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'Fracking' our food and farming system: "Extreme agriculture" and the politics of denial

It might seem a bit of a jump – talking about "fracking" and food production in the same article. However, when we look at what's planned for the next phase of intensive agricultural development, what we find is the same economic and political theories at the root of the measures proposed.

SLAPPing campaigners for telling the truth – the underground coal gasification lobby turns even nastier

SLAPPing is a tactic often used in the USA, where companies intent on environmental destruction pre-emptively sue leading local campaigners in order to quash the local opposition.

"2 + 2 = 0" – Whitewashing the potential health effects of shale gas

Public Health England's report on shale gas amounts to scientific misconduct according to Paul Mobbs.

The ignored story of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 – Our seas are awash with human trash and it's killing the oceanic ecosystem

Almost a month later, the most significant untold story of the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is that our oceans are full of trash!

Review: Snake Oil: how fracking's false promise of plenty imperils our future

For those who thought the 'fracking' issue was just about water pollution and earthquakes, Richard Heinberg's Snake Oilmight be a little perplexing.

Exploring the "why" behind extreme energy

Thus far the debate around unconventional gas/fracking has focussed on pollution, flammable water, earthquakes, noise, toxic fumes, climate change, etc. As a result people mainly focus on the "what?", or at a local level the "where?", of the issue. My research leads me toward one single question… "why?".

Fracking and coalbed methane: Unconventional gas in the UK

When gas fracking and other "unconventional" energy resources are discussed in the media the focus is usually on the technology used to produced the energy, or the impact this might have on the environment. In fact, the significant feature of the exploitation of unconventional energy resources is that our present energy situation is so precarious that companies and governments consider these …

Peak oil, nuclear power and the ecolonomics of existential material reality

"Whoever fights with monsters should see to it that he does not become one himself. And when you stare for a long time into an abyss, the abyss stares back into you." Nietzsche's words are so apt to describe the current debate within environmentalism over nuclear power, ever since, last month, George Monbiot said that nuclear power was OK. Like the taxing effects of dealing with the peak oil …

New report picks apart George Monbiot's support for nuclear power

Today, environmental consultant and author Paul Mobbs has released a detailed analysis of George Monbiot's claims regarding nuclear power. Published as part of his 'ecolonomics' newsletter series, it takes, point by point, Monbiot's claims regarding the environment movements position on nuclear power, radiation and health, and the significance (above over kinds of human activity) of coal …

The simple future beyond oil: The convergence of our economic and ecological futures and the importance of change

We are living through “interesting times”; credit crises, recession and rising debt threaten to destabilise nation states. Whilst reckless bankers and traders might have a certain amount of responsibility, if we are to understand the larger processes that are driving these trends we need to stand back and look at the human system as a whole. Change is inevitable – it's one of the implications …
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