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The Secret Life of Stuff

Ruth Styles

20th January, 2011

Clear and well written, Julie Hill's opus sheds light on the issues of waste and consumption but provides solutions that are too simplistic to be of real use, argues Ruth Styles
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Environmental Investigation Agency

Environmental Investigation Agency: meet the original eco spooks

Matilda Lee

18th January, 2011

The EIA has been at the forefront of investigative campaigning for over 25 years, tackling the illegal wildlife trade, timber trafficking and ozone-depleting CFCs. Matilda Lee gets a debriefing more...

Cut down on food waste: making the most of your Christmas bird

Tom Antebi

28th December, 2010

Have you maximised your festive leftovers potential this year? Here are our top tips for getting the best out of your turkey for Boxing Day and beyond - and a recipe for the perfect roast chicken more...

Ecomodo: the lending website that's sharing the wealth

Laura Laker

27th December, 2010

Why buy when you can borrow? From tools to skills, new social enterprise Ecomodo allows community members to borrow what they need from each other more...

Pick Up America: a cross-country road trip to wipe out waste

Carrie Madren

21st December, 2010

Five committed twentysomethings are making a 2,000-mile trek across the US, picking up litter and educating young people and communities about zero waste more...
Greenpeace say nuclear is a distraction to the the real solutions

The government isn’t telling us the true cost of nuclear waste disposal

Dr Paul Dorfman

13th December, 2010

UK plans for ten new nuclear power plants will create £80 billion worth of radioactive waste that we still have no secure way of disposing more...
A nuclear power station

Taxpayers could bankroll nuclear clear-up under new Government plans

Tom Levitt

9th December, 2010

Campaign groups say UK officials are underestimating the costs of disposing of nuclear waste and that the taxpayer will end up footing the bill more...
E-waste

Criminal gangs cash in on thriving illegal e-waste trade

Matilda Lee

2nd December, 2010

The Environment Agency and Interpol are being forced to tackle the growing trade in electrical waste to stop our unwanted TVs, computers and refrigerators falling into the wrong hands more...
Industrial pipework

Carbon capture and storage could contaminate drinking water

Tom Levitt

12th November, 2010

Capturing and then burying carbon dioxide deep underground in a bid to reduce emissions may lead to a contamination of water aquifers more...

ASDA and Marks & Spencer lead assault on packaging waste crisis - but will it work?

Aimee Steen

9th November, 2010

As UK supermarkets scramble to reduce packaging in the face of growing legislation and consumer demand, Aimee Steen talks exclusively to those tackling the problem at high street stores and asks what role customers have to play more...
Barrels of nuclear waste

Rejected nuclear waste site in Cumbria back on list of potential locations

Tom Levitt

29th October, 2010

Campaigners and scientists express concern over the inclusion of a site near Sellafield in latest list of locations considered for deep underground disposal of nuclear waste more...

Poverty forces Roma people to scavenge toxic e-waste

Carolyn Lebel and Jemima Roberts

12th October, 2010

Persecuted Roma communities in France are being forced to scavenge for dangerous e-waste, potentially threatening health and questioning the country's recycling policies more...

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London's Savoy hotel gets five stars for eco refit

Matilda Lee

8th October, 2010

One of London's most prestigious hotels has had a green makeover as part of a £220 million refit. Ahead of the official reopening, Matilda Lee gets an exclusive preview of the capital's most environmentally responsible luxury hotel
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Revealed: scandal of Roma people forced to scavenge toxic e-waste

Carolyn Lebel

12th October, 2010

In the wake of President Sarkozy's crackdown on the Roma people, an Ecologist investigation uncovers how poverty and discrimination are forcing persecuted communities to scratch a living recycling France's growing mountain of e-waste - potentially threatening health and raising questions over the effectiveness of waste policies

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Peterborough Renewable Energy Park (artist's impression)

UK can achieve 'zero waste' without incineration

Tom Levitt

5th October, 2010

Current 'dump it or burn it' mindset can only be resolved by moving away from incineration and landfill and aiming for a zero waste policy, say campaigners more...
Urine

Urine: the ultimate 'organic' fertiliser?

Dorienne Robinson

22nd September, 2010

Your bladder's loss could be your vegetable garden's gain, since urine makes for a surprisingly good fertiliser - so why are we wasting our wee? more...
Greenpeace say nuclear is a distraction to the the real solutions

EU nuclear waste disposal plans 'not safe' claim scientists

Emily Shelton

16th September 2010

Experts warn EU proposals for deep geological disposal of radioactive waste have ‘serious potential for something to go badly wrong’
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How to reclaim the empty shops on your local high street

Adam Oxford

17th September, 2010

A pioneering network has a toolkit for turning the nation's decrepit private spaces into public places more...
China e-waste map

Low-cost e-waste recycling in China releasing catalogue of pollutants

Ecologist

3rd September, 2010

The world's growing waste mountain of mobile phones, computers and other electronic goods is being illegally recycled in unregulated and primitive conditions in China and causing significant toxic pollution more...
An empty wallet

Cash-free living: how to survive and thrive without money

Christine Ottery

31st August, 2010

Pounds and pence are important to some but not vital for anyone. From skinny dipping to dustbin dining, there are many ways to live without paying for it. Here are some top tips more...
Deforestation

Ecocide: making environmental destruction a criminal offence

David Hawkins

28th July, 2010

Lawyer Polly Higgins is spearheading a campaign to have 'ecocide' recognised by the UN as an international crime against peace. But how will this work in practice? more...

Reusing bike parts to power water pumps, corn crushers and more

Mira Olson

15th July, 2010

A tiny workshop in rural Guatemala is pioneering cheap, eco-friendly, pedal-powered machines made from discarded bicycle parts more...
A gas gauge in a meadow in FreshKills park

Can a landfill site ever return to nature?

Nick Kimbrell

6th July, 2010

One of the biggest landfill sites in the US is in the process of becoming a nature reserve and a recreation ground. Is this just papering over the cracks, or can our rubbish heaps really turn into something beautiful? more...

How to campaign for less waste and more recycling

George Wigmore & Matilda Lee

6th July, 2010

From plastic bag-free towns to refashioned clothes and bus fleets run on chip fat, here's a guide to what you can do to tackle waste in your community more...
Tupperware

Storing food safely in plastic containers

Catherine Zandonella

24th June, 2010

There are certain rules of thumb when it comes to storing, freezing and heating food in plastic containers. Read on to find out how to use plastics safely more...

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