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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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The deadly cost of smartphones

An investigation by the Ecologist Film Unit and NGO Friends of the Earth has linked mining for tin for use in the manufacture of smartphones to a number of environmental problems on the Indonesian island of Bangka. And research has shown how leading smartphone brands ‘almost certainly’ use tin originating from the island. Read the […]

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The slavery behind our seafood

The tropical shrimp industry in Thailand exploits both people and the environment, a major new Ecologist investigation has revealed. The film, produced in association with Link TV and Swedwatch, highlights how so-called ‘trash fish’ is caught by Thai trawlers operating – sometimes illegally – in foreign waters before being ground into fishmeal for use in farmed […]

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Blood fish: why prawns should be blacklisted from all our shopping baskets

A new investigation has revealed appalling labour conditions for Burmese migrants working onboard boats supplying ‘trash fish’ for use in feed given to farmed prawns. But this is just the latest scandal to engulf the global shrimp industry, says Andrew Wasley A disturbing new investigation by the Ecologist has shone a light on the appalling labour conditions […]

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UK tourists fuelling Burmese elephant trade

An illegal cross-border trade in endangered wild Asian elephants to serve Thailand’s tourist industry is threatening the future of the species, an undercover investigation by the Ecologist Film Unit (EFU) has revealed. A new film, produced by the EFU in association with Link TV and the NGO Elephant Family, has uncovered how at least 50-100 […]

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