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Cruise control

Jacqueline Savitz

20th June, 2008

An iceberg sank the Titanic, now it seems international shipping is getting its own back. Jacqueline Savitz reports on an industry given the green light to carry on polluting more...
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Climate Camp Is Back

Joss Garman

20th June, 2008

It provoked an absolute storm. CNN’s ticker screamed that Britain was ‘under siege’ from environmental activists. Sky News dubbed it ‘the world’s most organised protest’ and the New Statesman ‘the most important protest of our time’ more...
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The myth of apathy

Renée Lertzman

19th June, 2008

Don’t pronounce too harshly upon those who seem not to care about the environment, advises Renée Lertzman. They may only be paralysed by the size of the problem more...
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Hedge funds for forests?

Mark Anslow

6th June, 2008

Protecting rainforests is now almost as lucrative as cutting them down. Mark Anslow reports on a commodities-centred approach to stopping deforestation more...
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How to be free: bad medicine

Tom Hodgkinson

3rd June, 2008

Bono may be cheerleading for its charitable wing, but corporate America is not waging a war on AIDS for the sake of its health, says Tom Hodgkinson more...
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The banana brief

Ed Hamer

2nd June, 2008

From plantation to consumer: a tale of chemicals, slavery and CO2 more...
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Hell for leather

Jim Wickens

1st June, 2008

Must-have handbags? shoes to die for? From cheap trinkets to luxury car interiors, Jim Wickens discovers the startling facts behind what we buy into when we buy leather goods.
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Trade in precious minerals and timber continues to fuel violence and conflict across the globe

Ecologist

1st June, 2008

Revenues obtained from the often illegal extraction and supply of commodities such as timber and diamonds are directly bankrolling corrupt regimes and armed insurgency groups, and fund the purchase of weapons and other contraband goods that perpetuate cycles of conflict.
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Not all that is gold, glitters - a report on the dark side of the precious metal

Laura Sevier

17th April, 2008

The world’s favourite precious metal is hiding a dirty little secret. Laura Sevier reports on the truth behind the glitter, and asks whether gold can ever be green more...

Up the Yangtze

Sam Geall

11th April, 2008

A moving cinematic tale of life on Asia’s longest river raises questions about ecology, development and China’s future more...
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Grow your own

Tim Lang

1st April, 2008

The World Bank’s 2008 World Development Report makes a grim prediction of what is to come: more...
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A steady-state economy

Herman Daly

1st April, 2008

Economist Herman E Daly argues that our future depends on a new economic model, one that needs to be defined by the dynamic balance – the steady state – of the natural world upon which it depends. more...

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How to be free: The last untapped resource

Tom Hodgkinson

1st April, 2008

Sometimes it’s good to take a peep at what the enemy is up to. I spent last weekend reading the New York Herald Tribune, and I’ll sometimes look at The Economist. Both these publications are excellent in their way – the Tribune is far superior in writing and information to The Times, for example – but essentially feed the greed of a business-minded readership anxious to figure out what is going on in the world, the better to profit from it. more...
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Less is more - the move to a saner happier economy

Andrew Simms

1st April, 2008

Don’t be afraid of the recession, says Andrew Simms , it may just be the lucky break we need to get our heads around a more sane economy and a better quality of life
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Spinning Wheels

Dan McDougall

13th March, 2008

‘This is the Indian dream!’ shouts Mohit, clutching a tattered plastic bag as he joins the impatient throng gathering at Hall A of the Auto Expo in New Delhi. Around us more than 100,000 Indians are aggressively jostling for space and a precious glimpse of the £1,200 Tata Nano, the world’s cheapest car. It is a vehicle that, put simply, costs less than the optional DVD player on the new Lexus LX470 SUV. more...
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When bad news is good news

Isabel Hilton

15th February, 2008

There were deaths, pollution and substandard goods, but last year’s slew of negative
publicity may have encouraged China to face up to its responsibilities, says Isabel Hilton
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Tourists bring threat of Antarctic ‘lawns’

News

29th January, 2008

Increasing numbers of tourists and research centres in Antarctica are bringing with them seeds, spores, lichens and mosses alien to the continent. more...
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US wants to cut 2020 emissions target

News

10th December, 2007

The United States is reported to be behind moves to drop tough targets for greenhouse gas emissions cuts, according to Reuters. more...
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Weather forecast

News

14th November, 2007

Catastrophic wildfires, hurricanes and intensive rainfall will increase in frequency as climate change takes hold, warned a respected scientist last night. more...
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Shell slapped down for flower refinery advert

News

7th November, 2007

The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has upheld a complaint by Friends of the Earth against Shell over the oil company's claims that it uses its waste CO2 to grow flowers. more...
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Carbon footprint of IT the same as aviation

News

6th November, 2007

Concerns are growing as awareness of the carbon footprint of IT equipment grows. more...

Power On - Clean Coal

Jon Hughes and Mark Anslow

1st November, 2007

Clean Coal Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is the technology of stripping carbon dioxide from the exhaust gases of fossil fuels and then burying it as a liquid underground.
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Power On - Energy from Waste

Jon Hughes and Mark Anslow

1st November, 2007

Each year, UK livestock produce some 60 million tonnes of collectable faeces. If left to run into water-courses or even spread on fields, this waste can lead to the same problems associated with excessive fertiliser use – algal blooms and aquatic life starved of oxygen.
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Power On - Nuclear Power

Jon Hughes and Mark Anslow

1st November, 2007

Even among green campaigners, nuclear energy is quietly gaining ground as a potential solution to the impending energy crisis. However several issues – particularly those of raw materials, cost and waste – remain unaddressed within the mainstream of opinion.
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Power On - Hydrogen

Jon Hughes and Mark Anslow

1st November, 2007

There is much talk of the possibility of a future ‘hydrogen economy’, which will power all our vehicles and homes. It is important to remember that hydrogen is not an energy source; it is an energy carrier. To obtain hydrogen it must be split from either natural gas or water molecules. The former, most widely used, method not only requires energy but also gives off carbon dioxide (CO2) in the process. Hydrogen produced in this way requires more energy to make than will eventually be returned when it is used. It makes more sense from a climate perspective to burn the natural gas itself than to convert and re-convert it to hydrogen in this way.
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