In 2011 the UN reported that cleaning up Shell’s pollution in Ogoniland would take at least 30 years and $1 billion of start up finance. But no money has been pledged by Shell and the clean-up has not happened. Now a new law could hold Nigeria’s polluters to account.
Wind, rain and waves continue to batter and flood the UK after years of environmental neglect. Floodwater also contains sewage, which when dumped into the Thames after sewer flooding breaches EC water treatment directives. But environmentalists claim the £4.8bn Thames Tideway Tunnel should be scrapped in favour of sustainable alternatives.
APC member Bytes for All has filed a claim that its human rights have been violated by GCHQ. The claim, similar to Privacy International’s action in the UK Investigatory Powers Tribunal last July, highlights how the UK’s mass surveillance programme has a disproportionate impact on those outside the UK.
Amnesty International believes GCHQ is illegally accessing its communications and has made a claim to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal that the UK authorities are in breach of Article 8 (right to privacy) and Article 10 (right to freedom of expression) of the Human Rights Act 1998.
Co-op Bank’s ethics are “enshrined” in its new constitution, but it’s now 70% in private ownership of which 20% are “vulture funds” Silver Point and Aurelius, which is one of the funds threatening Argentina with debt default for a 1,400% profit.
The UK’s economic “growth” is an unsustainable fantasy founded on a credit and consumption bubble. Long before the completion of Hinkley C, economic failure and fossil fuel depletion will bankrupt the Government’s energy policy, based on 6%-10% annual rises in energy prices. Degrowth is the only viable policy.
The Guarani Kaiowá have returned to their ancestral Apy Ka’y land in Dourados, Brazil, despite the deaths of their leaders and children and further death threats by sugar cane ranchers. Act now to help them.