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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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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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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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Leading US Companies Contradict Own Actions on Climate Science 31.05.12

Half of Reviewed Companies Misrepresented Climate Science Despite Publicly Expressing Concerns. Many of US’s leading companies have taken contradictory actions when it comes to climate change science while pumping a tremendous amount of resources into influencing the discussion, according to an analysis released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

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RAW- Kickstarting a food and farming revolution 30.05.12

One of the most critical questions of our generation is how to feed our growing population at a time of vast sustainability challenges. Compassionin World Farming’s newest campaign, RAW, explores how we can achieve this in a humane sustainable way. Factory farming is the world’s predominant model of livestock farming – it’s how we rear and slaughter two thirds of our farm animals, currently around 65 billion, every year. But it’s not fit for the future.

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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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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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Apple, Amazon, Microsoft choose dirty energy to power growing cloud 04.05.12

The current explosion in cloud computing offered by major IT companies is driving significant new demand for dirty energy like coal and nuclear power, according to a new report from Greenpeace International. The report, "How Clean is Your Cloud?" shows a growing split within the tech industry between companies that are taking steps to power their clouds with clean energy, like Google, Yahoo and Facebook, and companies like Apple, Amazon and Microsoft who lag behind by choosing to build their growing fleets of data centres to be powered by coal and nuclear energy.

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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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African Land Grab surrounded in mystery 30.04.12

A new report, Dealing with Disclosure, today reveals how opening up the process around large-scale land deals in developing countries would benefit local communities, governments and business, and provides direction on how this can be achieved.

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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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"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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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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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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Food fit for a hospital or a dogs home? 07.02.11

A new survey for the Soil Association has revealed that over half of people (53%) would not be happy serving the meals they were given in hospital to a child, 29% say the food was so bad that at times they couldn’t recognise what was on their plate, and nearly a quarter (24%) opted out of the catering entirely – choosing instead to have every meal brought into them by visiting relatives.

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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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Pressure on UK supermarkets to label meat and milk from animals fed on GM 15.11.10

Following a move by the world’s second largest supermarket, Carrefour, to label foods derived from animals fed a non-GM diet the Soil Association has written to Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Marks and Spencer and Waitrose to put pressure on them to do the same so UK consumers can make the choice if they want to avoid GM.

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Blueprint for water-10 steps to sustainable water by 2015 11.11.10

Water is our most precious natural resource. It is vital to people’s health and happiness, vital for the environment and our wildlife, and vital to our economy. But this most precious asset is in crisis. That is why in 2006 a coalition of leading environmental organisations, launched the Blueprint for Water, setting out 10 steps to sustainable water.

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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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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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People and Environment Achievement Awards 2011 04.10.10

NOMINATIONS are invited for the inaugural People and Environment Achievement Awards (PEA awards) which will identify the country’s green heroes.

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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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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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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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The Carbon Carousel: VAT Tax Fraud 30.07.10

VAT tax fraud – dubbed by the mainstream media as ’carousel fraud’ or ’missing-trader fraud’ – has been troubling the carbon trading industry for a few years, reports Corporate Watch.

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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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Labour Activists slam Bangladesh Garment Workers Wage Proposal 28.07.10

Garment-workers unions and labour-rights organisations have reacted with indignation and disappointment at the newly-proposed increase of minimum wage in Bangladesh’ garment industry. Yesterday the National Wage Board recommended an increase of the minimum wage to 3000 Bangladeshi ’taka’ (€33). Source: Clean Clothes Campaign

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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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2 short satires from War on Want condemns ’sweatshop’ brands 24.06.10

Campaigners today step up their drive for a watchdog to prevent supermarkets abusing suppliers’ workers by launching new films which satirise overseas sweatshops. Source: War in Want

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Lidl Retracts False Claims of Fair Working Conditions 02.06.10

Consumer and worker rights organisations are celebrating a historic victory after the giant German retailer Lidl agreed to withdraw public claims that its goods were being produced under fair and decent working conditions. The agreement was reached following a legal challenge, launched by the Consumer Agency Hamburg, which accused Lidl of engaging in false advertising.

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Boycott tuna sandwiches from Boots, Greggs, Subway and Tesco 28.05.10

A survey by Ethical Consumer Magazine has revealed that the fishing methods which these companies employ to catch the Skipjack tuna used in sandwiches results in the unnecessary death of thousands of sharks, turtles and other marine wildlife every year:Source Ethical Consumer Blog

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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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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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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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Palestinian Olive Oil Producers in Manchester for Fairtrade Fortnight 19.02.10

Jamil Hijazin from Bethlehem University’s Fairtrade Development Centre and Mahmoud al Qadi from the East Bani Zeid Co-operative (NW Ramallah / al Bireh) will visit Manchester during Fairtrade Fortnight 2010.

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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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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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Nike agree to stop buying Amazon leather following Greenpeace report 28.07.09

The global sportswear company Nike has announced that it is to stop buying leather from the Amazon region of Brazil, following concerns that its shoes and trainers could be driving the destruction of the world’s largest rainforest and contributing to climate change.

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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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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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Lancaster residents fight against unsustainable shopping mall 08.05.09

Residents of Lancaster continue to fight plans to ’regenerate’ their city with a new shopping centre that would increase the size of the city centre by around 50%. A London-based company called Centros has waved enough cash under the nose of the near-bankrupt Lancaster City Council that the latter agreed a 250-year lease of the site, reports Corporate Watch

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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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‘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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Monsanto 0 Austria & Hungary 2 03.03.09

The European Commission was defeated in its latest attempt to force two countries to drop bans on controversial genetically modified maize

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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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150,000 support Handle with Care Petition 26.02.09

A coalition of animal welfare groups headed by the World Society for the Protection of Animals handed over 150,000 signatures supporting the ’Stop Long Distance Transport of Animals for Slaughter’ petition to the European Union Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou.

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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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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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Chicken Out! campaign launches design a Tesco chicken label competition 06.02.09

The Chicken Out! campaign is asking for your creative skills in designing a new label for standard intensively reared chicken.

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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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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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2.4 billion items of unworn clothing in the British wardrobe 01.02.08

Almost half of the clothes in Britain’s wardrobes go unworn, a new survey from Oxfam and Marks & Spencer has shown.A YouGov report, commissioned to mark the first day of the M&S and Oxfam Clothes Exchange, shows that 46 per cent of people’s clothes - an estimated 2.4billion items - have sat gathering dust on shelves and hangers and were not worn once in the last year.

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RSPCA launches a campaign to end £2 chickens 02.01.08

The RSPCA launches a new campaign as celebrity chefs move chicken into the spotlight. Shoppers are being urged to upgrade to higher welfare chicken and sign a new online petition calling for retailers to ditch ’standard’ chickens as part of a new RSPCA campaign.

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Ethical market worth £32.3bn in 2006 30.11.07

The Co-op Bank’s ethical consumerism report for 2006 show the sector has grown from 29.3 billion in 2005 to £32.3bn in 2006. Household spending on ethical goods and services is now £664, up from just £366 in 2002 an 81% increase in five years.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Downsell Primary School stars in Climate Calendar 2009 08.08.07

18 lucky pupils from Downsell Primary School in Leyton took part in a special photo shoot for Flipside Vision’s 2009 edition of the superb Calendar of Climate Change.

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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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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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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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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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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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The rise and roots of ethical consumption in the United Kingdom 09.07.07

Peter Shield, editor of naturalchoices looks at the roots of ethical consumerism in the United Kingdom. From the Rochdale Pioneers in 1844, to the growth of consumer power in the 1970s.

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Christian Aid challenges music lovers to ’Cut the Carbon’ at T in the Park 06.07.07

Unlike Live Earth which expects to attract 2 billion viewers T in the Park is a smaller gathering of music fans, smaller in number and much smaller in carbon footprint- in fact it has no carbon footprint at all. A mere 80,000 music lovers who won’t get to watch the concert on MSN because they will all be seeing it live at Balado, Perth and Kinross.

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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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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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Thenag.net changing the world one click at a time 19.06.07

You know what to do, that list of 101 things is pinned to the fridge and all it makes you do is feel guilty. How do you turn that first step into a skip? Briony Greenhill The Nag’s Project Director tells to naturalchoices how it works.

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Plastic Ain’t My Bag- campaign builds for Christmas 2007 12.06.07

We Are What We Do, the people who brought us “I’m not a Plastic Bag”, and "Change the World for a Fiver", launches its first high profile national campaign to unite shoppers and shops for a plastic bag free Christmas.

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Green Mobile link up with the Environmental Investigation Agency 31.05.07

Green Mobile, the UK’s first environmentally friendly phone service, has teamed up with the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) to offer a mobile service that raises funds for the EIA.

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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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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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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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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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