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A Nobel Prize for the Penan people of Sarawak, famous for defying the loggers to protect the rainforest on which they,a nd the world, depend? Photo: Friends of the Earth.

Alfred Nobel would have wanted an environment prize

James Dyke

8th October 2014

Nobel's choice of prizes addressed the key disciplines of his time that conferred greatest benefit on mankind, writes James Dyke. To his initial selection an economics prize was later added - so what's to stop us adding a new one for sustainability - how mankind can live in harmony with planet Earth and all who sail on her? more...
Unionists protest at RT's labour practices in Cape Town, South Africa, February 2014. Photo: IndustriALL.

Rio Tinto's 'sustainable mining' claims exposed

Kemal Özkan

30th July 2014

Global mining giant Rio Tinto markets itself as a 'sustainable company', writes Kemal Özkan. But serious failures in its reporting, and its attempt to hold an Australian indigenous group to ransom, reveal a very different truth: the company is driven by a reckless pursuit of profit at any cost. more...
Cover of 'Extracted - how the quest for mineral wealth is plundering the planet', by Ugo Bardi.

Minerals are finite. We had better start conserving them

Ugo Bardi

19th May 2014

Are we going to run out of minerals? That's the central question of a debate that has been raging for a couple of centuries, writes Ugo Bardi, when it first became clear that minerals are not life forms - and do not reproduce as we extract them from the Earth's crust. more...
Curitiba's train-length buses simplify sustainable transit for the masses. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Curitiba: the Greenest city on Earth

Brian Barth

15th March 2014

Football fans around the globe have their eyes set on Curitiba, Brasil this year, the site of the 2014 World Cup. But as Brian Barth reports, eco-savvy urban planners have been studying Brasil's seventh largest city for decades ... more...
Bastion of democracy - or of neo-liberalism? The European Parliament building, Brussels. Photo: Alex.ch via Flickr.com.

Want sustainability? Start by leaving the EU

David Acunzo

31st January 2014

To achieve true sustainability, ecological movements across Europe must push for independence from an EU ideologically locked into a neoliberal 'free trade' agenda wedded to endless economic growth, writes David Acunzo. more...

Communications Challenge Award 2014


Laura Williams

28th January 2014

Student Unions from across the UK have been performing and filming eco-stunts to spread sustainability ideas, in a quest to win this year Green Impact Communications Challenge Award. more...

Saved by Technology?

Tony Juniper

3rd January 2014

The World We Made by Jonathon Porritt takes us on an optimistic journey to 2050 via some unexpected routes more...

Rotting fish to green gas

The Ecologist

10th December 2013

The 'green' carpet maker Interface has signed up for a sustainable gas supply made from rotting fish. more...
Turtle in 'ghost net'. Photo: NOAA News.

Killer 'ghost nets' to carpet tiles

Roisin Woolnough

24th November 2013

Ghost nets - nylon fishing nets abandoned in the ocean - are the sea life killers that keep on killing. Roisin Woolnough reports on the Healthy Seas initiative to transform the ghost nets into useful products from socks and swimwear to carpet tiles. more...
The Peace Community of San José de Apartadó

Colombia: a community resists land-grabbing and conflict

Gwen Burnyeat

11th November 2013

Gwen Burnyeat tells of her encounter with a unique peace community in Colombia, who are promoting systems of local sustainability and guardianship that protect both people and the environment. more...

Five dangers the internet poses to a sustainable world

October 10th, 2013

By Chandran Nair

It's time to slay the sacred cow that the internet is a force only for good, writes Chandran Nair more...

Green Medal for Olympian Ecologist

Jane Bevan

13th August 2013

The Ecologist meets David Stubbs - the man who holds the 2013 Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management Medal. It is the first time the Medal has been awarded to a professional ecologist working outside what might be considered the traditional boundaries of the discipline...... more...

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Connecting the Dots: the Big Permaculture Picture

April 24th, 2013

by Jeremy Wickremer

Jeremy Wickremer explains why he believes permaculture offers multiple answers to societal and environmental problems in a beautifully simple and effective way. more...
population

Get a grip! Population growth impacts biodiversity

Jonathon Porritt

17th September, 2012

Tackling the population explosion is critical to avoiding environmental disaster
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Cinderella's gloves

The Cinderella economy: an answer to unsustainable growth?

Tim Jackson

27th July, 2012

As worldwide Governments blindly attempt to support unlimited growth using limited resources, Tim Jackson believes the answer to true sustainability may lie on the economy's fringes more...
London 2012

Olympic organisers LOCOG critiscised over sustainability choices

Mark Gee

25th July, 2012

How did BP and EDF ever become the London 2012 Olympics sustainability partners? Mark Gee says he is at a loss to understand more...
The A to Z of livestock

The A to Z of smallholdings

Lisa Stephens

8th May, 2012

Take one Alpaca, a scattering of silkworms, a couple of cows and a group of goats, and you could just be the next Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Lisa Stephens presents the A to Z of smallholdings more...
Get wise to water: how to use less in the garden

How to handle the hosepipe ban: everything you ever wanted to know

Michael Littlewood

20th April, 2012

Despite the spring downpours, a hosepipe ban is already in force thanks to drought. It’s time to rethink how we use water in the garden, says author Michael Littlewood more...
Monty Halls: ‘I will defend fishermen to my dying day’

Monty Halls: ‘I will defend fishermen to my dying day’

Ruth Styles

16th April, 2012

A marine biologist by trade and a conservationist by nature, Monty Halls is an unlikely champion for the fishing industry. A classic case of gamekeeper turned poacher? Not so says Halls. As he explains to Ruth Styles, nothing is simple when it comes to sustainable fish 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...
O2 Think Big logo

O2's 'Think Big' ploy exposes limits to the green business ideal

Ben Martin

22nd February, 2012

O2’s new green business strategy lays out some laudable ideas. But under the surface it seems that the mobile and internet company is doing little other than looking after its own profits more...
Ecologist cover A Blueprint for Survival January 1972

The Ecologist January 1972: a blueprint for survival

Bethany Hubbard

27th January, 2012

Forty years ago the Ecologist published its landmark ‘A Blueprint for Survival’ issue outlining the need for a serious economic and environmental overhaul more...
High speed train speeding by in a blur

HS2: can the UK fast-track a better rail system?

Bethany Hubbard

27th January, 2012

Are the UK's new high speed rail plans part of a sustainable future for public transport in the UK or a big statement that only benefits a minority? more...
Hyatt Hotels

Behind the Brand: Hyatt Hotels

Peter Salisbury

16th November, 2011

The carbon footprint produced by travel doesn’t evaporate at the airport - hotels are big energy consumers, polluters and carbon emitters too. The Ecologist looks into hotel chain Hyatt's efforts to go green more...
IKEA

Behind the Brand: IKEA

Peter Salisbury

19th October, 2011

IKEA likes to sell itself as a principled, sustainable furniture producer. But has its low-cost, high-volume business model meant that it has had to compromise environmental concerns for money? Peter Salisbury reports more...

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