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Climate change protest

Where next for eco-activism in the UK?

Bibi van der Zee

6th July, 2011

After the failure of the Copenhagen climate talks, the undercover police scandal, the disbanding of Climate Camp - and the sudden rise of UK Uncut - Bibi van der Zee takes the temperature of Britain's green activism movement more...
We may be  underestimating the risk of exposure to chemicals

Chemical companies 'misleading' gardeners over toxic pesticides

Sarah Bentley

29th June, 2011

Despite a surge of interest in organic gardening, green fingered consumers continue to favour toxic chemicals to combat pests. But are they being exploited by clever marketing and inaccurate labelling? Sarah Bentley investigates more...
caravans

How one man could inspire a new generation of horse drawn travellers

Jean Vranic

22nd June, 2011

Jean Vranic meets Pete Delaney, the remarkable traveller challenging stereotypes and proving that - even in modern Britain - alternative, sustainable lifestyles are still possible more...
Shopping basket

Sustainable food production and healthy eating strategies under threat

Nick Hughes

10th June, 2011

The Sustainable Development Commission has been axed, the Food Standards Agency has had its powers stripped and DEFRA appears to be stalling. Where then does this leave planning for a national sustainable food strategy - and healthy eating plan - asks Nick Hughes? more...
Chat Moss Peat site

'Britain's rainforests' in danger as gardeners love affair with peat continues

Sam Campbell

3rd June, 2011

While the proposed sell off of UK forests attracted a chorus of criticism, the destruction of peat bogs continues almost unnoticed. Sam Campbell reports from current flashpoint Chat Moss, near Manchester
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Agriculture in Africa

Africa's Green Revolution 2.0: rejecting agribusiness, pesticides and GM greenwash

Chris Milton

26th May, 2011

A pioneering campaign is challenging industrial agriculture in Africa, returning food sovereignty to the people and empowering women to lead a new movement that rejects the 'pesticide and loan culture' of the first Green Revolution. Chris Milton reports

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Egyptian flag

Egypt faces 'environmental crisis' following ousting of Mubarak

Joseph Mayton

19th May, 2011

The political future of the Arab world's largest country could look brighter following the recent uprising in Tahrir Square and beyond. But the country faces an ecological catastrophe - much of it tourism related - reports Joseph Mayton from Cairo more...
Fair trade carbon trading

Fair trade carbon credits: will certification benefit people and planet?

Adam Corner

3rd May, 2011

In Uganda, as in the rest of the world, carbon trading is a controversial topic. But could the concept of fair trade carbon credits revolutionise the sector, or is it just a distraction from the bigger problems with carbon markets? Adam Corner investigates more...
Green medicine

Can the NHS ever be green?

Delny Britton

27th April, 2011

Delny Britton investigates the hidden impacts of western mainstream medicine - including pollution from pharmaceutical products, high carbon emissions and adverse drug reactions - and asks whether the healthcare sector can ever be truly sustainable

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Rare earth factory

Estonia enters the race in scramble to secure rare earths

Joel Tozer

20th April,2011

With China's rare earth industry blighted by claims of toxic pollution, Estonian company Silmet is stepping up production to meet demand for rare earths essential in the manufacture of electrical gadgets and green technologies more...
Drilling equipment

UK shale gas boom 'may be dirtier than coal'

Tom Levitt

13th April, 2011

Despite outrage in the US over ‘fracturing’ techniques used to extract shale gas and new evidence its greenhouse gas footprint may be higher than that of coal, the UK has given the go-ahead to companies here to begin drilling. Tom Levitt reports from the centre of this potential unconventional gas boom near Blackpool more...
Drilling equipment

UK gas fracking boom 'may be dirtier than coal'

Tom Levitt

13th April, 2011

As well as local outrage over 'fracking' drilling there is new evidence its greenhouse gas footprint may be higher than that of coal. Tom Levitt reports from the centre of this potential gas boom near Blackpool more...

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Why our growing taste for cheap Brazilian beef is devastating the Amazon

Chris Pala

5th April, 2011

Brazil’s cattle sector has become the largest driver for deforestation globally, overtaking palm oil plantations in Asia. With the UK sourcing 40 per cent of its processed beef from Brazil, campaigners are now calling for a consumer boycott. Chris Pala investigates more...
Sumatran forest

Revealed: paper giant 'linked to Indonesian forest trashing' targeted activists

Mandy Haggith

30th March, 2011

A little-reported legal battle in Italy between paper company Pigna and eco-activists from Terra! is leading to fears that it may open the way for big companies to muzzle legitimate environmental protests. Mandy Haggith reports
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The Desmondium intortum

Why invasive plants are the 'second biggest threat to biodiversity' after habitat loss

Carrie Madren

23rd March,2011

As experts gather in London for a major conference addressing the often overlooked threat of invasive species to biodiversity, Carrie Madren gets a briefing from those on the frontline in the battle against 'pest plants' more...
London olympics site

London 2012 Olympics: what's the hidden cost to green spaces and wildlife habitats?

Tom Antebi

16th March,2011

Already hit by rows over radioactive waste and airport expansion, the London 2012 Olympic Games are accused of degrading green land vital to local communities and wildlife. Tom Antebi reports more...

How one young activist is challenging the oil industry over Great Bear Rainforest pipeline

Eric Keen

9th March, 2011

A remarkable young environmentalist is standing in the way of a controversial Canadian oil pipeline which campaigners fear could become the next Exxon-Valdez or Deepwater Horizon disaster. Eric Keen reports more...
Offshore wind turbines

Scramble to design supersized turbines to maximise wind power potential

David Strahan

1st March, 2011

Offshore wind power is crucial if the UK is to meet its renewable energy targets - but a lack of suitably powerful and reliable technology could hamper efforts, reports David Strahan
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Do indigenous peoples hold the key to tackling global hunger?

Peter Giovannini

22nd February,2011

Competition for land, water and energy are increasing, exacerbated by climate change and a growing population. But why does the Food and Agriculture Organisation now believe indigenous people could provide a solution? Peter Giovannini investigates more...

The great wolf debate: hunt them down or let them flourish?

Joseph Mayton

15th February,2011

Long a symbol of the US wilderness - and a totem for the environmental movement - wolves are now the focus of a bitter conflict between those who want to increase the species' numbers and those that want to kill them more...

What's the real environmental cost of the French baguette?

Carolyn Lebel

8th February, 2011

Water in France's 'breadbasket' - where much of the wheat used to make the iconic baguette is grown - is under threat from industrial agriculture, with excessive consumption and contamination by pesticides and nitrates. Carolyn Lebel reports... more...

Charities suffer as criminal gangs target lucrative clothing recycling sector

Louise Hunt

1st February, 2011

Charities, including Oxfam and Traid, which rely on donations of unwanted clothes are facing an escalating theft problem - which could undermine public confidence in recycling and increase clothing waste, reports Louise Hunt more...

Can British activists solve Middle Eastern water conflicts using permaculture?

William Parry

25th January, 2011

An unreported war over natural resources in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories has led students from Bangor University to set up a radical eco-movement, Bustan al Qaraaqa, to address the issue. William Parry reports from Bethlehem more...

Bexhill bypass puts road building back in the spotlight

Jan Goodey

18th January, 2011

Opponents say the controversial bypass will damage ancient woodlands, disturb wetland birds and impact on protected areas - and it's just one of 22 similar schemes currently awaiting approval. Jan Goodey investigates
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Revealed: how demand for shark fin soup fuels bloody harvest

Nick Kettles

11th January, 2011

As Gordon Ramsay tackles shark finning as part of Channel 4's Big Fish Fight, Nick Kettles investigates how the increasing popularity of fin soup is leading to the massacre of millions of sharks globally more...

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