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North Sea suffers 4,123 oil spills since 2000; only seven resulted in government fine

By Leo Hickman / The Guardian Oil companies operating in the North Sea have been fined for oil spills on just seven occasions since 2000, even though 4,123 separate spills were recorded over the same period, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) has confirmed. The disclosure came as Decc said on Thursday that the … Continue reading North Sea suffers 4,123 oil spills since 2000; only seven resulted in government fine

Greenpeace shuts down 74 Shell stations in UK to protest Arctic drilling

By Laurie Tuffrey / The Guardian Greenpeace activists shut down 74 Shell petrol stations in Edinburgh and London in a protest against the company’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic that saw 24 campaigners arrested on Monday. The campaigners are attempting to shut off petrol to London’s 105 Shell stations and Edinburgh’s 14. … Continue reading Greenpeace shuts down 74 Shell stations in UK to protest Arctic drilling

Scientists say climate change responsible for recent extreme weather

By Fiona Harvey / The Guardian Climate change researchers have been able to attribute recent examples of extreme weather to the effects of human activity on the planet’s climate systems for the first time, marking a major step forward in climate research. The findings make it much more likely that we will soon – within … Continue reading Scientists say climate change responsible for recent extreme weather

Film Review: The Wind That Shakes the Barley

By Ben Barker / Deep Green Resistance Based in 1920’s British-occupied Ireland, this film is the absolute best I’ve seen in terms of what a serious, militant resistance movement might look like. It follows a chapter of the IRA (Irish Republican Army) as they recruit, build, and train an armed resistance movement to force the … Continue reading Film Review: The Wind That Shakes the Barley

France bans Syngenta pesticide linked to bee colony collapse

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay Following research linking neonicotinoid pesticides to the decline in bee populations, France has announced it plans to ban Cruiser OSR, an insecticide produced by Sygenta. Recent studies, including one in France, have shown that neonicotinoid pesticides likely hurt bees’ ability to navigate, potentially devastating hives. France has said it will … Continue reading France bans Syngenta pesticide linked to bee colony collapse

Survey finds that 43% of young women in London were sexually harrassed in public last year

By Alexandra Topping / The Guardian Sexual harassment is a persistent and dangerous problem on Britain’s streets, women’s charities have warned, as a poll reveals that more than four in 10 young women were sexually harassed in the capital over the last year. A YouGov survey of 1,047 Londoners commissioned by End Violence Against Women … Continue reading Survey finds that 43% of young women in London were sexually harrassed in public last year

Anti-whaling activist Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd arrested in Germany

By Shiv Malik / The Guardian A veteran anti-whaling campaigner has been arrested in Germany on charges relating to an incident in 2002 when the boat he was piloting attempted to stop poachers illegally killing sharks. The environmental activist organisation Sea Shepherd said Paul Watson had been detained at Frankfurt airport to answer a Costa … Continue reading Anti-whaling activist Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd arrested in Germany

German government rejects fracking, saying they are “very skeptical” about the technology

By Der Spiegel Germany has put the brakes on plans to use hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, to extract natural gas in places where it is difficult to access, such as shale or coal beds. Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen and Economy Minister Philipp Rösler have agreed to oppose the controversial process for the time … Continue reading German government rejects fracking, saying they are “very skeptical” about the technology

Nuclear waste contaminating hundreds of sites in the UK, investigation reveals

By Rob Edwards / The Guardian Hundreds of sites across England and Wales could be contaminated with radioactive waste from old military bases and factories, according to a new government report. Up to 1,000 sites could be polluted, though the best guess is that between 150 and 250 are, says a report on contaminated land … Continue reading Nuclear waste contaminating hundreds of sites in the UK, investigation reveals

Italian activists rescue beagles from puppy mill raising dogs for vivisection

By Giornale Di Brescia They broke through or climbed over the gate networks. They made their way inside the farm and opened the cages, taking away puppies, pregnant mothers, and all the little beagle puppies they could find. It was a raid organized by Occupy Green Hill to demand the closure of the mill. The … Continue reading Italian activists rescue beagles from puppy mill raising dogs for vivisection