John Vidal

Sea Shepherd’s stern ‘warrior’ defies Japanese whalers

Environmental campaigner Paul Watson has lost one of his boats in a confrontation but is determined to save the oceans from "the greed of man".

Arnie and the megafauna charm Copenhagen

Until now Copenhagen's most famous citizen was a girl with a fishy tail sitting on a rock. No more.

Lifting the lid on climate-change talks

At 8am on Wednesday October 7, a smartly dressed fiftysomething Filipino woman took the escalator to the first floor of the UN building in Bangkok.

Secrecy prevails at Bangkok climate talks

The European Union and rich nations are making themselves inaccessible to the press in Bangkok and the developing countries are furious.

EU divided over whale hunting

For the first time in years Europe plans to hunt more whales than Japan. This has divided European Union countries and is dismaying conservationists.

Kenya’s concerted conservation

A 400km-long fence will enclose one of Africa's most rugged national parks, writes John Vidal.

Canada counts its dirty oil rush costs

Production is soaring in Alberta's bitumen belt, but the environment is suffering, writes John Vidal.

Canadians ponder cost of rush for dirty oil

The future of northern Alberta's aspen and pine woods, its rivers and animals are in doubt as the world's greatest modern oil rush accelerates.

Green welcome for surging oil price?

Several theories were emerging this week over the environmental effects of oil at a barrel or more. In the green corner were the optimists, who believe that the shock will force people to cut their energy use, invest in renewables and energy conservation, downsize their cars, take fewer foreign holidays and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Grand plan to harness power of Congo River

Seven African governments and the world's largest banks and construction firms meet in London on Monday to plan the most powerful dam conceived to date -- an -billion hydro power project on the Congo River which, its supporters say, could double the amount of electricity available on the continent.

Rich states ‘failing to lead on carbon emissions’

Developing countries, including China and India, are unwilling to sign up to a new global climate-change pact to replace the Kyoto Protocol in 2012 because the rich world has failed to set a clear example on cutting carbon emissions, according to the United Nations's top climate official.

Fuel up, food down

Two years ago, the United Nations's Food and Agriculture Organisation expected biofuels to help eradicate hunger and poverty for up to two billion people. Last week, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon raised doubt over that policy amid signs that the world is facing its worst food crisis in a generation.

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