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Let Them Eat Shrimp: The Tragic Disappearance of the Rainforests of the Sea

Let Them Eat Shrimp: The Tragic Disappearance of the Rainforests of the Sea

Laurie Tuffrey

12th April, 2012

Mangroves are the unsung heroes of the biosphere, says Kennedy Warne in his comprehensive study. So why are we so ready to rip them up in pursuit of tropical golf courses and all-you-can-eat shrimp? more...
Coral reefs

Nature isn't a commodity that should be bought, sold and traded

1st May, 2011

Dr Kate Rawles

Defra's attempt to put a price tag on nature with its National Ecosystem Assessment may reinforce the dangerous conceit that our own place in ecosystems is more important than any other, argues Dr Kate Rawles more...
TC Boyle

When The Killing’s Done

Jeff Holman

7th April, 2011

T.C. Boyle’s latest opus might be a bit of a bonkbuster but it makes a serious point about the threat posed by non-native species to the world’s ecosystems more...
Pisaurina mira spider

Study of spiders shows species may be able to adapt to global warming

William McLennan

10th March, 2011

Species may be able to adapt to gradual increases in temperature preventing the collapse of biological communities in the face of global climate change more...
Coral reef

Bonaire: the last healthy coral reef in the Caribbean

Chris Pala

4th January, 2011

Over the past 30 years, the Caribbean’s corals have been decimated by overfishing, disease and pollution. Last Summer’s heat spell raises the question: can the remaining corals survive global warming? The answer may lie in Bonaire, home to the region’s healthiest corals more...
Tiger farming

Species vs ecosystems: save the tiger or focus on the bigger issues?

Kara Moses

2nd January, 2011

Millions have been raised to protect tigers but does this help or hinder the efforts to prevent wider biodiversity loss by tackling habitat loss, climate change and pollution? more...

Torbay adopts i-Tree software that 'puts a value on trees'

Chris Baker

10th December, 2010

A new computer software package developed in the US puts a financial value on the ecosystem services trees perform, from reduced air pollution to the amount of carbon dioxide removed... can it now work in the UK? more...
Forests

UN biodiversity panel 'a dream of many scientists'

Ecologist

15th June, 2010

A UN panel similar to the one for climate change has been given the go-ahead by world leaders with an admission they had failed to heed scientific warnings about biodiversity loss more...
Findhorn's Living Machine

The Living Machine: an ecological approach to poo

Tafline Laylin

8th June, 2010

By mimicking the purifying behaviour of wetland ecosystems we can deal with our sewage using one quarter of the energy, and a fraction of the smell... more...

UEA's Andrew Watkinson: we need to be much more open about how science works

Matilda Lee

16th February, 2010

Former Director of the Tyndall Centre and a Professor at the University of East Anglia, Andrew Watkinson explains why 'a few loose sentences' in the IPCC report shouldn't change people's opinion of the science more...

Copenhagen: peasant farmers can save the planet

Ed Hamer

15th December, 2009

Carbon reduction potential of ecological farming methods is highlighted at Copenhagen, as protests against industrial agriculture gather strength more...
A ploughed field

Change farming to cut CO2 emissions by 25 per cent

Eifion Rees

3rd July, 2009

A new report has revealed that a change in the way we manage agricultural land could help sequester a quarter of the world's carbon dioxide emissions every year more...

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Goodbye to growth

Richard Heinberg

7th January, 2009

The contraction of the global economic system bodes nothing but good for global ecosystems. Growth is dead – long live sustainability more...
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Tipping the balance

William Laurance

20th June, 2008

Are they environmental doom-mongering, journalistic hype or the straw that breaks the camel's back? William Laurance examines the complexities of tipping points - those small changes in a natural system that can sometimes provoke sudden and irrevocable collapse more...
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Our natural resources need to be managed locally, says report

News

8th May, 2007

Local communities should have a right in determining access to and use of natural resources, a report from think-tank the World Resources Institute (WRI) has said. more...
Investigations

River of grass

James Frankham

1st March, 2006

A tale of Indians and airboats, giant alligators and one of the world’s greatest ecosystems hanging in the balance. more...
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Cry wolf

Jeremy Smith

17th December, 2005

What remains of the once mighty Caledonian Forest is fast being eroded by an ever-increasing population of deer. Without reintroducing their natural predator, the wolf, to the wilds of Scotland, the forest and its ecosystem is in danger of disappearing forever. By Jeremy Smith more...

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