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Russian authorities continue to hold the Greenpeace 30 in detention, despite pledging to lift the piracy charges held against the activists. The activists have been held for more than a month. Russia’s powerful Investigative Committee announced last week that the piracy charges – which carry a 15-year jail sentence – would ... keep reading
Parliaments in democracies the world over are places of vigorous discussion and sometimes fierce debate. Views on either side of the political spectrum are often radically divergent. With members from political parties in all of the European Union’s 28 member states, the European Parliament is no different. It was ... keep reading
France’s constitutional court has upheld a ban on hydraulic fracturing, ruling that the law against the energy-exploration technique known as fracking is a valid means of protecting the environment. The 2011 law “conforms to the constitution” and is not “disproportionate,” the court in Paris said in a decision posted ... keep reading
A very thorough study from the University of Oxford has found that a campaign to persuade investors to take their money out of the fossil fuel sector is growing faster than any previous divestment campaign and could cause significant damage to coal, oil and gas companies. As the Guardian reports ... keep reading
On Friday evening, 60 Brown University students and community members joined Brown Divest Coal to hear ethical arguments for Brown to divest its funds from the coal industry. The event came two weeks in advance of the expected vote on divestment by Brown’s Board of Trustees. At the event ... keep reading
The Dutch government today announced that it would initiate arbitration proceedings against Russia under the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea to secure the release of 28 Greenpeace International activists, plus a freelance photographer and a freelance videographer, currently being detained in Russia on piracy charges. In response ... keep reading
After 25 years of IPCC reports, the inconvenient truth is confirmed: climate change is real; it’s happening at an alarming rate, and human-activities, mainly the burning of fossil fuels, are causing it. Six of the world’s largest environmental and development non-government organisations, with the international trade union confederation ... keep reading
The Russian state prosecutor today laid charges of piracy against a Greenpeace activist who protested against oil drilling in the Arctic. A freelance videographer has also been charged with piracy, which carries a maximum 15 year jail sentence. It is an extreme and disproportionate charge. Charges are expected to be ... keep reading
A further eight Greenpeace International activists have been detained for two months in Russia pending an investigation into possible charges of piracy. The eight will join 22 others, including a freelance videographer and freelance photographer, detained on Thursday following a peaceful protest against Arctic oil drilling. Greenpeace International pledged to ... keep reading
Greenpeace International condemned a series of Russian court rulings which left dozens of activists in custody pending investigations into a peaceful Arctic oil protest. The group insisted it would not be intimidated and its lawyers would lodge an appeal seeking the immediate release of those detained. Twenty-eight Greenpeace International activists ... keep reading
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