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NGOs demand EU ban on destructive fishing method ‘bottom trawling’

NGOs demand EU ban on destructive fishing method ‘bottom trawling’

‘Bottom trawling’ is destroying delicate marine ecosystems that are ‘protected’ by the EU. Now, a coalition of NGOs is demanding accountability and increased action. A group of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are pressuring the EU to ban the common commercial fishing method known as ‘bottom trawling’. For those unfamiliar, ‘bottom trawling’ involves...

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How Veganuary popularised veganism in the UK

How Veganuary popularised veganism in the UK

Once relegated to the ranks of Californian hippies on sunny Santa Monica beaches, veganism has now taken the world by storm and we may well have Veganuary to thank. Ah, veganism. The diet that is an all-consuming way of life to some and a complete head-scratcher for others. We all...

Lawmakers gather to make ecocide an international crime

Lawmakers gather to make ecocide an international crime

A group of international lawyers are currently drafting legislation that would make ecological destruction a crime under the International Criminal Court. The court that prosecutes humanity’s worst offences, such as crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide, may soon have the power to prosecute crimes against the natural world. This week, a group of international lawyers are drafting a procedure for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to punitively address what...

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Exclusive – What the Danish mink-cull means for the future of fur production

Exclusive – What the Danish mink-cull means for the future of fur production

Humane Society International/Europe's senior director of public affairs Dr Joanna Swabe expands on the looming nationwide mink cull to combat Covid mutation fears, an animal welfare tragedy, but a significant development in the fight to end fur farming. On November 6, the Danish government ordered a cull of every mink in the country due to fears that a Covid-19 mutation spreading from animals to humans could seriously jeopardise future vaccines....

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Melting Alaskan ice could unleash ‘mega-tsunami’ in matter of months

Melting Alaskan ice could unleash ‘mega-tsunami’ in matter of months

Scientists warn that glaciated landscapes should be looked at ‘with the same kind of glasses’ as active volcanoes. A group of concerned scientists penned an open letter to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources this May regarding a potentially catastrophic situation brewing in the Prince William sound area on the Alaskan coast. Analysis of satellite imagery suggests that a large glacier is retreating from a rock escarpment at a rate...

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How the ‘carbon footprint’ originated as a PR campaign for big oil

How the ‘carbon footprint’ originated as a PR campaign for big oil

One of the most successful marketing ploys of the 20th century was when BP framed you for climate change. It’s a well-known fact that the most effective defence in a criminal trial is an alternative suspect. British Petroleum, the second largest private oil company in the world, was certainly aware of this fact in 2000 when it rebranded itself ‘Beyond Petroleum’, beginning an international marketing and PR campaign which...

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