Encroachment on Ecosystems
Natural disasters?Guardian Unlimited | 01 Apr 2011
At least since Noah, and likely long before, we've stared in horror at catastrophe and tried to suss out deeper meaning - it was but weeks ago that the Tokyo governor, Shintaro Ishihara, declared that the earthquake/tsunami/ reactor tripleheader was "divine punishment" for excess consumerism. This line of reasoning usually fails to persuade these days (why are Las Vegas and Dubai unscathed by anything except the housing meltdown?) but it's persistent.
UK forest sale plan scrapped after outcryReuters | 17 Feb 2011
The British government on Thursday scrapped its controversial plans to sell the bulk of England's publicly owned forests after intense public opposition.
Forests sell-off abandoned as Cameron orders U-turnGuardian Unlimited | 16 Feb 2011
Plans scrapped after furious backlash and Ed Miliband jibing about PM changing the Conservative emblem to a tree. David Cameron has ordered ministers to carry out the government's biggest U-turn since the general election by abandoning plans to change the ownership of 258,000 hectares of...
UK postpones forest sell-offReuters | 11 Feb 2011
The controversial sale of 15 percent of Britain's publicly owned forests is being put on hold while the government looks again at issues like public access and biodiversity.
Forest sell-off faces the chop after coalition invoked a public backlashGuardian Unlimited | 11 Feb 2011
The government is on the ropes over its plans to sell off England's forests. Nearly half a million people have now signed a petition against the plans and local groups are springing up around the country. Last week I raised the issue of the sales in the House of Commons but I was told there was no turning back. A week is a long time in forestry politics.
Woodland sell-off plans - Greenpeace responseGreenpeace UK | 27 Jan 2011
Britains woodlands are precious for millions of people, a source not only of great curiosity but also great fulfilment. They offer important habitats to much loved wildlife, as well as enjoyment and beauty to families up and down the country. Its no surprise that there has been an upswell of...
Eleven ways to make money in 2011.Guardian Unlimited | 01 Jan 2011
Forget gold - coal is where it's at this year, with supply simply unable keep up with demand. Evy Hambro, one of the world's biggest investors in the mining industry (he helps manage $40bn (£26bn) in natural resources at Blackrock, including its top-performing Blackrock Gold & General fund) reckons that coal will be king once again in the commodity markets in 2011.
Deep-sea sharks protected as EU sets fish quotasReuters | 30 Nov 2010
European fisheries ministers have agreed minor cuts to quotas for some vulnerable deep-sea fish and more stringent measures to protect rare sharks. The European Union is trying to nurse its fish stocks back to health after decades of over-exploitation. Deep-sea fish are particularly vulnerable as they reproduce so slowly.
Science struggling to track destruction of natureReuters | 27 Oct 2010
Scientists are struggling to get a full picture of the variety of wildlife species around the globe as climate change, human exploitation and pollution threaten "mass extinctions," a series of studies published on Wednesday showed.
Poachers hit Somerset's elver fisheriesGuardian Unlimited | 28 May 2010
Juvenile eels net thousands of pounds for their captors - putting the future of a whole species at riskDusk falls and the elver poachers appear. They set up their equipment in the mud and then simply wait for the tide to rush in, bringing with it thousands of tiny juvenile eels.Within an hour one...
Morrisons makes palm oil pledgeGreen Consumer Guide | 08 Aug 2006
UK supermarket Morrisons has announced that it is to take part in international efforts to combat the issues surrounding palm oil procurement, following a widespread campaign.
Unsustainable offices highlightedGreen Consumer Guide | 08 Aug 2006
UK businesses are losing millions of pounds each year through badly-designed, environmentally unfriendly office buildings, according to a new study by international architects Gensler.
Major UK Supermarkets Sign Upto Take Action on Palm OilFriends of the Earth- England, Wales and N.Ireland. | 03 Aug 2006
The supermarket chain Morrisons has announced it will join international efforts to tackle the problems caused by palm oil, following a campaign to highlight the threat to orang-utans posed by the crop.
Department for Transport Failing on Climate ChangeFriends of the Earth- England, Wales and N.Ireland. | 03 Aug 2006
Government transport policies are failing to tackle climate change and carbon dioxide emissions from surface transport will continue to rise unless there is a radical change in approach, a new report published by a coalition of environmental groups today reveals.
South African Hotel Pampers Worms to Cut WastePlanet Ark | 02 Aug 2006
Thousands of earthworms guzzle tonnes of scrap food left over from the tables of the rich and famous at South Africa's plush Mount Nelson hotel, quietly doing their bit to save the planet.
Pilots Fly the Flag for South Africa's EnvironmentPlanet Ark | 31 Jul 2006
Rock cliffs loom high above the wingtips of the two-seater plane as it banks sharply through the winding course of a narrow ravine in South Africa's rugged Cederberg mountains.
Wider role predicted for recovered paper sectorLetsRecycle.com | 31 Jul 2006
Graeme Coombs, a former chairman of the Independent Waste Paper Processors Association, told letsrecycle.com that in his own business, Charlton-based TGM Environmental, he had recognised the need to look beyond existing paper contracts.
EU updates rules for cross-border energy networksEurActiv | 26 Jul 2006
The current version guidelines for Trans-European Energy Networks (TEN-E) dated back to 2003, before the last enlargement wave. They needed to be updated to accommodate the ten new member sates and nations outside the EU's new borders.