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plant and soil

Peak soil: act now or the very ground beneath us will die

8th November, 2013

Helen Browning

The health of our soils is more important now than ever, says the Soil Association’s Helen Browning - especially with the challenges that climate change will bring ... more...

Extreme Energy

The Ecologist

23rd September 2013

Paul Mobbs, leading environmental campaigner, author and engineer, tells the Ecologist Film Unit that extraction industries, including coal bed methane extraction, are going ahead in the UK despite serious environmental concerns........ more...

Unconventional gas: 'unsafe, unnecessary and unwanted'

September 20th, 2013

Mary Church

It’s hard to see what unconventional gas - including fracking and coal bed methane extraction - has to offer the UK with our vast renewable energy potential, says Mary Church more...

Underground coal gasification: the 'nuclear option' of unconventional energy

The Ecologist

23rd September 2013

So-called extreme energy - including fracking, coal bed methane extraction and underground coal gasification - is being rolled out with little concern for the environment, leading campaigner, author and engineer Paul Mobbs tells the Ecologist Film Unit more...

How do you feed a city of 117,000 people sustainably?

August 30th, 2013

Charlie Taverner

Exeter might be affluent and hungry for locally produced, sustainable food, but in common with other towns and cities across the UK, independent retailers, producers and food entrepreneurs face an uphill challenge, reports Charlie Taverner
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Badgers: the truth behind the cull

Dominic Dyer

12th August 2013

Of 5,500 badgers to be shot during the pilot culls, only 240 will be independently monitored for humaneness, it has emerged. And just 4 Natural England officials will oversee the killing in Gloucestershire and Somerset more...
Shopping basket

Food matters: 'Politicians need to focus on our failing food system'

The Ecologist

22nd July, 2013

Dan Crossley, of the Food Ethics Council, talks to the Ecologist about their work on developing an 'ethical food manifesto' ahead of the next general election more...

Shades of gray: celebrity killing, Yellowstone wolves in the firing line

7th March 2013

Jim Wickens

In the lead up to broadcast of the next Link TV/Ecologist film, Shades of Gray, Jim Wickens continues to look at the thorny issues surrounding wolf culling in the US more...

Fracking our future: the corrosive influence of extreme energy

28th February, 2013

Frack Off

Following in the wake of shale gas and coal-bed methane (CBM) extraction is the spectre of underground coal gasification (UCG). But if we adopt these wholesale we could close off any hope of stepping back from the climate change brink, says campaign group Frack Off
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Shale gas: the facts beyond the myths

28th February, 2013

Mónica V. Cristina

Natural gas provides an ideal complement to renewable energy sources - not a replacement, argues Mónica V. Cristina of Shale Gas Europe more...
Pig Business

COMMENT: Using film to square up to the horrors of factory farming

Tracy Worcester

18th October, 2012

The campaigner behind the groundbreaking Pig Business documentary is now taking her message global, encouraging people to take action against industrial farming methods which degrade the environment and subject animals to a life of misery
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Ivory Smuggling China

Why the Philippines’ role in the illegal ivory trade must stop

Dan Bucknell

16th October, 2012

The Philippines have become a significant transit point for illegally traded ivory, and far greater law enforcement is required, says Elephant Family's Dan Bucknall more...

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Cinderella's gloves

The Cinderella economy: an answer to unsustainable growth?

Tim Jackson

27th July, 2012

As worldwide Governments blindly attempt to support unlimited growth using limited resources, Tim Jackson believes the answer to true sustainability may lie on the economy's fringes more...
mega salad farms

Where does your salad come from?

Andrew Wasley

30th May, 2012

As a Joseph Rowntree Foundation study concludes that migrant workers in the food sector continue to suffer appalling exploitation, perhaps a UK version of the pioneering 'Food Justice' certification scheme should be considered, says Andrew Wasley more...
Tea picking in Kenya

Curbing supermarkets' power: will the Groceries Code Adjudicator have the teeth to bite?

Murray Worthy

16th May, 2012

Tackling the unfair buying practices of the big supermarkets is a vital step forward for securing the rights of over a million workers. From fruit to textiles to cut flowers, abuses in the supply chain are rife. Now we must guard against lobbying from the retail giants, says Murray Worthy more...
oranges migrant workers coca cola

Should Coca Cola be allowed to sponsor the London Olympics?

Andrew Wasley

10th May, 2012

Following the row over Dow, BP, and Rio Tinto sponsoring the forthcoming games, another Olympic partner, Coca Cola - linked to a controversial orange harvest in Italy - should now face scrutiny says Andrew Wasley more...
Dried up Omo River in Ethiopia

‘We are ready to die for our land’, say pastoralists in Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley

Elizabeth Hunter

3rd May, 2012

A hydroelectric dam Gibe III in south-west Ethiopia threatens the livelihood of the ancient tribes of the Lower Omo River, say the campaign group Survival more...
Bees

Grave threat of pesticides to bees' billion-pound bonanza is now clear

Damian Carrington, Guardian Head of Environment

April 2012

Replacing the pollination of food crops that the UK's bees perform for free would cost £1.8bn. With hard data now linking pesticides to bees' rapid decline, there is no excuse for inaction, says Damian Carrington more...
Forestry

Response: biomass 'needs to be part of our low-carbon future'

Jess Lennard

2nd March, 2012

The biomass industry responds to an Ecologist article by Biofuelswatch to counter what it says are the 'myths' around biomass, arguing that it is sustainable, proven and low carbon more...
Transsiberian Railway

HS2: Why low speed rail - or closure - is vastly preferable to high speed

B W Edginton

8th February, 2012

Politicians, 'dynamic' business and the media (even if it denies it) all want high speed rail. But they are missing the point , says B W Edginton. After all, who wants to visit London, Birmingham, Manchester or Leeds? more...
dancing in the moonlight

Can biodiversity be accommodated in today's urban environment?

Austin Brown

10th January, 2012

A bold new initiative is designed to raise public awareness of the issue of biodiversity and the need to incorporate native species back within London more...
Installing solar panels

The communities taking renewable energy into their own hands

Ed Mayo

5th January, 2012

A new report by Co-operatives UK and The Co-operative Group examines those investing time and money in installing solar panels, wind turbines or hydro-electric power for their local communities more...
Seal

Seal pups 'sliced open alive': horror of Canadian hunt prompts Russian skins ban

Robbie Marsland

23rd December, 2011

Russia's decision to ban the import and exports of harp seal skins is a big step forward for the campaign against the Canadian seal hunt, says Robbie Marsland, Director of IFAW-UK more...
Octavia Hill National Trust

The National Trust awards recognising pioneering eco-campaigner Octavia Hill

Mike Collins

19th December, 2011

Octavia Hill was a tireless advocate for saving land and green spaces in and around Victorian London. She was also a founder of the National Trust, which is launching an award to recognise modern day 'unsung environmental heroes' more...
Richard Willson

Obituary: Ecologist cartoonist Richard Willson

Peter Bunyard & Robert Prescott-Allen

30th November, 2011

Two founding members of the Ecologist pay tribute to a talented and thoughtful man whose wildly seditious cartoons in the magazine called into question accepted dogma on everything from economic growth to science more...

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