?

UKIP and their friends in the EU Parliament – it’s not all bad… (and there’s something you can do about it!)

Posted by wmccallu — 26 May 2014 at 12:20pm - Comments
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The European Parliament in Strasbourg. Photo: Flickr/Anca Pandrea

Following the European elections felt a bit like checking the weather forecast constantly, hoping for beautiful sunshine instead of the guaranteed sleet and gale-force winds. Particularly in the last week before voting day - the polls were all a little on the purple side (although it must be said that the Greens were polling better than they ever have done before). The climate sceptic, anti-renewable energy Kippers seemed to have captured enough (of the low turnout) hearts and minds to make me pretty worried about the possibility of ever seeing the cleaner, greener future that I hope for.

Then the results came in, and they’re pretty bad. 

We went to the Champions League to give Gazprom a red card. Here's why.

Posted by Richardg — 24 May 2014 at 7:04pm - Comments
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Gazprom banner: here's one we unfurled earlier (at a Champions League game in October 2013)

Moments ago, ten Greenpeace activists were in the rafters of Estadio da Luz, high above the Champions League Final. They'd hoped to unfurl a banner, but were arrested before getting the chance. Here's why they did it.

Jewson says it trusts its Amazon timber suppliers - but it won't once it reads this

Posted by Richardg — 24 May 2014 at 8:58am - Comments
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Deforestation and illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest

Jewson is selling timber from the Amazon - where more than half the logging is illegal. Jewson says it trusts its suppliers, but we thought we'd investigate further - and you'll never guess what we found out. 

Great news on tuna from UK supermarkets

Posted by Ariana Densham — 23 May 2014 at 10:45am - Comments
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Green turtle swimming in the Maldives

Can you see the sharks shaking their tail fins and turtles clapping their flippers? CAN you?!

They’re doing their happy dance because of the recent good news from Asda. 

The supermarket – which is part of the global Walmart group - has committed to applying the same sustainability standards to all the brands of tinned tuna they sell, not just their own brand.

Ocean heroes in a half shell: it’s World Turtle Day!

Posted by Willie — 22 May 2014 at 11:12pm - Comments
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Sea turtles live in the ocean. They don’t loiter around so much as cruise the whole sea, taking in shallow coastal lagoons, stopping by seamounts, and crossing the open ocean on high seas highways, only ever returning to land to lay eggs.

They are truly creatures of the ocean. And they are pretty special.

Today is World Turtle Day – so what better excuse to shell out a bit of love and respect to these most iconic ocean ambassadors?

In pictures: Turtally devoted to you: Happy World Turtle Day

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 22 May 2014 at 11:10pm - Comments
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A Hawksbill turtle on Apo Island, internationally acknowledged as a model community managed marine reserve.

Today is World Turtle Day, a great opportunity to celebrate some of the world’s oldest creatures as well as draw attention to the sea turtles' plight. Terrific turtles have been swimming the world's oceans for more than 100 million years, but now face many dangers as they travel the seas.

75,000 people have told Jewson to stop selling suspect timber. But Jewson still doesn't get it.

Posted by Richardg — 22 May 2014 at 11:41am - Comments
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Ipe trees in the Brazilian Amazon

75,000 of us have told Jewson to stop selling suspect decking from the Amazon rainforest. But Jewson doesn't get it - so maybe this video explaining how the loggers loot the Amazon will help. 

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