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Michael Gove and his dog, Snowy

If politicians have any sense they will make animal sentience part of UK law

Helen Browning
| 4th December 2017
Britain is known as a nation of animal lovers. It is the birthplace of Watership Down, Peter Rabbit - and Animal Farm. But the meat, cosmetics and other animal dependent industries are also a large part of the British economy. Until now, EU regulations have improved animal welfare. As the country prepares for Brexit, HELEN BROWNING asks whether animal sentience will remain recognised by UK law.

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Nick Dearden speaking before a committee of MPs

First I was interviewed by MPs. Then I was banned from Argentina. This is why trade democracy matters

Nick Dearden
| 1st December 2017
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in less than two weeks. Politicians, community representatives and charities from around the world are due to attend. But at the last minute Global Justice Now, based in London, was informed its accreditation had been rescinded at the request of the Argentinian government. And they are not the only ones. NICK DEARDEN explains why.

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Lots of pigs on a farm

The hidden £120 billion costs from Britain's food

Emma Rose
| 22nd November 2017
A new report from the Sustainable Food Trust reveals that the £120 billion spent on food by UK consumers incur additional, hidden costs of a further £120 billion. The largest proportion of the hidden costs are from damaging impacts of intensive production methods and food-related healthcare, reports EMMA ROSE

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Calling out the UK government about corporate financing at COP23

Katie Hodgetts
| 20th November 2017
Barclays Bank was the supporting partner for the UK Pavillion at the COP23 climate negotiations in Bonn. The exhibit is supposed to 'showcase the UK’s role in tackling climate change'. But Barclays has been a key contributor to the current climate crisis, financing fossil fuel extraction to the tune of $4bn in 2016 alone. KATIE HODGETTS calls out the bank, and the government.

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Uncontacted people, like these pictured in iconic aerial photos released in 2011, are the most vulnerable people on the planet © Survival

Uncontacted people are still being massacred in the Amazon

Lewis Evans
| 15th November 2017
Massacres like that reported to have taken place recently in the Amazon are sadly neither new nor uncommon. For uncontacted tribal peoples, the colonial era continues, as bandits and extractive industries, abetted by a corrupt government, inflict violence and plunder on them. LEWIS EVANS puts this brutality into context, and examines potential solutions.

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The Monacobreen Glacier in Svalbard, Arctic calving into the sea. (c) Gary Bembridge

No more individual vs collective action: we need both to protect our climate

Elizabeth Wainwright
| 13th November 2017
If we want to see sustained collective action, we must work to uncover the stories that bind us and call us to care in the first place -- after all, the ‘corporations’ that we attack our also our neighbours. Nature Editor ELIZABETH WAINWRIGHT reflects on the false dichotomy of ‘us vs them’, and ‘individual vs collective’ action in responding to the climate crisis.

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The call for urgent climate action during COP23 in Bonn by activists and NGOs is supported by the science. Images via COP23Demo on Flickr.

A message for the planet: beware the urgency gap

Natalie Bennett
| 10th November 2017
The former co-leader of the Green party, NATALIE BENNETT is in Bonn where she tells of the story of two cities: the politicians on one side performing seemingly endless negotiations and the scientists and NGOs on the other calling for urgent action.

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James Hansen interviewed by Nick Breeze at COP23 in Bonn (c) Nick Breeze.

James Hansen at COP23: The voice of dissent

Nick Breeze
| 9th November 2017
James Hansen is making his second visit to the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, COP23 in Bonn to declare the that the Paris Agreement “ambition” is a “hoax”. NICK BREEZE meets the man still raising the climate alarm.

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