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Can we cut cancer and heart disease rates just by going vegan?

Matilda Lee

17th May, 2011

We've heard about the environmental and animal welfare problems with meat consumption. Now a new film, Planeat, presents a convincing health case to re-examine our love affair with meat and dairy, reports Matilda Lee more...
Marc Ona Essengui

CASE STUDY: fighting a mine funded by foreign investment in Gabon

Chris Carroll and Eifion Rees

3rd August, 2009

Fighting a mine funded by foreign investment in Gabon has seen Marc Ona Essangui spend time in prison, but his only response, he says, is 'serenity' more...

CASE STUDY: making local food sexy in Suffolk

Kate Eshelby

3rd November, 2009

How do you turn people on to local food and away from supermarkets? One way is to celebrate it through 'adventures', from wild food barbecues to scrumptious feasts of locally baked foods more...
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CASE STUDY: running a sustainable waste service in Kenya

Nate Wright

29th October, 2009

Worldbike is using customised bicycles to kick-start rubbish-hauling enterprises in Kenya's poorest neighbourhoods more...

CASE STUDY: saving marine life with flowerpots

Emma Bocking

27th October, 2009

Although sea walls are a strong form of coastal defence they effectively wipe out rock pools which are important oases for marine life. Scientists in Sydney have found a solution involving flower pots... more...
Paul Stamets

CASE STUDY: how mushrooms can save forests

David Hawkins

21st October, 2009

The potential of fungi for medicine, filtering polluted water, controlling pests and even biofuels, is truly staggering more...
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CASE STUDY: on the frontline of climate activism

Tamsin Omond

15th October, 2009

In a heart-racing extract from her new book, Tamsin Omond gives a first-hand account of a diverse, but peaceful group of Climate Camp protesters bonding together when confronted by aggressive riot police more...

CASE STUDY: sustainable uses for gluts of autumn apples

Jan Goodey

8th October, 2009

An innovative Lottery-funded 'Scrumping Project' in Brighton and Hove is bringing rare apples back into the community more...

CASE STUDY: turning farmland into allotments

Dorienne Robinson

6th October, 2009

Chyanhall Allotments in Cornwall has provided a successful model for farmers and landowners to generate income while providing a grow-your-own space for the community more...

CASE STUDY: giving old furniture a new home

Lucy Thompson

20th August, 2009

Is it possible to help the environment, local community and give the homeless a second chance at life? The charity Emmaus is living proof that the answer is yes more...
Eco Ironman

CASE STUDY: keeping fit and living green

Kate Herbert

15th September, 2009

On 4th October 'EnvIronman' Jon Alexander will attempt to prove that environmentalism and athleticism can go hand-in-hand at Challenge Barcelona. Kate Herbert meets the greenest ever Ironman to talk triathlons more...
Local Hero-Nigel Lawthrop

CASE STUDY: managing woodlands through social enterprise

Jeremy Lovell

25th June, 2009

Social entrepreneur Nigel Lowthrop has pioneered a win-win woodland management scheme combining environmental protection with rehabilitating disadvantaged young people more...

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CASE STUDY: building sustainable houses from rubbish

Laura Sevier

19th June, 2009

They’re made from recycled materials, and are entirely self-sufficient. Laura Sevier meets the renegade architect behind Earthships more...
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CASE STUDY: supporting local food

Kate Eshelby

19th June, 2009

A tireless crusader for rural revitalisation, Kate Eshelby meets the septuagenarian who beat Tesco out of town and is now at the heart of Suffolk’s local food revival more...
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CASE STUDY: fighting food multinationals in South America

Polly Cook

19th June, 2009

In the Brazilian town of Santarem, one brave priest is the only thing standing between multi-national grain trader Cargill and the rest of the Amazon more...
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CASE STUDY: campaigning against pesticides

Jonathan Leake

1st April, 2006

Jonathan Leake meets Georgina Downs, the one-woman whirlwind who’s holding the pesticide industry and politicians to account more...
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CASE STUDY: recycling waste wood

Mel Poluck

9th June, 2009

Mel Poluck visits a flagship environmental project that rescues, reuses and recycles tonnes of wood destined for landfills, doing much the same for those it employs more...
Local Hero: Richard Body

CASE STUDY: setting up a community micro-hydroelectric project

Claire Baylis

1st June, 2009

The UK’s first community-funded hydroelectric scheme, Torrs Hydro is generating green energy as well as interest in H2O power. Claire Baylis meets the man behind it more...
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CASE STUDY: baking and selling real bread

Laura Sevier

22nd May, 2009

The creation of the modern loaf is an industrial process that uses a cocktail of artificial ingredients - but for taste, bite and goodness, nothing beats the old ways. Laura Sevier meets a baker bidding to become the saviour of our daily bread more...
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CASE STUDY: campaigning against climate change

Laura Sevier

1st May, 2009

She's applying the same principles to environmental campaigning as her forebears did to fighting for universal suffrage. Laura Sevier meets the founder of the Climate Rush more...
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CASE STUDY: supplying clean water in Africa

Leonora Oppenheim

1st May, 2009

Working alongside the people of Ethiopia, WaterAid is helping bring clean water and safe sanitation to drought-hit areas, as Leonora Oppenheim discovers more...
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CASE STUDY: protesting without making a sound

Jonathan Rowe

6th April, 2009

John Francis spent 17 years walking... in silence. His pilgrimage is testament to the fact that you don't have to speak to be heard and that the tools to combat global warming are in all our hands. more...
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CASE STUDY: from campaign group to Westminster

Dixe Wills

20th March, 2009

From chasing endangered parrots to hunting for the environmental holy grail with Friends of the Earth, one of Britain's pre-eminent eco campaigners wants to take his quest for a better, greener world to the halls of Westminster.
Dixe Wills meets a man on a mission
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CASE STUDY: growing fruit and veg in the city

Ben Willis

3rd March, 2009

A host of communal vegetable gardens are springing up in the concrete heart of East London. Ben Willis meets the woman coaxing life from the urban jungle more...
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CASE STUDY: recycling bicycles

Claire Baylis

1st March, 2009

It’s the greener way to go, but it seems bicycling can tackle everything from health issues to homelessness. Claire Baylis learns the meaning of true pedal power. more...

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