Fred Pearce

Fred Pearce is a freelance author and journalist based in the UK. He serves as environmental consultant for New Scientist magazine and contributes regularly to Yale Environment 360. He is the author of numerous books, including the newly released The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 11:45am
Mideast Water Wars: In Iraq, A Battle for Control of Water
There is a water war going on in the Middle East this summer. Behind the headline stories of brutal slaughter as Sunni militants carve out a religious state covering Iraq and Syria, there lies a battle for the water supplies that sustain these desert nations. Blood is being spilled to capture the...
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 3:30pm
Where is Sombath Somphone? In Grisly Global Trend, Green Activists Are Facing Deadly Dangers
Where is Sombath Somphone? With every day that passes, the fate of one of Southeast Asia’s most high-profile environmental activists, who was snatched from the streets of Laos in December, becomes more worrisome.
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Monday, January 28, 2013 - 11:05am
Is Obama About to Blow His Climate Credentials?
Faced with rising anger from environmentalists last year over his plans for a transcontinental pipeline to deliver treacly Canadian tar sands to Texas oil refineries on the Gulf of Mexico, the CEO of TransCanada, Russ Girling, expressed surprise. After all, his company had laid 300,000 kilometers of such pipes across North America. "The pipeline is routine.
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Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 10:31am
Consumption Dwarfs Population as Main Environmental Threat
It's the great taboo, I hear many environmentalists say. Population growth is the driving force behind our wrecking of the planet, but we are afraid to discuss it. It sounds like a no-brainer. More people must inevitably be bad for the environment, taking more resources and causing more pollution, driving the planet ever farther beyond its carrying capacity. But hold on. This is a terribly convenient argument - "over-consumers" in rich countries can blame "over-breeders" in distant lands for the state of the planet. But what are the facts?
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Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 10:09am
Greenwash: Shell Betrays 'New Energy Future' Promises
Shell, I have to report, is the new Exxon. The company that back in December was filling this and other newspapers with double-page adverts promoting its conversion to a "new energy future" of wind farms , hydrogen fuels, fuel made from marine algae and much else, has pulled the plug.
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