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Incinerator plans a load of rubbish

 Anti-incinerator protestors outside the National Assembly of Wales building

The protest against incineration at the Welsh Assembly Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Campaigners from Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport protested today at the National Assembly of Wales today against Welsh Government sponsored incineration schemes. This comes against a background of council incompetence and incinerator bids collapsing.

Stop Del Monte GM pineapple

Pineapples

Photo: samurai/FreeDigitalPhotos

The Costa Rican Coordination Network on Biodiversity calling for European consumers to take action after the Costa Rican Government granted LM Veintiuno permission to expand the area cultivated with a genetically modified (GM) pineapple called “Piña Rose”.

EDF profit at customer's expense

EDF off

EDF Energy are expected to announce huge profits today as their energy bills soar.

They are one of the worst offenders for choking support for clean energy - calling for lower renewable energy targets whilst making mega bucks from nuclear.

EDF Energy has 20 percent of the UK energy market. In the UK EDF Energy owns seven nuclear power stations, two coal-fired power stations, and two gas-fired stations.

Things EDF Energy don't want you to know:

Assembly anti-incinerator lobby

Incinerator chimney belching smoke

Cardiff Against the Incinerator, Stop Newport Incinerator Campaign, and United Valleys Action Group would like you to tell your AM face-to-face that you don't want incinerators in Wales.

We are holding a mass rally at the National Assembly building in Cardiff Bay on 15 November 2011 at 12 pm and you will be able to voice your concerns about the proposals to build incinerators to your AM.

Cardiff Local Development Plan delayed

View of fields and trees with buildings on the distance

Greenfield land in Cardiff threatened with housing development. Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

On Monday 31 October Cardiff Council announced that the Local Development Plan (LDP) would be delayed for 12 months.

Land occupations in Brazil

Map of Brazil in green, with male and female peasants superimposed

Logo of Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST)

The Rural Landless Peasant Movement (MST) have organized three land occupations in Rio Grande do Sul State in the south of Brazil. The occupations came as a result of the federal and state governments failing to deliver the promised agrarian reform.

Merthyr campaign victory over Covanta

Smoke rising from an incinerator chimney 

Campaigners in Merthyr Tydfil and the Valleys have won their campaign against Covanta's application for a 750,000-tonne incinerator at Brig y Cwm, Merthyr Tydfil. Congratulations to them on their victory.

This proves that a mass, community-based campaign can work and that we can stop incineration, not just in individual towns, but in all of Wales.

Bute Park winter opening extended

 cyclist and walkers on the Millenium Bridge, Bute Park

Cyclists and walkers using Bute Park. Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Cardiff Council have announced that they will keep Bute Park open until 7pm during October, November and December to allow commuters to walk and cycle through the park.

The African Climate Connection

African man standing on cracked dry earth, dry grass and leafless tree in background

African farmer surveys his drought stricken land.

The threat of unstoppable climate change gets ever closer and many governments seem to be doing very little to prevent it. It is vital we get politicians to sit up and take notice.

Many voluntary organisations are planning African-themed events during the first week of the UN Climate talks in Durban at the end of November.

Cardiff to Swansea rail electrification

Local train and intercity train at Cardiff Central Station 

Trains at Cardiff Central Station. Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

In September 2011 the coalition government confirmed it would only electrify the Great Western main line between Cardiff and London by about 2017. They said that the business case did not support electrification to Swansea.

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