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Deadly Legacy

10 May 2024

Deadly Legacy

RWE, the UK’s biggest power producer, has a problem with asbestos

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We’re hiring!

26 April 2024

We’re hiring!

SourceMaterial is looking for a Senior Reporter/Deputy Editor to join our growing team.

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‘Fool’s bargain’

24 February 2024

‘Fool’s bargain’

The secret payments behind a deal that brought a country to its knees

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Secret Sewers

9 February 2024

Secret Sewers

Hundreds of unmonitored ‘emergency overflows’ are located in conservation areas and some are used routinely, documents reveal

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As climate change wrecks homes, human traffickers profit

29 January 2024

As climate change wrecks homes, human traffickers profit

Sierra Leone’s poorest communities have long been prey to human traffickers. Climate change is making things worse.

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Trojan Horsepower

7 December 2023

Trojan Horsepower

Formula 1 and the Saudi oil lobby: a tie-up between petrolheads and petrodollars is more than just an exercise in ‘soft power’

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Scramble for Africa

29 November 2023

Scramble for Africa

An Emirati sheikh and an Italian fugitive are hoovering up land for an ambitious carbon offsetting project that critics say will make the climate crisis worse

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‘Get Out of Jail Free’

13 November 2023

‘Get Out of Jail Free’

How plastics offsetting is giving industry a licence to pollute

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‘Blueprint for disaster’

9 October 2023

‘Blueprint for disaster’

An ambitious plan to re-engineer the carbon market could play havoc with net zero goals and raises questions about human rights

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Revolt of the South Pole penguins

13 July 2023

Revolt of the South Pole penguins

Carbon offsetting’s ‘unicorn’ wants to be an ultra-ethical social enterprise. Behind the scenes its deals with oil giants and authoritarian rulers are stirring dissent

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‘This is plunder’: Illegal quarries threaten one of Africa’s fastest vanishing forests

31 May 2023

‘This is plunder’: Illegal quarries threaten one of Africa’s fastest vanishing forests

Sierra Leone is on the climate change frontline. Its defences are on sale to the highest bidder

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