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Police confront a peaceful demonstration against the Exmingua mine, owned by Canadian Radius Gold Corporation, in San José del Golfo, Guatemala. Photo: Briss Milián via Flickr.

To defend the environment, we must defend human rights

Friends of the Earth International

10th June 2014

The neoliberal model of 'development' is ravaging nature and pitting communities and eco-defenders against powerful corporations and colluding police and military forces. The violence must stop! more...
A hippopotamus on lake Edward, where oil company SOCO is now concluding seismic testing and wildlife surveys. Photo:  weesam2010 via Flickr.

Oil company promises 'no drilling' in Virunga

The Ecologist

11th June 2014

Oil company Soco International is suspending all operations in Virunga World Heritage Site - Africa's oldest national park. It has also committed to keep out of all other UNESCO World Heritage Sites. more...
Cabo Pulmo, in its current, concrete-free incarnation. Alan Harper, CC BY-NC.

Mexico: 22,000 room mega-hotel threatens 'biodiversity hotspot'

Sula Vanderplank & Benjamin Wilder

28th May 2014

The Baja California peninsula is rich in history and natural beauty, with thousands of unique plants and animals making up its globally unique ecosystems, write Sula Vanderplank & Benjamin Wilder. Just the place for a new giant hotel resort? more...
Mohan Munasinghe, from  www.mohanmunasinghe.com/.

Confronting consumption: an interview with Mohan Munasinghe

Noah M. Sachs

23rd May 2014

You can actually be better off, healthier and happier with less consumption, says Munasinghe. And it's not just rich countries that need to change, he told Noah Sachs - poor countries too must develop sustainably, or the Earth's resources will simply run out. more...
It looks like the future - but which way does the wealth travel? High speed trains in Taiwan. Photo: Ben via Flickr.

HS2 - the wealth will 'suck out' to London, not 'trickle-down' to the North

Tony Payne

23rd May 2014

Supporters of HS2 assert that it will cause prosperity to trickle down from London to the entire North of England, writes Tony Payne. But economic theory and hard experience tell us that the reverse is more probable - that it will help London to 'suck out' northern wealth. more...
Common nightingale (luscinia megarhynchos). Photo: gynti_46 via Flickr.com.

Celebrate 'National Nightingale Night' on May 18th

Chris Rose

13th May 2014

Britain's nightingales are in decline - not least because of intensive farming, and our insistence on building over their last refuges. But their song is as unforgettable as ever, writes Chris Rose, and that will surely be the key to valuing them more ... more...

Small is the New Big

Vandana Shiva

28th February 2014

Vandana Shiva reminds us that the very future of food security in India (and indeed worldwide) lies in protecting and promoting the country's small farmers. more...
Manbasia - a displaced Forest dweller, Jharia. Photo: Sarah Stirk.

In the New India, 'development' is armed robbery

Graham Peebles

10th February 2014

India is in the grips of a state-backed corporate war against the environment, the poor and indigenous peoples, writes Graham Peebles. The new rulers avert their gaze as their countrymen, doused in poverty, burn on the party pyre. more...
M3 at Twyford Down

Biodiversity offsetting - an end to environmental protection?

Hannah Mowat

4th November 2013

The UK Government plans to allow biodiversity destroyed by development to be recreated elsewhere. Hannah Mowat of FERN believes the idea is both wrong and dangerous. The official consultation ends on 7th November 2013. more...

Pity the freezing children of Norway

October 25th, 2013

Deborah Doane

Deborah Doane believes that the idea of development should be rooted in empathy and solidarity....
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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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Sumatran tiger

Indonesia's Sumatran tiger threatened by development of last jungle strongholds

Dr. Julian Bloomer

4th September, 2012

As politicians encourage development around the Kerinci Seblat National Park, Dr. Julian Bloomer explores how the area's endangered species can be protected more...

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Acacia tree in the desert

The Great Green Wall

Bobby Bascomb

12th July, 2012

Africa’s answer to climate change is a proposed 4,000-mile long, nine mile wide wall of trees stretching from Senegal to Djibouti. Designed to stop encroaching desertification, some interpret the project (and its benefits) literally whilst others see it as more of a metaphor. Despite this split, the project is now taking root in Senegal where they have already planted 50,000 acres of trees. more...
BedZED eco-town

What has happened to the UK’s eco-towns?

Bethany Hubbard

2nd April, 2012

Although currently out-of-favour with the UK government, eco-towns may still offer the best hope for creating sustainable communities more...
Amazon forest

RESPONSE: The flawed arguments behind biomass

Robert Palgrave

27th March, 2012

Is biomass really a low-carbon, sustainable energy source? Industry group Back Biomass say yes while watchdog group Biofuelwatch says no more...
Occupy World Street by Ross Jackson

Occupy World Street: a call to action for the '99 per cent'

Matilda Lee

21st March, 2012

The Ecologist speaks to author, activist and former businessman Ross Jackson about his idea for a roadmap for radical economic and political reform more...
Coal mining in China

Coal power: miners pay in blood for China's economic miracle

Richard Schiffman

17th January, 2012

A new film, To the Light, exposes the cost in human health and lives of China's coal-fired power boom more...
train

Beyond HS2: invest in existing rail and reduce rail fares to make travel greener

Richard Hebditch

11th January, 2012

More investment in existing rail lines, joining up the high speed line to public transport and ensuring rail fares are sustainable and affordable are what the government should focus on argues Campaign for Better Transport more...
Exhaust pollution from a car

Campaign For Better Transport: how to reduce the need to travel

Richard Bourn

13th December, 2011

The National Planning Policy Framework will sideline smart growth in favour of out-of-town sprawl - rolling back decades of town centred development. Now campaigners have launched a toolkit to reduce travel demand within local transport plans more...

Giri Raja: the Forest King – reporting on the “wonder-chicken” hailed as a solution to feeding India’s poor

Andrew Wasley

7th August, 2008

It was bred to aid the rural poor, but one bird is also helping break industrialised farming’s stranglehold on India. Andrew Wasley meets the remarkable Giriraja more...
Barclays Bank

TAKE ACTION to stop bankers betting on food

Hannah Corr

13th September, 2011

With food prices in the developing world rising, is hunger the price to pay for Barclays speculating on food markets? more...
The Development of the Organic Network: Linking People and Themes, 1945-95

The Development of the Organic Network: Linking People and Themes,1945-95

Mark Newton

8th September, 2011

Phillip Conford's treatise on the rise of the organic movement is anything but dull, says Mark Newton more...
Srinivas Krishnaswamy

Why India doesn't need World Bank energy funding

Matilda Lee

3rd June, 2011

Ahead of the release of the World Bank's revised energy strategy, the Ecologist speaks to sustainable development advocate Srinivas Krishnaswamy about why despite huge gigawatt power projects, 45 per cent of India's households still lack electricity more...

Crawford Hollingworth: only corporations can solve global issues

Matilda Lee

28th April, 2011

Crawford Hollingworth's new book - Global Over Development - parodies the typical annual report with an provocative look at the dark side of progress 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...

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