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A beaver in Scotland, where they are being re-introduced. Photo: Paul Stevenson via Flickr.com.

Beavers are re-introducing themselves - and we should let them

Jo Cartmell

29th January 2014

Beavers are essential to thriving wetland ecosystems, writes Jo Cartmell, and will help not hinder flood control in densely populated England. We should all welcome their return. more...
Khone-Phapheng Falls. Photo: hiroo yamagata via flikr.com.

The Mekong must run free!

Tom Fawthrop

14th December 2013

The Mekong is among Southeast Asia's greatest rivers, sustaining tens of millions from its abundant fisheries and its floodwaters which both irrigate and fertilise. But as Tom Fawthrop reports, Nature's bounty, and beauty, are at risk from a series of 11 dams. more...
A Kathmandu shanty town

Can the Kathmandu Valley be Saved?

by Joseph Mayton

September 26th, 2012

The once bustling Bagmati river has become the focal point of Nepal’s struggle to bring modernity to this once isolated region. And the environment is struggling to survive, writes Joseph Mayton. more...
The Ecologist meets…Hugh’s Three Hungry Boys

The Ecologist meets…Hugh's Three Hungry Boys

Ruth Styles

23rd January, 2012

Channel 4's newest foodie series has plenty for eco warriors to love. The Ecologist catches up with Tim Cresswell to talk foraging more...
Mekong River

Climate hotspot: sea level rise threatens millions in Mekong Delta rice belt

Ecologist

20th January, 2012

Some 60 million people depend on the Mekong River for their livelihoods but sea level rise and severe weather puts the area at risk, as Gratianne Quade's unique film shows more...
veg boxes

Five of the best…organic veg box schemes

Ruth Styles

16th January, 2012

Whether you’re looking for seasonal veg or slaughter-free milk, Britain’s box schemes make avoiding the supermarket a cinch more...
Tiny bubbles of methane trapped in lake ice in Norway

Freshwater lakes and rivers contributing to climate change

Tom Levitt

12th January, 2011

Study estimates emissions of methane from freshwater systems to be 103 million tonnes per year - equivalent to 25 per cent of all the carbon dioxide absorbed by the world's land areas more...

The Wandle Trust: restoring London's 'hidden gem' river

Eifion Rees

3rd January, 2011

The transformation of the Wandle from polluted waterway to one of the capital's most loved rivers shows what communities and rivers trusts can achieve together more...

Fishing and the environment: why the two are inextricably linked

Robert MacDougall-Davis

15th October, 2010

Anglers may set out to hunt fish - for fun or food - but they are also some of greatest protectors of aquatic environments, argues Robert MacDougall-Davis more...
Wild swimming

Wild swimming: top tips for a natural dip

Laura Sevier and Kate Rew

17th August, 2010

Forget the chemical depths of your local swimming pool: wild swimming is the more refreshing, natural way to cool off this summer more...
Chinese mitten crab

How to protect UK rivers from invasive mitten crabs, and eat locally as well!

Eifion Rees

22nd July, 2010

Chinese mitten crabs are pushing indigenous species out of UK rivers and damaging river banks and habitats. It's time to look at how we could control them, and maybe find a new seafood delicacy to boot more...

Dead Sea pipeline plan an ‘ecological disaster’

Vikki Miller

25th April, 2010

Simple water conservation rather than a multi-billion pound pipeline project would be the best way to save the Dead Sea from disappearing, say environmentalists more...

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Natalie Merchant

Q & A: Natalie Merchant, musician

Matilda Lee

24th November, 2009

Former lead singer of 10,000 Maniacs and now solo musician, Natalie Merchant, talks about campaigning against cement plants and leafletting her gigs more...
water splashing

10 campaign groups calling for cleaner water

Ecologist

19th June, 2009

Water - we pollute it, waste it, privatise it and dam it. Around the world millions of people lack access to it. But there are organisations out there trying to protect the planet's water for the benefit of all more...
The Three Gorges Dam

Three Gorges Dam 'a model for disaster'

Ecologist

30th October, 2009

International Rivers has highlighted the environmental damage caused by the world's biggest hydropower project amid concern about plans for two new dams in China more...
A survey of the River Trent

Chemical spillage wipes out fish in River Trent

Ecologist

15th October, 2009

Environment Agency officials searching for culprit as cyanide spill kills thousands of fish more...
Hasankeyf in Turkey

Turkish dam project scrapped, but pipeline gets go-ahead

Ecologist

13th July, 2009

Turkey's plans for a hydroelectric dam on the Tigris have been scrapped as Europe withdraws funds for a failure to meet environmental obligations, while plans for the trans-Europe Nabucco gas pipeline are ratified more...
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A thirst for power: China in Tibet

Lynne O’Donnell

1st June, 2004

Since colonising Tibet in 1959, China has ripped out virgin forests, dug up minerals and metals, and dumped nuclear waste with little regard for the fragile ecology of the Tibetan plateau.
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Damned Nation

Mark Lynas

1st December, 2003

Costing over $1 billion, the Karahnjukar hydroelectric dam in Iceland is a hugely controversial project. Mark Lynas journeyed to the blasting face, hoping to work out for himself whether this industrial elephant is green or brilliant-white. more...
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ECAs Exposed

Simon Retallack

7th June, 2000

By using taxpayers' money to back environmentally-destructive projects around the world, ECAs are lining the pockets of multinational companies at the expense of the planet. Export credit agencies, explains Simon Retallack, are the worlds largest public financiers of environmental destruction. more...

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