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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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Chinese-backed Kenyan 'super port' could devastate UNESCO island

Tafline Laylin

14th December, 2010

Wide-ranging plans to link up Kenya, Ethiopia and Southern Sudan include the building of a port which threatens the Lamu district's indigenous coastal communities and fragile ecology, reports Tafline Laylin more...
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Green Investment Bank faces critical test over funding shortfall

Mark Jansen

8th December, 2010

George Osborne pledged £1billion to a green bank that could help Britain reduce carbon emissions. But with low carbon technologies unproven, banks, institutions and energy companies are wary, meaning the venture may not attract the capital to make it viable more...

Addicted to frack: the dirty gas drilling coming to a field near you

Ecologist

7th December, 2010

Exclusive film examining the bitter fall out from gas extraction in the US involving a process known as hydraulic fracturing - or fracking. And it's coming to Europe... more...

US natural gas drilling boom linked to pollution and social strife

Jim Wickens

30th November, 2010

The gas stored in the Marcellus Shale formation is the subject of desperate drilling to secure US domestic energy supplies. But the process involved - hydraulic fracturing - is the focus of a bitter dispute over environmental damage and community rights more...

Warning over contaminated whale meat as Faroe Islands' killing continues

Vi Nguyen

26th November, 2010

Faroese government accused of ignoring scientific evidence over safety of whale meat as record number of pilot whales are slaughtered more...

Egypt's factory farming boom threatens stability of a hungry country

Joseph Mayton

23rd November, 2010

Increasing demand for meat in the land of the Pyramids is leading to more intensive farming, with serious consequences for food prices, the environment and animal welfare, reports Joseph Mayton in Cairo more...

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Deforestation could fuel deadly spread of malaria, yellow fever and Lyme disease

David Hawkins

17th November, 2010

The economic and climate-related impacts of forest destruction are well known, but continued logging could unleash devastating new pandemics and spread fatal diseases into the human population, scientists tell the Ecologist 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...

Shocking legacy of 'uranium poisonings' haunts Obama's looming mining decision

Leana Hosea

2nd November, 2010

Despite disturbing claims about the impact of uranium, ten-thousand proposals for exploration in the Grand Canyon area have been submitted. A key fuel for nuclear power, the US must now decide between full scale uranium mining, partial mining or a twenty year moratorium. Leana Hosia investigates more...

Will historic deal to protect Canada's mighty boreal forest work?

Christopher Pala

26th October, 2010

The unprecedented Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement will, if all goes to plan, preserve vast swathes of the country's pristine wilderness. But as environmentalists and the logging industry begin to roll the initiative out, there are claims that not everything is as it should be, reports Christopher Pala more...

How pirate fishing fuels human exodus from Africa to Europe

Dawn Starin

19th October, 2010

Illegal fishing to feed European demand for seafood is devastating coastal communities in The Gambia and across West Africa - forcing many people to leave their homeland and make a perilous and sometimes deadly voyage to Europe more...

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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Green sailing

Will renewable energy fuel a new generation of eco-shipping?

Ewan Kingston

4th October 2010

B9 Shipping and the Greenheart project are pioneering new, fully sustainable, forms of ship design. Despite industry scepticism the boats - based on wind power and biomethane - could signify a return to the great age of sail, reports Ewan Kingston more...
Deforestation

Growing conflicts over Tanzania's 'charismatic carbon'

Thembi Mutch

7th September 2010

The country's forests are at the centre of a new global scramble to 'buy up' carbon, but as Thembi Mutch reports, is the process really going to benefit the environment or people? more...
Sugar

Will sugar be the oil of the 21st century?

Matilda Lee

1st December, 2009

You can turn it into everything from fuel to plastics. But will the surge in demand for sugar end up having a serious environmental impact? more...
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Can we trust the FSC?

Matilda Lee

22nd September, 2009

It's the logo we all look for when buying furniture and wood products. But the Forest Stewardship Council has come in for some serious criticism. Matilda Lee looks at both sides of the argument more...
Half Farmer, Half Something Else

Japanese turn to farming to find fulfilment

Hiroyo Hasegawa

23rd July, 2009

Growing in popularity in Japan, a new environmental lifestyle choice is helping people grow their own food, reconnect with the land and pursue more fulfilling vocations more...
Algae

ExxonMobil and Venter sign $600 million algae biofuel deal

Ecologist

15th July, 2009

Oli giant ExxonMobil has signed a $600 million deal with controversial genome scientist J Craig Venter to develop biofuels made from algae more...

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