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Selecting dolphins for capture at the 'drive hunt' at Taiji. Photo: Sea Shepherd.

Taiji - Japan's dolphin slaughter continues

Joshua Frank

30th January 2014

The Japanese dolphin slaughter at Taiji is an exercise in wilful sadism, writes Joshua Frank. But responsibility for the killing spreads much wider than Japan, with captive cetaceans from Taiji reaching aquaria around the globe - including SeaWorld. more...
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Japan's post-Fukushima 'secrecy' clampdown

Saul Takahashi

11th December 2013

Japan's secrecy law, just passed by parliament, gives the government carte blanche to designate state secrets - and restrict information about anything it likes. Saul Takahashi hears the sound of jackboots on the march ... more...

UK - the world's plutonium store?

The Ecologist

27th November 2013

An unexpected outcome of the Fukushima nuclear disaster is that the UK's Sellafield nuclear site - already the world's biggest plutonium repository - is set to store even more of the radioactive, fissionable metal. more...
Mining taking place at an Australian open pit coal mine. Photo: Kadda / Shutterstock.com.

The climate change saboteurs

Binoy Kampmark

20th November 2013

At the COP19 in climate conference in Warsaw, a new coalition has formed - 'the climate saboteurs'. Key members are Australia, Canada, Japan. They are resolute in crushing the hopes of developing countries already suffering climate catastrophes like Typhoon Haiyan. more...
Flensing of a Baird's beaked whale killed in a small-type coastal whaling hunt

Ending Japan's great cetacean hunt

Sarah Baulch

12th November 2013

Japan's hunting of cetaceans has become a rallying point for nationalists, but demand for their meat is falling amid worries about toxic pollution. Fukushima could just prove to be the last straw for a declining industry ... more...

Japan - end the cetacean slaughter!

Oliver Tickell

31st October 2013

Over one million whales, dolphins and porpoises killed by Japan's fishing industry in 70 years. And the persecution continues. more...
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Tuna catch

Are captive tuna farms a viable alternative to overfishing?

Tom Edathikunnel

22nd August, 2012

The Kindai tuna, bred by scientists at Kinki University, may lead the way for future large-scale tuna farms. Tom Edathikunnel investigates whether the idea really is preferable to overfishing more...
How to…give your cocktail a green-over

How to…give your cocktail a green-over

Amy Hall

8th May, 2012

Forget Pimms: eco-friendly cocktails not only taste great, they don’t cause a headache for the planet either. Amy Hall shows you how to give your tipple an eco-friendly spin more...
EPD treatment for allergies

Pharmaceutical industry 'rejoices' at demise of pioneering EPD allergy treatment

Charlotte Davis

13th April, 2012

Enzyme Potentiated Desensitisation is a groundbreaking treatment for allergy sufferers. But the recent closure of a firm championing EPD leaves its future in doubt. Drug companies and mainstream doctors are unlikely to be mourning, says Charlotte Davis
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EIA

Tsunami stalls Japan's Dall’s porpoise slaughter, but for how long?

Clare Perry

17th November, 2011

The Japanese tsunami appears to have temporarily halted the annual Dall's porpoise hunt. Pity the Taiji dolphins haven't been spared too, says the Environmental Investigation Agency's Clare Perry more...
Transparent fashion

Transparent fashion: why the industry needs to come clean on supply chains

Ruth Stokes

8th November, 2011

Adding to your wardrobe can be an ethical nightmare, which is why a number of eco-brands are working on new systems that show exactly where your clothes come from more...

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Retrofit revisited: one year on

Sue Wheat

22nd August, 2011

The salvaged velvet curtains are in and the newly painted walls are good to go but was it all worth it? In the final installment of her ecorefurb diary, Sue Wheat takes a retrospective look at a challenging year more...
Ecologist Magazine December 1971

The Ecologist December 1971: Japan’s ‘economic miracle’

George Blacksell

1 December, 2011

Forty years ago this month The Ecologist reported on the environmental implications of the rise of the Japanese economy. In the wake of the recent earthquake and associated nuclear fears has it cleaned up its act?
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Jane Goodall

TAKE ACTION to stop the illegal bushmeat trade

Matilda Lee

1st June, 2011

The multi-million dollar trade in bushmeat is one of the greatest threats to tropical wildlife. Chimpanzees are on the front line of this devastating trade with less than 300,000 in the wild. A new campaign aims to save these endangered creatures more...
soseki

Eco eatery: Soseki

Jemima Roberts

12th April, 2011

A city fish bar that cares more than most about sustainability; Jemima Roberts puts Soseki to the test to find out whether its food is as good as its principles more...
No Need for Nuclear

TAKE ACTION on nuclear power

Matilda Lee

18th March, 2011

With the Japanese nuclear disaster still unfolding, make your voice heard on Britain's sustainable energy future: say no to nuclear... more...
Chernobyl

Lessons for Japan from the Chernobyl catastrophe

Ian Sample, guardian science correspondent

18th March, 2011

The Fukushima nuclear plant crisis appears less dangerous than the 1986 Chernobyl disaster – but the risk of radiation spreading wide remains more...

Smalls Talk: say pants to non-organic knickers

The Ecologist

8th March, 2011

Whether organic, upcycled or even recycled, make sure your underwear draw is a green one more...
Ecologist June 2007

Silenced witness

Jon Hughes

30th November, 2007

Following last month's exclusive Ecologist investigation, Burying the truth, the Douglas Gowan story continues... more...

Financial problems could wipe out commercial whaling

Peter Nolan-Smith

5th January, 2011

Commercial whaling by many nations continues despite an international ban and widescale condemnation. What may end the practice, argues Peter Nolan-Smith, is that the financial incentives are starting to dry up more...
Tiger farming

Species vs ecosystems: save the tiger or focus on the bigger issues?

Kara Moses

2nd January, 2011

Millions have been raised to protect tigers but does this help or hinder the efforts to prevent wider biodiversity loss by tackling habitat loss, climate change and pollution? 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...
Organic vegetables

Organic food comes of age at Bristol's Organic Food Festival

Eifion Rees

26th August, 2010

Held at Bristol Harbourside and celebrating its 10th anniversary, Europe's largest organic festival is a feast of food, drink and fabric that doesn't cost the earth more...
Pierre Mineau

Pierre Mineau: let's get rid of the pesticides that are killing birds

Laura Sevier

17th December, 2009

Canadian scientist Dr Pierre Mineau talks about the ongoing struggle to protect birds from pesticides that 'don't belong in this millennium' more...

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