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Stevenson, Jonathan

John Lanchester, Whoops! Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay; Paul Mason, Meltdown: The end of the age of greed

Whoops! (Penguin, 2010, 2nd edition; 256pp; £9.99); Meltdown (Verso, 2010, 2nd edition; 288pp; £8.99)

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Ratcliffe climate trials

Two victories and a defeat

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Climate defence is not an offence

As PN goes to press, 20 climate activists are beginning the most significant trial for climate activism in the UK since the acquittal of the Kingsnorth Six in 2008. Their crime?

Vulture funds banned

On 8 April, Britain became the first country in the world to ban profiteering in “third world debt”, in the final hours of the last parliament.

Climate debt

Rich countries and corporations have grown wealthy through a model of development that has pushed the planet to the brink of climate catastrophe.

Defending the coal train hijackers

This is an edited version of the closing speech given on 2 July at Leeds Crown Court on behalf of the 22 people who pleaded not guilty to obstruction of the railway after stopping and partially unloading a coal train heading to the Drax coal-fired power station in Yorkshire last year. See PN 2499-500.

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Coal still a no-no

Ed Miliband’s announcement that new coal power stations will only be permitted if 25% of their emissions are carbon-captured and stored hasn’t put a stop to the blossoming UK anti-coal mov

Noise demo

On 10 November, a noise demo was held outside a ceremonial dinner in the City of London being addressed by prime minister Gordon Brown.

Yay, Greenpeace!

On 10 September, six Greenpeace activists won a historic legal victory after they were found “not guilty” of criminal damage by a jury at Maidstone crown court – after admitting causing £3

Flashmob at Terminal 5

Can wearing a T-shirt be a crime? This was the question we set out to answer on the opening day of Heathrow’s Terminal 5 on 27 March.