Archives For February 2013

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Yee-haw! Osborne’s oil bonanza

Burke approves huge gas and coal plans

I wouldn’t mind paying Swedish prices for Swedish social care. But I resent Swedish prices for low-standard care

Job applicants with schizophrenia facing ‘discrimination’

Bhutan set to plough lone furrow as world’s first wholly organic country

Will EU discards ban force the hand of our disastrous fisheries minister?

War on the seabed: the shellfishing battle

Are British-made clothes more sustainable?

British sugar giant caught in global tax scandal

Shocking figures reveal the growth in UK’s wealth gap

Equity CrowdFunding’s Future Impact on the US Economy

David Miliband to head global fight to prevent eco-disaster in oceans

The UK farming crisis: which crisis do you mean?

Tory MP tables decarbonisation amendment to coalition’s energy bill

Large onshore windfarm approved for Lincolnshire

Climate Change and the Insanity of Drilling in the Arctic

Government attempts to ‘reclaim’ the green agenda by ploughing £1 billion into effort to cut Britain’s overseas gas reliance

Renewables now cheaper than gas and coal in Australia

Ethiopia dam project is devastating the lives of remote indigenous groups

Indian investors are forcing Ethiopians off their land

Why Norway Is Paying A South American Country To Not Cut Down Its Trees

MEPs vote to ban discards in historic reform of fishing policy

54 bonded labourers recovered near Kunri

‘Some of the emails I’ve had are simply appalling’: MPs complain of vitriolic lobbying ahead of historic vote

Can Obama’s fire and brimstone on climate change herald a new hope?

Boris Johnson’s climate flippancy translates into policy failure

Amazon Unpackaged

From Arab Spring to global revolution

Breakthrough! One of the largest paper companies commits to end deforestation

Cameron pushes energy efficiency as motor of green growth

Wind farms could become ‘monuments of a failed civilisation’, top environmentalist claims

Centrica withdraws from new UK nuclear projects

It is hard to trust GM when it is in the grip of a few global giants

Inequality for All – another Inconvenient Truth?

This Equality obsession is mad, bad and very dangerous

Ladbrokes is gambling with fish extinction – and so is the government

Texas mega-battery aims to green up the grid

Is denial the biggest barrier to sustainable change?

Al Gore attacks George Osborne’s ‘short-sighted’ approach to climate

Is this the point of no return?

Hokusai says look carefully.
He says pay attention, notice.
He says keep looking, stay curious.
He says there is no end to seeing.

He says look forward to getting old.
He says keep changing,
you just get more who you really are.
He says get stuck, accept it, repeat yourself
as long as it’s interesting.

He says keep doing what you love.
He says keep praying.
He says every one of us is a child,
every one of us is ancient,
every one of us has a body.
He says every one of us is frightened.
He says every one of us has to find a way to live with fear.

He says everything is alive –
shells, buildings, people, fish, mountains, trees.
Wood is alive.
Water is alive.
Everything has its own life.
Everything lives inside us.
He says live with the world inside you.

He says it doesn’t matter if you draw, or write books.
It doesn’t matter if you saw wood, or catch fish.
It doesn’t matter if you sit at home
and stare at the ants on your verandah or the shadows of the trees
and grasses in your garden.

It matters that you care.
It matters that you feel.
It matters that you notice.
It matters that life lives through you.

Contentment is life living through you.
Joy is life living through you.
Satisfaction and strength
are life living through you.
Peace is life living through you.

He says don’t be afraid.
Don’t be afraid.
Look, feel, let life take you by the hand.
Let life live through you.

Roger Keyes, Hokusai Says

Jackpot! Bookies avoid £1bn tax

Shell continues spilling oil in North Sea despite efforts to improve

South Africa’s only black billionaire donates half his fortune to charity

Enough Food For Everyone IF governments stop big companies dodging tax in poor countries, so millions of people can free themselves from hunger

Shell verdict will determine whether other firms could be tried for oil spills