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Barn swallow chicks (Hirundo rustica) at Arrábida (Quinta do Camalhão), Setúbal, Portugal. This insectivorous species is among those impacted by imidacloprid. Photo: Jose Sousa via Flickr.

It's not just the bees! 'Neonic' pesticides linked to bird declines

Helen Thompson

17th July 2014

A study published today in Nature shows a strong correlation between concentrations of a popular neonicotinoid pesticide in water, and bird declines, writes Helen Thompson. Regulators are under pressure to tighten up, but the industry still claims there's 'no substantiated evidence'. more...
Even if they survive the war, these children in Homs face a toxic future for many years to come from the release of industrial toxins and residues from munitions, propellants and explosives. Photo: Freedom House via Flickr.

Syria - the toxic footprint of war

Pieter Both & Wim Zwijnenburg

13th July 2014

The devastating human impact of Syria's civil war may persist for decades to come as heavy metals and carcinogens in munitions end up in the environment, along with chemicals from destroyed industrial plants and stores. A long-term public health crisis is in the making. more...
Wildfowl hunting in California, where a state-wide ban on lead will come into force. Photo: Diana via Flickr.

Hunting for Truth - we respond to the NRA's retraction demand

The Ecologist

11th July 2014

The National Rifle Association has demanded that The Ecologist retract important elements of a story we ran about the threat to condors from ingesting spent lead ammunition, and the NRA's opposition to a lead ban. We publish our response. more...
Bee gathering nectar. Photo: Jack Wolf via Flickr.

Victory! Syngenta pulls 'bee-killer' pesticide application

The Ecologist

4th July 2014

Blaming 'lack of time', Syngenta withdraws its emergency application to use a seed treatment blamed for killing bees. Friends of the Earth and 38 Degrees claim victory - but Syngenta warns: we'll be back! more...
Spaying agro-chemicals on a windy day. Photo: Graham Rawlings via Flickr.

Scientists write: EPA, ban 'agent orange' herbicide mix and GMO crops!

The undersigned

3rd July 2014

Thirty-five distinguished scientists urge the US-EPA not to register new mixtures of the herbicides 2,4-D and glyphosate, intended for use on herbicide-tolerant GMO crops. Approval of the herbicide mixtures would endanger both human and environmental health. more...
Condors at the Grand Canyon. Photo: Derek Bruff via Flickr.

Eat lead! Condor survival versus National Rifle Association

Dawn Starin

7th July 2014

Ample peer-reviewed science says that the number one threat to condor survival is lead poisoning from eating bullets and pellets in carcasses, reports Dawn Starin. But the powerful NRA is fighting hard against bans on lead ammunition. more...
Neonicotinoid insecticides are killing more than just bees - entire farmland ecosystems are being poisoned. Photo: honeybees (Apis mellifera) on wild fennel, Albany, California, by Jack Wolf via Flickr.

Neonicotinoids are poisoning entire farmland ecosystems

Damian Carrington / The Guardian

2nd July 2014

The widespread use of neonicotinoid insecticides is causing a neurotoxic overload afflicting entire farm ecosystems from earthworms to bees, other pollinators and birds, writes Damian Carrington. A collapse in food production may inevitably follow. more...
Flame retardants are frequently found in mattresses and other soft furnishings, including those for use by children. Photo: © Copyright Aaron Moraes / Greh Fox via Flickr.

Flame retardants are the new lead - our children must be protected

Pat Thomas

13th June 2014

Flame retardant chemicals lower children's IQs, disrupt hormone function and cause a host of other health problems, writes Pat Thomas. Yet they are ubiquitous in homes and offices, even in bedding and accessories for babies and young children. more...
Blacks and Hispanics in the US are more likely to get reproductive cancers - could this be the result of Atrazine poisoning? Photo: A Black family picking cotton, 1937. By Louise Boyle via Kheel Center / Flickr.

Atrazine: Syngenta's herbicide doesn't just poison frogs - it could give you cancer

F William Engdahl

2nd June 2014

Tyrone Hayes has fought a 15-year battle with Syngenta following his discovery that its herbicide Atrazine scrambles sex in frogs, writes F William Engdahl. Now he wants to know - is Atrazine the cause of the US's 2-fold reproductive cancer excess among Blacks and Hispanics? more...
Marching against Monsanto in Washington DC. Photo: Stephen Melkisethian via Flickr.

Why we are Marching against Monsanto

Dr Mae Wan Ho

28th May 2014

A huge turnout was recorded for the 2014 March Against Monsanto, with protests in over 400 cities in 52 countries and 47 US states. Dr Mae Wan Ho says this worldwide movement will keep on growing, until Monsanto and its toxic products are defeated. more...

Keep these toxic herbicides out of our food!

Pat Thomas

10th May 2014

GM crops that resist herbicides are bringing ever higher levels of toxic chemical residues to our food, even mothers' milk, writes Pat Thomas. As the 'endocrine disrupting' effects take place at minute concentrations, there is only one answer - to keep the herbicides off all food crops. more...
The use of 2,4D - a toxic herbicide developed in WW2 as a weapon to destroy enemy crops, and a key ingredient of Agent Orange - will greatly increase if a new generation of GM crops is approved.

Coming to your table? GMO crops resistant to 'war herbicide' 2,4D

Helena Paul

8th May 2014

The US looks set to approve GM crops that resist the 'Agent Orange' pesticide 2,4-D as well as glyphosate, writes Helena Paul. If it does, the toxic chemical - created in WW2 to destroy enemy food supplies - will soon end up in animal feeds, and the food we eat. more...

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European Dipper (Cinclus cinclus) near a waterfall in the Carpathian mountains. Photo: Irene Mei via Flickr.

Meet the dipper - our canary in the coal mine for polluted rivers

Steve Ormerod

21st May 2014

Hormone-disrupting pollutants in the urban rivers of South Wales are having adverse effects on the health and development of wild birds such as dippers, writes Steve Ormerod. Could this humble bird be the 'new canary' for environmental toxins? more...
Roundup Ultra destroys down to the roots. That's not to mention what glyphosate, the main active ingredient of Roundup, does to our health. Photo: David Reverchon via Flickr.com

Glyphosate is a disaster for human health

Dr Mae Wan Ho

30th April 2014

Extensive, long running evidence for the cancer-causing effects of glyphosate, and other toxic impacts, have been ignored by regulators. Indeed as the evidence has built up, permitted levels in food have been hugely increased, writes Dr Mae Wan Ho. more...
The Ecologist meets…Method co-founder Adam Lowry

The Ecologist meets…Method co-founder Adam Lowry

Bethany Hubbard

13th April, 2012

Can detergent make the green movement sexy? According to Method co-founder Adam Lowry; cleaning products are just the start. Bethany Hubbard caught up with him to find out more more...
Five of the best…organic cotton t-shirts

Five of the best…organic cotton t-shirts

Ruth Styles

10th January, 2012

Whether you’re taking up pilates or just going for a jog, there’s an fabulous eco-friendly t-shirt for you more...
Pollution

Burned: Merthyr's fight for clean air and green jobs

The Ecologist

27th June, 2011

What would you do if an American company planned to site a huge incinerator - bigger than the Millennium Stadium - above your town? How would you feel if you knew that no existing technology could prevent that incinerator pumping out toxic chemicals? more...
Investigations

Monsanto agrees clean-up of toxic Brofiscin quarry in Wales

Tom Levitt

19th February, 2011

Environment Agency finds Monsanto, BP and Veolia liable for clean up after thousands of tonnes of cancer-causing chemicals - including PCBs, dioxins and Agent Orange derivatives - dumped in Welsh quarry more...
Investigations

Monsanto agrees clean-up of toxic Brofiscin quarry in Wales

Tom Levitt

19th February, 2011

Environment Agency finds Monsanto, BP and Veolia liable for clean up after thousands of tonnes of cancer-causing chemicals - including PCBs, dioxins and Agent Orange derivatives - dumped in Welsh quarry more...
Mine

Toxic waste from Burma's largest coal project could displace 12,000

Katharine Helmore

20th January, 2011

Despite wreaking havoc on the health of local villagers and the environment, Burma's military regime is doing nothing to reduce the impact of the Tigyit power plant and mine more...
The Ecologist January '71

The Ecologist January 1971: PCBs

Ecologist

Forty years ago this month – John Noble and Harry Rothman wrote in the Ecologist about the mystery of 8,000 bird deaths and the toxic effects of PCBs found in the environment more...
A receipt

Toxic bisphenol-A found in US shopping receipts and dollar bills

Tom Levitt

8th December, 2010

Campaigners call for ban on suspected hormone-disrupting chemical BPA after study discovers high quantities in paper receipts and bank notes more...
Sandra Steingraber © Benjamin Gervais/The PPC

Sandra Steingraber: There's a taboo about telling industry and agriculture that practices must change to prevent cancer

Matilda Lee

30th November, 2010

Having survived cancer, biologist Sandra Steingraber wrote a book to expose its link to the environment. As the film version premieres in Europe, she tells the Ecologist why we must all take a stand on air, food and water pollution more...

Hungary toxic spill 'could be worse' than Baia Mare cyanide disaster

Tom Levitt

6th October, 2010

Greenpeace says responsibility of aluminum company is 'quite clear' as campaigners urge stricter controls on other hazardous waste sites around the Danube region more...
The Idiot Cycle

Public deprived of data on cancer links to toxins - film maker

Tom Levitt

13th September, 2010

Director of 'The Idiot Cycle' claims people are being kept in the dark over the dangers posed by toxins in everyday life - and questions the murky links between UN, WHO and chemical companies
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