Archive | 2013

Sumatran elephants suffer in the palm oil gold rush

Western consumers are inadvertently driving the Sumatran elephant to extinction by eating, washing and wearing – in cosmetics – the derivatives of a fruit that is destroying the animal’s last remaining forest habitat. Jim Wickens reports Everyday we read about the tragic death of another African elephant slaughter, the world watching in horror at the […]

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‘Dissident’ farmers speak out against UK badger cull

A growing number of farmers are now questioning the nature of the cull and its effectiveness. And some are blaming poor biosecurity and intensive farming for the spread of TB in the UK cattle herd. Andrew Wasley and Sarah Stirk report To passers-by, the red-brown earthy mound rising up from the path would probably warrant […]

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Jatropha biofuels boss accused of forgery in Cambodia

A British businessman previously linked by an Ecologist investigation to a controversial biofuel scheme has been arrested and charged with forgery in relation to a land deal in Cambodia, according to reports. Gregg Fryett, who is behind the company Sustainable Agro Energy Plc, is currently in prison after being accused of using a false land […]

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Revealed: America’s secret horsemeat trade

Few Americans are aware that their country’s horses are being exported and slaughtered abroad – often in appalling conditions – to supply European taste for a meat that’s shunned at home. Andrew Wasley reports Herded down a concrete shute, the horses — black and brown and grey; fat, healthy, thin, lame — have little idea […]

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Special report: the truth about Thai prawns

By Jim Wickens  These days we pick up a packet of frozen prawns from the supermarket almost without thinking. They’re healthy, flavour-some and cheap enough to count as an affordable treat, perhaps on a skewer for a barbecue or daintily arranged for a dinner party starter. If we give even a moment’s thought about where […]

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Shades of the gray: America’s wolf dilemma

Reviled by ranchers and fawned over by conservationists, the Gray wolf is highly controversial in the US. Jim Wickens travels to Montana and Wyoming to unravel the complex arguments surrounding plans to cull the animals. The elk carcass glints in the overhead sun, it’s ribs picked clean, poking out of a tangled mess that lies […]

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On the frontline of Poland’s fracking rush

Poland stands on the brink of a boom in fracking for shale gas –but will it be an environmental curse, or an economic blessing? Andrew Wasley reports from Gdansk Chris Faulkner is an oil man. From Dallas, Texas. And his company, Breitling Oil and Gas, is a major player in the burgeoning shale gas sector. […]

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Fracking hell: the big picture

A unique collaboration between the Ecologist Film Unit and Link TV lifts the lid on fracking and the shale gas boom sweeping into Europe and beyond… Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process that injects water, sand, and chemicals into underground rock (usually shale) at high pressure to extract natural gas. But it is highly […]

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Fracking hell? Poland’s dash for gas

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process that injects water, sand, and chemicals into underground rock (usually shale) at high pressure to extract natural gas. But it is highly controversial. Supporters say it provides with a cheap and safe source of fuel and helps provide jobs and prosperity, while opponents say it pollutes air and […]

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Horsemeat scandal highlights murky trade in farm animals

The discovery of horsemeat in burgers and ready meals has revealed how live horses are shipped across Europe in a complex and secretive business. And it’s just part of a bigger global trade in livestock and poultry. Andrew Wasley reports The news that beef burgers and ready-made lasagne contain horsemeat has rightly caused alarm. Whatever […]

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