The Ashden Awards are presented to projects around the world that pioneer new approaches to sustainable energy. Sam Geall caught up with the winners of this year’s award for enterprise, a north China company who are transforming rural lives.
A study planned by the G8 nations could focus much-needed attention on the environmental degradation at the core of so many of the world's problems. Or it could sink like a stone, writes Camilla Toulmin.
The G8 leaders recently pledged US$60 billion to fight disease in Africa. This is laudable, writes Godwin Nnanna, but they missed an opportunity. If the G8 want to show real partnership with Africa, they should be fighting climate change.
On July 7, the Live Earth rock concerts will be held on all seven continents. They aim to promote awareness of global warming, but can music really change the world? Dan Hancox talks to their official spokesman.
Colombian peasants have fled armed groups seizing land in a campaign of killing and intimidation. The paramilitaries aim to profit from lucrative – and legal -- oil-palm plantations, write Oliver Balch and Rory Carroll.
China consumes 4.7 billion chickens a year, most of them raised in battery farms. But what are the health consequences for birds and humans? Jiang Gaoming and Tang Aimin investigate the shady underbelly of China’s poultry industry.