UK-built pollution monitoring satellite ready for launch Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé accused of complicity in illegal rain forest destruction Illegal trade in rhino horn thriving in China, NGO investigation reveals Polluted air ‘poisoning thousands’ across north of England, warns report Globalization and the flight of capital ‘Close to the sheds, the smell is overpowering’: inside a UK mega farm Fracking: report warns of risks associated with shale gas extraction Guardian readers making Britain beautiful again Maize, rice, wheat: alarm at rising climate risk to vital crops EU calls for immediate ban on logging in Poland’s Białowieża forest
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UK-built pollution monitoring satellite ready for launch

The Sentinel-5P spacecraft is designed to monitor the pollution that causes a reported tens of thousands of deaths every year in the UK. Last year, the European Space Agency launched the Trace Gas Orbiter to Mars. It is designed to look for methane – a key tracer of life – to determine if Martian microbes […]

Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé accused of complicity in illegal rain forest destruction

Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé have been accused of complicity in the destruction of Sumatra’s last tract of rainforest shared by elephants, orangutans, rhinos, and tigers together in one ecosystem. Plantations built on deforested land have allegedly been used to supply palm oil to scores of household brands that also include McDonald’s, Mars, Kellogg’s and Procter & Gamble, […]

Illegal trade in rhino horn thriving in China, NGO investigation reveals

Elephant Action League’s sting operation shows how horns are trafficked from Africa and enter into China via Vietnam, alleging official complicity. Rhinoceros horn can be easily bought in China despite it being illegal since 1993. The rhino horn products in antiques shop are far from antique. They are new and most likely been illegally trafficked […]

Polluted air ‘poisoning thousands’ across north of England, warns report

Air pollution is ‘the tobacco of the 21st century’ says report, which calls on government to introduce radical measures to improve air quality. Dangerous levels of air pollution in towns and cities across the north of England are threatening the health of hundreds of thousands of people and stifling economic growth, according to a new […]

Globalization and the flight of capital

David Chambers wonders whether pension funds that invest primarily outside the UK are part of the problem. Plus Chris Hughes says economic growth is needed only to service debt. Nikil Saval writes that “Globalisation could take place in services, capital and ideas … but what it meant most often was making it cheaper to trade […]

‘Close to the sheds, the smell is overpowering’: inside a UK mega farm

In a valley in rural Herefordshire, near the village of Kington, four industrial sheds lie partly covered in trees, with an apple orchard on the approach. From the top of the hill there is no odour, but nearer to the sheds – 100m long by 20m wide, with 42,000 chickens in each – the sweetish, […]

Fracking: report warns of risks associated with shale gas extraction

Report suggests surface water and groundwater should not be used in some instances and warns against fracking during wet season. Residents, environmentalists and pastoralists have welcomed a “balanced” report on fracking in the Northern Territory, which identified a number of risks associated with the industry and a loss of community trust. The NT government enacted […]

Guardian readers making Britain beautiful again

In our village, we have seen both the potential and the limitations of people-led efforts to tackle litter (Letters, 13 July). The parish council and the local transition village group have worked together to both inform people about the wider environmental problems of litter, especially plastic, and to develop a network of individuals who have […]

Maize, rice, wheat: alarm at rising climate risk to vital crops

Simultaneous harvest failures in key regions would bring global famine, says the Met Office. Governments may be seriously underestimating the risks of crop disasters occurring in major farming regions around the world, a study by British researchers has found. The newly published research, by Met Office scientists, used advanced climate modelling to show that extreme […]

EU calls for immediate ban on logging in Poland’s Białowieża forest

EU asks court to protect one of Europe’s last primeval woodlands after the Polish government tripled logging operations at the UNESCO world heritage site last year. Europe’s last major parcel of primeval woodland could be set for a reprieve after the EU asked the European court to authorise an immediate ban on logging in Poland’s Białowieża […]

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