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Undercover: The True Story of Britain’s Secret Police
By Rob Evans And Paul Lewis
Faber and Faber, 2013, 352 pages

It would have been a monumental act of civil disobedience, on a scale never before seen in the United Kingdom. The almost-event would have occurred in 2008, just as climate change activists were turning to more radical forms of protest. This particular action was designed to capture the world’s attention: The plan involved more than 100 activists whose goal was to shutdown the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station, one of Britain’s largest emitters of…
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by: Adam Federman – Winter 2014

Undercover Agents Infiltrated Tar Sands Resistance Camp to Break up Planned Protest

TransCanada and Department of Homeland Security keep close eye on activists, FOIA documents reveal

Update, August 16: Since many readers requested we publish it, here is the complete report by the Bryan County investigator Spy_Report_Redacted.pdf. Some of the names have been redacted for legal purposes. After a week of careful planning, environmentalists attending a tar sands…
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by: Adam Federman – August 12, 2013

Can Activists Win the PR Battle With the Fossil Fuel Industry?

Growing state-corporate surveillance and repression could drive above-ground activism underground

In mid June, Bold Nebraska — a grassroots environmental organization opposed to construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline — obtained documents that detail how local and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as the company responsible for building the pipeline…
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by: Adam Federman – August 6, 2013

TransCanada Is Spying on Keystone XL Opponents

Company has compiled dossiers on protesters and shared them with law enforcement

TransCanada, the company behind the construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, is stirring up trouble in Nebraska as it warns local law enforcement authorities that activists and landowners opposed to the project are a potential security threat. Documents obtained last…
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by: Adam Federman – June 20, 2013

We’re Being Watched

How Corporations and Law Enforcement Are Spying on Environmentalists

photo illustrations Nadia Khastagir / Design Action In February 2010 Tom Jiunta and a small group of residents in northeastern Pennsylvania formed the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition (GDAC), an environmental organization opposed to hydraulic fracturing in the region. The group sought to appeal to the widest possible audience, and was careful about striking a moderate tone. All members were asked to sign a code of conduct in which they pledged to carry…
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by: Adam Federman – Summer 2013

John Davis Envisions Re-establishing Wildlife Corridors Across North America

Environmentalist embarks on 5,000-mile trek across the West to highlight the importance of habitat connectivity

John Davis is no stranger to long journeys. In 2011 he traveled by bike, boat, and foot from Southern Florida to the Canadian Maritimes to promote the creation of an eastern wildway — a continental scale conservation effort that would connect large…
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by: Adam Federman – March 5, 2013

Return of the Wild

Will humans make way for the greatest conservation experiment in centuries?

John Davis was roughly 5,500 miles into his 2011 trek from Southern Florida to the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec when he passed through the Adirondack Mountains, where he has lived for the last 18 years. He spent a couple of days sailing and hiking around the southern shore of Lake Champlain, including the Split Rock Wild Forest. The 4,000-acre bloc of state forest land is the centerpiece of what Davis hopes will…
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by: Adam Federman – Spring 2013

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