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When it comes to fracking, does democracy count for much?

Posted by Hannah Martin — 6 October 2016 at 2:35pm - Comments
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A frack free zone sign pinned to railings in front of Blackpool Tower, Lancashire

Today marks a new low in the government's plan to force fracking on the UK.

In a move that makes a mockery out of the government’s claim to champion local democracy, Westminster politicians have overturned Lancashire council’s decision to block fracking -- and decided that fracking firm Cuadrilla should be allowed to drill.

Deepwater Horizon: the world has changed, but the oil industry hasn't

Posted by Mal Chadwick — 5 October 2016 at 12:12pm - Comments

Everyone knows the story.

Miles below the seabed, a cement seal fails. A rig explodes. Smoke fills the sky, oil stains the sea, and 11 people never make it home. Ashen-faced execs stumble through press conferences. Rubber-gloved hands scrub poison from seabirds’ wings. Everyone solemnly agrees this must not happen again.

World Habitat Day in pictures: A Nepalese Village moves

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 30 September 2016 at 5:50pm - Comments

It’s World Habitat Day today! Each year we reflect on the importance of the basic human right to adequate shelter reminding the world of its responsibility for the habitat of future generations.

Time to transform our fishing industry: for fishermen and the ocean.

Posted by Alix FOSTER VAN... — 28 September 2016 at 3:31pm - Comments
George Eustice signing a petition asking the Government to reallocate quota.
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George Eustice signing a Greenpeace petition asking the Government to reallocate fishing quota.

George Eustice MP, fisheries minister has the power to transform the UK’s fishing industry. Will he use it?

The lowdown on UN's SOFIA report: 89.5% of fish are now fully or overfished

Posted by Fiona Nicholls — 23 September 2016 at 4:39pm - Comments
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The SOFIA report is a biennial publication that outlines the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture of the previous two years, hence the name. Commissioned by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (‘for a world without hunger,’ is their tagline), the report is a big deal in the world of fish. It’s considered a check up on the state of the world’s fish stocks and our consumption.

Three small letters destroying the rainforest

Posted by India Thorogood — 23 September 2016 at 3:26pm - Comments
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Decades of forest destruction by palm oil and paper companies laid the foundations for 2015’s Indonesian forest fires. The Indonesian government responded with a firm commitment to crack down on rogue companies. Hundreds of thousands of us pushed brands like Colgate to toughen up their ‘no deforestation’ policies.

What I told the government about fracking and their unsustainable ‘dash for gas’

Posted by Hannah Martin — 22 September 2016 at 9:38am - Comments
Lancashire not for shale
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Last week I spoke at an event in Parliament to discuss "Shale Gas and Climate Change."

The event was hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group (APPCCG) which is a coalition of lots of different people who have an interest in climate change. It’s been running for over 15 years, raising awareness of the threat of climate change and promoting policies to counter it.

Will George Eustice finally create a fair deal for small-scale fishermen?

Posted by Alix FOSTER VAN... — 15 September 2016 at 4:52pm - Comments
George Eustice signing a Greenpeace petition asking the Government to reallocate
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George Eustice signing a petition asking the government to create a fair deal for small-scale fishermen.

(Guest blog by Frances Rankin)

Fisheries Minister George Eustice was at the House of Lords yesterday, facing questions on the future of the fishing industry after we leave the EU.

A joint mission: ending plastic pollution

Posted by louise — 14 September 2016 at 4:27pm - Comments
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Back in July I was lucky enough to be one of 100 people who spent the day cleaning up a heavily plastic polluted beach on ‘Freedom Island’ in Manila Bay, Philippines. The beach was in an appalling state - piled high with throwaway plastic wrappers, straws and bottles which also littered the water. This was just a snapshot of the estimated 8-12 million tonnes of plastic that scientists tell us goes into our oceans every year.<--break-><--break->

4 species that were saved by the EU

Posted by Fran G — 12 September 2016 at 5:17pm - Comments
Puffin flapping its wings on cliff
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Among the many, many things that the EU regulates, are a handful of little-known laws that have helped protect the UK countryside. They are called the Birds and Habitat Directives.