The Ecologist


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How 'green' was Gordon?

Miriam Kennet

22nd March, 2007

Environmentalists held their breath in expectation of Gordon Brown's 'green' budget. Was it worth the wait? Miriam Kennet, a director of the Green Economics Institute, looks at where the Chancellor went awry... more...
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Carbon Trading Scam Exposed


18th January, 2007

Collusion between UK carbon trading firms and Chinese factories is allowing them to make big profits without any significant reduction in carbon emissions. more...

Milton Friedman: Architect of Neoliberalism RIP

Paul Kingsnorth

1st December, 2006

Death is rarely something to be celebrated, but I can’t say I shed a tear last week when I heard that Milton Friedman, the father of neoliberal economics, had gone to the great free market in the sky. more...

What a load of rubbish

Jon Hughes

1st November, 2006

The rise of free newspapers means that hundreds of thousands of trees are pulped each week to provide us with disposable pap more...

New Emperors, Old Clothes

Vandana Shiva

1st July, 2005

Anyone serious about making poverty history needs to understand where poverty actually comes from and what it really is. more...

Zoos - 20th century anachronism or biodiversity preservation tool?

Daniel Turner, Dr Miranda F Stevenson B.A., MBA.,

1st March, 2004

Are zoos an essential tool for preserving biodiversity in the 21st century or a Noah's-Ark-style anachronism riddled with woodworm and sinking fast? more...

Playing Dirty at the WTO

Mark Lynas

1st June, 2003

Locked out of some meetings. Not even invited to others. And then all the decisions are made after you’ve left. It’s all in a day’s work for ‘developing’ World delegates at the WTO. By Mark Lynas more...

Free Trade TM

Derrick Jensen

1st June, 2003

Free trade. So benign sounding a phrase. A concept whose principles no reasonable person would challenge. Trouble is, free trade as we know it – free trade as it is pushed by those who will mass at Cancun, Mexico, in September – is far from free. Think about it. If it truly was free, would they put sanctions on those who don’t want to participate and use police to violently put down protests by those who oppose it? Free trade is really just a euphemism, like ‘peacekeeping’ or ‘forest management’, that hides a far uglier, more brutal reality. Free trade is a brand – Free Trade™, which sells a repackaged product no one in their right minds would buy if they knew what it really was. more...

World Sold

Simon Retallack

1st June, 2003

In September the World Trade Organisation will be holding its fifth ministerial conference in Cancun, Mexico. Simon Retallack explains what is at stake. more...

Cancun: Why Should You Care?

Paul Kingsnorth

1st June, 2003

School dinners by McDonald’s. Corporations taking countries to court because their environmental regulations are ‘too tough’. The BBC sold to Rupert Murdoch. Paul Kingsnorth explains why we should be very worried by what is about to go on behind the closed doors of Cancun. more...

Puppet Show

Matilda Lee

1st June, 2003

Matilda Lee explains how democracy is bypassed as multinationals push
changes in trade law through the labrynthine corridors of the EU

Economies of scale - self-sufficiency through localising business

Andrew Simms

1st June, 2003

Where trade is concerned, one size does not fit all. Andrew Simms argues the case for economic self-sufficiency through localisation more...

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Globalisation: the dream vs the reality

Dele Oguntimoju

1st November, 2002

Globalisation sells Africans the Western dream. Immigration policies tell them they can’t have it. Where, Dele Oguntimoju asks, is the sense in that? more...
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Government refuses to create clean technology fund


30th November, 1999

The Treasury signalled yesterday that money raised from the sale of carbon credits will not go into a clean technology fund as the EC had requested but instead be diverted to general treasury funds. more...


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