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ECOLOGIST INTERVIEW - ALISTAIR McGOWAN

Tim Saunders

28th October, 2016

British impressionist, comedian, actor and musician Alistair McGowan is also a staunch environmentalist - he doesn't even drive a car. He tells TIM SAUNDERS we should all be doing more to help save the planet and that the environmental costs of the proposed new runway at Heathrow are not worth the promised economic benefits more...

Grow Heathrow's Spiritual Ecology: One Resident's Personal Reflections

Edward Thacker

7th June, 2016

Living at Grow Heathrow has been a spiritual experience says resident Edward Thacker. We are actively rebelling against the wasted values of materialism, the capitalist world view which seeks to objectify nature. more...
Photo: Burger, Louisiana, USA by Ed Fisher aka gleam via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA).

We are being silently poisoned: the case against glyphosate

Colin Todhunter

14th April 2016

The 'cancer industry', including charities with close links to chemicals corporations, is always keen to blame cancer victims for their morally deficient lifestyles, writes Colin Todhunter. But the real fault lies with the commercial interests touting bad food, nutritionally unbalanced and laced with toxic agrochemicals - like the ubiquitous glyphosate - and their residues. more...
Chris Rapley in '2071' at the Royal Court Theatre. Photo: Stephen Cummiskey.

Five stars! Scientist's dramatic climate change act is a winner

Tim Radford

25th November 2014

A spellbinding solo performance by veteran climate scientist Chris Rapley at London's Royal Court puts the climate debate centre stage, writes Tim Radford - and earns the admiration of hard-to-please theatre critics. more...
Plane flying over palm trees

A third runway at Heathrow would be an off-the-scale betrayal

Zac Goldsmith

11th September, 2012

David Cameron will pay a high price if he opts for the unfair and unpopular non-solution that Heathrow expansion represents more...
Zero Carbon Britain 2030

Creating the future: How 'Zero Carbon Britain' is inspiring positivity in today's artists

Paul Allen

16th August, 2012

The Centre for Alternative Technology's Emergence Summit must develop positive versions of the future, as if we can't imagine it - there won't be one, says Paul Allen more...
Tried and tested: mineral make-up

Tried and tested: mineral make-up

Thea Byrgesen

9th May, 2012

With synthetic and chemical free formulas, and a colour range to rival Monet, modern mineral make-up is skin and planet friendly. Thea Byrgesen rounds up the best more...
Top 10... alternatives to wheat

Top 10... alternatives to wheat

Bethany Hubbard

9th March, 2012

Whether it’s because of GM or gluten; if you’re giving wheat the chop, there’s an eco-friendly alternative to suit you more...
Carbon dioxide emissions

Risks and uncertainities accompany efforts to reduce Britain's carbon

Matthew Leach

20th January, 2012

A low carbon Britain rests on the electrification of our energy supply. But new research by the University of Surrey has highlighted the challenges facing government, market and civil society-led pathways to reducing emissions more...
Africology

Review: Africology Intonga Amasatchi Experience

Ruth Styles

24th November, 2011

If you’ve got some serious knots that need sorting out, then the Intonga Amasatchi Experience is for you. What’s more, says Ruth Styles, Africology’s wonderfully natural approach to beauty makes it a brand to watch more...
Pai Skincare

Pai: the eco favourite taking the beauty world by storm

Ruth Styles

6th October, 2011

Pai has been bubbling under the radar for a while now, but with the launch of its new BioAffinity toner, it’s one brand about to hit the big time, says Ruth Styles more...
grateful body

Review: Grateful Body

Ruth Styles

3rd August, 2011

With greener-than-grass credentials and created by a man with a lifetime’s worth of herbal lore in his head, Grateful Body’s eco-conscious range is a good choice for those with sensitive skin, says Ruth Styles more...

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Tom Youngman

How to inspire the next generation of eco-activists

Tom Youngman

6th July, 2011

Constructive engagement, optimism and campaigns that benefit local residents are the best tactics to move eco-activism forward more...
UK Uncut

Tools of resistance: the insiders guide to grassroots direct action

Molly James & Dan Glass

6th July, 2011

Molly James & Dan Glass outline the most powerful tools in the grassroots action toolbox - plus information on how you can get involved more...

Heathrow Transition activists celebrate one year stay at community garden

The Ecologist

March 3rd, 2011

Campaigners against the third Heathrow runway and residents of the local villages Sipson, Harmondsworth and Harlington this week celebrated the anniversary of the market garden project in Sipson, 'Grow Heathrow' more...
Arcola Theatre

Arcola theatre: on a mission to be the world's first carbon neutral theatre

Laura Laker

24th February, 2011

Arcola theatre has made its name with cutting-edge artistic productions while insisting its carbon footprint be as low as possible more...

Greenland, at the National Theatre

Matilda Lee

10th February, 2011

‘When you see smoke coming from under the door, but nobody does anything about it, you start to believe the majority. Even if the house is on fire, we do nothing.' more...
Seasoning wood

How to ensure a warmer winter by seasoning your firewood

Jonathan Rouse

17th September 2010

Drying wood properly can increase the energy it releases when burned. Read on for The Ecologist's guide to ensuring your Yuletide logs are as fuel-efficient as possible more...
Joss Garman

CAMPAIGN HERO: Joss Garman of Plane Stupid

Matilda Lee

25th January, 2011

Veteran campaigner and former Ecologist contributor Joss Garman talks to us about past campaigning successes - and why a Green Investment Bank should be a top priority for the Coalition Government more...
Installing the kitchen single unit HRU

Turning our Victorian terrace into an ecohome: part six – ventilation

Sue Wheat

19th November, 2010

Better insulation means more warmth but also more mould and condensation. Sue Wheat's eco retrofit continues with a look at a super-efficient ventilation system that recycles heat while stamping out damp more...
Sue's son Yeshaya helping put in the Ecobatt insulation

Green energy bill will let consumers gamble on future savings

Tim Webb, guardian industrial editor

11th November, 2010

The Green Deal bill, due to be announced in the next two months, will allow consumers to shift the upfront costs of energy efficiency measures, such as loft insulation, to suppliers more...

PassivHaus construction: the future of UK housebuilding?

Laura Sevier

22nd October, 2010

German design, British location, tropical climate. Super-efficient PassivHaus construction makes for warmer homes and lower energy bills. So why aren't we all building this way? more...
Heat pumps

Heat pumps no more eco-friendly than gas-fired boilers - new research

Tom Levitt

8th October, 2010

Government subsidies to replace oil or traditional electric heating with heat pumps ignore the global warming impact of their HFCs, argues new analysis more...

Why 'eco-friendly' heat pumps increase, not reduce, your carbon footprint

Eric Johnson

8th October, 2010

Switch to heat pumps to warm your home and you'll qualify for the Renewable Heat Incentive subsidy. But new research reveals the pumps release potent hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases, says Eric Johnson, significantly increasing the true carbon footprint of this supposedly green technology more...

London's Savoy hotel gets five stars for eco refit

Matilda Lee

8th October, 2010

One of London's most prestigious hotels has had a green makeover as part of a £220 million refit. Ahead of the official reopening, Matilda Lee gets an exclusive preview of the capital's most environmentally responsible luxury hotel more...

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