Archive | 2009

Coastal privatisation threatens Indonesian communities

Working in conjunction with the Forest Peoples Programme and KIARA in Jakarta, Ecostorm has carried out an investigation in Sumatra that lifts the lid on plans to privatise the entire length of Indonesia’s 80,000km coastline. If the coastal privatization law known as HP-3 is ratified, vast coastal concessions will be granted to industrial prawn farms, […]

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Soya trade leads to poisoning and violence

Cheap meat has become a way of life in much of Europe, but the full price is being paid across Latin America as vast soya plantations and their attendant chemicals lead to poisonings and violence. Andrew Wasley reports Much of the cheap meat and dairy produce sold in supermarkets across Europe is arriving as a […]

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Cruelty of Namibian seal hunt exposed

Secret footage obtained by an Ecologist Film Unit reporter in Namibia has revealed – for the first time – the brutal reality of the Namibian seal hunt and followed an unprovoked attack on investigators Jim Wickens and Bart Smithers. The dramatic film shows seals being killed by hunters during a hunt at the Cape Cross Reserve in […]

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UK companies linked to devastating Indian mine

An investigation by The Ecologist magazine and The Independent newspaper has revealed how leading banks, insurance providers, car manufacturers and brewery chains – amongst others – have pension funds or similar schemes invested in a company responsible for a controversial mine in Orissa which threatens, according to campaigners, to devastate a vital forest ecosystem and […]

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Revealed: the companies at centre of global trade in seal skins

An investigation by The Ecologist has discovered that London is at the hub of an international trade in controversial Canadian seal skins – the subject of this week’s EU vote to outlaw their sale across Europe. Campaigners have long suspected that UK-based dealers are playing a central role in the international trade of seal skins, […]

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Sick as a pig: factory farming link to new MRSA strain

An Ecostorm-produced documentary, commissioned by the Soil Association and Compassion in World Farming, exposes the rise of a new strain of MRSA in pigs, and its link to the overuse of antibiotics on intensive farms. ‘Sick as a pig’ was filmed in the Netherlands, one of the countries most seriously affected by this farm-animal MRSA. […]

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