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Green Party well placed to capitalise on youth demand for climate policies

Joe Ware

12th October, 2017

As the Green Party unveils ambitious policies to tackle climate change a new poll from the think tank Bright Blue has revealed that young voters care deeply about the environment. This could have a profound effect on British politics, reports JOE WARE. more...
The Tree Conference at the Red Brick Building, Glastonbury, 4th November 2017

Tree conference invites citizen-led initiatives for Global Reforestation

Will Gethin

6 October 2017

The conference brings together world class speakers with leading-edge information about tree science, tree function and global reforestation strategies. more...

Gove: climate policy must not come ‘at the expense of economic growth’

Mat Hope

4th October, 2017

Environment secretary Michael Gove said he is convinced “climate change is a danger” but that efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions must not come at the expense of economic growth. MAT HOPE of DeSmog UK reports more...

Asking the big questions about the ethics of New Scientist's sponsorship choices

Claire James

29th September, 2017

New Scientist Live at London's ExCel Centre is described by its organisers as 'a festival of ideas and discovery'. But the popular magazine has had a particularly bad idea already – the festival's sponsors, argues CLAIRE JAMES more...

James Hansen's Generation IV nuclear advocacy: a deconstruction of nuclear fallacies and fantasies

Dr Jim Green

3rd October, 2017

Climate scientist James Hansen's claims about Generation IV nuclear concepts simply don't stack up, argues JIM GREEN more...

The Space for Giants approach to elephant conservation in Africa

Dr Max Graham

22nd September, 2017

Space for Giants works with philanthropists, lobbies African governments, educates prosecutors and collars elephants as part of its conservation work. But the approach to conservation in Africa itself has been a matter of passionate debate. Here DR MAX GRAHAM, CEO of Space for Giants explains how the team works more...

Conservative Environment Network report 'fails to drill down into fracking and climate policy'

Tim Holmes

11 September, 2017

The Conservative Environment Network launched a new report in Parliament with Sajid Javid. But the paper fails to properly address the issue of climate change and does not even mention fracking, says TIM HOLMES more...

Eleventh hour reprieve for one of the last bastions of nightingales

Brendan Montague

7 September, 2017

A planning application to build thousands of new houses on Lodge Hill, one of the last strongholds for nightingales in the UK, has been withdrawn. More than 12,000 people objected to the application to build on the Site of Special Scientific Interest, leading to a Public Inquiry being scheduled for March 2018. BRENDAN MONTAGUE 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...

The palm oil crisis in Nigeria - and beyond

Burag Gurden

8 September, 2017

The use and spread of palm oil is beyond imagination; from cooking and manufacturing to pharmaceuticals and drilling fluids, it is even in nanny's chocolate cake. Its global consumption may have increased more than any other good, but what does this entail for the farmers? The crisis in Edo State of Nigeria speaks for itself, reports BURAG GURDEN more...

Survival International abandons complaint against WWF for 'violating indigenous rights'

Stephen Corry

5th September, 2017

Survival International has accused the WWF of failing to listen to and protect indigenous communities from abuse when operating in Africa. WWF denies the claims. Now Survival has abandoned a formal complaint and is turning to the public for support. STEPHEN CORRY, the director, explains why 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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Scientists find endangered Dartmoor Hill Ponies have rare genetic signature

Gilly Smith

17th August, 2017

Semi-wild 'Dartmoor Hillies' have a unique genetic signature which allows it to survive in challenging habitats. But the ponies are now under threat due to their human neighbours, reports GILLY SMITH more...

Donald Trump ends IPCC funding and 'abandons global science leadership'

Brenda Ekwurzel

17th August, 2017

The US has ended its funding to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change despite the serious national security implications for the country, argues BRENDA EKWURZEL more...

Biodiversity spending slashed by government as crisis grows

Tim Holms

16th August, 2017

Austerity is leading to serious cuts to Britain's investment in its natural environment at the same time biodiversity is under serious threat, reports TIM HOLMES more...

How borrowing could become the new buying - and help save the planet

Catherine Early

8th August, 2017

What do steam cleaners, camping gear and ukuleles have in common? They are among the most popular items on loan at the Library of Things, a space where people can loan products rather than buy them, only to leave them on a shelf gathering dust after one or two uses, reports CATHERINE EARLY more...

The Big Conservation Lie exposes colonial dynamic at the heart of conservation policy

Lewis Evans

9 August, 2017

Dr Mordecai Ogada, a professional conservationist, and John Mbaria, his fellow Kenyan and journalist, present a powerful challenge to the prevailing conservation narrative, argues LEWIS EVANS more...

Brexit and the corporate war on regulations designed to protect life itself

Professor John McMurtry

1st August, 2017

Brexit is part of a corporate campaign to remove, undermine and attack European Union regulations and increase the rate of growth and profit. But these very regulations are necessary for the protection of the environment - and life itself. PROFESSOR JOHN McMURTRY, author of The Cancer Stage of Capitalism: from Crisis to Cure, raises the alarm. more...

Ecologist Special Report: Biological Annihilation on Earth is Accelerating

Robert J. Burrowes

1st August, 2017

Human beings are now waging war against life itself as we continue to destroy not just individual lives, local populations and entire species in vast numbers but also the ecological systems that make life on Earth possible. By doing this we are now accelerating the sixth mass extinction event in Earth's history and virtually eliminating any prospect of human survival, writes ROBERT J BURROWES more...

Pakistan to quadruple carbon emissions despite feeling pain of climate change

Anam Zeb, in Pakistan

24th July, 2017

As economic growth in Pakistan surges forward, and its emissions are set to soar, are the implications for climate change being forgotten, asks ANAM ZEB 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...

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...

Should teenagers give up on having children to save the planet?

Brendan Montague

18th July, 2017

Science textbooks aimed at teenagers simply ignore the most effective lifestyle changes to prevent climate change: go vegetarian, cycle, take the train overseas and have fewer kids. It is time parents sat down and explained the low carbon birds and the bees, asks BRENDAN MONTAGUE more...

Introduction to Rewilding

Kara Moses

14th July, 2017

Everyone is talking about rewilding at the moment. The debate around it is shaking up the conservation sector and public interest in it is huge, with a growing movement of people advocating the restoration of our degraded ecosystems. But what does it really mean to rewild? And how would you go about doing it if you actually have some land? more...

G20 summit showed international climate action really is 'Trump- proof'

Katrin Riegger

12th July, 2017

The G19 pro-climate coalition which agreed both an energy and climate action plan and important steps to help reorient private capital flows and business strategies towards a new sustainable direction has been deemed a success by many environmentalists, writes KATRIN RIEGGER (who was present at the conference for the Ecologist). But others say these agreements still do not go far enough and want to see global leaders adopting even more ambitious strategies to cut emissions and achieve the agreed goals of the Paris Agreement more...

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