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Indigenous people of Tipnis arrive in La Paz after marching from the Amazon to protest at threats to their homeland. Photo: Szymon Kochański via Flickr.

Indigenous Bolivians are seething over mining 'reforms'

Isabella Radhuber & Diego Andreucci

5th June 2014

The government of president Evo Morales has approved a new mining law for Bolivia giving precedence to mining over other interests. It's proving highly divisive within the country - and indigenous communities are on the march to protect their rights to land, water and dignity. more...
Indigenous demonstrators in Peru's Cajamarca province protesting at drinking water contamination from the US-Peruvian Conga gold mine, whose operations have been stalled. Photo: Diego Cupolo.

Despite 'progressive' politics, Latin America's indigenous veins are bleeding

Benjamin Dangl

1st May 2014

Left-wing, progressive politicians hold sway across Latin America, writes Benjamin Dangl. But defying their own 'green' rhetoric, they are committed to mining and other environmentally damaging development. Now they face growing resistance from small farmers and indigenous peoples. more...
Before the rain: Laguna Colorada, Bolivia. Photo: Robin Fernandes via Flickr.com.

Bolivia and Britain - a tale of two floods

Maddy Ryle

11th March 2014

Living between southern England and Bolivia, Maddy Ryle finds inconsistent media attitudes in reporting extreme weather and climate change - and searches out new narratives that engage and empower communities across the world. more...
Kayapo Indians on a road block to stop the Belo Monte Dam in the Brazilian Amazon. Photo: International Rivers via Flickr.com.

Amazon forest loss risks water security across South America

Paul Brown.

30th December 2013

Water, food supplies and energy production are all in jeopardy as the Amazon forest is felled for profit. And as Paul Brown writes, the damage is spreading well beyond Amazonia itself ...
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Doña Pascuala’s houses and yard, Lancaya. Photo: Sian Cowman.

Bolivia: harshening climate meets traditional knowledge

Sian Cowman

30th December 2013

High altitude regions near the equator are highly vulnerable to climate change - as are marginalised communities. Sian Cowman reports on how resilience strategies - old and new - are helping one Andean community to survive a changing climate. more...
deformed pig

Deformities, sickness & livestock deaths: the real cost of glyphosate & GM animal feed?

Andrew Wasley

28th November 2013

Much of our meat and dairy produce is made from animals raised on GM feeds. Alarming new claims suggest that the GM diet is affecting animal health - prompting fears over human safety. Andrew Wasley reports ... 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...

Conscience Clothing

Ethical Consumer

Ethical Consumer, a bi-monthly publication which helps purchasers make ethical choices, explains why we should care about where and how our clothes are made more...
Oliver Tickell

New Editor for the Ecologist

22 October 2013

Oliver Tickell has been appointed as Editor of The Ecologist more...

Building Momentum for Sustainability in Fashion

Sarah Ditty

Sarah Ditty explains why she believes manufacturers and consumers should join the increasing numbers of us who are voting with our wallets and choose fashion that doesn't harm people or planet....... more...

It's not easy being green - unless that is, you live on a boat. Part II.

Clare Kendall

In the second of a series of four blogs Clare Kendall discovers that fuel consumption by boat-dwellers is comparatively low and that energy is often more accessible than it is for those of us who live in buildings....... more...

It’s not easy being green – unless that is, you live on a boat

Clare Kendall

In the first of a series of four blogs Clare Kendall examines the interactions between the boat dweller and the substance that keeps them afloat..... more...

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The Green Isle

Hazel Sillver

Need an eco break? Hazel Sillver recommends hopping on a ferry and making your way to the Isle of Wight....
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Eco Technology now and in the future

Emily Buchanan

Emily Buchanan takes a look at four of the most innovative ecological advances of our time..... more...

Garden designers promote green messages at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Mandy Almond

Garden designers are increasingly conscious of green gardening methods, but designers at this year's RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show are demonstrating how gardens can be used to convey green messages to increase environmental consciousness amongst the public too. Mandy Almond, Show Manager, talks us through some of the gardens.... more...

UK gardens you must visit in Summer 2013

by Hazel Sillver

Hazel Sillver gives her pick of the UK's 10 most gorgeous eco-gardens and garden events to stroll around this summer....
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How to have an Eco-Holiday in Jamaica

by Aimee Avory-Adams

Home to many great eco-friendly attractions, Jamaica is fast becoming one of the top green destinations in the world by reducing its carbon footprint. Aimme Avory-Adams takes a look at what the paradise island has to offer....... more...

Vitamin D – The Sunshine Vitamin Most Indoor Workers Are Lacking

by Oliver Gillie

Human beings in high-income countries are leading increasingly artificial lives divorced from the natural environment and without the important health benefits of sunshine. The result is chronic ill health of many kinds, warns Oliver Gillie more...
Resurgence Peace Garden

Eco-design at Chelsea Flower Show 2013

by Hazel Sillver

This is the centenary year for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and eco-sound landscaping is taking centre stage.

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crunchy chocolate hearts

Is a raw food diet right for you?

by Hazel Sillver

Raw foodism is becoming increasingly popular. Advocates report high energy levels and less need for sleep. But is it a healthy way for everyone to eat, asks Hazel Sillver more...
crunchy chocolate hearts

Is a raw food diet right for you?

by Hazel Sillver

Raw foodism is becoming increasingly popular. Advocates report high energy levels and less need for sleep. But is it a healthy way for everyone to eat, asks Hazel Sillver more...

Community and Conservation in Bolivia’s Yacuma Pampas

January 22nd, 2013

by David Shaw

Community-based land conservation is a valuable implement in the conservation tool-box, but not a magic bullet, says David Shaw more...

Healthy Eating: What is the truth about fat and nutrition?

by Colin Tudge

November 13th, 2012

With the present state of research we will never find out what we should and should not eat – but, says Colin Tudge, it is hard to improve on ancient wisdom and common sense. more...

Renewable Revolution or Nuclear Nightmare?

Oliver Tickell

13th July 2012

The rapid spread of solar power across China, India, Africa and Latin America is being driven not by subsidy but by the market more...
Nudie jeans

Green jeans: Sweden's Nudie goes organic

Grace Philip

29th May, 2012

It might have taken 11 years but Nudie – purveyors of green jeans for the super stylish – has finally taken the plunge and gone entirely organic. Are you paying attention, H&M? more...

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