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Melting point: researchers study Arctic sea ice and melt ponds on the Chuckchi Sea. Photo: Kathryn Hansen / NASA via Wikimedia Commons.

Arctic ice loss sends Alaskan temperatures soaring

Alex Kirby

22nd October 2014

Scientists analysing more than three decades of weather data for the northern Alaska outpost of Barrow have recorded an astonishing 7°C temperature rise, writes Alex Kirby - and the likely cause is the decline in Arctic sea ice. more...
View of the Riiser-Larsen Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Photo: Ben Holt - National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) via Wikimedia Commons.

Ice sheets will be melting, and raising seas, for centuries to come

Eelco Rohling

28th September 2014

A study of 120 ice sheet collapses shows that 68% went from initial change to maximum retreat within 400 years - and that once triggered, the process and the associated sea level rise kept accelerating for hundreds of years. We may face a 1m sea level rise by 2100, writes Eelco Rohling - and much more in centuries to come. more...
Fin whale landed at Miòsandur whaling station Hvalfjördur, Iceland, in August 2014. Photo: EIA.

EU leads diplomatic protest against Iceland's whaling

The Ecologist

16th September 2014

As the IWC meeting begins today in Slovenia, the EU, its 28 member states and the United States, Australia, Brazil, Israel, New Zealand, Mexico and Monaco, have expressed their opposition to Iceland's commercial whaling in a powerful diplomatic broadside. more...
Icelandic fin whale meat on sale in Japan. Photo: EIA.

Iceland's whaling and whale meat exports - the IWC must act!

Clare Perry

10th September 2014

Tomorrow the 65th meeting of the International Whaling Commission begins in Slovenia, writes Clare Perry. Among the issues: Iceland's slaughter of fin whales in defiance of the IWC moratorium, and its illegal export of their flesh and blubber to Japan - over 2,000 tonnes this year alone. The IWC and its member nations must act. more...
A well deserved rest-stop on the trail. Photo: Tanja Geis.

Wildfjords - an Icelandic exploration of the natural world

Daniel Crockett

7th September 2014

Daniel Crockett guided a 300km walk along ancient horse routes through the Westfjords, a remote, depopulating region of Iceland rich in nature, myth and magic. The wild, non-human environment enters our beings, he writes - and thus infected, the onus is on us to spread the message far and wide. more...
Police Liaison Officers at work - easily recognised by their 'blue bibs'. Just remember what they are there for. Photo: Netpol.

Smiling spies: Police Liaison Officers exposed

The Ecologist

18th June 2014

An internal police document has confirmed what many have long suspected: the Police Liaison Officers 'facilitating' protests and demonstrations are not just there to make friends - they play a 'pivotal role' in intelligence gathering. more...
An endangered Fin whale landed at Miòsandur whaling station, Hvalfjördur, Iceland, in September 2010 © EIA.

First blood: Iceland resumes whale hunt, kills fin whale

The Ecologist

17th June 2014

Icelandic whalers made their first kill of the 2014 hunting season - an endangered fin whale, landed today. Campaigners have condemned the hunt, and are calling for a boycott of whaling companies' seafood exports. more...
In Scotland's Hebridean Isles most 'fishing communities' have long since lost all their rights to fish, and are reduced to trapping shellfish for a living. Photo: Florian Seiffert via Flickr.

Selling the silver: the enclosure of the UK's fisheries

Emma Cardwell.

7th July 2014

Fishing quotas were meant to conserve stocks and support fishing communities, writes Emma Cardwell. But they have achieved the reverse - rewarding the most rapacious fishing enterprises and leaving small scale fisherfolk with nothing. more...
The 'Turn your back on Thatcher' protest at Ludgate circus, as Mrs Thatcher's coffin approached. Photo: from video by thegoldengirlk8: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDW3mXrz44M

Protestors have nothing to gain from liaising with police

Rececca Lush Blum

2nd February 2014.

The Metropolitan Police invited Rebecca Lush Blum - who organised the 'Turn your back on Thatcher' protest in 2013 - to attend a seminar to discuss police liaison with protesters. She refused in this powerful letter ... more...
Chris O'Donnell after being attacked by police.

Manchester Police break anti-fracker's eye socket

The Ecologist

21st January 2014

Kris O'Donnell, a peaceful cameraman and Legal Observer at Barton Moss anti-frack camp, was attacked by Greater Manchester police yesterday. He is under arrest in hospital with a broken eye socket. more...
The Banaue rice terraces in the Philippines have been declared free of all genetically modified orgaisms (GMOs). Photo: Agricmarketing at en.wikipedia.org.

Golden Rice ignores the risks, the people and the real solutions

Daniel Ocampo

28th December 2013

'Golden Rice' is being promoted by GM advocates as a solution to malnutrition. But Daniel Ocampo says it is for the 'target populations' in the Philippines and elsewhere to decide whether to accept the technology - and they don't want it! more...

China accused of stealth land grab over Mozambique's great rice project

Cecilia Anesi and Andrea Fama in co-publication with China Files

30th November 2013

China led the reclamation of the largest abandoned rice farm in Mozambique, with the blessing of the authorities. But now the company involved is accused of land grabbing and displacing thousands. Cecilia Anesi and Andrea Fama report
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Owen Paterson speaking at food business innovation summit. Photo: UKTI / Flikr.com.

Genetically modified politicians

Lesley Docksey

24th November 2013

The UK Government policy on genetically modified (GM) crops is "precautionary, evidence-based and sensitive to public concerns". Lesley Docksey asks: who are they kidding? more...

The green office

Hazel Sillver & Susan Clark

20th November 2013

Hazel Sillver and Susan Clark round up some of the best and brightest eco-stationery on offer.

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Owen Paterson: the minister for GM hype

Zac Goldsmith MP

8th November 2013

The environment secretary's stance on GM food is grotesque, argues Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith. more...

Activism for Busy People Part I: Ethical Consumption

Ruth Stokes

November 9th, 2013

Keen to save the world but don't want to end up in a Russian prison? In the first of a three part series Ruth Stokes suggests ethical consumption as one alternative approach to activism that won't turn your life upside down but will make a difference ... more...
Golden rice

Golden rice naysayers ignore the world's need for nutrition

Dale Sanders

6th November 2013

Professor Dale Sanders takes issue with Zac Goldsmith, former editor of The Ecologist. Is 'golden rice' a Trojan Horse for the GM industry, or nutritional manna from heaven for the world's poor? more...

Chasing Ice: DVD Review

Susan Clark

With the release of the Climate Change film Chasing Ice on DVD, Susan Clark is surprised to find most of what she was looking for – the science and heart-breaking footage of majestic glaciers seemingly just slipping away – not in the main feature but in the hour-long DVD extras more...

UK Government fails to take wildlife crime seriously

April 24th, 2013

by Simon Pope

Simon Pope, Director of Campaigns and Communications for the World Society for the Protection of Animals, questions why the UK government is so far behind other global powers when it comes to tackling the illegal wildlife trade. more...

Scientists link frozen spring to dramatic Arctic sea ice loss

by John Vidal

Melting sea ice, exposing huge parts of the ocean to the atmosphere, explains extreme weather both hot and cold.... more...

Global Extinction Within One Lifetime?

Michael Brown

July 16th, 2012

Environmental chemistry student Michael Brown evaluates how seriously recent claims that global extinction could occur within our lifetime should be taken.... more...
Food Bank

The UK sees a huge rise in families turning to Food Banks

Paul Creeney

Earlier this week, the Trussel Trust reported the number of UK families using food banks has tripled in the last year and increased a staggering FIVE FOLD since the coalition came to power. Paul Creeney asks the big question ...

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Sunset over rolling hills

Environmental Justice

Jason Lowther

14th August 2012

Studies have shown that while there is a greater awareness of the seriousness of environmental damage in society, this shift is not obvious in environmental sentencing. Jason Lowther reports more...
Helen Moore

Earth Justice - a poem to celebrate National Poetry Day

Helen Moore

October 4th, 2012

Helen Moore and Niall McDevitt recite poem 'Earth Justice', inspired by a transcript of the ecocide trial held in October 2011. more...
The sun shines across the Arctic expanse.

A Student Writes….Global Extinction Within One Lifetime?

Michael Brown

16th July, 2012

Environmental chemistry student Michael Brown evaluates how seriously recent claims that global extinction could occur within out lifetime should be taken more...

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