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Front cover of 'Art and Ecology Now'. Image: Thames & Hudson.

Art and Ecology Now

Martin Spray

16th September 2014

This intriguing new book is a bold attempt to strike a new direction for ecological art, writes Martin Spray - not to communicate environmental issues, but to create new connections with the world around us and imbue our lives with 'artfulness'. more...
Danny. Photo: Vali Ohm.

Fragile Earth: the new album by Vali Ohm

Laurence Rose

10th October 2014

Three thousand light years is a long way from Earth - but Vali Ohm have made the journey in quick time. It's the distance between their latest album, Fragile Earth, and their previous space-rock album 3000 Light Years, a homage to the sounds of the 1970s. Vali Ohm's Danny Jackson charted the journey with Laurence Rose. more...
Children in fear, Gaza. Source: unknown.

The children of Gaza and the profit being made from their genocide

Heathcote Williams

5th August 2014

As Israel violates its own 'ceasefire' to murder yet another child in Gaza City, the poet Heathcote Williams delves into aspects of Israel, Palestine and the lethal war now under way that rarely surface in the mainstream discourse - and amid the horror, cruelty and rising tide of fascism, finds grounds for long term hope. more...
Image: 'Gaia's surrender' by Jef Sadi via Flickr.

Gaia Theory - an Arctic warning

Laurence Rose

2nd July 2014

As composer Jonathan Dove prepares for the premiere of his 'Gaia Theory' at the BBC Proms this month, he explains to Laurence Rose how his recent work has been inspired by a wake-up call - right from the very top of the world. more...
I'll be back ... and next time, no more Mr Nice Guy! Photo: Hugh Warwick.

BP - beware the Viking 'flash-horde' coming your way!

Chris Garrard

11th June 2014

Visit the British Museum's hugely successful Vikings exhibition, and you can't miss the BP branding - a fair price for their sponsorship? No way, writes Chris Garrard, who will join a 'flash-horde' at the Museum next Sunday and give BP its last rites in a Viking longship. more...
A forest web, caught in a passing sunbeam. Photo: Julia Hodgson.

Living symphonies in the forest

Laurence Rose

6th June 2014

A new and deceptively sophisticated installation is about artists, audience and nature itself connecting in real time, writes Laurence Rose, who visited a Living Symphony in Thetford Forest. more...
Fourth of July Iceberg, 2008, Twillingate, Newfoundland. Photo: Barbara Matilsky.

Vanishing ice through artists' eyes

Martin Spray

9th May 2014

This chronicle of over two centuries of melting Alpine and polar ice, seen through the works of contemporary artists, is at its best both powerful and provocative, writes Martin Spray. But he wonders - is art really such an effective force for environmental protection? more...
It's not the Vikings raping and pillaging at the British Museum - it's BP! Photo: Hugh Warwick.

Vikings looting and pillaging? No, it's BP

The Ecologist

29th April 2014

Theatrical protest group the Reclaim Shakespeare Company has invaded the British Museum and held a surprise performance challenging BP's sponsorship of the popular Vikings exhibition. more...
Kristin Hoffman singing the Ocean Song. From Youtube video by David Randle.

Becoming co-creators in a world of natural beauty

Kristin Hoffmann

27th April 2014

Singer-songwriter Kristin Hoffmann reflects on the natural and divine inspiration that underlies her music, and urges us to both listen and play to rediscover the inner harmonies that are so easily obliterated by the brute cacophony of industrialism. more...
In the queue. Photo: Diagram - Anders Granberg / Lars Lengquist.

Evian go home

Anders Granberg

22nd April 2014

Swedish artist duo Diagram escorts a glass of water back to its origin - from a convenience store in Stockholm back to a storm-drain in Evian les Bains, by Lake Geneva - and expose one of the many absurdities of modern life. more...
Liberate Tate's Parts Per Million protest at Tate Britain, 23rd November 2013. Photo: Martin LeSanto-Smith.

Tate - come clean about BP sponsorship!

Kevin Smith

9th April 2014

BP and other fossil fuel companies love to sponsor high art to preserve their 'public licence to operate', writes Kevin Smith. But why is Tate so keen to take the relatively trivial sums on offer. And why the unbending information blackout? more...
'Leg it' by Do The Green Thing.

Tonight's Earth Hour - it's really about what you do next ...

Rebecca Cooke

29th March 2014

In the lead-up to tonight's Earth Hour one organisation is putting the creative community on the front lines of the battle for climate change. Rebecca Cooke reports on the remarkable series of 29 posters to provoke and intrigue us into climate action. more...

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An oil spill in the Niger Delta. Photo:  Sosialistisk Ungdom - SU via Flickr.com.

Shell - you're fired!

Arts not Oil

29th January 2014

Oil-branded concerts at London's Southbank Centre come to an end after campaigners expose Shell's record of environmental damage. more...
‘All the oil wells of Arabia will not sweeten this deal’. Lady Macbeth in front of painting. Photo: Hugh Warwick.

Fighting Big Oil's cynical arts sponsorship

Chris Garrard

27th January 2014

A growing movement is opposing fossil fuel industry sponsorship of the arts. Pop-up protests and performances denouncing Shell, BP and others are winning the popular vote, writes Chris Garrard. more...

FoE recruiting new board member

The Ecologist

20th January 2014

Friends of the Earth UK are recruiting a new member to their 16-person Board to provide top level direction, strategy and guidance ... more...
They do it with mirrors - the Tardis. Photo: Timothy Wells via Flickr.com.

Re-nationalise our railways!

Rupert Read

3rd January 2014

The Green Party was demonstrating yesterday against above-inflation price-hikes imposed by fat-cat rail companies. Green transport spokesman Rupert Read joined the demos ... and somehow ended his day in the Tardis. more...
Smart meters - would we be better off sticking with these, and cutting £12 billion off our fuel bills? Photo: nilexuk via Flickr.com.

UK's £12 billion 'smart' meter program is FCUKED

Nick Hunn

27th December 2013

The UK's smart metering is set to be the country's next Government IT disaster, writes Nick Hunn - saddling consumers with a £12 billion cost on their fuel bills for little or no benefit. more...
Aboriginal man in Arnhem Land. Photo: Rusty Stewart via Flickr.com.

Down where Apartheid lives

John Pilger

22nd December 2013

Apartheid may have fallen in South Africa. But in Australia John Pilger finds an equally cruel and pervasive racism against the country's 'aboriginal' people. He explains the background to his powerful new film, Utopia ... more...
Shanghai at sunset seen from the Jin Mao tower observation deck. The sun has not yet dropped below the horizon; it has simply reached the smog line. Wikimedia commons / Suicup.

Shanghai's 'airpocalypse': can China fix its deadly pollution?

Matthew Currell

13th December 2013

Shanghai is experiencing unprecedented levels of pollution. Last week fine particulate levels reached almost 20 times WHO guidelines, and they are still at dangerous levels. Matthew Currell reports on China's pollution crisis. more...

Art For Oceans

Lorna Howarth

An underwater sculpture park in Indonesia helps redress coral reef decimation. more...
Baroness Jones of Moulscoomb

Slog, robes and fake fur.

Jenny Jones

14th November 2013

Jenny Jones - now Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb - is the Green Party's first peer to be appointed. A week after her 'introduction' she shares her first impressions ... more...

To Life!

Martin Spray

November 8th, 2013

Martin Spray reviews a text on eco-art that whilst (surprisingly) not visually stunning he found presented a comprehensive guide to the issues and approaches of the genre, as well as providing clues on 'where to look to next' ... more...

Stepping stones

by Tom Brenan

Tom Brenan discovers a wide range of voices from Earth law proponents around the world...... more...
Ed Davey

Taking on the Tea Party Tories ...

by Bibi van der Zee

September 28th, 2012

The coalition government is lining up in two camps for a right royal battle over the environment, writes Ecologist political corresponder, Bibi van der Zee
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How the smartphone boom could damage your health and the environment

Ecologist

3rd December, 2012

Behind the rise of smartphones and tablets, microwave pollution is a serious assault on our health reports Lynne Wycherley, whilst a new Ecologist Film Unit investigation uncovers the hidden cost of tin used in many phones more...

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