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The Solúcar PS10 20MW solar tower near Seville, Spain. Saudi Arabia is now planning to build much bigger versions of the technology. Photo: Alejandro Flores via Flickr.com.

Solar is going great - but could be greater!

Jonathon Porritt
| 1st March 2014
The solar industry is going great, with tens of gigawatts of new capacity planned for 2014 alone. But as Jonathon Porritt writes, the solar revolution could be going even faster - with smart, consistent policies for solar power in Europe and Japan.

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The prop fouler is launched by bosun Daniel. Photo: © Adam Lau.

Hunting the hunters

Laurens de Groot
| 10th February 2014
In his new book 'Hunting the Hunters - at war with the whalers', Laurens de Groot recounts his adventures with Sea Shepherd in the Southern Ocean, saving whales from Japan's 'scientific research'.

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Selecting dolphins for capture at the 'drive hunt' at Taiji. Photo: Sea Shepherd.

Taiji - Japan's dolphin slaughter continues

Joshua Frank
| 30th January 2014
The Japanese dolphin slaughter at Taiji is an exercise in wilful sadism, writes Joshua Frank. But responsibility for the killing spreads much wider than Japan, with captive cetaceans from Taiji reaching aquaria around the globe - including SeaWorld.

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Japan's post-Fukushima 'secrecy' clampdown

Saul Takahashi
| 11th December 2013
Japan's secrecy law, just passed by parliament, gives the government carte blanche to designate state secrets - and restrict information about anything it likes. Saul Takahashi hears the sound of jackboots on the march ...

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UK - the world's plutonium store?

The Ecologist
| 27th November 2013
An unexpected outcome of the Fukushima nuclear disaster is that the UK's Sellafield nuclear site - already the world's biggest plutonium repository - is set to store even more of the radioactive, fissionable metal.

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Mining taking place at an Australian open pit coal mine. Photo: Kadda / Shutterstock.com.

The climate change saboteurs

Binoy Kampmark
| 20th November 2013
At the COP19 in climate conference in Warsaw, a new coalition has formed - 'the climate saboteurs'. Key members are Australia, Canada, Japan. They are resolute in crushing the hopes of developing countries already suffering climate catastrophes like Typhoon Haiyan.

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Flensing of a Baird's beaked whale killed in a small-type coastal whaling hunt

Ending Japan's great cetacean hunt

Sarah Baulch
| 12th November 2013
Japan's hunting of cetaceans has become a rallying point for nationalists, but demand for their meat is falling amid worries about toxic pollution. Fukushima could just prove to be the last straw for a declining industry ...

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The damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station as seen during a sea-water sampling boat journey, 7 November 2013. Photo: IAEA Imagebank via Flickr.com.

Fukushima meltdown continues around the world

Paul Mobbs
| 12th March 2013
Three years after the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe hit our TV screens, Paul Mobbs examines the still unfolding global disaster - and the motives of politicians whose love of nuclear power is stronger, than it is wise.

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Fukushima is Here on Ocean Beach demo, San Francisco, October 2013. Photo: Steve Rhodes.

Fukushima - all charges dropped

Oliver Tickell
| 4th March 2013
Japanese prosecutors have dropped all charges against Tepco, the operator of the stricken nuclear power plant at Fukushima, along with senior Government officials.

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A load of hot air?

Phil Moore
| 9th July 2008
Consensus without commitment on climate change is the result of this year’s group of eight summit in Hokkaido, Japan.

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