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Expert panel identifies unacceptable toll of food and farming systems on human health

Georgina Downs

17th October, 2017

The UN Committee on World Food Security in Rome has today launched a new report examining the impact of chemical intensive, industrial food system on human health. GEORGINA DOWNS responds. more...

Biofuels and biofools

Molly Scott Cato MEP

2nd October, 2017

European politicians are enthralled to the biofuels lobby - they are living a fantasy and it’s time to wake up to the reality of an industry driving deforestation, land grabbing and poverty, says MOLLY SCOTT CATO MEP more...

Bats' unique heart rate conserves energy and powers flight

Brendan Montague

13th October, 2017

A new eLife study, using state of the art heart monitoring technology, explains how bats turn their food into energy. BRENDAN MONTAGUE reports more...

World hunger on the rise for the first time in years

Catherine Early

10th October, 2017

Meeting global targets to end hunger by 2030 could be challenging given a recent increase in food insecurity exacerbated by conflict and environmental degradation. CATHERINE EARLY reports. more...

The Dharma of disobedience at Ende Gelände: breaking the law to combat climate violence

Lindsay Alderton

12th October, 2017

At the start of September 6000 people from across Europe gathered at Ende Gelände in Germany, to shut down Europe’s largest coal mine in a mass act of civil disobedience. LINDSAY ALDERTON shares a little of what she experienced there. more...

Agro-biodiversity is needed to adapt to climate change

Pierina Benites Alfaro

9th October, 2017

With 60 percent of the world's caloric intake now coming from only three crops: rice, maize and wheat PIERINA BENITES ALFARO discusses what can be done to promote Agro-biodiversity and its use as a strategy to adapt to climate change more...

New study: Europe provides more than €112 billion in fossil fuel subsidies

Joe Ware

28th September, 2017

With 80 percent of the world’s fossil fuel reserves needing to be left in the ground, it’s disturbing to discover that European nations are forking out 112 billion euros each year in fossil fuel subsidies, JOE WARE reports more...

Organic food sales growth outstrips that of conventional foods

Catherine Early

28th September, 2017

Austerity is not holding back the organic shopper, latest sales figures show. CATHERINE EARLY reports more...

High temperatures drive down sorghum yields

G.B.S.N.P Varma

3rd October, 2017

Two major studies have warned that temperature rises due to climate change could leave millions of people hungry, reports G.B.S.N.P VARMA from India more...

Animal acoustic activity decline shows forest fire pollution wreaks havoc on wildlife

Brendan Montague

21st September, 2017

Biodiversity in Southeast Asia was severely disrupted due to El Niño forest fires, reports BRENDAN MONTAGUE more...

The Space for Giants approach to elephant conservation in Africa

Dr Max Graham

22nd September, 2017

Space for Giants works with philanthropists, lobbies African governments, educates prosecutors and collars elephants as part of its conservation work. But the approach to conservation in Africa itself has been a matter of passionate debate. Here DR MAX GRAHAM, CEO of Space for Giants explains how the team works more...

Polish government must be fined for ignoring logging ban, commission says

Catherine Early

16th September, 2017

Pressure is building on the European Court of Justice ahead of a decision on whether to uphold a logging ban in Poland. CATHERINE EARLY reports more...

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Tree reasons why ancient oaks survived the felling of ancient forests in Britain

Peter Fiennes

11th September, 2017

Britain has 2,000 ancient yew trees yet there are only about 100 left in mainland Europe. England is home to more than 100 great oaks - trees aged over 800 years - more than the entire region from Calais to Cadiz. Author PETER FIENNES reflects on why so many old British trees have been saved from the axe more...

Nandos, Lidl and Asda chikens come home to roost after animal advocacy group goes undercover

Frances Rankin

15th September, 2017

Animal Equality published footage showing chickens destined for Nando's, Lidl and Asda were being kept in appalling conditions. One month later, has enough been done to ensure animal welfare and food hygiene standards are met? FRANCES RANKIN reports more...

The opaque world of Codex Alimentarius and Monsanto 'toxic' relations

Colin Todhunter

14th September, 2017

Scott Tips is president of the National Health Federation, a legitimate advocate of food consumer rights. He has for years been fighting powerful lobbyists as they try and influence regulators around the world through the WHO Codex Alimentarius agency. COLIN TODHUNTER investigates more...

Africa’s first class of Earth Jurisprudence practitioners graduate

Hannibal Rhoades

4 September, 2017

An African movement for Earth-centred living and governance, founded in traditional cultures, is growing across the continent, writes HANNIBAL RHOADES. Meet the newly graduated Earth Jurisprudence practitioners helping a revival to flourish more...

Learning from nature's laws and lore

Liz Hosken

4th September, 2017

LIZ HOSKEN tells how bringing together African and Amazonian peoples has informed a campaign for a new Earth jurisprudence. more...

Waste not want not - an old motto for an era of mass production

Ilana Taub

18th August, 2017

A third of food produced globally is wasted - with over 2 million tonnes of fresh fruit and veg each year never reaching a shop shelf in the UK. This level of waste is staggering, especially when we consider all the energy and resources that went into producing the food in the first place. ILANA TAUB is on a mission... more...

The shock, the inefficiency, the illogicality of the Anthropocene

Natalie Bennett

16th August, 2017

The Shock of the Anthropocene has been translated from French into English and published by Verso. NATALIE BENNETT, the former Green Party leader, explains how it is an important, informative and interesting book which all ecologists should read. more...

Does the Impossible Burger feed our desire to avoid necessary choices?

Pat Thomas

15th August, 2017

The development of meat-like foods is introducing GM and novel technology into our diets. This presents new risks to our health, but also to the complex development of behaviour to prevent environmental destruction, argues PAT THOMAS more...

The hidden environmental impacts of ‘platform capitalism’

Jamie Woodcock

14th August, 2017

The rise of platform capitalism - Uber, Deliveroo, Facebook - has witnessed billion dollar companies evade workers rights and regulation. This does not bode well for environmental regulations, argues JAMIE WOODCOCK more...

My coal childhood - lessons for Australia from Germany's mine pit lakes

Anica Niepraschk

2nd August, 2017

How do you solve the problem of ‘retired' mine pits aka huge abandoned holes in the ground? Turning them into lakes is a popular solution but maybe not the best one says ANICA NIEPRASCK who should know since she grew up in the Lausitz region of Germany in a community surrounded by these massive, dangerous and polluting land holes more...

India's urban elite must join the fight against environmental killings

Mrinalini Shinde

1st August, 2017

A new report from Global Witness places India fourth in the league table of killings of environmental activists. As part of our collaboration with CLIMATE TRACKER, environmental law researcher MRINALINI SHINDE looks at the human trauma behind the statistics - and calls on India's urban elite to act. more...

One-Third of British Columbia's Oil and Gas Wells Are Leaking Significant Levels of Methane

Andrew Nikiforuk

26th July, 2017

A new report about to be released shows methane leaks from active and abandoned wells in British Columbia are more than twice as high as government estimates making them more polluting than commercial transportation, writes ANDREW NIKIFORUK more...

Securing a Future With Water Along Peru's Rimac River Valley

Forest Ray

20th July, 2017




Along the Rimac River Valley of Peru, local farmers have taken the problem of water security into their own hands and embarked on a combined reforestation and water storage project, which not only provides safe water but has empowered the local community and, thanks to improving the mountainside soil stability, has reduced the risk of devastating landslides. FOREST RAY reports
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