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Big fat bribes for anyone willing to live with nuclear waste

Posted by jamie — 12 June 2008 at 3:01pm - Comments

We've known for quite some time that the government's preferred solution to that nagging problem of all the nuclear waste currently lying around the place is to dump it in a big hole in the ground. Nice. However, they've had trouble finding anywhere in the country which has been willing to live with this waste bubbling away beneath their feet but now they've come up with the perfect solution: bribery!

World's whales and dolphins may face growing sonic threat

Posted by Willie — 12 June 2008 at 2:06pm - Comments

A dead dolphin - the victim of bycatch - lying on a beach

In Chile, the world's scientists are already meeting in advance of the 60th International Whaling Commission (IWC), which will be held there in late June. At this time of year, the eyes of the world turn to the deadlocked struggle between pro-conservation and pro-whaling countries as they clash over the future of whaling at the IWC meetings. And recent events have not been going well for the whalers - in recent weeks we have seen just how desperate the pro-whaling nations are to play down not only the recent scandal of stolen whale meat in Japan, but also the saga of exporting whale meat from Iceland and Norway. Both stories highlight the extent to which the whalers are routinely flouting not only international opinion but also the global ban on commercial whaling and the trading of whale meat.

The great fish and chips tradition

Posted by sarah — 12 June 2008 at 10:50am - Comments

Richard Ode and Tom Aikens: sustainable chefs

Chefs Tom Aikens (on the right in the picture above) and Richard Ord, both key supporters of our Seafood See Life initiative, tell us why sourcing their seafood ingredients sustainably is so important to them. Their restaurants, Tom's Place in London and Colman's in South Shields, may be nearly 300 miles apart, but these distinctly different fish and chips establishments have more in common than first appearances suggest.

Everything's lovely in the Glastonbury garden

Posted by jamie — 10 June 2008 at 4:10pm - Comments

Visitors to the Greenpeace field at Glastonbury festival sitting in a hammock

I still have to get hold of some wellies (my trusty pair is elsewhere right now) and a tent, but things are starting to fall into place for Glastonbury. The team working hard to bring the Greenpeace field to life are not far from my desk and I haven't heard any raised voices yet which has to be a good sign. But for those out there with tickets (if you don't have them yet, you can still win a pair with our Greener Glastonbury Giveaway on Facebook), exactly what is being cooked up?

Amy says NO, no, no to a 3rd runway

Posted by tracy — 10 June 2008 at 2:30pm - Comments

A few months back when Niall and Jason from Tellyjuice contacted us, they said they liked our videos on YouTube but thought we could be "well, um… funnier". I had to admit that we often forget to see the funny side of things surrounded by all this doom and gloom (did you hear about the bees on the Today programme this morning?!).

Who should I cheer for in Euro 2008?

Posted by jossc — 9 June 2008 at 3:14pm - Comments

Swedish flag
Sweden has the best overall record on a range of environ- mental and social issues

As Euro 2008 kicks off in Austria and Switzerland this week with no British teams involved, a new quick web guide has appeared to help us decide which of the remaining 16 competing nations most deserves our support. Who should I Cheer For sensibly ignores footballing talent and instead ranks each country by ten criteria including spending on health, aid and the military, carbon emissions and renewable energy production.

Figures for the UK are also included in the list for comparative purposes and, guess what, we don't come out too well, particularly on the key climate change factors. The UK has the third highest carbon emissions (10.2 tonnes per person) behind the Netherlands and Germany, and comes joint last in terms of electricity generated from renewables (just 4 per cent).

Undermining international opinion on whaling

Posted by saunvedan — 3 June 2008 at 6:00pm - Comments

Fin Whale

It’s been reported that, after a gap of 20 years, Iceland and Norway may have resumed the export of fin and minke whale meat to Japan. These countries continue to blatantly defy the International Whaling Commission’s ban on commercial whaling, and any trade in whale meat also undermines the ban on trading in whale products under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

Thousands say NO to a 3rd runway

Posted by saunvedan — 2 June 2008 at 5:48pm - Comments

Big NO

The Make a NOise Carnival on Saturday saw thousands of people gather to oppose the building of a 3rd runway at Heathrow airport. Forming a human chain to spell out ‘NO’ to Heathrow expansion, they sent a clear message to the government’s plans that was large enough to be seen by planes overhead. The proposed 3rd runway will add an extra 900 flights a day which will make it impossible for us to hit our climate change targets. Also, the population of the entire village of Sipson would be displaced by the expansion leading to the bulldozing of 750 homes.

Will there be blood?

Posted by james — 29 May 2008 at 5:16pm - Comments

"You have to act quickly, because very soon these fields will be dry." This prediction, drawled by hardened oilman Daniel Plainview in this year's best film, There Will Be Blood, has become a reality. Eight years into the 21st century and we are seeing the beginnings of a new energy horizon. Oil is receding into the distance. Nature's "free gift" to humanity is running out, fast.

2008 will come to be seen as the year the world's leaders were forced to confront their demons. The global response to stratospheric oil prices will determine if we are able to escape the worst consequences of climate change, feed the world and prevent pollution from ruining living conditions in our ever expanding cities. Trillions of dollars will be spent in the next few decades on technologies to generate energy, as old infrastructure rusts and economies expand in parts of the world that have endured poverty for centuries.

Black Tuesday blights Brown's nuclear vision

Posted by jossc — 29 May 2008 at 11:32am - Comments

Major ongoing problems at Sellafield have been hidden from the public

Sellafield: major ongoing problems have been hidden from the public

Yesterday, Gordon Brown felt compelled to go on the record to announce that the UK needs to not only maintain but to increase its nuclear power capacity. And yet the nuclear industry is not exactly hale and hearty because, let's face it, it's been a terrible week for the poor dears.

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