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Bees are back in the news this spring, if not back in fields pollinating this summer's crops. The European Union (EU) has announced that it will ban, for two years, the use of neonicotinoids, the much-maligned pesticide group often fingered in ...
Their home has been destroyed by bulldozers to make way for an oil palm plantation.
Seven Sumatran orangutans, including three mother and baby pairs, were saved from the tiny patch of forest that was being bulldozed by a company which is ...
NUCLEARThe world holds its breath as Japan’s damaged nuclear reactors continue to spew radiation. In the worst case, a cloud of radioactive material could be blown inland, endangering millions. The crisis has forced a reexamination of ...
Oil palm plantations in Sabah, Malaysia. The palm oil industry maintains its product is "greening the planet" but the reality is more complex.
The commercial shows a typical office setting. A worker sits drearily at a desk, shredding ...
prices and hundreds of millions more starving people will be part of humanity's grim future without concerted action on climate change and new investments in agriculture, experts reported this week.
The current devastating ...
Is there any trade crazier than the liquid biofuel
business? Apart from a handful of cars and vans running on used chip fat, it exists only because of government rules and subsidies. So what social benefits do these buy?
Biofuels are ...
When someone discovers, too late, that they are suffering from a serious and probably incurable disease and may have no more than six months to live, their first response is shock and then, in denial, they angrily try any cure on offer or go to ...
Polluting industries have received an early Christmas gift from European Union leaders who have agreed to weaken their proposals for fighting climate change in order to protect short-term commercial gains.
Winding up a two-day summit in ...
In June the state of Florida made an unusual announcement: it would sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the corps's plan to reduce water flow from reservoirs in Georgia into the Apalachicola River, which runs through Florida from the ...
The rush for biofuel
altern-atives to petrol has had a huge impact on global
food stocks, increasing the cost of food
by 75%, according to an authoritative
report for the World Bank.
Details of the report come just ahead of the ...
The United Nations is calling for urgent action to ease the global food
crisis that officials say threatens to push millions of people across the globe
into poverty and to the brink of starvation
U.N. Secretary-General Ban ...
Environment ministers from the world's richest nations and a clutch of
fast-growing economies began talks here Saturday to try to bridge their
differences on how to tackle global warming.
Japan, home to the landmark Kyoto ...
The United States and the European Union have taken a "criminal path" by
contributing to an explosive rise in global food
prices through using food
to produce biofuel
s, the United Nations special rapporteur on the right to ...
Summary: Thanks to high oil prices and hefty subsidies, corn-based ethanol is
now all the rage in the United States. But it takes so much supply to keep
ethanol production going that the price of corn -- and those of other food
prices are a "silent tsunami" which threaten to be as devastating
as the worst natural disasters, an international conference has been warned.
Josette Sheeran, of the World Food
Programme told Gordon Brown and ...
Hailed until only months ago as a silver bullet in the fight against global
s are now accused of snatching food
out of the mouths of the
Billions have been poured into developing sugar- and grain-based ...
Farewell the age of reason, welcome the idiocracy. Only George Orwell could
have invented - and named - the government's Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation
(RTFO) that came into operation yesterday. It is the latest in a long line of ...
We drive, they starve. The mass diversion of the North American grain harvest
into ethanol plants for fuel is reaching its political and moral limits.
"The reality is that people are dying already," said Jacques Diouf, of ...
It is the constant sensation of hunger that makes Kamla Devi so angry. She
argues with shopkeepers in New Delhi over prices and quarrels with her husband,
a casual labourer, over his wages - about 50 rupees (60p) a day.
'When I go ...
The world's most powerful finance ministers and central bankers are meeting
in Washington tomorrow; but as they preoccupy themselves with the global credit
crunch, another crisis, far more grave, is facing the world's poorest ...
Food prices are soaring, a wealthier Asia is demanding better food
farmers can't keep up. In short, the world faces a food
crisis and in some
places it is already boiling over.
Around the globe, people are protesting and ...
With soaring food
prices and mounting criticism, it might seem the nascent US
biofuel industry has seen its best days. But don't underestimate the
determination of Washington, the farm lobby and science to keep it alive.
The world's minorities and indigenous groups are the "silent victims" of the
potentially disastrous effects of climate change, says a new study by Minority
Rights Group (MRG) International.
Although both groups are ...
Soaring global rice prices are hitting the stomachs of Asia’s poorest
The people of East Timor, where nearly 40 percent live on less than 0.55 US
cents a day, have just been told they may not receive their annual quota of ...
Good science news (or bad, depending on your point of view) has arrived with
two reports on the carbon footprint of biofuel
s, in the paper edition of Science
magazine. They deal serious damage to the belief - which up to now has been ...