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World's largest palm oil trader turns over a new leaf

Posted by Richardg - 6 December 2013 at 6:12pm - Comments
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Wilmar has a history of deforestation, but it says those days are now behind it

If there's ever a time for bad puns, it's when the world's largest palm oil trader promises to protect forests. Wilmar International, responsible for almost half of the world's palm oil, will no longer sell oil from companies that are destroying the rainforest. 

Russian embassy replies to your emails demanding freedom for the Arctic 30

Posted by Graham Thompson - 6 December 2013 at 3:10pm - Comments
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Over 2.5 million emails have been sent to Russian embassies around the world

We've received a reply from the Russian embassy in London in response to the thousands of emails sent in support of the Arctic 30. It's a shame they didn't respond to everyone personally, but any response is always welcome.

It's a short letter from press secretary Artem Kozhin and a much longer Q&A-style document which sets out the Russian government's position, but naturally it's not one that I, or anyone else here, agrees with.

Here are the main claims and allegations, and details on why they're unfounded.

UK energy - where are we at?

Posted by kcumming - 6 December 2013 at 2:16pm - Comments
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What a month for the Big 6! Whether cuts to energy efficiency measures, a green light for unabated coal burning, fracking tax breaks that lock in the UK’s reliance on gas, or the multi-billion pound windfall due to companies like EDF and Centrica from an unchanged carbon floor price, the energy giants have won another round at the expense of ordinary people.

Christmas cards for all the family? We've got it covered

Posted by sara_a - 6 December 2013 at 9:03am - Comments
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In my family I am known as the one who always sends emails about campaigns and petitions. I suppose I am a campaigner so that is not a newsflash! Luckily my loved ones are very obliging and lovely and do sign up to almost everything I send them. However I know in my heart of hearts that really my aunts and uncles would love a little more often to receive a personal message from me, with an update on how I am and what I am up to, rather than a petition to sign.

Help save Santa’s home this Christmas

Posted by sara_a - 5 December 2013 at 5:14pm - Comments
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Santa’s in trouble, and Christmas is at risk, but you can help him. His home, the North Pole is melting fast because of climate change.

Oops: University of Aberdeen used to justify Iceland's whaling programme.

Posted by Willie - 3 December 2013 at 12:35pm - Comments
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University of Aberdeen research is being used to justify Iceland's whaling programme.

Science doesn’t always get a lot of breaks, it’s constantly twisted and misrepresented in the media, and sometimes the best intentions end up being used in ways the scientists themselves would never want them to be or condone. Who’d have thought, for example, that UK universities could be used to defend commercial whaling? Yet, that's exactlly what's happening right now.

Will MPs cut 1,600 premature deaths from coal?

Posted by kcumming - 2 December 2013 at 2:13pm - Comments
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Almost as many people die each year from coal burning in the UK as road accidents, according to new figures out this week.

Tell West Sussex Council : drilling for oil and gas is the wrong move

Posted by Lawrence Carter - 2 December 2013 at 12:58pm - Comments
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Please write to West Sussex County Council and tell them to refuse permission for Celtique to explore for oil and gas in Wisborough Green. If hundreds of us raise our objections, the council will have to consider them - we hope they will see sense and turn down the application.

The last of the Arctic 30 gets bail

Posted by Esther Freeman - 28 November 2013 at 5:48pm - Comments
Colin Russell at his detention hearing in St Petersburg
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Amazing news! This morning Colin Russell was in court in St Petersburg to appeal the decision that he should not be released on bail. Not even four minutes after we learned that his hearing had started, news came that Colin had been granted bail.

Forbidden pictures: Dima's undercover story

Posted by Brian Fitzgerald - 26 November 2013 at 2:43pm - Comments
Dima Shamorov
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Photographer Dima on location

It's dark in Murmansk. A railway security guard yawns, his breath visible in the frigid air, and waves through one of the workers arriving for the early morning shift. He barely glances at him.

Had the guard looked closer, he might have noticed that the worker's face was unfamiliar; that his fluorescent vest wasn't railway issue but bought in a hardware store — that his Valenki boots were brand new. And had he looked in his bag, he might have wondered why instead of ironworking tools there was nothing but a camera with a long lens.

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