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Hell for leather

Jim Wickens

1st June, 2008

Must-have handbags? shoes to die for? From cheap trinkets to luxury car interiors, Jim Wickens discovers the startling facts behind what we buy into when we buy leather goods.
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Trade in precious minerals and timber continues to fuel violence and conflict across the globe

Ecologist

1st June, 2008

Revenues obtained from the often illegal extraction and supply of commodities such as timber and diamonds are directly bankrolling corrupt regimes and armed insurgency groups, and fund the purchase of weapons and other contraband goods that perpetuate cycles of conflict.
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Earth Shattering: Ecopoems edited by Neil Astley

David Hawkinns

1st June, 2008

Context is all in a comprehensive new anthology of verse with an environmental bent. These poems make sense of a disappearing world... more...
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Amalgam fillings classified as 'hazardous waste'

Nick Kettles

1st May, 2008

Mercury is the second most toxic metal in the world, and yet it's still being used to make fillings. Nick Kettles wonders if the dental establishment is away with the tooth fairies. more...
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Behind the Label: Roundup Weedkiller

Pat Thomas

1st April, 2008

A weedkiller that kills a lot more than simply weeds? If it’s worse than the poison it’s no cure at all, says Pat thomas
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How modern economics causes both inner and outer climate change

Jonathan Rowe

1st April, 2008

It’s the battle of the century. In one corner, the Economy – big, bloated, greedy and growing. In the other, the planet Earth – fragile, finite and fighting back. more...
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A steady-state economy

Herman Daly

1st April, 2008

Economist Herman E Daly argues that our future depends on a new economic model, one that needs to be defined by the dynamic balance – the steady state – of the natural world upon which it depends. more...
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Landfill-on-sea

Daisy Dumas

7th February, 2008

Plastic rubbish gets tossed away in far-off places that we rarely get to see. Daisy Dumas assesses its impact on the world's largest floating landfill. more...
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The Brofiscin saga

Jon Hughes

10th January, 2008

The answer to the ongoing Brofiscin saga lies not in the South Wales Quarry but in Doncaster. Jon Hughes explains the complex legal judgement that has paralysed the Environment Agency and undermined its raison d’etre; to make the polluter pay more...
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Burying The Truth

Jon Hughes & Pat Thomas

11th October, 2007

What does Douglas Gowan know that everyone else wants to keep hidden? For 40 years the story of Brofiscin Quarry – now the most polluted place in the UK – has been suppressed...
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Nearly 500 US cosmetics 'unsafe'

News

1st October, 2007

478 cosmetic products on sale in the US contain doses of toxic chemicals which are unsafe, even when used as directed on the bottle, the US NGO the Environmental Working Group has revealed. more...
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EU policy puts us all at risk from particulates

News

19th September, 2007

Limits set by the EU on the maximum amount of particulate matter allowed in our air could be inadequate, a report by the European Respiratory Society (ERS) makes clear. more...

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Incinerators: the lethal consequences of breathing fire

Pat Thomas

6th September, 2007

Despite the best efforts of the industry to rebrand and clean up incineration, the fact remains that today's incinerators still permit pollution. more...
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Plastics chemical found in human tissue at high levels

News

10th August, 2007

A key chemical used in modern plastics has been found in human tissues at 10 times the concentration considered safe, new research has found. more...

Potentially poisonous printers petrify Trade union

Ecologist

1st August, 2007

Trade union UNISON today called for further research into the health risks of office laser printers. more...
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Behind the label focus: PFOS

Mark Anslow

1st July, 2007

Firefighting foam laced with this toxic chemical was used to extinguish the Buncefield oil depot inferno, leaving a deadly legacy. Was it necessary? more...
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Behind the label: Red Bull & Nicorette patches

Pat Thomas

10th May, 2007

Trying to keep up with a fast-paced, 24/7 lifestyle *and* a smoking ban? Find that the old 'crack in a can' and a patch does the job? Think again... more...
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Scientists: no one knows the real risks of Wi-Fi

News

30th April, 2007

A professor at Bristol University has called for an inquiry into the dangers of Wi-Fi wireless internet technology. more...
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5 mens products you should steer clear of

Pat Thomas

26th April, 2007

Metrosexual man cares about his appearance. He uses body sprays, hair gel, and fragrances. He maybe even eats salads. Does he give any thought as to what social norms have forced onto his skin? more...
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Parkinson's disease linked to pesticides

News

24th April, 2007

The link between exposure to chemical pesticides and Parkinson’s disease has become even clearer, following the release of data from two new studies, ENN reports. more...
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5 beauty products you should avoid

Pat Thomas

19th April, 2007

Beauty products. Few items are sold to us with more reassurances that they will be good for our health, appearance and well-being. Few items are so drastically misnamed. In this collection of 'Behind the Label' articles, we select five beauty products that shouldn't feature on your bathroom shelf... more...
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Five beauty products you should avoid

Pat Thomas

19th April, 2007

Beauty products. Few items are sold to us with more reassurances that they will be good for our health, appearance and well-being. Few items are so drastically misnamed. In this collection of 'Behind the Label' articles, we select five beauty products that shouldn't feature on your bathroom shelf... more...
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UPDATE: Environment Agency responds to the Ecologist's article

Jon Hughes & Pat Thomas

3rd April, 2007

Just over one week ago, the Ecologist posted a story on its website detailing the Environment Agency's failure to sue Monsanto for dumping tonnes of highly toxic chemicals in a Welsh landfill site. more...
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Behind the label: Nicorette nicotine patches

Pat Thomas

1st April, 2007

We all know that smokers should quit the habit. But does nicotine replacement really help? Pat Thomas investigates more...
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EXLUSIVE: How the Environment Agency is gagging one eyewitness to what is potentially one of the UK's biggest environmental crimes

Jon Hughes & Pat Thomas

22nd March, 2007

The Environment Agency (EA) is within weeks of letting Monsanto escape its liability for dumping thousands of tonnes of cancer-causing chemicals – including all the ingredients of the DDT defoliant Agent Orange – in two quarries in Wales. more...

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