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Government failing in ambition to be ’greenest ever’ 27.11.12

The Coalition Government is failing on its own commitments to Britain’s natural environment: that’s the public’s view from a survey organised by Wildlife and Countryside Link (Link), a coalition of 39 leading environmental charities.

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Sweatshop Campaigners unite against Adidas’ "Fundamentally flawed" workers rights summit 23.10.12

Anti-sweatshop campaigners from the US and Europe today united to condemn a summit to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland on Tuesday organised by adidas, intended to deal with the issues workers face when its supplier factories close. Whilst United Students Against Sweatshops, the Clean Clothes Campaign, War On Want and People & Planet welcome comprehensive, long-term solutions to workers’ rights abuses in adidas’ supply chain, they say the summit is “fundamentally flawed” and an “empty rhetorical gesture” as workers in Indonesia that made adidas products have been waiting for severance payments for over a year.

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Improving Yields and Destroying the Environment 21.10.12

A short but very interesting item was recently broadcast on Radio 4’s Today programme. The report highlighted a disaster in the production of corn, wheat and soya beans in the US. This was not because of the widespread recent drought, but an additional man-made disaster which may have longer-lasting impact, writes Michael Burke in the Socialist Economic Bulletin.

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Agrarian Reform in the 21st Century: Building a New Vision, Redefining Strategies, and Celebrating Victories 20.07.12

The international workshop and seminar, “Agrarian Reform and the Defense of Land and Territory in the 21st century: The Challenge and Future” culminated on Sunday, July 15, in a celebration in Sibaladuang, Sungai Kamuyang Village, Limapuluh Kota Regent, West Sumatra, Indonesia.

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The Green Party, the Left and moving beyond electoralism 09.07.12

An article in the latest issue of New Internationalist (by Richard Swift ) on the conundrum of why the left has failed, and is failing, to prosper even in these apparently auspicious times of systemic capitalist crisis, highlights the split between “a kind of tame Centre Left mainstream” and “an extra parliamentary movement that rallies around single issues and identity politics”These two “lefts” “exist, by and large, in separate universes” writes the Green Left’s Peter Allen

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Mood for Resistance – Romayne Phoenix 09.07.12

50,000 students marching on Parliament 10th November 2010 was an event so dynamic and spontaneous that it served to energise and motivate the mood for resistance throughout the country.

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Howard Thorp -Why I am standing for the post of Campaigns Coordinator of the Green Party 09.07.12

We are living through a time of environmental and economic crises. Reckless casino capitalism has resulted in a massive debt bubble, which has bust the banks and is causing real long-term damage to our economy. The changing global climate is causing chaos, and further economic damage.

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Green Philosophy. Roger Scruton. A Critical Left Review 07.07.12

“Enforced destruction. Old industries have to be harshly eliminated. New markets have to be forcibly claimed. Old markets have to be re-exploited. Destroy the past, make the future.” Cosmopolis. Don DeLillo. 2003. Andrew Coates reviews Roger Scruton’s Green Philosophy. Roger Scruton. How to Think Seriously about the Planet.

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Growth in Global Oil Market Slows 07.07.12

Global oil consumption increased by 0.7 percent in 2011 to reach an all-time high of 88.03 million barrels per day, according to new research conducted for the Worldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs Online service. This rate of increase was considerably slower than in 2010, when oil consumption rose by 3.3 percent following a decline of 1.3 percent in 2009 due to the global financial crisis.

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Where Now for the Green Party? 06.07.12

Sean Thompson, from the Green Party’s Green Left, looks at the way forward for the Green’s. With the up and coming Leadership elections Sean argues that the Greens need to move out of their comfort zone and actively engage with the labour movement and wider social and community movements fighting the austerity being imposed both by the Conservative/Liberal Government and New Labour at a local level.

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Despite Drop from 2009 Peak, Agricultural Land Grabs Still Remain Above Pre-2005 Levels 28.06.12

An estimated 70.2 million hectares of agricultural land worldwide have been sold or leased to private and public investors since 2000, according to new research conducted for WorldWatch’s Vital Signs Online service. The bulk of these acquisitions, which are called “land grabs” by some observers, took place between 2008 and 2010, peaking in 2009.

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Green MEP calls on EU Agriculture Ministers to take urgent action for farmed pigs 27.06.12

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for South East England, has called on Agriculture Ministers across the EU to implement legislation that will improve the lives of Europe’s pigs. In response to a question from Keith Taylor MEP, the European Commission has recently revealed that 14 member states will not be ready to comply with the 2013 legislation that will ban confining pregnant pigs to sow stalls for their entire pregnancy.

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RIO+20 - EPIC FAIL 26.06.12

“Rio will go down as the hoax summit. They came, they talked, but they failed to act. Paralysed by inertia and in hock to vested interests, too many [world leaders] are unable to join up the dots and solve the connected crisis of environment, equality and economy.”writes Brendan Montague of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism on the Green Left website.

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New review of evidence about onshore wind power to dispel myths for MPs 13.06.12

Onshore wind power clearly has a role in supplying the UK’s future electricity needs despite a number of myths about its costs and reliability, according to a new report by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

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Europe can grow by unleashing a Low Carbon Economy 30.05.12

Voters in Greece, France and the United Kingdom have sent a clear signal in the past month that they want governments to give priority to jobs and opportunities as well as reducing deficits and debt. Lord Nicholas Stern argues that unleashing the low-carbon economy could achieve these goals. Framed by credible and stable policies, the European Union could then unlock private sector investment and usher in a period of investment, growth and opportunity, to the benefit of all.

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Conference-Local Towns, Local Food Conference - Strengthening Local Economies 24.05.12

The event will examine the role and revival of towns as local food centres and how creating a strong local food web (the connections between people who produce sell and buy locally-sourced food in a local area food) can: 20th June, Leeds. Organised by Sustain and the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

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Run-up to Rio bad time for U-turn on forest protection 23.05.12

Humanity is now using 50 per cent more resources than the Earth can provide, according to WWF’s recently released 2012 Living Planet Report. The consequences are seen in ongoing deforestation, increasing water scarcity, rising carbon emissions and crashing fish stocks. They can also be seen starkly in the Living Planet Index, a measure of the changes in the planet’s biodiversity, which shows a decline of 28 per cent since 1970.

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Green MP slams ‘expensive bias’ towards nuclear, gas and big energy players; calls for focus on smaller generators and community schemes 22.05.12

The Government will today publish its draft energy bill, with proposals for a reform of the electricity market aimed at unlocking the billions of pounds of investment needed in low carbon infrastructure over the next 10 years.

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Palestinian farmers ordered to uproot 1,400 olive trees by Israeli Civil Administration 22.05.12

The Fairtrade Foundation has expressed outrage and shock at the news that Israel has ordered nine Palestinian olive farmers of Deir Istiya, Salfit on the West Bank to uproot 1,400 olive trees in Wadi Qana area by 1 May 2012.

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Nothing Neutral Here: Large-scale biomass subsidies in the UK and the role of the EU ETS 14.05.12

Earlier this month Brazilian pulp and paper giant Suzano Papel e Celulose gained approval for the world’s most advanced trial of genetically modified (GM) trees to meet the global demands of biomass energy expansion

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Caroline Lucas Opens Door to New Green Party Leaders 14.05.12

In September 2012, Caroline Lucas MP will reach the end of her second term as national Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, and has announced today that she will not be seeking re-election for another two-year term, in order to broaden opportunities for the range of talent in the Party and to raise the profiles of others aspiring to election.

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Arms Trade Treaty long overdue, as new research shows billions spent on illicit weapons deals by states under embargo 07.05.12

More than $2.2bn worth of arms and ammunition have been imported since 2000 to countries operating under arms embargoes, according to new figures released today by international humanitarian agency Oxfam.

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Urgent appeal for Baba Jan, prisoner of climate change 03.05.12

Last year, after devastating floods swept the Atta Abad Lakes region of Pakistan, police opened fire on a demonstration of people demanding compensation. Two people were killed. Baba Jan. a federal committee member of the Labour Party Pakistan (LPP), was among the first to raise the issue of Atta Abad Lake flood victims, writes Ian Angus, editor of Climate and Capitalism

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New Soil Association report on Manufactured Nitrogen- Just Say N20 30.04.12

Over the last fifty years much of our farming has become dependent on manufactured nitrogen fertiliser for fertility. However, too much nitrogen harms the environment and the economy, according to the 2011 European Nitrogen Assessment, which reported a study by 200 scientists investigating the unprecedented changes humans have made to the global nitrogen cycle over the last century.

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Stop Dodo launches a new Green Social Forum 30.03.12

StopDodo, the world’s leading green sector job’s site has launched a new social forum to bring the Green Economy’s key actors together. Have your say and find a new work opportunity at the same time.

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Report calls for stricter regulation of UK mining companies 15.03.12

London Mining Network has published a report calling on the government to include a review of regulatory regimes as part of the current discussion on the Financial Services Bill. The Bill is replacing the existing FSA with a new body, the Financial Conduct Authority, which will inherit the FSA’s role as UK Listing Authority.

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New Platform Report on Uganda’s Draft Oil Law 08.03.12

The report – entitled “The Ugandan Upstream oil law: A search in vain for accountability and democratic oversight”, highlights the lack of parliamentary oversight, transparency, or consultation or involvement of affected communities in the proposed oil law. At the same time, the Bill does include clauses that restrict information flow and could potentially threaten or close down public debate.

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UK arms exports revealed by CAAT website App 08.03.12

A new web application, developed by Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), will enable easy public access to a wide range of information on UK arms export licences. Until now the data, compiled by the Export Control Organisation (ECO) in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), was difficult to access, use and understand. The new CAAT app, available via CAAT’s website, transforms the accessibility of the data.

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Euro zone crisis: A Green alternative 06.03.12

We are watching economic injustice crush a nation before our eyes. On 20 March, Greece must meet the next tranche of debt repayments. The 130billion Euro bailout package recently negotiated by Prime Minister Lucas Papademos has secured the short term safety of Greece’s creditors - at a dire cost to Greek society writes Alfie Stirling. Source: London Progressive Journal

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"Energy Security For Whom? For What?" -Latest Corner House Report 22.02.12

Energy is never far from the headlines these days. Conflicts of all kinds — political, economic, social, military — seem to be proliferating over oil, coal, gas, nuclear and biomass. While some interests struggle to keep cheap fossil fuels circulating worldwide, a growing number of communities are resisting their extraction and use.

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Lost at sea: £2.7 billion and 100,000 jobs 16.02.12

Fisheries are perpetually held up, by biologists as well as economists, as the perfect example of managing a resource terribly. The problems are straightforward and well-understood, the solutions equally so, yet fisheries continue to deliver poorly for coastal communities, the economy as a whole, and not least the marine environment. The blame has tended to fall on the overwhelming influence of vested interests, writes nef’s Rupert Crilly

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Reclaiming our future: Rio +20 and Beyond: La Vía Campesina Call to action 16.02.12

On 20-22 June 2012, governments from around the world will gather in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to commemorate 20 years of the “Earth Summit”, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) that first established a global agenda for “sustainable development”. During the 1992 summit, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CDB), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) and the Convention to Combat Desertification, were all adopted. The Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was also established to ensure effective follow-up of the UNCED “Earth Summit.”

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New Green Deal calls for £70bn Green Quantitative Easing to Stabilise Flagging UK Economy 09.02.12

Economist Professor Richard Werner, who proposed the term “quantitative easing” in Japan in the 1990s, and Caroline Lucas MP, of the Green New Deal Group, are calling for a £70 billion programme of “Green Quantitative Easing” in order to create hundreds of thousands of jobs, and set the country on course for a transition to a genuinely green economy.

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Government loses appeal over ’unlawful’ solar cuts 26.01.12

The Court of Appeal today (Wednesday 25 January 2012) unanimously rejected Government attempts to overturn last month’s High Court ruling that its plans to rush through sudden cuts to solar tariff payments are illegal.

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RIO+20 and the greenwashing of the global economy 25.01.12

In less than six months, the UN summit in Rio de Janeiro will take place ( 20-22 June 2012), twenty years after the historic Earth Summit. That summit despite its shortcomings resulted in governments making commitments that later led to UN treaties on climate, biodiversity, etc. While expectations are low this time in terms of concrete outcomes emerging from Rio+20, there is no doubt it will be a crucial event for determining the level of ambition and the likely direction of inter-governmental policies to tackle the environment and development crisis. Rio+20 is set to be a very important ideological battleground writes Olivier Hoedeman, the research and campaign co-ordinator at Corporate Europe Observator

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The UK Government and Organic- the Lazy man of Europe? 14.02.11

Politicians in Westminster have had a historically uneasy relationship with organic food and farming. While other european countries have acted confidently to normalise and champion organic as a pioneering, sustainable and environmentally friendly way to produce food, uK government policy has been diffident, if not lazy on the subject argues a new report from the Soil Association.

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Are British banks getting billions in hidden subsidies? 14.02.11

A new briefing from think-tank nef (the new economics foundation), released the day before Barclays announce their full year results.’ Feather-bedding Financial Services’ briefing asks whether banks would be making any profit at all without billions in hidden subsidies from the British taxpayer and bank customers.

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Ethical trade champions call for government to take ‘moral lead’ on ethical procurement 03.02.11

Champions of ethical trade from companies, health bodies, trade unions and public sector organisations have called on the government to play a much stronger role in driving ethical purchasing across the public sector. Source ETI

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Green MP warns of growing anger as "reckless" woodland sell-off plans published 28.01.11

Coalition plans to sell off swathes of England’s publicly-owned forests have been published in the face of widespread public opposition and questions over the economic case for the proposals.

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State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet 14.01.11

Worldwatch Institute today released its report State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet, which spotlights successful agricultural innovations and unearths major successes in preventing food waste, building resilience to climate change, and strengthening farming in cities. The report provides a roadmap for increased agricultural investment and more-efficient ways to alleviate global hunger and poverty. Drawing from the world’s leading agricultural experts and from hundreds of innovations that are already working on the ground, the report outlines 15 proven, environmentally sustainable prescriptions.

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Spending cuts will break Big Society, warns nef 11.11.10

The Government wants the Big Society to pick up the pieces left by its public spending cuts, but the scale and speed of the cuts leave civil society with an impossible job to do and not nearly enough support, claims independent think-tank nef (the new economics foundation). The result will be a poorer, more hard-pressed society, not a bigger one.

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Housing: how to build 1m new homes in 5 years and cut Government spending 11.11.10

We can build one million new affordable homes over the next five years and still cut Government spending if measures are taken to reduce the cost of building land and the interest rates paid by social landlords, says a new report from independent think-tank nef (the new economics foundation).

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Europe’s biofuel plans could cause huge environmental destruction 10.11.10

The first study to review the indirect land use change (ILUC)[1] impact of the anticipated EU wide increases in the use of biofuels up to 2020, concludes that European policy does not adequately protect the environment against negative consequences says a report from the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP).[2]

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Preparing young people for employment in green economy ’Vital to tackling youth unemployment’ 08.11.10

Green exercise, outdoor activity and environmental volunteering improve young people’s wellbeing and personal responsibility as well as maximising employment chances. A new report published by the Sustainable Development Commission calls on the Government and service providers to do more to help young people prepare for the green economy in order to tackle youth unemployment.

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UK Activists Target BP Tar Sands Plans 08.11.10

Canada’s Tar Sands have been described as “the most destructive project on earth”. The world’s least favourite oil company – BP – is currently poised to make a move into extracting this filthy source of oil. But it’s not too late to stop this…says the UK Tar Sands Network.

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Rich nations to wreck climate talks 19.10.10

No legally-binding agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions will be made at this year’s big United Nations climate conference in Cancun, Mexico from November 29 to December 10. And that’s just the way the rich nations want it, writes Simon Butler on Australia’s Green Left website.

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Caroline Lucas: Our patterns of production and consumption are not sustainable 19.10.10

As one who has been a supporter of workers’ rights and of the union movement throughout my career, it is incredibly satisfying that the union movement should be taking such a positive role in another issue close to my heart, that of transforming our economy into one that is both just and sustainable, said Green Party leader Caroline Lucas at the TUC’s Alliances for Green Growth Conference

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One million climate jobs launch 17.10.10

The updated version of the Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union Group’s pamphlet One million climate jobs was launched on Thursday evening in the House of Commons , a large building in central London which is a shrine to tacky Victorian bling and British imperialism. It also has a mouse problem or, depending on your perspective, the mice have a Con Dem problem writes Liam Mac Uaid from the Socialist Resistance editorial team.

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New climate denialism: Who promotes it, and how to answer it 16.10.10

You remember the scandal provoked by the errors and exaggerations in the 2007 report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)? And you know all about the even bigger “Climategate” scandal last year, when stolen emails revealed that leading climate scientists were manipulating data to fit their alarmist political agenda? Now we have the next instalment. In a new Guide to the Science of Climate Change the world’s top science body, Britain’s Royal Society, has quit playing politics and stopped peddling its claims of looming disaster writes Renfrey Clarke

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Campaign to ban the bomb, Ed 06.10.10

Twice in his first Labour leader’s speech Ed Miliband referred to changing our foreign policy "so that it’s always based on values, not just alliances." It’s easy to read this as just a pop at the US and Tony Blair’s seemingly slavish adherence to the Bush agenda. But maybe it’s more than that. Maybe Labour will genuinely revisit the late-lamented "ethical" foreign policy of Robin Cook. Such a step forward would be massively welcomed, both in Britain and around the world argues CND chairwoman Kate Hudson.

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Jenny Jones: Ken as I know him 25.09.10

As Ken Livingstone is formally adopted as Labour’s 2012 Mayoral candidate Jenny Jones, who has represented the Green Party on the London Assembly since the inaugural Greater London Authority elections in 2000, shares her views and observations on London’s first, and would-be next, Mayor. Source: MayorWatch

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EU Emissions trading scheme threatens to trap Europe in a high carbon future 22.09.10

Far from radically reducing Europe’s GHG emissions, The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), the flagship policy covering half of the EU’s carbon emissions, could turn intended restrictions on pollution into a trap that commits Europe to increasing carbon emissions for much of the next decade, unless changes are swiftly introduced, warns campaign group Sandbag.

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Investing in land: a commentary on the World Bank report 22.09.10

The World Bank’s hyped report on land grabbing is confusing and disappointing, because its analysis lacks an understanding of what drives investments, what politics surrounds land deals, and the socio-political dynamics shaping livelihood outcomes writes Ian Scoones. Source: Transnational Insitute.

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CAP 2013:Call to reshape the Common Agricultural Policy 22.09.10

The undersigned European and Belgian organizations, all part of the group of 335 organizations that signed the European Food declaration published last March, jointly request the EU Ministers for agriculture and Commissioner Ciolos who are meeting in La Hulpe to discuss the future of the CAP, to definitively address the challenges and demands placed on both consumers and farmers at European and Global level.

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TUC supports push for 1m green jobs 19.09.10

TUC Congress: TUC delegates have set out a working-class agenda to tackle the dual scourge of unemployment and climate change by investing in high-quality green jobs. Source:Morning Star

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Climate movement down under— what next? 19.09.10

The Australian’s first Green MP has agreed to support the Labour PArty to form a Government. Australia’s Green Left Weekly’s Simon Butler asked five Australian climate activists for their thoughts on the current state of the movement. Source: Green Left Weekly.

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Greens oppose privatisation of the NHS and for a public ownedPost 12.09.10

Green Party autumn conference has passed two emergency motion stating the party’s opposition to the proposed privatisation of Royal Mail by Business Secretary Vince Cable and strongly criticised the privatisation of the NHS.

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Greens adopt radical shake-up of banks at conference 12.09.10

The Green Party has adopted policies to restructure Britain’s banking system "to restore financial stability and regain control" over the economy.

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Derek Wall Interview 02.09.10

Derek Wall, the Green Party of England and Wales former male Principal Speaker and candidate for the Deputy Leader speaks to Natural Choices about the last election results and the future of the Green Party. The Green Party finally broke into the UK Parliament at the last General Election with Caroline Lucas winning in Brighton Pavillion, they are also well positioned to become the official opposition in the coming Norwich municipal elections.

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How agrofuel land grabs are undermining African farming 30.08.10

Access to land provides food and livelihoods for billions of people around the world, but as the availability of fertile land and water is threatened by climate change, mismanagement and consumption patterns, demand for land has been increasing says Friends of the Earth in their latest report ’Africa up for grabs: The scale and impact of land land grabbing for agrofuels’

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New Research refutes Chancellor’s ’Progressive Budget’ Claim 25.08.10

The Chancellor claimed in his Budget speech that the June 2010 Budget was a ‘progressive Budget’, backed up by distributional analysis in the Budget documentation that showed that tax and benefit changes due to come into effect between now and 2012–13 will hit the richest more than the poorest.

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Greens step-up campaign to be largest party in Norwich 21.08.10

Jenny Jones, Green Party member of the London Assembly and former deputy mayor of London, is in Norwich today supporting the Green Party’s campaign to become the main party on a UK local authority for the first time ever.

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What now for the Green Party? 17.08.10

The Green Party has made some major breakthroughs over last the couple of years, the election of Caroline Lucas to Parliament was one of the few bright points on an otherwise dismal election night. At a local level they now have just over 120 councilors and the two MEPs, The problem however is that the election showed up how patchy and locally concentrated their support base actually is. With the Autumn Party conference approaching what are challenges facing the Green Party of England and Wales.

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Moves towards greening government already saving £60-70m a year 05.08.10

A new report published by the sadly soon to be abolished Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) shows that moves towards greater sustainability made by the previous administration already save government £60-70 million every year, and calls for the Coalition Government to step up its green ambitions in order to benefit from further efficiency savings.

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Waste, reuse, recycling and job creation 04.08.10

Adrian Ramsay, the Green Party’s deputy leader, explains the Green approach to reducing and reusing waste and job creation, and the government’s review of their policies in this area.

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Fossil fuel subsidies 12 times larger than support for renewable energy 04.08.10

New research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance reveals that despite many platitudes and pledges, governments of the world are spending substantially more on subsidizing dirty forms of energy than on renewables and biofuels. In fact, support for cleaner sources is dwarfed by the help the oil, coal, and other fossil fuel sectors receive.

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UN votes water and sanitation a human right, UK abstains 30.07.10

Safe and clean drinking water and sanitation is a "human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights," the General Assembly declared today, voicing deep concern that almost 900 million people worldwide do not have access to clean water. Source: Transnational Institute

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Progress possible in Bonn climate talks says WWF 30.07.10

The odds for progress at the UN climate talks in Cancun this December are still good, says WWF, if governments focus on delivering key ingredients through a “Cancun package” that forms a stepping stone for a legal framework to be finalised at the end of 2011.

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2000-2010 A History of Oil Disasters 30.07.10

A new report catalogs a decade of serious oil spills, fires, leaks and loss of life over the last decade that National Wildlife Federation(USA) says underscores petroleum company malfeasance. The report, “Assault on America: A Decade of Petroleum Company Disaster, Pollution, and Profit,” shows that it is not just BP but the entire industry that has put profit before lives, local communities and the environment.

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Trident- who’d buy it? 29.07.10

Trident replacement is looking less likely today , says Greenpeace, after Chancellor George Osborne told media that the Treasury weren’t willing to stump up for the project out of central funds. Speaking in New Delhi, where he is accompanying David Cameron on his visit to India, Mr Osborne told the Bloomberg newswire: "All budgets have pressure. I don’t think there’s anything particularly unique about the Ministry of Defence. I have made it very clear that Trident renewal costs must be taken as part of the defence budget."

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£500 million Hawk jet deal with India aids arms companies, not the poor 28.07.10

Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) has condemned the sale of Hawk jets to India, a country where poverty is rife and which is situated in a conflict zone. The deal was announced to coincide with Prime Minister David Cameron leading a heavy-weight ministerial and trade mission to India from 28 to 30 July. Source Campaign Against the Arms Trade

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New report argues RBS should be turned into Green Investment Bank 27.07.10

New research released today finds that transforming the Royal Bank of Scotland into the Green Investment Bank would kick start the green energy revolution. The research, by former Pricewaterhouse Coopers consultant, James Leaton, finds that it would bring 50, 000 new green jobs a year, increase efficiency, reduce the UK’s carbon emissions and improve international competitiveness - whilst not increasing the budget deficit. Source: Platform

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Greenest Government ever cuts Sustainable Development Commission 23.07.10

Will Day, Chair of the Sustainable Development Commission, today (Thursday 22 July) expressed his disappointment at Defra’s announcement that it intends to withdraw its funding for the SDC from the next financial year, and paid tribute to the Commission’s ten years of putting sustainability on the political map.

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Climate Committee demands Government support for renewable energy 20.07.10

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) today advised that the UK should protect funding for a suite of low-carbon technologies, which if developed here, will help to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050, whilst also providing the basis for green economic growth in the longer term. Without government support, a range of essential low-carbon technologies are likely to get stuck in a so-called ‘valley of death’, where development is curtailed, and will fail to make it to market.

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The Nonsense of Immigration Caps 29.06.10

The Tory policy on capping immigration from non-EU countries is both stupid and also an example of the dangerous way that mainstream politicians approach the immigration issue, says Andy Newman on Socialist Unity

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IFOAM urges FAO to develop work programs based on ecological intensification 28.06.10

In 2009 the FAO Committee on Agriculture (COAG) concluded that an ecosystem approach should be adopted in agricultural management in order to achieve sustainable agriculture. With production in over 150 countries Organic Agriculture is the world’s leading ecosystem based farming system. It is the basis on which FAO’s strategy for the sustainable intensification of crop production should be built.

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Ministers to pimp the arms trade 25.06.10

A Government Minister has declared that senior members of the Government will promote arms exports to compensate for budget cuts at the Ministry of Defence. Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) says that this brazen support for the arms trade by the new Coalition Government will result in existing arms controls being further overridden or ignored and arms companies gaining ever greater influence over government.

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Lucas slams Tory’s 2010/11 Budget 22.06.10

Commenting on today’s "budget for pointless austerity," the UK’s first Green MP Caroline Lucas said: "In spite of the Chancellor’s protestations, this budget was neither unavoidable nor fair. Instead it was a massively failed opportunity to shift the economy onto a fairer, greener pathway.

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Sunday Times apologises for Amazongate fantasy 22.06.10

The media frenzied attacks on the IPCC at the beginning of the year, and continuing in certain right-wing titles, was dominated more by vitriol than scientific facts. This has now backfired on the Sunday Times as it has rather embarrassingly had to back away from from its "Amazongate" expose by leading journalist Jonathan Leake.

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Cut salt and saturated fat levels demands NICE 22.06.10

Tens of thousands of lives could be saved, and millions of people spared the suffering of living with the effects of heart disease and stroke, simply by producing healthier food says new National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance today (Tuesday 22 June). The guidance calls for the food industry to further reduce the salt and saturated fats in the food it produces, building on the good work already started.

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BP restricts media, can’t restrict oil 21.06.10

British Petroleum (BP) has admitted it may not stop the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico until August — at the earliest. But despite the catastrophe, the US government’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) has given BP new leases for deepwater drilling write Green Left Weekly’s Simon Butler Source:Green Left Weekly

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Cuts “destructive and unnecessary” says Green Party leader 20.06.10

Green Party leader Caroline Lucas MP will this week tell the coalition government there is “no good reason for any cuts in public expenditure during the life of this parliament.” On Monday 21 June Britain’s first Green MP is to issue a new report – Cuts: the callous con trick – in which she will make the case that cuts are unnecessary “because the economy could instead be rebalanced using additional tax revenues.”

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Food industry has buried Health warnings says Green MEP 11.06.10

MEP Carl Schlyter, member of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) is shadow rapporteur on the food labelling dossier for the Greens. In this interview with Corporate Europe Observatory, he reflects on one of the biggest lobbying battles in Brussels in recent years: the food labelling regulation. Source: Corporate Europe Observatory

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Food Industry spends €1 billion in fight against health warnings 11.06.10

Next week MEPs are due to vote on new legislation on food labelling – determining what nutritional information should be displayed on the packaging of items such as snacks, soft drinks and ready-meals. The vote has been the subject of a major lobby campaign by the food industry, opposed to mandatory information on food packaging. Source Corporate Europe Observatory

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Food Standards dialogue on GM rocked by 2nd resignation 02.06.10

Two prominent members of the UK Food Standards Agency’s GM public dialogue have resigned, accusing the initiative and FSA chair Jeff Rooker of pro-GM bias writes Claire Robinson :Source-Spinwatch

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Green Gone Wrong: Why most environmental solutions are based on lies 01.06.10

Faced with the unprecendented threat of climate change, the contemporary world has turned to a solution that is all too prosaic—consumerism. The answer, we are told, is to “go green,” to buy organic food or even a new “clean” car. In a follow-up to her bestselling and acclaimed book Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage, Heather Rogers travels from Paraguay to Indonesia, via the Hudson Valley, Detroit and London, to explore the rapid expansion of environmental production and consumption, writes Derek Wall

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When is a subsidy not a subsidy?-When it’s for the Nuclear Industry 28.05.10

The negotiations around the policies of the new ConDem Government were always going to be interesting, and nowhere more so than around Energy Policy. In a nimble piece of semantic two stepping Chris Huhne has managed to combine the Conservatives pro-nuclear Energy Policy with the Lib Dems opposition. The solution, while lucrative for the Energy companies and their financial backers is a financial black hole for the UK Taxpayers argues Natural Choices editor Peter Shield

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First Green MP delivers maiden speech in parliament 27.05.10

The threat from climate change featured strongly in the first speech to the House of Commons by Britain’s first Green MP this afternoon. But the new MP for Brighton Pavilion also drew attention to the UK’s need for greater gender equality, for an elected House of Lords, for an improvement to Britain’s record on civil liberties, and for the introduction of a genuinely proportional electoral system. "Politics needs to renew itself, and allow new ideas and visions to emerge," she told the House.

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A Green Queen’s Speech 27.05.10

Caroline Lucas, the first Green MP, wrote an alternative Queen’s Speech for Channel 4 to coincide with the ConDem’s Coalition’s rather uninspiring one. If you fancy a flavour of what a Green Government (In the 22nd century maybe) would look like have a read.

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EU Emissions Trading scheme fails to reduce emissions 27.05.10

Sandbag has today released analysis showing how Europe’s carbon caps have turned into a carbon trap. This analysis is launched ahead of the European Commission’s communiqué expected this week, which will analysis the options for moving beyond a 20% emissions reduction target. Leaked versions of the communiqué have been widely circulated and indicate that the EU acknowledges there are problems with the systems and the oversupply of permits, recommending removing 1.4bn tonnes from the scheme from 2013-20. Sandbag analysis shows that that this number is too low, for caps to become effective 2.3bn tonnes need to be removed.

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Commission wants CO2 limits for lorries 21.05.10

Efforts to reduce climate emissions from road freight transport were given a boost last month when the Commission suggested the introduction of carbon dioxide emissions standards for the first time. The idea has been floated in a communication on clean and energy-efficient vehicles, which concentrates mainly on setting a framework for the development of electric cars. Source Transport and Environment

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Government won’t be the greenest ever by turning off its lights says WDM 14.05.10

David Cameron has announced today that his government will be the ’greenest government’ ever. We welcome the sentiment but we are sceptical and said that ‘history will judge this government on its green credentials by its policies to cut the UK’s emissions dramatically and getting a fair international climate deal, not by turning off its lights at night.’ :Source World Development Movement

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Greens issue "big, open, and comprehensive offer" to Lib Dems dismayed by Nick Clegg’s support of Tories 14.05.10

The announcement of a deal between the Tories and the Lib Dems should be a wake-up call to Lib Dem supporters, said Britain’s Greens this morning - and the Greens issued a "big, open, and comprehensive offer" to Liberal Democrat members and voters to come and join the Greens and campaign for real democratic change, real action to tackle poverty, and real action on climate change.

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Conservative Liberal Democrat Agreement on the environment 14.05.10

The details of the Conservative Liberal Democrat negotiations agreement on the environment, signed on the 11th May. It makes quite interesting reading, particularly on the nuclear question, which the Tories support but the Lib Dems oppose. From public statements since this document the agreement seems to be that new nuclear power stations will be developed, but without any form of public financial support. As nuclear generation and notably the storage of waste is so hugely expensive it will be interesting to see how that pans out.

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UK Organic market drops 12.9% in 2009 14.04.10

Organic sales in the UK had a terrible year in 2009, after a decade of double digit annual increase, last year saw a 12.9% drop in total sales to ₤1.84 billion, from a high in 2008 of ₤2.113 billion. Particularity hard hit was the organic meat and prepared food sectors, while organic milk, baby foods and home cooking ingredients held up and cosmetics and health product demand increased. Early signs from 2010 indicate a slow resurgence with projections of between 2-5% according to the newly released Soil Association’s Organic Market Report 2010.

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Making the UK’s energy systems fit for 2050 18.03.10

Fundamental restructuring of the UK’s entire energy system is unavoidable if it is to meet future energy demand while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, even assuming that energy demand in all sectors can be substantially reduced, according to a report published today by the Royal Academy of Engineering. If we are to achieve this, the scale of the undertaking will require the biggest peacetime programme of investment and social change the UK has ever seen, says the Academy.

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Conference for a 1,000,000 Climate Jobs 28.02.10

The failure of politicians to come to an agreement at Copenhagen has meant that the struggle against climate change takes on a new urgency. Here in the UK, the huge demonstration before Christmas shows that millions of people want to see serious action on climate change.

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Going Green at Work Conference 15 March 24.02.10

If you are an active Trade Unionist then the Going Green at Work”, a national TUC conference on organising for greener workplaces could be of interest. The conference will showcase the work of the TUC’s growing army of green reps. The conference will include a report-back and evaluation of the TUC’s two-year Greenworkplace project, funded by the UMF.

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Campaign Against Climate Change 3rd Trade Union Conference 13 March 2010 09.02.10

The Campaign Against Climate Change Trade Union conference have brought together hundreds of Trade Unionists to discuss the role that the Trade Union movement can play in the fight against Climate Change.

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Economic Growth isn’t the answer for developed economies 09.02.10

As economists and politicians anticipate the publication of official figures for UK economic growth and the World Economic Forum pack is bags and leaves Davos, new research from independent think-tank nef, warns that we should be wary of celebrating rising GDP in their latest report ’Growth Isn’t Possible: Why rich nations need a new economic direction’.

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Business Leaders Warn Of Impending Oil Crunch 09.02.10

A report due to be launched on Wednesday will say that the UK economy is particularly dependent on oil and will urge any new government to pursue coherent policies to enable the UK to adapt to a future of high-cost oil.

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Tell the EU: Palm Plantations Aren’t Forests! 09.02.10

A leaked document reveals that the European Union wants to require member states to use biofuel from destructive palm plantations — and to do that it wants to define plantations as “forests”- An alert from Rainforest Rescue

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Renewables top Europe’s Energy Investment in 2009 08.02.10

More new wind power capacity was installed in the EU in 2009 than any other electricity-generating technology, new statistics published today by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) reveal. 39% of all new capacity installed in 2009 was wind power, followed by gas (26%) and solar photovoltaics (16%). Europe decommissioned more coal and nuclear capacity than it installed in 2009. Taken together, renewable energy technologies account for 61% of new power generating capacity in 2009.

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Copenhagen pledges are still not good enough, says Caroline Lucas 14.12.09

EU leaders may have pledged more money to help developing countries adapt to climate change - but when it comes to cutting their own emissions, they are still not aiming high enough, said the Green Party leader today.

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The Value of Volunteering’ much more than economics 14.12.09

With rising unemployment and fewer job vacancies, the current financial crisis has seen renewed policy emphasis in both Europe and the UK on volunteering as a route to employment, according to a new report from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC.)

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Climate Change and ’Overpopulation’- reflections from The Corner House 12.12.09

The Optimum Population Trust’s continual link between population and climate change, and David Attenborough’s film for BBC2’s Horizon, ‘How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth? once again plays to the neo-Malthusian myth of over population as the world’s major problem. This paper from the ever thoughtful Corner House think tank, which shows the problems with this simplistic and ahistorical approach, merits another read.

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The Cuts Won’t Work- 2nd Green New Deal Report 11.12.09

This second report from the Green New Deal Group argues that the UK is currently missing a historic opportunity in the pre-budget report to tackle public debt, create thousands of new green jobs and kick-start the transformation to a low-carbon economy.

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Voting Opens for Angry Mermaid Award for Worst Climate Lobbying 04.12.09

The damaging impacts of corporate lobbying on international efforts to fight climate change are exposed today with the announcement of the eight candidates for the Angry Mermaid Award 2009.

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A Green Conservative Government in 2010? 03.12.09

Remember the days of the Turbine Tories, with David Cameron’s rather useless wind turbine, and photo opportunities of a helmet wearing David riding through the streets of London? Zac Goldsmith, inheritor of The Ecologist working on a Green plan for the next Government? When the Conservatives hugged the oak tree of their logo? The closer they get to power the more distant those days seems argues Natural Choices editor Peter Shield

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Small-scale green energy schemes more productive than 2 nuclear power stations. 30.11.09

Small-scale renewable electricity schemes could generate more than twice the output of Sizewell B nuclear power station by 2020 if Ministers improve the proposed Clean Energy Cash-back scheme (or feed-in tariff), due to be launched in April next year, according to figures released today (Monday, 30 November 2009) by Friends of the Earth.

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Economists fail to account for ‘natural capital’ – report 20.11.09

Many economists are failing to assess the value of their countries’ natural resources, putting billion’s of people’s well-being at risk and contributing to catastrophic species loss, according to a new United Nations Environment Programme report.(Source WWF)

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11 Most Vulnerable Nations Seek Climate Justice 11.11.09

Final Draft of declaration issued November 11 in the Maldives, by the Climate Vulnerable Forum, comprising the 11 countries considered most vulnerable to climate change: Maldives, Kiribati, Bangladesh, Nepal, Vietnam, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Barbados and Bhutan.

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Study shatters myth that population growth is a major driver of climate change 12.10.09

There is at most a weak link between population growth and rising emissions of the greenhouse gases that cause climate change, says a study published in the journal Environment and Urbanization, written Dr David Satterthwaite of the International Institute for Environment and Development.

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Vestas eviction notice served, 7th August 12.00 06.08.09

After Vestas won the right to evict the occupying workers from the Isle of Wight site, a management spokesperson said they were not in a hurry to evict. Once again they cannot be taken at their word as they have now served an eviction notice for tomorrow, Friday, at noon.

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Organic- It’s all about Food Security, the Environment and much more research 06.08.09

The UK organic movement needs to get back on message, once it has taken time to work out what that message should be, and that message should be determined by the core scientifically proven and provable environmental values of organic agriculture and Food Security not debates about the politics of the Food Standards Agency argues Peter Shield, editor of naturalchoices.co.uk.

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Vistas Fish and Chips Video 06.08.09

A superb short film by Emily James that highlights both the stupidity of the private security firms stopping people supplying food to the occupying workers, and the depth of local support for the strikers. Cool lyrics as well.

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Vestas consultation extended to 10th August as company feels the heat 31.07.09

The occupation of the Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight today passed another significant milestone with the workers holding back the scheduled closure date of the facility and with the company writing to staff this morning confirming that the consultation has been extended indefinitely – a move described by Vestas union RMT as a “massive victory.”

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Caroline Lucas MEP proposes a workers’ co-op for Vestas 31.07.09

The Isle of Wight’s Green Euro-MP is to submit an urgent proposal to the Leader of the Isle of Wight Council for support for a workers co-op at the Vestas wind turbine manufacturing plant to be established under the Sustainable Communities Act 2007.

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10 reasons for getting the troops out of Afghanistan 29.07.09

The latest leaflet from the Stop the War Coalition neatly sums up the arguments for withdrawal from a country who’s population no longer wants to be occupied. With 52% of the UK population now against the war maybe it’s time to invest in something other than guns and helicopters.

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Vestas bogus statements exposed as RMT slams company for treating staff “worse than you’d treat a dog” 29.07.09

OFFSHORE ENERGY UNION RMT today called for urgent government intervention to stop the closure of the Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight after statements from the company that “demand is too low” for turbines in the UK were exposed as totally bogus.

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RMT claims significant victory as Vestas court case is deferred to next Tuesday 29.07.09

OFFSHORE ENERGY UNION RMT today claimed a significant victory in the fight to save the Vestas wind turbine factory on the Isle of Wight after today’s repossession proceedings were deferred until next Tuesday.

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Monsanto, a contemporary East India Company 29.07.09

Economic growth, large technical workforce and lower research costs in India are attracting Research and Development (R&D) investment from multinational corporations (MNCs), particularly in agri-business. In the OECD economies, agri-business is the second most profitable industry, after pharmaceuticals. Contributing to its profitability is rapid development in biotechnology, writes Kamalakar Duvvuru on Dissident Voice.

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Labour’s green rhetoric is hollow unless it acts now to protect Vestas 28.07.09

Ed Miliband’s comment in the Guardian is a sorry attempt to excuse the irresponsible behaviour of Vestas management in closing the Isle of Wight plant. It seems that Miliband and his government are more prepared to defend the interests of big business than to solve the problem of climate change and keep people in work argues Edward Maltby from Workers Climate Action.

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Vestas To Receive £6 million, Isle of Wight Plant Still Closing 28.07.09

Source:Electric.co.uk. The government granted Vestas Technology £6 million in cash yesterday. However the funding will not keep the Isle of Wight wind farm from closure.

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Canada’s Tar Sands: A financial and environmental black hole argues new report 28.07.09

A new analysis of oil demand forecasts from the world’s leading energy agencies has uncovered a significant emerging risk for international oil companies investing in Canada’s environmentally destructive tar sands. The report, entitled Shifting Sands, calls into question the long term profitability of unconventional oil assets due to major downward revisions of growth in global oil demand over the next decade.

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Election of the 13th Green Councillor in Hove breaks Tory majority 24.07.09

The victory of Green candidate, Alex Phillips, in the Hove by-election, brings the Brighton and Hove Green Group of Councillors to 13, matching Labour and robbing the Conservatives of their majority. In Norwich North the Greens tripled their vote but still came in 5th behind UKIP as Tories crush Labour.

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RMT pledges legal assistance and full backing for Vestas strikers 24.07.09

OFFSHORE ENERGY UNION RMT today confirmed that it will be providing legal assistance to the workers involved in the Vestas turbine factory occupation on the Isle of Wight at a possession hearing scheduled for next Wednesday (29 July).

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Greens object to police tactics at Vestas occupation 22.07.09

Police at the Vestas wind turbine factory occupation on the Isle of Wight have been preventing food being brought to protesters.

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Vestas threatens striking workers with the sack 22.07.09

The occupying workers have told the BBC that management yesterday gave them a deadline of 22:30 to walk out of the factory and keep their redundancy pay, otherwise they would be sacked. The workers ignored the threat “Obviously we stayed in” said one worker. He added, “We didn’t want it to come to this”.

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Vestas workers speak out 21.07.09

Source Save Vestas campaign: "As workers at a wind turbine manufacturer, we were confident that as the recession took hold that green or renewable energy would be the area where many jobs could be created – not lost."

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Europe’s carbon trading system needs urgent rescuing claims report 21.07.09

The Sandbag campaining group has launches its first major report on how the EU emissions trading scheme is working. Given that the scheme covers 50% of all EU carbon emissions, whether it’s working or not goes a long way towards determining whether EU efforts to tackle climate change are up to scratch. And at the moment the good ship ‘ETS’ is in need of rescuing.

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Fairtrade Foundation welcomes DFID White Paper: Eliminating World Poverty 21.07.09

The Fairtrade Foundation welcomes the significant investment in fair and ethical trade announced in a White Paper unveiled by Secretary of State Douglas Alexander in the House of Commons on 6 July 2009. In the White Paper, the Department for International Development (DFID), as part of a rebranded UKaid programme, says it is quadrupling funding to promote fair and ethical trade.

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Securing food supplies up to 2050-latest report 21.07.09

The world faces what one of our witnesses described as “an unprecedented double challenge”: it needs to produce more food, but in a way that does not degrade the natural resources on which agricultural depends, and which decreases the food chain’s reliance on fossil fuels and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Meeting this challenge will require a fundamental shift in thinking about food, on the part of Governments and consumers, says the latest report from the Parliamentary Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.

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Green Party supports Vestas plant occupation 21.07.09

Caroline Lucas, the leader of the Green Party, has sent a message of support to workers taking part in the occupation of the Vestas wind turbine manufacturing plant. Lucas has represented the Isle of Wight in the European Parliament since 1999.

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Vestas workers occupy factory as they try to save 625 green jobs 21.07.09

Workers at the Vestas Blade factory and research centre in Newport on the Isle of Wight have occupied their factory in order to prevent the removal of vital equipment in the run up to the plants planned closure on the 31st July. Only days after the Government announced its Low Carbon Transition plans to create 60,000 Green energy jobs, and 1.2 million strong green sector by 2020, one of the few green manufacturing units in the country plans to close it doors, losing vital skills and local production in Europe’s largest potential wind energy nation.

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nef response to the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan 21.07.09

The Secretary of State for Climate Change and Energy’s plans for the transition to a low carbon future for the UK are welcome, and not before time. But is the scale of the vision set out in The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan up to the task at hand?, writes nef’s Dr Victoria Johnson.

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Pakistan plants 541,176 trees in one day 17.07.09

Pakistan set the Guinness World Record for tree planting, beating India in a healthy and productive international competition contributing to preserving fragile and endangered forests. With 541,176 young mangroves trees planted by 300 volunteers from the local fishermen communities just in one day, the country broke the previous 447,874 record held by historical rival India.

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US: Who Gets the Green Jobs and Are They Any Good? 15.07.09

Just because a job’s green doesn’t mean it’s good. With everything going green—if it really is—what does that mean for our workplaces? A union-backed report by Good Jobs First cautioned that job creation in the new “green economy” often means more low-wage, low-benefit work with companies hostile to unions, writes Tiffany Ten Eyck for Labor Notes.

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G8:The Cnuts of climate change 15.07.09

There has been no time in recent history where coordinated agreement from the great powers was more urgent. The triple crisis of energy, economy and climate change are no longer theoretical risks but clear and present dangers that have to be addressed, argues Jim Jepps of the Daily (Maybe) blog.

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Nuclear power? No point, says new report 13.07.09

A new report from the Green Party, Nuclear Power? No Point!, makes a powerful case that nuclear power has no rationale in terms of either economics or helping the fight against dangerous climate change. Written by London Assembly Chair Darren Johnson, the report argues that nuclear power contributes so little to our energy supply, and new nuclear would be tool little too late, an equal amount spent on energy efficiency would ahve a much bigger impact on CO2e emissions.

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7 point plan to create sustainable food system 13.07.09

The Sustainable Development Commission published, Food Security and Sustainability: The perfect fit , its report and recommendations to Government for a sustainable food system in the UK, just days before the House of Commons’ Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee is expected to publish its findings from the inquiry into securing UK food supplies up to 2050.

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Tearfund’s Response to G8 Summit 13.07.09

Overall, this year’s G8 communique represents a missed opportunity for poor communities, but some glimmers of hope for the future, with small steps forward on climate change and food security. Previous commitments on aid levels and health targets (such as universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support) where re-iterated, but without any sense of urgency or a plan for how they would be achieved, says the Tearfund analysis of the recent G8 Summit

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Government refuses to act on excessive supermarkets packaging -a 10.7 million tonne mystery 13.07.09

Hilary Benn continued the Government’s refusal to take meaningful steps to force supermarkets to reveal publicly whether their packaging policies and the real packaging figures add up. Despite calls from the Local Government Association to help their 350 member reduce the 1.8 billion estimated costs between 2008-201 dealing with the 10.7 million tonnes of waste packaging, the Government stuck to their ’voluntary’ not compulsory approach to business. The same policy approach that has worked oh so well in the finance sector.

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The 19 Sustainable Break through ideas that could transform the UK 08.07.09

The Sustainable Development Commission has unveil the 19 Breakthrough ideas which could transform the UK into a sustainable society, at an event attended by HRH the Prince of Wales on the 1st July..

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Climate and Capitalism Conference- 12th September 02.07.09

Planned for Saturday September 12, Climate and Capitalism is the first seminar organised jointly by Green Left and Socialist Resistance, the ecosocialist currents in two of Britain’s left parties, the Greens and Respect. This energetic and open day of discussion will bring experts, campaigners, radical activists and others together. The event will be in the Euston Friends’ Meeting House, London, NW1 .

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£100m Green Deal to Slash SME Energy Bills 30.06.09

The Carbon Trust is to improve access for small and medium businesses to over £100m in interest-free and unsecured loans, it was announced today, 29th June. The move is intended to help more businesses survive the recession by cutting both their energy costs and their carbon footprints.

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A roadmap for a low carbon future beyond 2050 30.06.09

The UK lacks a coherent energy system that can effectively meet future energy needs while preventing rapid climate change, according to leading scientists. The Low Carbon Future report is based on a discussion meeting held at the Royal Society and calls for a new vision for energy generation that is based on the long term replacement of fossil fuels through the development and deployment of new technologies.

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New reports from wind industry "indicate failure of market-led approach," say Greens 24.06.09

Two new reports to be presented at the British Wind Energy Association’s Offshore 09 conference will indicate severe problems facing the offshore wind industry - problems which the Green Party says are "attributable to a fundamentally inadequate approach by the Labour government."

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Brown told: ‘Rich don’t have the answers to the crisis’ 24.06.09

Campaigners today criticised Gordon Brown for refusing to send a cabinet minister to the United Nations summit on the economic crisis, but personally attending the ’outdated and elitist’ G8 meeting in July.

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Survive or thrive the coming climate change 24.06.09

“Adapting to the new climate of the 21st century will be costly, sometimes impossible and potentially hugely destabilizing to society” argues Professor Neil Adger at the University of East Anglia, in his lastest book, Adapting to Climate Change, published this week by Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research with Cambridge University Press.

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British Climate Change Act doomed to failure claims study 19.06.09

Environment ResearchWeb: The UK Climate Change Act of 2008 recommends reducing carbon emissions by at least 80% by 2050 and 34% by 2022 but these goals are just too ambitious according to a new study. The Act is also "fundamentally flawed" and would require decarbonization rates that are simply unrealistic.

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Avoiding a green bad deal 15.06.09

Investing our hopes in green growth or new technological fixes will not avert the climate crisis. So what will? To inaugurate Red Pepper’s new series on transitions to a world after fossil fuels, Oscar Reyes, from Carbon Watch, looks at the democratic deficit in the power sector

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Japan’s emissions 8% target: far too little, far too late 15.06.09

Japan’s announcement to reduce its emissions by only 8 percent by 2020 completely lacks ambition and stands in the way of a fair global deal, which should save the world from the catastrophic impact of climate change, says the World Wildlife Fund.

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Wind could provide 18% of Scotland energy and speed retirement of coal and nuclear 11.06.09

Greens today welcomed the announcement from Iberdrola, owners of Scottish Power, of plans for five more substantial wind farms to follow their success at Whitelee, Europe’s largest wind project. The industry estimates that suitably located projects on this scale could produce 18% of Scotland’s electricity , and Greens argue this would allow the early closure of polluting and unsustainable nuclear and coal plants.

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Palestinian farmers use permaculture to challenge occupation 11.06.09

Sarah Irving, The Electronic Intifada. At five in the morning on 8 November 2000, Israeli troops invaded the Sustainable Development Centre in the West Bank village of Marda, tearing doors off their hinges and smashing windows. They destroyed seven years of work on the permaculture project. During the two-and-a-half hour rampage, the plant nursery, seed bank, agricultural equipment, computers and files were all wrecked.

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Greens make further progress in county elections 11.06.09

In the county elections the Green Party continued to make steady progress.

The party made its breakthrough onto four county councils – Cambridgeshire (1 seat), Devon (1), Gloucestershire (1) and Suffolk (2).In Norfolk the Greens held 2 seats and gained 5.

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Scottish Green campaign Euro 09 focuses on Green Jobs 15.05.09

The Scottish Green Party will today launch its campaign for the European elections at the Edinburgh University Energy Centre. The campaign will focus on Green proposals to create thousands of green jobs in Scotland.

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Greens launch ’It’s the Economy Stupid’ Manifesto for Euro’09 15.05.09

The Green Party is fighting hard to increase their representation in Brussels, with two outstanding MEPs defending their seats in the South, this time they they hope to win at last one more seat in the crucial North West, where their excellent candidate anti-racist campaigner Peter Cranie looks likely to pip the BNP’s Nick Griffiths for that crucial seat. Rupert Read also looks strong in Eastern England.

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A Buddhist Declaration on Climate Change 12.05.09

Today we live in a time of great crisis, confronted by the gravest challenge that humanity has ever faced: the ecological consequences of our own collective karma. The scientific consensus is overwhelming: human activity is triggering environmental breakdown on a planetary scale.

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Severn shortlist ’seriously flawed’ says RSPB 08.05.09

The Government’s shortlist of tidal power schemes for the Severn Estuary is ’seriously flawed’ and should be scrapped according to an expert review of the advice ministers were given.

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Renewables not Nuclear should be Scotland’s road to 2050 08.05.09

As former Greenpeace and Green activists begin to break ranks and support New Labour’s calls for a new generation of nuclear power plants, Scottish Democratic Green Socialist’s Iain MacLeod argues that a serious socialist strategy for serious investment in renewables is the real answer, and that the left needs to up its game on the renewables vs nuclear argument.

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Road Haulage loss should be rail’s gain say Greens 08.05.09

Responding to today’s news of a decline in the road haulage industry, the Green Party has said Britain must change direction to create more jobs in a lower-carbon economy.

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London elects Darren Johnson as 1st Green chair 07.05.09

Darren Johnson, a Green Councillor in the London Assembly since 2000, was elected today as the Chair for the next year at the London Assembly, with Jennette Arnold taking over the role of Deputy Chair.

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UK and China launch £10 million carbon capture initiative 05.05.09

The Carbon Trust today signed a groundbreaking agreement in Beijing with the China Energy Conservation Investment Corporation (CECIC) to develop and deploy low carbon technologies in China. This partnership will help British business wanting to export low carbon technologies into China.

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No new coal for Scotland until CCS proven say WWF 04.05.09

Scotland, which has just issued a report extolling its potential for carbon capture and storage, should hold off on constructing any new coal-fired power stations until carbon storage becomes a reality, WWF-Scotland said last week.

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Government on track to miss carbon emissions targets by12.5% 04.05.09

It all started so well, the Climate Change Act was the first time a national government had set itself so ambitious a carbon emissions target. However less than 12 months later the Sustainable Development Commission’s latest report show that they are on track to miss the first target already.

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Soil Association demands enquiry into link between intensive animal farming and disease 01.05.09

The Soil Association, the UK leading organic campaigning organisation, demanded a full enquiry into the relationship between intensive animal farming and human life threatening diseases

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Alberta Tar Sand- the Facts 01.05.09

With Shell PLC recently renewing its commitment to extracting oil from the Alberta tar sand, we reproduce a superb article from Canada’s West Coast Climate Equity campaigning website outlining the environmental, emissions and resource usage disaster exploitation the sand pits represents.

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CCS technology is "a giant gamble with the climate" 01.05.09

The World Development Movement welcomed Ed Miliband’s announcement that there is no place for unabated coal in our energy future at a time of climate crisis.

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End Animal Testing in Europe demand campaigners 01.05.09

As MEPs prepare to vote next month (May 09) on proposals to update Europe’s animal experiments directive animal advocates are taking to cyber-space to demonstrate public support with a virtual march on the European Parliament. Launched today by the Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research, Four Paws and the Humane Society International, the Make Animal Testing History virtual march is a global first for animal protection campaigning.

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Secure, Carbon-Free and Electric? The UK’s Energy System in 2050 30.04.09

The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) today releases a major new report addressing two of the Government’s toughest energy policy goals – delivering reliable energy to consumers while meeting its legal commitment to reduce C02 emissions by 80% by 2050.

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Marine renewables to expand underwater 30.04.09

English and Welsh waters are to be scoped out, for the first time, for their potential to host marine energy devices. A new study will look at the potential for wave, tidal-stream and tidal range technologies around the English and Welsh coastline.

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£11m to protect our seas from climate change 30.04.09

A five-year, £11million study into the effects of climate change on Britain’s seas has been announced as scientists warn of more acidic seas affecting the food chain.

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Indigenous People call for radical action at COP15 30.04.09

Indigenous representatives from the Arctic, North America, Asia, Pacific, Latin America, Africa, Caribbean and Russia met in Anchorage, Alaska for the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change. Calling for a 95% cut in carbon emissions by 2050 they outlines a 15 point actions plan for a radical step change at the COP15 negotiations.

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ShellGuilty Campaign Launched as Shell Trial Confirmed 30.04.09

Days after a judge confirmed Shell Oil will stand trial in New York from May 26 on charges it was complicit in the murders of Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight other Nigerian activists, environmental and human rights groups announced they have formed a global campaign to hold Shell accountable and demand that it stop gas flaring in Nigeria.

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Green China: Low carbon powerhouse by 2050? 30.04.09

China’s economy could grow more than 10 times by 2050 yet its emission growth can stay consistent with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 450ppm CO2 climate target says a Tyndall Centre research report being launched in Beijing on Wednesday 29 April. China can also reverse its emissions growth as early as 2020 - conclude Tao Wang and Jim Watson of Sussex University and the Tyndall Centre.

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Green and Brown shoots in a contradictory budget 27.04.09

Alistair Darling’s budget reveals the government’s ’contradictory’ green credentials, according to the World Development Movement.

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The Ecological Revolution by John Bellamy Foster 27.04.09

The Ecological Revolution: Making Peace With The Planet by John Bellamy Foster. Since the atomic bomb made its first appearance on the world stage in 1945, it has been clear that we possess the power to destroy our own planet. What nuclear weapons made possible, global environmental crisis, marked especially by global warming, has now made inevitable—if business as usual continues.

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2009 Budget fails the unemployed 22.04.09

Dr Caroline Lucas MEP, the Green Party’s leader, told Radio 4’s The World at One today that the government is throwing away the potential to create hundreds of thousands of extra jobs by failing to invest adequately in insulating buildings, in solar energy and other renewables, in upgrading the electricity grid, in public transport and in new skills training.

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’Green’ Budget 2009 fails both the poor and the climate 22.04.09

Consumer Focus today slammed the 2009 so called ’Green’ budget as failing to effectively tackle energy poverty, nor create green jobs and on top of it all push more poor people into fuel poverty.

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Follow your own advisors Mr Darling for a Green Budget for 2009 22.04.09

Braced for the usual spin and greenwash that Greens have learned to expect from the Chancellor on Budget day, the Green Party today points to the Sustainable Development Commission’s own advice - which is remarkably close to the Green Party’s.

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24 million homes need greening up to meet 2050 targets 14.04.09

It would take 23,000 teams of people working for 500 months to make the necessary energy efficiency alterations to the 24 million existing houses that will be standing in 2050 if UK is to meet national and international emissions targets,says the new ‘How people use and ’misuse’ buildings report’ from the ESRC.

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UK could create 70,000 wind power jobs 14.04.09

In a report published today, the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr) has said that without a rapid expansion of offshore wind capacity the UK will struggle to achieve its legally-binding target of 15% of renewable energy from renewable sources by 2020.

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Why co-ops are the answer on housing 13.04.09

IT WAS shocking to follow the saga of the Home Secretary’s domestic arrangements - the hubby at home in Redditch watching porn while she was in her "main" home, her sister’s back bedroom in London. writes the Morning Star’s Nick Matthews

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JUSTICE4JEAN statement on the death of Ian Tomlinson 13.04.09

The family of Jean Charles de Menezes and their Campaign wish to express their deep condolences to the family of Ian Tomlinson over his tragic death. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

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Close to Home- Oxfam report says things getting worse for poorest 20% 13.04.09

FRED.:Forgotten.Ripped-off.Excluded.Debt-ridden. The UK is fast becoming a nation of FREDs says Oxfam’s new report on poverty in the UK.

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The police here are stopping peaceful protest claim Greens 08.04.09

Jenny Jones, Green Party Home Affairs spokesperson and London Assembly member, has called senior police in the Met "complacent" over their belief their officers behaved professionally at all times during policing of the G20 protests.

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Green groups launch legal battle against Heathrow expansion 07.04.09

Leading green groups, together with local councils and residents’ groups, today launched a legal challenge against the government’s controversial decision to expand Heathrow airport.

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Greens promise £165 a week state pension 06.04.09

Today, on National Pensions Action Day (Monday 6 April), the Green Party announces its key election pledge for pensioners - a £165 a week non-means-tested citizens’ pension for every pensioner in the UK.

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Ian Tomlinson: did police "kettling" contribute to death of innocent man? 06.04.09

Jenny Jones, the Metropolitan Police Authority member who has formally complained over police tactics during the G20 demonstrations, has spoken out again today.

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Save the Children declares a ‘crisis for children’ in the UK 06.04.09

Save the Children has declared a ‘crisis’ for families in the UK, as it partners with UK charity Family Action to distribute cash grants to around a thousand families who are struggling in the recession.

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G20: Where Is the Money, and Who Is the Moneylender 06.04.09

It seemed like a lot of money at the time. The leaders of the group of eight richest countries, the G8, met in Gleneagles in Scotland and announced 50 billion dollars in new aid, half of that for Africa and half for the rest of the world writes IPS’s Sanjay Suri.

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2 EDF staff charged with spying on Greenpeace France 03.04.09

Top staff at nuclear energy giant Electricite de France (EDF) have been charged on suspicion of spying on Greenpeace.

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G20 protest - policing tactics 03.04.09

Report from Councillor Romayne Phoenix:In 31 years of active participation in peaceful street demonstrations I have NEVER before been close to the threat of being ’kettled’ in / trapped by police.

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On the G20 Protest frontline 03.04.09

A report from Andy Hewitt:After spending about an hour and a half at Excel, where there was a small STW demo, but not much sign of further protest, I joined the solidarity vigil outside Bank at 1pm this afternoon in memory of the fallen comrade who lost his life last night.

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Green Party leader slams police action over G20 Protest 03.04.09

Green Party leader Caroline Lucas MEP has described the tactics used by the Metropolitan Police at yesterday’s G20 protests as "disproportionate and provocative." Throughout today, reports had been coming in from Greens who had been involved in the protest.

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Climate Change- most important issue facing the working class 31.03.09

A couple of weeks ago, two and a half thousand climate scientists met in Copenhagen ahead of the UN talks that are to be held in the city later this year, writes Roy Wilkes, Secretary of the Campaign against Climate Change Trade Union Group.

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New Low Carbon Business Guide 31.03.09

As securing capital investment becomes more challenging, the Carbon Trust has developed a how-to-guide to help facilities managers, works engineers and environmental managers make an effective business case for investment in low carbon projects.

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200,000 children to benefit from £10m of cycle training 31.03.09

Over 200,000 more school children in England will have the opportunity to have Bikeability training this year thanks to £10m of government funding, earmarked today by Transport Minister Paul Clark as part of the official launch of Bikeability for 2009.

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South Downs to become UK’s 9th National Park 31.03.09

Environment Secretary Hilary Benn today gave the go-ahead for the South Downs to become England’s ninth National Park.

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Put People First ‘a magnificent success’ 30.03.09

The Put People First demonstration on the eve of the G20 in London was a magnificent success. It tapped into a groundswell of popular anger. writes Nick Wright for 21stcentury manifesto.

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New coalition launches Post Bank campaign 30.03.09

As the Government struggles to get to grips with the financial crisis, a comprehensive proposal for a new ’Post Bank’ to run as part of the Post Office Network ihas been launched by a new coalition of trade unions, a business organisation, pensioner and pressure groups and charities

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Green Stimulus Or Simulus? 30.03.09

What is the government doing that is new and additional to stimulate the economy by spending on the environment? This report by the New Economics Foundation shows that new funding for greening the economy amounts to just 0.6 per cent of the UK’s total stimulus package.

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50,000 jobs could be created through major energy efficiency programme 30.03.09

Over fifty thousand British jobs could be created if the government invested in an energy efficiency programme that would also help tackle climate change, according to a report released today.

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G20 rally – things to do if you’re going, and things to do if you’re not 25.03.09

Oxfam:Just a few days to go until this Saturday’s G20 rally, and with the pre-demonstration-buzz growing by the day, we thought we’d pull together a quick update on what’s planned for the day, and what you can do to help even if you can’t make it.

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UK can have wind power and wildlife says RSPB 25.03.09

One more barrier that sometimes pits conservationist against ecologists has been removed by a report commissioned by the RSPB which found that the UK could greatly increase the number of onshore wind farms it builds without trashing wildlife.

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Defra announces body to help businesses and communities go green 25.03.09

Defra is bringing together a range of bodies under WRAP’s leadership to provide a one-stop-shop to help businesses, organisations and households become more resource efficient, Environment Secretary Hilary Benn announced today.

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No to food from cloned animals, says European Parliament 25.03.09

Today(25th March) an overwhelming majority of Members of the European Parliament voted against the authorisation of food products from cloned animals and their offspring.

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UK’s Energy Crisis: Wake up 2020 is tomorrow! 24.03.09

Britain’s energy policy is in crisis, the successive failure of the UK Government to take any meaningful action on its innovative 2003 Energy Policy and its subsequent watering down in the 2007 Energy Bill has now been further compounded by it’s recent inability to make any decisions at all about anything argues Naturalchoices Editor Peter Shield.

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Catalyzing Capital Towards a Low-Carbon Economy TL3 24.03.09

The world plans to invest €10 trillion in fixed-asset investments over the next decade. It is essential we invest in sustainable technology and infrastructure, say green investment gurus James Cameron and David Blood in Catalyzing Capital Towards a Low-Carbon Economy.

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Trade unions to G20: Half measures will not fix broken global economy 23.03.09

In a worldwide push for action by G20 governments to pull the global economy out of recession and chart a new course for job creation, financial regulation and global governance, trade unions across the world are today delivering a common set of demands to their national governments.

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G20 summit ‘cannot be allowed to fail’ 23.03.09

As the global trade union movement publishes its statement to the G20 summit today (Monday), TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber has said that the “stakes for the G20 summit are incredibly high” and that “it cannot be allowed to fail”.

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3rd Sector Taskforce on Climate Change launched 23.03.09

A new taskforce launched today will help the government and the not-for-profit sector to tackle climate change and environmental issues. Supported by The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Green Alliance.

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Bright Green Light for Carbon Labelling 23.03.09

Political and business support for Carbon Trust’s Carbon Reduction Label has grown steadily since its creation in 2007, and today’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) ’Environmental Labelling’ report gives a bright green light to greater expansion.

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Greens determined to block BNP in Europeans 21.03.09

At the Green Party conference in Blackpool today, top North West candidate Peter Cranie urged the Green Party to redouble its efforts to push the far-right BNP out of this June’s Euro-election race.

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Green conference to consider "zero-carbon by 2030" option 20.03.09

In a week when Britain’s media has been reported yet more dire warnings of climate catastrophe and looming energy shortages, the Green Party’s spring conference is to consider a motion calling for a zero-carbon economy by 2030.

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LGBT Greens slam Conservative’s European Partners 20.03.09

The news that the Conservatives in Britain may politically ally themselves in the European Parliament with the Polish homophobic Law and Justice Party is the cause of great concern to the Green Party’s LGBT Group.

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A prayer for E.0N from Climate Change Day of Action 19.03.09

As EU leaders meet in Brussels to today (Thursday 19 March) to discuss key issues including Europe’s response to global warming, campaigners from across the UK are gathering in Coventry to demand urgent action to avert climate catastrophe.

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Emission cuts of 34 % by 2020 are too low warn scientists 19.03.09

Leading UK climate scientists from the Tyndall Centre warn that the greenhouse gas reduction target recommended by the Government’s climate change advisory body is based on ‘dangerously misleading’ assumptions and is too weak to prevent dangerous climate change.

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‘Not for profit’ job losses ‘worse than’ Charity Commission figures 18.03.09

Unite, the largest union in the country, believes that the picture for charities, particularly job losses, is bleaker than the latest Charity Commission research reveals.

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5 Free Climate workshops for Trade Unionists 18.03.09

The PCS Union and Climate Outreach and Information Network are hosting a series of five free workshops on climate change for trade unionists.

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EDF and E.0N lobby for lower UK renewable targets 17.03.09

GreenPeace: Prepare to be unsurprised. Very unsurprised. Those lovable energy giants EDF and E.ON have put their collective boots into government plans to generate 35 per cent of our electricity from renewable sources.

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Cambridge economist calls for a ’Climate Marshal Plan’ 13.03.09

Combating climate change may not be a question of who will carry the burden but could instead be a rush for the benefits, according to new economic modeling presented at "Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges & Decisions" hosted by the University of Copenhagen.

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Seas could rise by 1 metre by 2100 13.03.09

Research presented at the International Scientific Congress on Climate Change in Copenhagen shows that the upper range of sea level rise by 2100 could be in the range of about one meter, or possibly more.

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40% of world’s power could be green by 2050 13.03.09

With adequate financial and political support, renewable energy technologies like wind and photovoltaics could supply 40 percent of the world’s electricity by 2050, according to findings from the International Scientific Congress "Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges & Decisions."

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The People’s Charter- 6 demands for a fairer Britain 11.03.09

Launched today, 11th March, The People’s Charter is a list of 6 key demands for a fairer, greener, safer and sustainable Britain. Supported by leading Trade Union figures they are calling for a fundamental refocus of political piorities to concentrate on people not profits.

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Unlocking Green Enterprise a Trade Union strategy for a 21st century low carbon economy 10.03.09

The Trades Union Congress’s report “Unlocking Green Enterprise: A low carbon strategy for the UK economy” is a superb outline approach to policy initiatives that show how markets alone are unable to meet the needs of a 21st Century UK.

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Greenpeace blocks ’easy way out’ for EU finance ministers 10.03.09

Three hundred and forty Greenpeace activists from across Europe have blocked the exits of the Brussels building where EU finance ministers are discussing funding for developing nations to tackle climate change

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Carbon Trading: the God that Failed 10.03.09

When even BP’s former boss Lord Browne cast doubts on the effectiveness of Carbon Trading it is time to look again at the dubious policy of putting a price on pollution. Simon Butler from Australia’s Green Left weekly looks at the reality of creating a market to correct ’market failure’.

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2nd Climate Change Trade Union Conference Report 10.03.09

Liam MacUaid published this report on the 2nd Climate Change Trades Union Conference held last weekend in London

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Stern:On recovery and climate change, prospects in 2009 10.03.09

From the Mckinsey Quarterly. Economist Nicholas Stern discusses the downturn and its effect on the climate change agenda.

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Climate camp 2009: Making Fools of the City 05.03.09

First the city traders speculated with our homes, jobs and money – with disastrous results. Now they are speculating with our climate and the very future of life on earth – and once again our governments are cheering them on.

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Climate Campaigners converge on Coventry on 19th March 05.03.09

Hundreds of campaigners from around the country will join forces with NASA’s Dr James Hansen, a world expert on global warming, in Coventry on 19 March 2009 for a national Climate Change Day of Action.

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Online wind estimator tool blows away confusion around wind power 05.03.09

The Carbon Trust is today launching a new online tool to help businesses and consumers considering installing a wind turbine to work out how much power it could generate alongside the cost and carbon savings.

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2nd Trade Union Conference on Climate Change 02.03.09

Saturday 7th March the Trade Union Group of the Campiagn Against Climate Change brings together leading figures in the Labour movement with a wide range of climate change activists.

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Coen Brothers 30 seconds on Clean Coal 26.02.09

Joel and Ethan Coen (The Big Lebowski, Raising Arizona, No Country for Old Men, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?) have produced a great 30 sec ad to support ThisisReality.com the American anti-coal campaign.

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US$400 billion needed by summer to ‘green’ up an economic revival 26.02.09

Governments need to include spending on ‘green’ measures in their packages for tackling the global economic crisis in order to address the growing threat of climate change, according to a report published today by former members of the team that produced the landmark report on ‘The Economics of Climate Change: The Stern Review’.

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Would You Bank on them? 26.02.09

European leaders handling the economic downturn are relying on the advice of a committee dominated by financial industry insiders implicated in the current crisis, says a new report published by Corporate Europe Observatory, SpinWatch, LobbyControl and Friends of the Earth-Europe.

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6 Billion Ways conference 23rd February 19.02.09

There are still places at the 6 Billion ways conference, which takes place on the 23rd Fernruary at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green. The agenda is packed will some superb speakers from the full range of development, world social justice and green arenas. One not to miss.

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80% by 2050:Too little too late say Greens 16.02.09

The Green Party today invited major party leaders and leading NGOs to an urgent summit meeting to agree a determined national response to the climate crisis.

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Put People First march on the 28th March 16.02.09

A huge new platform of unions, development agencies, faith and environmental groups plans to tell world leaders attending the G20 summit in April that only just, fair and sustainable policies can lead the world out of recession.

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Combatting climate change could create 150,000 jobs 09.02.09

As the economy slides towards recession and unemployment continues to rise, the LGA has unveiled plans for a ‘Green New Deal’ that would help generate new jobs, save carbon, cut fuel poverty and increase the country’s energy security.

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Meltdown, fires as climate emergency hits Australia 09.02.09

The heatwave across south-eastern Australia in recent weeks has given a hint of what we can expect as global temperatures continue to rise: black-outs, fatalities and transport chaos as privatised infrastructure fails, writes Katherine Bradstreet for Australia’s Green Left weekly.

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Tackling climate change will fight poverty and beat the downturn, says new report 08.02.09

A new coalition of leading UK environmental and social justice groups, convened by Oxfam and nef (the new economics foundation) and including Friends of the Earth and the Royal College of Nursing, says the government cannot choose between tackling poverty and climate change; it must begin to tackle these related issues together and it must take action now.

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UK banks have 1,207 subsidiary companies in tax havens claims TUC 06.02.09

The TUC is calling on the Government to make the banks in which it has shares or who are receiving assistance from the Bank of England fully reveal their tax haven activities

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UK Climate Change emissions down in 2007 Claims the Government 05.02.09

Oh no they are not says Friends of the Earth. This week the Government published its own calculations on the country’s green house emissions, according to them CO2 emissions are down 1.5% and total green house gas emissions are down by 1.7% year on year, but without aviation and shipping do the figures mean anything?

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Feeding the 9 Billion- Global Food Security for the 21st Century 01.02.09

The recent drop in the price of food is not going to last according to the latest report from the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Written by leading food expert Alex Evans the report argues that the effect of the recent drop in energy prices will soon be overwhelmed by climate change, resource scarcity and water availability. Only a second Green Revolution based on sustainability, resilience and equitability will meet the needs of a world of 9.2 billion people.

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Gaza appeal raises £3 million in first week 01.02.09

Since the appeal was launched on Thursday 22nd of January, members of the DEC have reached almost 800,000 people with vital supplies of blankets, food, water, sanitation and medical equipment.

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Why is the UK so far behind in renewables? 30.11.08

Most major countries in Europe have decided to focus on one or two technologies to reduce carbon emissions. By making concentrated investments in one or two promising areas these countries are likely to achieve substantial cost reductions and rapid increases in deployment, writes Chris Goodall in his Carbon Commentary, and author of the newly released Ten Technologies to Save the Planet .

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Will The Alternative Energy Industry Survive The Oil Price Crash? 30.11.08

Two years ago CarbonFree warned that companies exploiting the growing market for alternative energy should ensure their technology and services remain competitive, even if the price of oil fell as low as $30 per barrel.

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Boris’s not so Green first 100 days 06.08.08

Boris Johnson has yet to show how he will keep his promise to make London the greenest city in the world after his first 100 days as Mayor of London, Friends of the Earth said today.

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Just Transition - Call from the 2008 Climate Camp 05.08.08

The climate camp is determined to stop the human causes of climate chaos because of the devastating impacts it will have on both people and planet. Climate chaos is a social justice issue because it is already killing people now and because it will impact upon the poorest and most vulnerable first, both nationally and globally.

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Call for ban on cloning for food after report shows major concerns over animal welfare 31.07.08

Eurogroup for Animals is calling for the European Commission to ban the cloning of animals for food immediately after a report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) outlined grave concerns over its impact on animal welfare while emphasising there are still too many uncertainties about the technology.

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UK needs ‘Green New Deal’ to tackle ‘triple crunch’ of credit, oil price and climate crises 31.07.08

On the first anniversary of Northern Rock falsely reassuring markets, and 75 years since President Roosevelt launched a New Deal to rescue the US from financial crisis, a new group of experts in finance, energy and the environment have come together to propose a ‘Green New Deal’ for the UK

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Government misses its own sustainability targets in 2007 21.03.08

The Sustainable Development Commission is calling on the government to take urgent and radical action to meet its own sustainable development targets. The call comes as the Commission publishes the sixth annual assessment of government operations, which finds that, despite encouraging initiatives, government is still not on course to meet targets and urgently needs to raise its game.

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Budget 2008 Darling of the environment movement? 15.03.08

Centre for Alternative Technology’s reaction to Chancellor Alistair Darling’s Budget 2008. There were some green measures in Chancellor Alistair Darling’s red box. But these offerings are only small steps in the right direction says CAT.

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Close Mediterranean seaports to Pirates demands EJF 15.03.08

The Environmnetal Justice Campaign strongly commends approval of a new region-wide scheme for stronger Port State controls targeting illegal, unreported and underreported (IUU) fishing by the FAO-established General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM).

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Budget 2008- Green Party’s Response 15.03.08

’Darling bottles it in a budget that is Brown, not Green’- It tells you all you need to know about the government’s attitude to the environment that Darling chose the section on climate change to reaffirm his commitment to expanding both Heathrow and Stansted airports

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2008 Budget- one step forward two steps back 15.03.08

The Chancellor has fallen a long way short of his promise to put sustainability at the heart of today’s Budget, says Friends of the Earth. In a budget widely proclaimed as the Greenest budget ever Alistair Darling failed to take any bold measures to confront Climate Change.

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Friends of the Earth call for £5 billion windfall tax on energy companies 11.03.08

The Government must massively expand its efforts to increase levels of energy efficiency in the homes of the fuel poor, Friends of the Earth said today. The green group warned that Government efforts to boost the income or lower the bills of the fuel poor would neither provide a permanent solution to fuel poverty in the face of rising energy costs or tackle climate change.

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Scientists, consumers and farmers all call for a ban on cloning 07.03.08

A monster coalition of farmers, scientists, consumers, environmentalists and animal welfare campaigners has written an open letter to the European Commission to call for an immediate ban on the cloning of animals for food production, and on the import and sale of imported food products from cloned animals and their offspring.

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MEPs call for ban on cloning animals 22.02.08

European parliamentarians are calling for the European Union to ban cloning of animals for food and any products derived from their offspring.

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Greens denounce ’sham’ Heathrow consultation 21.02.08

The Government’s continuing support for an expansion of Heathrow airport demonstrates a complete contempt for the environment, the health of UK citizens and for our democratic processes, Green MEP Caroline Lucas said today.

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Supermarket practices are unhealthy, unjust and unsustainable says SDC 21.02.08

A Sustainable Development Commission review of policies affecting supermarkets has concluded that government cannot successfully combat obesity, waste, climate change and fair trade issues without a concerted approach to harness the power of supermarkets.

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Business as usual for the big 4 retailers after Competition Commission enquiry 20.02.08

The Competition Commission provisional findings on the £120 billion grocery sector would be laughable if it wasn’t so sad. With 75% of the UK’s grocery sales controlled by the big 4 retailers the Commission has decided that what the country needs is more supermarkets, not less, at the cost of what remains of local economies.

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Green Party- A New Green Deal for 2008 18.02.08

Caroline Lucas MEP, hopefully soon MP for Brighton Pavilion, made a stunning speech at the Green Party’s Spring Conference last weekend. While strongly criticising all the ‘greenwash’ of both the present government and two other mainstream grey parties she also put forward a powerful message of hope- a Green New Deal for 2008 and beyond.

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Loan shark finance for the post-modern age 18.02.08

Last weekend was the Green Party’s Spring conference. Derek Wall, the Party’s male principal speaker, outlined his critique of modern finance capitalism. Here is his speech which bears up well as an eco-socialist take on the world today.

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Shipping produces 1.12 billion tonnes of CO2- twice aviation’s footprint 15.02.08

As the industrial workshops of the world move from Western Europe and America to China and Asia shipping levels have reached an all time high. Aviation is often seen as the bad boys of carbon emissions, the new UN report however shows it is that shipping which is really is the elephant in the room. It is time we take responsibility for our international carbon footprint argues Peter Shield.

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Greens welcome report slamming Indonesian Palm Oil 11.02.08

If palm oil is to be produced sustainably, the damaging effects of unjust policies and practices in the Indonesian plantation sector must be addressed, says the Green Party’s Derek Wall.

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Caroline Lucas warns big 4 supermarkets over abuse of buying power 01.02.08

South East Euro-MP Caroline Lucas is celebrating success in Brussels today (31st January) after her proposal to launch an EU investigation into supermarket dominance was accepted by over half of all MEPs in the European Parliament.

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Actually CO2 emissions have gone up 6% says Friends of the Earth 31.01.08

The Government figures released today will not show Britain’s real carbon dioxide emissions, according to Friends of the Earth. The environmental group claim the figures would be 6 per cent higher if pollution from international flights was included and is calling on the Government to include these missing emissions in the Climate Change Bill.

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UK emissions figures down by 0.5% says Defra 31.01.08

Greenhouse gas emissions fell again in 2006, putting the UK in an even stronger position to exceed its Kyoto Protocol commitment, new figures DEFRA show. The final figures for all greenhouse gas emissions in the UK in 2006 show that total greenhouse gas emissions were down 0.5 per cent on 2005 levels, while carbon dioxide (CO2), which makes up about 85 per cent of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions, stayed virtually the same (a 0.1 per cent fall).

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12 reasons why going green is more talk than action 16.01.08

‘A Framework for pro-Environment Behaviours’ is the latest report from DEFRA identifying why going green is more talked about than actually done. Identifying 12 activities the report highlights 6 groups and why each one does or doesn’t act. It misses out the crucial role Government must play to set the pace.

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When it comes to energy compliance Britannia waives the rules 16.01.08

The forthcoming Climate Change Bill is the second piece of energy legislation with legally binding targets. But will the Government comply with its own law? The omens are not good if its record on fuel poverty is examined argues the Association for the Conservation of Energy’s Andrew Warren.

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ASA slams ’sustainable’ palm oil adverts 09.01.08

Friends of the Earth has today welcomed a decision by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in which palm oil described as "sustainably produced" was ruled to be false advertising. The verdict followed a Friends of the Earth International complaint against an advert by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council.

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72% demand private housing developers should meet green targets 02.01.08

The majority of people surveyed in a new poll by the National Housing Federation want the Climate Change Bill to require private developers to drastically cut the carbon emissions of their new homes.

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No Bali 2007 targets means no MEM 2008 14.12.07

The US may have changed it rhetoric but the fact remains it has wrecked the Bali conference. It has fought against firm targets, it has fought against technology transfer to developing countries and still clings the idea that the Major Emitters Meeting will allow it to set the global climate change agenda. It is time to say No to Bush.

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1 out 10 believe greenwashing is a major problem 13.12.07

(BALI, Indonesia)—9 of 10 delegates and participants attending the U.N. Climate Change Conference believe companies are “greenwashing,” according to a survey conducted by EnviroMedia Social Marketing, Inc.

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UK offshore wind farm development-33GW by 2020? 13.12.07

The UK government has announced an intention to allow offshore wind farm development around most of the UK. John Hutton suggested that about 33 GW capacity could be added by 2020. This would provide about 25% of current UK electricity demand (which is itself rising by 1 to 2% per year) writes Chris Goodall, author of ’How to Live a Low-carbon Life’ .

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Green Mayor Candidate unveils campaign 03.12.07

Siân Berry declares: ’A Green London is an affordable London’ Siân Berry, Green Party candidate for Mayor of London, has officially launched her campaign.

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73% Greens vote to adopt new leadership model 03.12.07

Yes - 73% | No - 27% The Green Party have announced the results of the party-wide referendum to adopt a new leadership model, a shift from the current set-up of two Principal Speakers.

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Green advertising needs sound evidence to avoid being hot air says ASA 28.11.07

The rise of public concern about the environment has lead to an increasing number of eco and ethical claims by advertisers. Some are legitimate others preposterous. The advertising policing body, the ASA, is tightening up its code on green claims but as it actions are reactive will it stop the greenwash?

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Emissions from UK homes could be cut by 80% reveals new research 27.11.07

Carbon emissions from UK homes could be cut by 80 per cent by 2050, according to Home Truths, a new report published by Dr Brenda Boardman at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute.

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Brown calls for a Marshall Plan to build a low carbon economy 21.11.07

Gordon Brown in his first major speech on the environment looked to toughen the Climate Change Bill targets, committed to the 20% renewable targets by 2020 and then dodged the hard decisions necessary to make it all happen.

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UK mining companies complicit in abuse of poor 21.11.07

British mining corporations supported by the UK government, such as Vedanta Resources, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, are complicit in human rights abuse while making huge profits in developing countries.

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Government accused of playing ’catch-up’ on climate change 20.11.07

Green Party Principal Speaker Caroline Lucas MEP today responded to Gordon Brown’s first major speech on the environment since becoming Prime Minister, and also criticised measures unveiled by the Environment Secretary Hilary Benn.

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Friends of the Earth calls on Brown for 5 key actions to match his words 20.11.07

Gordon Brown’s pledge to make Britain a world leader in tackling climate change has been welcomed today by Friends of the Earth. But the environmental campaign group said his words must now be matched by urgent action to cut UK carbon dioxide emissions, which have risen since Labour came to power.

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Brown calls for a 4th technological revolution 20.11.07

In a speech at the Foreign Press Association in London, the PM stressed the importance of building a global low carbon economy and pledged to put the UK at the forefront of the fight against climate change and its effects. We have reproduced the original text of this crucially important speech.

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International legal experts urge action to end Japanese whaling 16.11.07

An international panel of independent legal experts convened in London has issued a detailed report challenging the legal status of Japan’s whaling operations, particularly the taking of endangered sei and humpback whales.

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China is keeping the UK within the Kyoto limits 15.11.07

Chris Goodall, author of ’How to Live a Low-carbon Life’ looks at how the UK effectively has exported our carbon emissions to China. If we counted the emissions we consumer rather than just those we produce our Kyoto targets would look very different.

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Setback for climate policy as MEPs ‘lose their nerve’ over new cars 15.11.07

MEPs have voted to weaken European targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from cars. T&E says they have ‘lost their nerve’, and MEPs from the Green group called the vote ‘a massive setback for EU climate policy’.

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MEPs fail to back a 50% cap on aviation emissions 15.11.07

EU plans to tackle aviation’s increasing climate change impacts through the Emissions Trading Scheme remain inadequate after MEPs failed to significantly strengthen European Commission proposals say environment groups

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Green leadership debate heats up 14.11.07

The Green Party of England and Wales membership is in the process of voting on whether the Party should have a formal leader. Both sides of the debate have strong arguments in their favour, what ever the outcome it is important that the Party pull together after the dust has settled argues Natural Choices editor Peter Shield.

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Biofuel: a Real Danger to Poor Countries 13.11.07

Energy. Experts and NGOs are concerned about the perverse effects of this type of production in a world that faces hunger shortages writes Ramine Abadie, Special correspondent for L’Humanite, Geneva-translated by Jonathan Pierrel

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Government to offset 339,729 tonnes of CO2e for its air travel 12.11.07

Using rice husks to generate heat and electricity in Thailand, turning human sewage in Manila into clean electricity and creating power from pig waste are among the ways the UK will offset its carbon dioxide emissions from air travel.

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Queen’s Speech 2007- one step forward two steps back 07.11.07

Despite the welcome for the Climate Change Bill, the Energy Bill in one fell swoop undermines all the green rhetoric and the Planning Bill is the sledgehammer to make it work argues Naturalchoices editor Peter Shield.

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‘Fairtrade begins at home’ says Church of England 06.11.07

The pursuit of cheap food coupled with the buying power of the big supermarkets is putting farming livelihoods at risk, the Church of England has told the Competition Commission.

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The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein 06.11.07

Last week Dominique Strauss-Kahn took up office as the head of the International Monetary Fund, the unthinkable has happened, a socialist, albeit a pretty right wing one, has taken over the key institution promoting free markets and economic globalisation. How did this happen?

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Pre- Queen’s Speech 2007: Friends of the Earth call for tougher action 06.11.07

The expected inclusion of a climate change bill in Tuesday’s Queens Speech has been welcomed by Friends of the Earth. But the environmental campaign group is urging the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, to strengthen the proposed new law to ensure that Britain plays a leading role in tackling global warming.

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Competition Commission balls it up for the 3rd time 31.10.07

Despite extensive proof that the large supermarkets are bullying suppliers and destroying local businesses ability to compete, the Competition Commission fails to take any meaningful action once again.

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More planes, more cars less CO2 claims Kelly 31.10.07

Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly has launched ’Towards a Sustainable Transport System’, the plan for the UK’s transport system. It claims that it can combine bigger motorways, airport expansion, large investment in ports with cuts in carbon emissions.

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80 is the right figure Mr Benn 30.10.07

Hilary Benn has signalled that the 60% cut in emissions by 2050 outlined in the draft Climate Change Bill is based on old figures and needs to be reconsidered. Aviation and shipping emissions ‘may’ also be considered at a later date. Come on Hilary get some backbone!

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European Parliament weakens car emissions targets by 40% 25.10.07

Hopes of achieving a step change in the fuel efficiency of Europe’s cars have been hampered today by a vote in the European Parliament according says Transport & Environmnet, as MEPs vote to weaken the car industry’s targets by 42%.

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Brown urged to destroy Europe’s 20% renewable targets 23.10.07

Gordon Brown is being urged to join with France’s nuclear lobby and Poland’s climate change sceptical government to push to abolish Europe’s renewable energy targets by John Hutton, the secretary of state for business reveals John Vidal in the Guardian.

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98% of FTSE-All Share companies paying lip service to environmental in 2006 23.10.07

The ‘Environmental Disclosures Report 2007 marks slow progress in terms of meaningful environmental reporting by the listed companies. In the words of the Environment Agency reporting lacks ‘rigour, depth and quantification’.

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Planning White Paper Is Legally Unworkable says FoE 23.10.07

The Government’s White Paper, `Planning for a Sustainable Future,’ was criticised as legally unworkable by top barristers today (23 October). Matthew Horton QC and Richard Harwood, who scrutinised the White Paper for Friends of the Earth, found that the proposals would breach UK, European and International law in a number of key areas.

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Power Failure: How the World Bank is denying energy to the world’s poorest 19.10.07

As world financial leaders gather in Washington for the annual joint strategy meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, Christian Aid is calling for an urgent rethink of the World Bank’s approach to tackling energy poverty.

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Corporate Watch to launch ’Technofix Top Trumps’ 19.10.07

Whenever the issue of climate change is discussed in the Mainstream media the first thing the pundits do is to reach for their trump cards. Who needs to stop burning coal - coal can be clean! Look here. Trump. Carbon Capture and Storage! Beat that hippie!

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UK lobbied to weaken 20% target at secret European meeting 16.10.07

Environmental groups are calling upon the UK government to stand by its recent commitments on renewable energy and to support a framework that will not undermine Europe’s progress on clean energy.

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9 inaccuracies don’t make a victory. 15.10.07

A Nobel for Al Gore and the IPCC, a High Court judgement, and uncovering of dodgy funding- all told it has not been a great week for climate change doubters and their mercenaries.

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1 out of 10 for Darling’s Pre-Budget Report 10.10.07

The Pre-Budget Report is pathetic. There is no other word to describe Alistair Darling’s mockery off all Labour’s Green rhetoric. Yes shifting air travel tax from passengers to planes is worth one point.-but that is it, says naturalchoices editor Peter Shield.

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Environmentalists call for a real green budget 08.10.07

The Pre-Budget Report (PBR) on Tuesday will be a key indicator of Gordon Brown’s long-term commitment to tackling climate change, Says Friends of the Earth. They are calling for real support for green home owners and motorists.

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EU emissions trading plan set for takeoff despite transatlantic rift 04.10.07

The EU will press ahead with plans to integrate aviation into its emissions trading system despite a major rift within the UN body responsible for the sector.

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Is 4.4% of the UK’s energy needs worth a barrage? 04.10.07

The Severn Tidal Barrage generator could provide the UK with 4.4% of it total power needs according to the Sustainable Development Commission. However it would lead to a 75% loss of the existing inter tidal habitat- a price to high for Friends of the Earth.

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Babylon and Beyond by Derek Wall 04.10.07

Derek Wall’s ‘Babylon and Beyond: the economics of Anti-Capitalist, Anti-Globalist and Radical Green Movements’ is a great romp through the various elements make up the anti-globalisation ’movement’- starting with the Keynesian type reformers like Soros and ending up with the eco-socialism, passing by autonomists, eco-feminism and of course anarchists.

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FTSE 100 Climate Commitments may lead to increased emissions 03.10.07

Campaigners from Christian Aid have publish the results of research which shows that most of the UK’s FTSE 100 companies have not committed to targets for absolute reductions in their greenhouse gas emissions.

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The Green Party ready for 2008 02.10.07

Derek Wall, the male principal speaker of the Green Party talks to Naturalchoices about the results of the Party’s Autumn Conference and the future of the Green Party in the United Kingdom.

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France unveils blueprint for green(ish) revolution 01.10.07

Green taxes on 4x4s, lower speed caps on highways and eco-labels on supermarket food: French campaigners and businesses unveiled a blueprint for a green revolution ahead of a high-profile environmental summit.

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Only £5.23 million spent on home microgeneration as LCBP ‘collapses’ 01.10.07

The Low Carbon Building programme of support to home microgeneration has effectively ground to a halt as Government prevarication and un-economic limits put off home owners from installing renewable energy.

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Icelandic authorities crackdown on political activists 01.10.07

Miriam Rose was held for 8 days by Icelandic police in July of this year, after protesting against the Icelandic government’s support for heavy industry, in particular Rio Tinto Alcan’s Straumsvik smelter in South-West Iceland. She has now been threatened with deportation.

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Benn’s bark on light bulbs has no bite 27.09.07

Hilary Benn, the environment secretary, made a big noise in his speech at the Labour Party conference about banning high energy light bulbs, sadly his words are not backed up with action.

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‘120 by 2012 must stay,‘ say MEPs 26.09.07

MEPs have sent a strong signal to the Commission and Europe’s governments that the EU’s long-standing commitment on carbon dioxide limits for new cars must be respected.

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UN Climate Change Summit kicks off with demand for Climate Justice 24.09.07

Meena Raman, Chair of Friends of the Earth International,will warn the world’s Heads of State at the start of the informal pre-Bali UN Summit on climate change that ’climate justice’ needs to be urgently addressed in the fight against global warming.

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Quality Of Life Report puts pressure on Conservatives to go green 17.09.07

The commission, driven by John Gummer and The Ecologist’s Zac Goldsmith, urge the Tories to embrace far reaching green policies. Can the Conservatives take on such radical policies, and if they do will they mean it?

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Will a leader fix the Green’s problems? 12.09.07

Never has the environment and green issues had a bigger profile yet the Party that has campaigned on the issues for 30 years remains marginal while the big three heat up the Parliament with green hot air.

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Surfers against Sewage special offer 07.09.07

The superb sea and coastline campaigning organisation, Surfers against Sewage is now offering a free wallet and the chance to win special prizes to new members, you too could be pictured in the press with a six foot inflatable turd.

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EU plans to curb aviation emissions will not work 04.09.07

Current proposals to include aviation in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme will have very little impact on aviation’s contribution to climate change, a new report by leading climate scientists warns today.

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Central targets may hinder sustainable waste management 30.08.07

Government priorities can drive local waste partnerships towards the achievement of central targets and efficiency savings rather than wider sustainable waste management objectives, a study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council shows.

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Liberal Democrats aim for a zero carbon Britain and carbon free cars by 2040. 29.08.07

“Zero Carbon Britain –Taking A Global Lead” is the Liberal Democrat’s pre-Conference proposals on what an environment policy under a Liberal government would look like. Radical proposals include zero carbon cars by 2040, a carbon free electricity sector by 2050 and a high speed rail network.

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Child Labour Awareness Week 20th August-26th August 23.08.07

While children in Britain are preparing to go back to school, an estimated 80 million children in India will not have this option according to a report published by Indian children’s charity the Child In Need Institute to mark Child Labour Awareness Week.

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57% increase in military R&D pushes social and environment research out of Universities 21.08.07

In its latest report, "More Soldiers in the Laboratory: the militarisation of science and technology - an update" Scientists for Global Responsibility show that expanding military influence over science and technology is marginalising social and environmental programmes.

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Camp for Climate Action 2007- A spark of hope 20.08.07

Last weekend’s actions at Heathrow and round the country are a superb reminder that civil protest is still possible, and now more than ever necessary, argues NaturalChoices editor Peter Shield.

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Ethical science award goes to pioneering brain scanner team. 16.08.07

Researchers using powerful brain scanners to develop methods of replacing invasive experiments on laboratory animals, have won an ethical science award from non-animal medical research charity, the Dr Hadwen Trust .

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2007 DEFRA environment survey shows people don’t walk the talk 15.08.07

DEFRA’s 2007 survey of public attitudes and behaviours toward the environment , reveals that while there has been some changes in people’s actions to prevent climate change since 2001 there is a large gap between thinking and doing.

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88% of colleges want sustainability on the syllabus of all subjects 13.08.07

Amidst growing concern about climate change, the University and College Union (UCU) endorsed a call by colleges for more environmental education in the college curriculum.

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Ethical consumption - consumer driven or political phenomenon? 08.08.07

The most effective campaigns to encourage ethical consumption are those that take place at a collective level, such as the creation of Fairtrade cities, rather than those that target individual behaviour, says new report from the Cultures of Consumption project

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New map highlights massive building plans for England and Wales 03.08.07

An online map highlighting the location of over one hundred new developments that could be forced through if the Government gets its way over changes to the planning system has been launched by planningdisaster.org.uk

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MPs demand tougher targets for Climate Change Bill 01.08.07

’Beyond Stern: From the Climate Change Programme Review to the Draft Climate Change Bill’ from the House of Common Environmental Audit Committee calls for stronger, more coherent, action by Government on climate change.

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MEP says EU Trading Scheme should be only action on aviation 27.07.07

A recommendation by an MEP playing a leading role in the debate on aviation’s introduction into the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) has rung alarm bells within the environmental movement.

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Growth in animal experiments enrages animal rights groups 24.07.07

The fact that the numbers of animals used in experiments jumped by four per cent in 2006 – the greatest increase in five years, and the highest number since 1991 – goes to prove the lie that the Government is putting its ‘best efforts’ into reducing the numbers of animals used in experiments, says the BUAV.

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Housing Green Paper- a tiptoe in the right direction but more urgency needed 23.07.07

The Government must insist that all new homes are ’carbon zero’ by at least 2010, says Friends of the Earth. The Government, which published it Housing Green Paper today, currently says that all new homes do not need to be carbon zero until 2016. The £8 billion for 70,000 new social housing not enough says Housing Associations.

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New Labour, New Environment? -report slams Labour’s green claims 20.07.07

Carbon dioxide emissions are now two per cent higher than they were when Labour came to power. Gordon Brown must do much better than his predecessor, Tony Blair, if the UK is to play a leading role in tackling the catastrophic threats of climate change and biodiversity loss.

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Electricity consumption growing in spite of efficiency drive says EU report 20.07.07

A report from the EU’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), indicates that overall electricity consumption is growing in the Europe. Despite the increase in renewable energy the increased demand caused by the increase of household gadgets has effectively nullified its impact. However low energy light bulbs and doing away with standby modes would reverse the trend.

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The Netherlands becomes the second EU nation to ban the trade in seal products 19.07.07

One small step for seals, one giant step to end the brutal seal hunt. This is the message coming out of The Netherlands with news yesterday that all trade in seal products will now be banned.

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Friends of the Earth calls for weekly food waste collections 18.07.07

Local authorities should introduce weekly food waste collections as part of a strategy to cut waste, increase recycling and tackle climate change, says Friends of the Earth said. Household waste only accounts for 9% isn’t it time to concentrate on business waste?

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Benn backs EU on removing set aside 17.07.07

In a week when cheddar cheese bits the £2,000 a tonne mark, and growing reports that bio-fuel is affecting over all food prices by gobbling up cereals to convert to car fuel, Hilary Benn has joined the NFU is calling for an en end to set aside land. Conservationist express grave concern for country wildlife.

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HSBC launches international survey of public attitudes towards climate change 16.07.07

New Research Shows Developing Countries Most Concerned About Need to Combat Climate Change. HSBC’s first international survey of public attitudes towards climate change highlights a surprising spectrum of opinions across the world. Climate change may be a global issue, but reactions to it vary strongly.

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UK 21st in European league of carbon efficiency and well-being 16.07.07

New Europe-wide research, conducted by the new economics foundation, using an innovative measure of carbon efficiency and real economic progress reveals that Europe is less efficient now at delivering human well-being than it was 40 years ago.

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Cut the Carbon March leaves Belfast on Saturday 13.07.07

Christian Aid’s Cut the Carbon March sets off for a 80 day, thousand mile walk around the British isles on 14th July, it is the longest protest march ever held in the UK. Marchers Mohamed Adow, and Fraser Winterbottom speak to Naturalchoices.

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World Agriculture: The Future is Organic 11.07.07

Should the UN recognise the advantages of organic agriculture? Organic? You must be joking my poor fellow… organic food, it’s only good enough for fools! How can you consider feeding the world with a low-productivity crops?

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Benn unveils ad campaign to inspire climate change action 09.07.07

People inspired to act on climate change by events like Live Earth now have help available to identify the steps they can take to make a difference, says Environment Secretary Hilary Benn.

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Live Earth set to be the biggest global musical event ever 04.07.07

On Saturday 7th Live Earth will now combine 7,112 concerts, parties and festivals in 129 countries around the world. With monster concerts in a rolling programme starting in Sydney and finishing Copacabana beach. Alive Earth is a cool alternative, online and fun.

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Hilary Benn – Britain’s new environment food and farming chief 03.07.07

Gordon Brown has appointed Hilary Benn as Secretary of State for DEFRA. It is the first time a vegetarian, Mr Benn has been a veggie for 35 years, has been appointed to be responsible for British agriculture. During his bid for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Mr Benn showed that he strongly supports animal welfare issues.

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Nuclear power - fade away and radiate 22.06.07

Just weeks after publishing the Energy White paper which strongly pushed nuclear power Alistair Darling, Secretary for Trade and Industry, has said the private sector must pay 100% of the costs of new power stations. Critics say it is the end of the industry.

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Greenwash – doesn’t reassure consumers on climate change 20.06.07

What Assures Consumers on Climate Change?, a new report from Consumer International and Accountability found that corporate and government efforts to inform consumers on climate change are falling on deaf ears, with barely one in ten people believing what they say on the issue.

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Are organic standards under attack from GMOs? 13.06.07

EU Agricultural Ministers have decided to allow organic food accidentally contaminated with genetically modified organisms to be classified as organic as long as the GMO presence is less than 0.9%. Furthermore, consumers would not be notified of any GM presence below this 0.9 per cent threshold.

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G8- a deal of sorts on climate change 08.06.07

The G8 meeting in Heiligendamm, has agreed that a new climate change programme will be agreed by 2009 to replace the Kyoto Protocol which runs out in 2012, and what is more it will be organised under the auspices of the United Nations.

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G8- Bush fiddles while the world burns 05.06.07

The G8 meeting in Heiligendamm this week faces an American President determined to delay a decision on what should replace the Kyoto Protocol which runs out in 2012.

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Carbon footprint labelling finally gets of the ground 31.05.07

Ian Pearson, Minister for the Environment, announced that DEFRA, is to develop a carbon foot print labelling scheme to show consumers the production, transport and disposal impact of products.

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Energy White Paper- nuclear plan to reduce carbon emissions 24.05.07

Nuclear power represents a key component of the new Energy white paper, Meeting the Energy Challenge, presented by Alistair Darling, secretary for Trade and Industry. Green groups have condemned the plans as neglecting viable alternative energy sources.

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Kelly’s new planning rules make way for airports, nuclear, supermarkets, and home wind power 22.05.07

Ruth Kelly, secretary for communities, announced a new planning regime handing over decision making for major projects to an unelected Commission. Supermarkets, nuclear powers stations, airport expansions, motorway projects could all now be approved without any meaningful local consultation.

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‘Perverse subsidies’ of polluters costs Europe billions 17.05.07

The Institute for European Environmental Policy claims that perverse subsidies of environmentally damaging industries is costing Europe billions, €29 billion subsidies for the energy sector, €7.3 billion for household fuels and a staggering €240 billion for road transport.

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’Blowing in the Wind’ - Companies Want Wind Energy: if Only They Could Get it! 16.05.07

Red tape surrounding "green" wind energy is hampering UK companies looking to significantly cut their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions says the Co-operative Insurance in a wish list sent Alistair Darling, Secretary of State for the Trade and Industry and backed by 10 of the UK’s major corporations.

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Climate change - one billion people homeless by 2050 14.05.07

Human Tide: the real migration crisis, a new report for Christian Aid Week estimates that the number of people forced out of their home by climate change related events, flooding, scarce water, conflict over scarce resources, could reach one billion by 2050.

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Renewable energy- now only for the rich 11.05.07

Despite the fact that Gordon Brown increased the funding for the Low Carbon Building programme from £12 million to £19 million Alistair Darlings newly launched scheme will mean that an average solar photovoltaic system will rise 60% in price.

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Bio-fuels the wrong road to sustainability 10.05.07

Transport Minister Stephen Labyman’s proposed Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation increases the amount of bio fuel in the mix for our cars, they have asked for public comment. You have until the 17th May to add yours.

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Sustainable Agriculture -Cuban Style 30.04.07

Nick Wright interviews Humberto Rios Cabrada head of the Cuban Local Innovation Programme in Agriculture. The crisis of climate change has the power to profoundly change the way that people think about the future.

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Car and Air Travel advertising should carry climate warning demands report 06.04.07

A report published by the Institute for Public Policy Research, argues that car and airline advertising should carry a warning, cigarette style, saying Driving and Flying Causes Climate Change.

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Brown’s budget a lighter shade of Green 21.03.07

Gordon Brown’s 11th budget held few surprises for the environment. It continues Brown’s theme of carrot and stick, encouraging ‘good’ behaviour rather than punishing ‘bad’.

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Dying on a Jet Plane- £10.4 billion air travel subsidy 20.03.07

The aviation industry is the fastest growing producer of carbon emissions in the United Kingdom, due to enormous tax breaks it is also heavily subsidised according to the World Development Movement.

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Climate Change Bill - major step towards a low carbon economy 15.03.07

David Miliband, Environment secretary, launched the Draft Climate Change Bill in Downing Street and on YouTube. With a 60% cut in CO2 emissions by 2050 it marks a world first in putting such large cuts into law.

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Greenwash- Government carbon policies a failure claims report 09.03.07

A report from UCL’s Environment Institute, commissioned by Channel 4’s Dispatches, says that the UK is barely on track to hit its 2012 Kyoto Protocol commitments let alone the 60% cut by 2050.

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Sustainable Development Commission slams Government’s green record 08.03.07

Government departments are failing to meet carbon, waste and water targets, according to a report published by the Government’s watchdog, the Sustainable Development Commission.

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Europe’s environmental ministers talk tough on emissions 26.02.07

The Environment Ministers of Europe agree a 20% cut in CO2 emissions by 2020 on 1990 levels, and pledges to push for a higher 30% target if they get buy in from other developed countries- read the US.

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‘Green’ Europe flattened by car lobby 13.02.07

The European Commission has once again put the interests of the car industry in front of its commitment to reducing CO2 emissions. In 1998 the car industry promised new cars would average 140 grams of carbon emissions per kilometre, they have failed to make good their word.

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Official-UK to miss its own carbon emissions target 01.02.07

In the same week as BAA announces plans for a second runway at Stanstead and the European Commission caved into to pressure from the car lobby, David Miliband, Environment Secretary, said that the 2010 target cut on carbon dioxide emissions "looked increasingly difficult to achieve".

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Kelly’s six star road to sustainable homes 25.01.07

Ruth Kelly, Secretary for Communities and Local Government, announced a ten year plan to radically reduce domestic carbon emissions and build more sustainable houses. From 2008 all new build homes will receive a star rating from one to six.

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Book Review- Heat by George Monbiot 24.11.06

Monbiot, campaigner, writer, columnist and academic throws all his hats into this engaging and challenging book. The book’s basic premise is that to hold global warming at 2°C the United Kingdom need to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 87% by 2030. Can it be done and what would life be like in a low carbon economy?

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