Human Rights and Environment
Stewart Brand: corporate propagandist?Guardian Unlimited | 10 Nov 2010
The environmentalist is refusing to retract false claims that there was a worldwide ban on pesticide DDT. Does his obstinacy mask a hidden, pro-corporate agenda elsewhere? Last week I gave Stewart Brand a simple challenge. In his book Whole Earth Discipline he claimed that the pesticide DDT "was...
Climate photos fuel migration prejudicesGuardian Unlimited | 27 Oct 2010
Climate change is not a reason to use sensationalist images and language that would be unacceptable in any other public exhibition. The effects of climate change are so hard to imagine that we should welcome an exhibition of Postcards from the Future that promises "Images that bring ideas to life...
Bitter fruit: The truth about supermarket pineappleGuardian Unlimited | 01 Oct 2010
These days, sweet pineapple come with a sour aftertaste, with production marred by allegations of environmental damage, union-busting, chemical poisoning and poverty wages. Late morning, and the suffocating heat of Costa Rica's rainy season has turned the air over the plantation leaden. On the horizon, where the spikes of thousands of pineapple plants merge into a grey-green fog, sits a spraying machine.
Save the planet - a message from another worldGuardian Unlimited | 27 Sep 2010
The first member of a remote Colombian tribe ever to set foot in Britain brings a stark ecological warning. Jacinto Zarabata sits in a suburban back garden in north London and unselfconsciously uses a stick to probe the inside of a gourd, which is shaped like a rather phallic mushroom with a bright...
Government welcomes report on affordable rural housingDEFRA - Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs | 18 May 2006
A new report which highlights the need for more homes to help families in rural areas has been welcomed by Housing Minister, Yvette Cooper and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs David Miliband.
Alternative needed to secretive WTOFriends of the Earth- England, Wales and N.Ireland. | 10 Feb 2006
Friends of the Earth urged Europe to take the global lead and work for a new international system that prioritises human health and environmental safety over free trade rules.
Chinese chemical threat to riversBBC | 25 Jan 2006
More than 100 chemical plants beside China's rivers pose safety threats, the country's environment chief has warned.
Environment key to helping poorBBC | 01 Sep 2005
The key Millennium Goal of halving poverty in a decade cannot be met without better environmental protection, according to a new report.
Canada Court Deals Blow to Natives Seeking RightsReuters | 21 Jul 2005
Canada's Supreme Court dealt two major blows on Wednesday to native Indian groups who are seeking more control over large tracts of land and resources as a way of escaping grinding poverty.
Investigating Environmental Justice in ScotlandFoundation for Water Research | 10 Jun 2005
The overall aim of this research project was to consider the extent to which communities of people in Scotland living at different levels of deprivation also live in proximity to factors affecting environmental quality. The presumption is often made that there is coincidence between poor environmental quality and deprived communities in Scotland. This project sought to develop an evidence base to explore this presumption and to help inform future policy directions.
Evidence of human rights abuse exposed in TurkeyFriends of the Earth- England, Wales and N.Ireland. | 30 Mar 2005
A report published today (Tues 1800) reveals an investigation into BP's Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline has uncovered evidence of human rights abuses, including violations of international fair trial standards in Turkey.
Fight to the deathGuardian Unlimited | 24 Mar 2005
As the 10th anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa approaches, William Boyd remembers a courageous friend and fellow writer who took on Shell and the Nigerian government
Fair playGuardian Unlimited | 09 Mar 2005
As Fairtrade Fortnight gets into its stride, John Vidal looks at how far the movement has travelled - and how far it has to go.
'McLibel Two' win legal aid battleAnanova | 16 Feb 2005
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that "McLibel" environmental campaigners David Morris and Helen Steel should have been given legal aid by the British Government.
McLibel: Longest case in English historyBBC | 16 Feb 2005
The European court ruling that two activists should have been allowed legal aid in their libel battle with McDonald's is just the latest of many twists in the longest case in English legal history.
McLibel CaseChannel 4 News | 16 Feb 2005
The European Court has ruled the 'McLibel Two' didn't have a fair trial when they took on one of the world's biggest companies by themsleves.
'McLibel' pair wins rights caseCNN Europe | 16 Feb 2005
The British government violated the rights of two vegetarian activists convicted of libeling the U.S. fast food chain McDonald's, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.
Libel law review over McDonald's rulingGuardian Unlimited | 16 Feb 2005
The government is to review the libel laws after two penniless environmental campaigners who were sued by McDonald's, the global burger chain, yesterday won a ruling at the European court of human rights that their rights to a fair trial and freedom of expression were violated when they were denied legal aid.