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a female Monarch Butterflyen (Danaus plexippus) laying an egg on a Mexican Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica ) at the Tyler Arboretum. Photo: © Derek Ramsey via Wikimedia.

Heavy herbicide use on GMO crops raises Monarch butterfly extinction fear

John Pleasants

10th June 2014

Thanks to herbicide use on GMO crops in the US and Canada, Monarch butterfly numbers have crashed - the milkweeds the larvae feed on now survive mainly in 'conservation reserve' land and roadsides - and there's a 5% chance the Monarch will be extinct within 100 years. 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...
Trial at Glyn Farm, Anglesey, 2007: foreground - susceptible; background - Sarpo clone. Photo: Sarvari Trust.

Potato blight - there's no need for GMOs!

Sophie Brown / Sustainable Food Trust

10th June 2014

GM companies are exploiting the launch of a new blight-resistant GMO potato to make their case for an EU-wide relaxation of rules restricting GM crops. But as Sophie Brown discovers, we have all the answers to blight already, without a GMO in sight! more...
A Navajo Hotshot firefighter in Division A battles the West Mullan Fire in the Lolo National Forest, MT, July 2013. Photo: USDA via Flickr.com.

Let the forests burn - the ecology depends on it!

Monica L. Bond, Chad T. Hansen & Dominick A. Dellasala

12th May 2014

Forest fires are invariably portrayed as fiercely destructive environmental calamities. But for the native forests of the American West, large fires are essential to ecological renewal. Contrary to the mantras of logging companies and forest service officials, we suppress them at our peril. more...
A giant tree of the Congo basin rainforest. Photo: Corinne Staley via Flickr.com.

Congo rainforest 'browning' as temperatures rise

Tim Radford

30th April 2014

Scientists have found that the world's second greatest rainforest, the Congo, is losing its green, writes Tim Radford. As temperatures rise and rainfall reduces, the forest canopy is taking on a browner hue, and this could be an early signal of worse damage to come. more...
A wolf in the Transylvanian forest at dusk. Photo: Istvan Kerekes / AFIAP.

Bullets and false statistics - Transylvania's wolves in peril

Luke Dale-Harris in Transylvania

29th April 2014

On paper, Romania has a thriving wolf population. But Luke Dale-Harris finds that the official view is based on erroneous figures from hunting associations who are, bizarrely, responsible for wolf conservation. The truth is that the wolves are at serious and growing risk. more...
Deep sea fishing off Rockall is causing trouble down below. Photo: Irish Defence Forces, CC BY-SA.

Our deep sea wonderlands must be valued - and protected

J. Murray Roberts

1st May 2014

For just 8% of the fish landed, extraordinary, beautiful, ancient, diverse deep sea habitats are routinely destroyed by fishing gear. And as J. Murray Roberts writes, it's all for a one-off hit as the fish are so slow to grow and reproduce. If the same damage happened on land, there would be uproar. more...
Hedgehog. Photo: Hugh Warwick.

Should we cull our badgers to save our hedgehogs?

Hugh Warwick

24th April 2014

New scientific research shows that culling badgers can increase local hedgehog numbers. As UK hedgehog populations continue to decline, Hugh Warwick asks - are badgers to blame? Or does the real problem lie elsewhere? more...
Bringing 'Perpetual leeks' from the Schumacher College forest garden in to the kitchen for the day's soup.

Towards an agroecological food system

Joanna Wright

10th May 2014

How we feed ourselves sits at the crux of all human affairs, writes Joanna Wright - the health of our bodies and communities. Far too important to leave to industrial farms and processors, it's something we can all begin to do for ourselves. more...
Africa would not be the same without them. Rhinos at Kariega Game Reserve. Photo: Clem Evans via Flickr.com.

Africa without rhinos would be different, and poorer

Rachel Nuwer

6th April 2014

If rhinos are driven to extinction in the wild, Africa's landscapes and ecosystems would be very different, reports Rachel Nuwer. The activities of this mega-herbivore diversify plant life and create prime grazing spots for other animals. more...
Talis Kalnars in 1999, in the Dinam Estate woodlands in mid-Wales. Photos: Oliver Tickell.

An inspirational forester

Phil Morgan

14th May 2014

Talis Kalnars was a pioneer of 'continuous cover' forestry in Britain, writes Phil Morgan. His woodlands were not only beautiful but profitable, as he nurtured the 'natural capital' of the forest ecosystem, and only harvested the dividend of high value timber. more...
The Amoeba in the Room front cover - Nicholas Money / OUP.

The amoeba in the room

Martin Spray

11th April 2014

What kind of life really matters? Big, showy species, or the uncountable gadzillions of microbiota that do the biosphere's hard work, and whose DNA occupies every cell in our bodies and makes 'higher' life possible? Martin Spray on 'The amoeba in the room'. more...

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Sour garlic and fennel pickles. Photo: Gary Leybman /  FB Wild Fermentation group.

My microbes, therefore I am: fermentation, health, and human identity

Joanna Wright

10th April 2014

Fermentation is far more than a way to prepare diverse, delicious and wholesome food, writes Joanna Wright. It is a means for us to connect with the ancient past, with the world around us, and with our own selves. Are you ready to try it? more...

Farming Freedom

Lorna Howarth

17th January 2014

A simple agricultural technique could release farmers from the grip of agrochemical corporations. With no patents, no royalties and no licensing fees, this system just benefits the farmers. more...
The Kill - two wolves chowing down on what used to be a deer. Photo: Patrick Bell via Flickr.com.

Idaho wolf eradication challenged

The Ecologist

10th January 2014

Conservation groups have mounted a legal challenge to an 'unprecedented' program to exterminate two entire wolf packs in the Idaho Wilderness - intended to inflate elk numbers and attract recreational hunters more...
Tiger. Photo:  @Doug88888 via Flickr.com.

Restore large carnivores to save struggling ecosystems

William Ripple

10th January 2014

The key to keeping ecosystems in good health is to maintain or restore populations of large carnivores, argues William Ripple. Yet around the world, these vital species are on the decline. more...
Grangemouth oil refinery

Ecology is the meaning of life

27th October 2013

Dr. Glen Barry

Dr. Glen Barry tells the Ecologist why he believes that ecology is far more than just the study of life and its environment......
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Ignorance & Ineptitude

Tony Juniper

31st October, 2012

Sooner or later economics and ecology will need to be recognised as the two complementary faces of the same coin, writes environmentalist Tony Juniper more...

Update from Satish

Satish Kumar

Our Focus on Food, plus why we need to defend the rights of Nature more...
Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh: in 100 years there may be no more humans on planet earth

Tom Levitt

22nd March, 2012

The acclaimed buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh talks to the Ecologist about the loss of biodiversity and why human vulnerability is not something we should despair about more...
Stonehenge

Humanity has already had four major ecological collapses: how can we avoid a fifth?

Tom Levitt

27th February, 2012

Theologian Martin Palmer tells Tom Levitt how we can learn from previous man-made ecological collapses in Britain and create a 'new narrative' that challenges our dominant consumer culture more...

UK needs scientific research into agroecology not GM

Patrick Mulvany

25th January, 2012

The greatest challenge facing agricultural scientists is how to work with farmers producing more ecological and healthier food - not GM, argues Patrick Mulvany, chair of the UK Food Group and advisor to Practical Action more...
An Ecology of Mind by Nora Bateson

An Ecology of Mind: film interprets a life of unconventional thought

Rachel Fleming

11th January, 2012

A new documentary, An Ecology of Mind, directed by Nora Bateson, celebrates her father Gregory - anthropologist, philosopher, ecologist and systems theorist more...
Agriculture in Africa

Durban climate change conference: why farming is the biggest issue for Africa

Rosie Spinks

4th November, 2011

With little hope of a binding deal on climate change at the latest UN summit, campaigners are hoping that Africa's COP will tackle the issue that plagues the continent most: agriculture more...
climate change denial

Climate Change Denial

Jeremy Williams

12th May, 2011

Haydn Washington and John Cook’s work has wise words for climate change activists and deniers alike, says Jeremy Williams more...

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