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Expert panel identifies unacceptable toll of food and farming systems on human health

Georgina Downs

17th October, 2017

The UN Committee on World Food Security in Rome has today launched a new report examining the impact of chemical intensive, industrial food system on human health. GEORGINA DOWNS responds. more...

The Dharma of disobedience at Ende Gelände: breaking the law to combat climate violence

Lindsay Alderton

12th October, 2017

At the start of September 6000 people from across Europe gathered at Ende Gelände in Germany, to shut down Europe’s largest coal mine in a mass act of civil disobedience. LINDSAY ALDERTON shares a little of what she experienced there. more...

Is the UK coming clean on pesticides?

Peter Melchett

2nd October, 2017

Following recent headlines and new scientific papers PETER MELCHETT of the Soil Association reports on the evolving dialogue around pesticides. more...

Animal acoustic activity decline shows forest fire pollution wreaks havoc on wildlife

Brendan Montague

21st September, 2017

Biodiversity in Southeast Asia was severely disrupted due to El Niño forest fires, reports BRENDAN MONTAGUE more...

Coffee growers in Laos are turning to organic farming

Robyn Wilson

19th September, 2017

Rural coffee farmers across southern Laos are sharing sustainable agricultural practices to protect both their land and health from chemical farming methods, reports ROBYN WILSON more...

Polish government must be fined for ignoring logging ban, commission says

Catherine Early

16th September, 2017

Pressure is building on the European Court of Justice ahead of a decision on whether to uphold a logging ban in Poland. CATHERINE EARLY reports more...

Tree reasons why ancient oaks survived the felling of ancient forests in Britain

Peter Fiennes

11th September, 2017

Britain has 2,000 ancient yew trees yet there are only about 100 left in mainland Europe. England is home to more than 100 great oaks - trees aged over 800 years - more than the entire region from Calais to Cadiz. Author PETER FIENNES reflects on why so many old British trees have been saved from the axe more...

India, climate change and nuclear power: the denials, delusions and deceptions of Modi

Kumar Sundaram

15th September, 2017

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, has been inconsistent at best about climate change. Now the country has massive nuclear expansion plans, which he claims is a solution. The apparent desire to appease energy companies and the violent oppression of nuclear opponents are a cause for serious concern. KUMAR SUNDARAM investigates more...

Cocktail of pesticide residues in fruit and vegetables given to schoolchildren

Catherine Early

5th September, 2017

Traces of 123 pesticides, including those linked to cancer, hormone disruption and damage to brain development, have been found in fresh produce supplied to primary school children through a government scheme aimed at promoting healthy eating habits. CATHERINE EARLY reports more...

Should greening your money be high on your to-do list?

Becky O’Connor

18th September, 2017

Investment is one way to ensure your impact on the environment is as positive as possible - and may even change the attitudes and behaviours of the industries where green investment takes hold. All investments involve risk and you can lose your money. But some claim to have less impact on the environment, says BECKY O'CONNOR more...

Climate history backs bold actions now to keep fossil fuels in the ground

Nick Meynen

1st September, 2017

Thousands of protesters have occupied a coal mine near Cologne - the single largest emitter of CO2 in Europe. NICK MEYNEN argues that history is on their side, especially when politicians fail to take heed of climate science more...

Aristocrat activist leads day of action to 'round up the Roundup'

Catherine Early

31st August, 2017

Hector Christie, owner of the Tapeley Park estate and farm in Devon and renowned environmental campaigner, is urging the public to join a day of action against the Roundup weedkiller. CATHERINE EARLY reports more...

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Climate change could tarnish the flavour of cava, study suggests

Daisy Dunne

23rd August, 2017

The devastating impacts of climate change can sometimes be to terrible to contemplate. The fact that cava, the popular alternative to Champagne, may be under threat should be sobering enough for dinner table discussions. DAISY DUNNE reports more...

Saudi Crown Prince about to learn the price of global climate change mitigation

Brendan Montague

21st August, 2017

The sale of a slice of Saudi Aramco will be the biggest initial public offering (IPO) in human history. The Crown Prince believes his company is worth a total of $2 trillion. But investors must consider current low oil prices and climate mitigation policies when assessing value. BRENDAN MONTAGUE reports more...

'Flexitarians' join vegans in stampede for meat free restaurant treats

Catherine Early

15th August, 2017

There has been a huge rise in demand for vegan and vegetarian meals at cafes and restaurants across Britain - often from meat eaters. CATHERINE EARLY reports more...

A hard deadline: we must stop building new carbon infrastructure by 2018

Stephen Leahy

10th August, 2017

There will be enough fossil fuel-burning stuff - cars, homes, factories, power plants - built by next year to blow through our carbon budget for a 2 degrees Celsius temperature rise. Never mind staying below a safer, saner 1.5 degrees of global warming, warns STEPHEN LEAHY more...

India's urban elite must join the fight against environmental killings

Mrinalini Shinde

1st August, 2017

A new report from Global Witness places India fourth in the league table of killings of environmental activists. As part of our collaboration with CLIMATE TRACKER, environmental law researcher MRINALINI SHINDE looks at the human trauma behind the statistics - and calls on India's urban elite to act. more...

How South Africa's trade in captive-bred lions increases the extinction threat to wild tigers

24th July, 2017

Environmental Investigation Agency

Ahead of this week's 29th meeting of the CITES Animals Committee, in Geneva, Switzerland, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) reveals how the legal trade in lion bones from captive-bred lions serves only to exacerbate and drive the illegal trade in wild tiger parts more...

Securing a Future With Water Along Peru's Rimac River Valley

Forest Ray

20th July, 2017




Along the Rimac River Valley of Peru, local farmers have taken the problem of water security into their own hands and embarked on a combined reforestation and water storage project, which not only provides safe water but has empowered the local community and, thanks to improving the mountainside soil stability, has reduced the risk of devastating landslides. FOREST RAY reports
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Wildlife charity backs EU court case against Poland for failing to protect forest

Brendan Montague

18th July, 2017

Białowieża Forest is the best preserved forest ecosystem and the best preserved old-growth lowland forest in Europe. But it is under threat, reports BRENDAN MONTAGUE more...

Exposed: The Chinese town at the centre of global ivory smuggling

Environmental Investigation Agency

5th July, 2017

An exhaustive undercover investigation by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has revealed how criminal gangs originating from an obscure town in southern China have come to dominate the smuggling of illegal ivory tusks poached from African elephants more...

Brexit is not a good time to be a British bee - claims Green MEP

Molly Scott Cato MEP

3 July, 2017

Bees in Britain are looking enviously at their EU neighbours. The EU is set to extend a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides - but agri-chemical lobbyists have the ear of pro-Brexit Tories, argues Molly Scott Cato MEP. The member of the European Parliament’s Agricultural Committee responds to our report in The Ecologist on Friday about new corporate funded research confirming the threat to bees. She argues it is now time to redouble our efforts to protect our vital pollinators. more...

Neonicotinoid pesticides do harm honeybees, shows first industry funded pan-European field study

The Ecologist

30 June, 2017

The threat posed to vital honeybee populations by neonicotinoid pesticides has long been a cause for serious concern. Now industry funded research proves that those concerns are well founded. more...

Conference Seeks Security for Embattled Environmental Activists

Olesia Plokhii

19th June, 2017

This week, the first-ever Forest Defenders Conference, organized by environmental activist support group Not1More, takes place (21st-22nd June) at St. Hugh's College in Oxford, UK. The aim of the conference is to highlight the growing risks and help develop safety strategies for frontline environmentalists who face increasing violence for their work.
OLESIA PLOKHII reports
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Ecologist Special Report: EU must back up its words with action on deforestation

Sébastien Risso

19th June, 2017

Though the Earth loses forests at an alarming rate, the EU has yet to take decisive action against the most severe causes of deforestation. The EU must now act swiftly to ensure its consumption no longer drives forest destruction, writes SÉBASTIEN RISSO more...

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