|The story of Rosia Montana, a commune of sixteen villages in the middle of Transylvania, which sits on top of Europe’s largest gold deposits, dates back to Roman times when emperor Trojan realized that gold can sustain an empire and Rosia Montana had plenty of it. But what the Romans couldn’t finish, a benevolent Canadian company: Gabriel Resources, will try to. Unlike the Romans, to prove that humanity has evolved a lot in the last 2000 years they have decided to go about mining in a sensible way (as you do in the 21st century) by flattening 4 mountains, cutting down hundreds of hectares of forests and also enriching the water supplies with deadly cyanide.READ MORE …
|Photo taken by WIDECAST||Most of us when thinking of Costa Rica imagine the exotic beaches, beautiful landscape and rich biodiversity. Voted in 2009 as the world’s greenest and happiest country and praised since for its efforts in human development and environmental protection, few would think that volunteers in conservation will fear for their lives in such a place. Jairo Mora Sandoval, a 26 year old biology student, was brutally killed last month in the Limon Province of Costa Rica while doing what he loved most, protecting a beautiful and gentle creature, the leatherback turtle. Jairo was a volunteer for the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST), an NGO that is working towards the protection of turtle eggs within Central America.Read more …
|Nikon Corporation openly promotes hunting and sells a large selection of hunting accessories in the US, but can a global company really sell both wildlife optics and hunting products? Can we still consider hunting as just another “sport”? Is there a place for Ethics in a global business? Read the full article by Ion Holban here|
The Black Fish is a Marine conservation group campaigning to change the way we think about and treat our marine environments. Founded in 2010 the group has rapidly expanded and currently has members in 20 countries. New Environmentalist has worked with The Black Fish at several key events in the UK. After attending a talk by The Black Fish founder Wietse van der Werf, Siobhan took the opportunity to interview him. Read our interview here
|The value of natural resources to humanity is impossible to calculate; industries such as agriculture and mining rely on ecosystem services or natural resources for success. The success of our species therefore relies on humans finding a ways to develop without placing our environment in jeopardy. In order to protect our environment we may need to find a simple way to make the value of natural resources and systems clear to everyone. Read more|
|On Thursday the 18th of October New Environmentalist joined forces with its partners from the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition at the Treasury to remind David Cameron and George Osborne that it’s time they start taking our Green Economy seriously! Siobhan, our Communications Manager and Ion, our Founder joined hundreds of other leaders and protesters from campaign groups such as RSPB, Greenpeace, WWF-UK, Friends of the Earth, People & Planet and UNICEF-UK to deliver a joint letter to the prime minister, asking him to show greater support for the UK’s carbon targets, while resisting calls to build more fossil fuel infrastructure. Read more here|
|Climate change is becoming big news again; with the problem being blamed for the wildfires and drought in the western states of the United States. On 6th August there were reports that climate change may have also contributed to the 2010 heat wave in Russia. The view that climate change makes a significant contribution towards the increased occurrence of such events was also proposed by Professor Christopher Field of the Departments of Biology and Environmental Earth System Science at Stanford University when he addressed the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Read more here|
|An alternative view of the American lifestyle and its impact on society and the natural environment.
By Kirsty Floyd.
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|Last week the UN conference talks on Sustainable Development took place; otherwise know as Rio+20. We never had great expectations from these talks however we appear to have reach a new low in the ongoing failure to confront the environmental challenges that lie ahead. Its duration has been cut from two weeks to just a few days and some of the worlds leaders have not even attending: David Cameron (UK) and Barack Obama (US) to name a few. In response to this and to highlight how much can and needs to be done several alternative conferences and events have been organised around the world. In this article we will be covering mostly the response in London from events organised by the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition and Campaign Against Climate Change.
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|Ask your MP to support the Rio-UK Declaration by the Stop Climate Chaos CoalitionThe Rio+20 Earth Summit is taking place in Rio de Janeiro this June, 20 years on from the original Rio Earth Summit. The UK should be leading the move to a fair and green economy, not going backwards on its commitments. Please ask your MP to show their support by signing our Rio-UK Declaration.Find out if your MP has signed the Rio-UK declaration by following this link .|
|With just a few weeks to the London mayoral election the candidates face an unlikely challenge: having to include cycling on their manifesto. Groups such as Londoners on Bikes are lobbying all the candidates, analysing their policies, and announcing their voting recommendation in an election that seems set to be different.
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