One oil company alone - Exxon-Mobil - spent $19 million on promoting scepticism
about global warming in order to water down any legislation on carbon emissions.
A group of banks, headed by Goldman Sachs, has in a similar way fended
off tighter controls on derivatives trading, one of the main causes of
the 2008 global financial collapse.
Making the news this month
6 Haitians look history in the eye
8 Climate criminal Canada sets its sights on Europe
9 Pacific Solution legacy leaves refugees in a legal limbo
10 In the halls of shame
Who shapes the policies and laws that govern us? If you think the answer is 'our elected politicians', read on. Vanessa Baird examines the secretive but expanding power of corporate lobbying.
14 Corporate influence - the facts
16 The best influence money can buy
- the 10 Worst Corporate Lobbyists
Dirty cash and dirty tricks - our rogues’ gallery of lobbyists who get governments to dance to the tune of big business. Compiled by Helen Burley and Olivier Hoedeman.
30 Is being vegan the only green option?
Bruce Friedrich of PETA and food author Wayne Roberts debate the best diet for a small planet.
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34 Slow Food delights in a new pleasure principle
Plus: cutting plant miles, and living a fairtrade life.
The Diggers, Deepwater and more on the Nestlé boycott.
Plus: Scratchy Lines by Simon Kneebone.
15 Southern Exposure
Tatiana Cardeal captures a moment of calm on the Rio Negro.
22 Mark Engler
The hole in America's middle.
The best of 2010.
Leading voice for indigenous rights, Hugo Blanco.
Physicians for Human Rights Israel, winners of the 'Alternative Nobel Prize'.
28 Country profile: Guinea-Bissau
33 Puzzle Page
36 Cartoon corner
Big Bad World, Only Planet and guest cartoonist Rajesh KC from Nepal.
37 Letter from Cairo
Maria Golia gets a crash course in vermin control.
38 And finally...
Susan George explains why the financial crisis is a moral crisis.
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