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Paper, scissors, headstone

Laura Sevier

18th December, 2008

Our rampant consumption of paper is leading to a meltdown of the world's forests. Mandy Haggith wants us to use less more...

DIY Christmas

Matilda Lee and Laura Sevier

17th December, 2008

Eschew those store-bought baubles and pricey trinkets — get into the holiday spirit with all things homemade. By Matilda Lee and Laura Sevier more...

Nature? Do The Maths

Malcolm Tait

30th October, 2008

Mathematics is at the heart of any research and, in nature, it can be used to predict and enhance our surroundings and ultimately control it. The logical conclusio to the concept is frightening: there could be a mathematical formula for every aspect of life more...
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Money or the planet's future? You decide

Richard Heinberg

1st October, 2008

During the past weeks, the world’s media have been transfixed by the convulsions of the US and global fi nancial system. At stake are billions in bail-outs and trillions in derivatives. The viability of banks and currencies is threatened, and ultimately the savings and investments of hundreds of millions of ordinary people. more...

How to be free: non-action in action

Tom Hodgkinson

1st October, 2008

From all sides, the cry is the same: something must be done. More must be done. more...
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Counquer ourselves first

Miguel Mendonça

1st October, 2008

During my global travels, spreading the word on the cheapest, most effective and equitable policy road for renewables, my observations and experiences have led me to several infuriating and distressing conclusions. more...

Can flying ever be green?

Mark Anslow

24th July, 2008

Soaring fuel prices and stratospheric carbon emissions bode ill for the aviation industry. Is flying beyond redemption? Mark Anslow tries some blue-sky thinking more...

Seaweed "tastes better than chocolate"

Fergus Drennan

1st July, 2008

Seaweed is delicious, nutritious, a veritable cure-all and just one of the reasons Fergus Drennan does like to be beside the Great British seaside more...

Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier

Clive Dennis

1st July, 2008

Hardy, long-lived and self-sufficient, perennial vegetables are a gardener’s dream. From rhubarb to the air potato, they are a gift that keeps on giving more...
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The danger of fetishising zero carbon new-build

Dr. David Strong

20th June, 2008

What’s the point of zero-carbon homes that aren’t fit for habitation? There is more to sustainable building than meeting Government targets, argues Dr David Strong more...

Behind the label: Candles

Pat Thomas

6th June, 2008

While nothing says holistic living like a nice candle, that warm glow may be hiding a toxic secret, warns Pat Thomas more...

How to be free: Get disconnected

Tom Hodgkinson

6th June, 2008

The internet once represented something like freedom for Tom Hodgkinson, but the honeymoon ended when the problems of the virtual life became all-too-real more...

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Ecovillages: A model life?

Laura Sevier, Mike Henderson & Nritijuna Naidu

3rd June, 2008

More people are turning to eco communities as a viable alternative to urban life. Laura Sevier reports more...

The problem of greenwash - green-fiddling while Rome burns…

Pat Thomas

1st June, 2008

It’s fair to say that we have our share of robust discussions in this office. Opinions get aired, fingers get pointed, occasionally voices get raised. It’s all in a good cause. Setting the world to rights isn’t always a civilised tea party. more...

Topical t-shirts

Laura Sevier

1st May, 2008

Bright, bold and branded with a logo... It’s time to wear your ethics on your eco t-shirt. By Laura Sevier more...

Read the label: Preservatives

Pat Thomas

1st May, 2008

You don¡¯t have to choose between looking good and being healthy. In our regular look at cosmetic ingredients, Pat Thomas gives you the information you need to identify safer cosmetic and bodycare products. more...

The Real Dirt on Farmer John

Laura Sevier

1st May, 2008

Farmer John Peterson is an eccentric organic farmer from the American Midwest and the star of this strangely compelling documentary. more...

Not all that is gold, glitters - a report on the dark side of the precious metal

Laura Sevier

17th April, 2008

The world’s favourite precious metal is hiding a dirty little secret. Laura Sevier reports on the truth behind the glitter, and asks whether gold can ever be green more...

Taking your spare room off-grid

Nick Rosen

11th April, 2008

So you want to go off-grid? Or maybe you want to find out what it’s like before taking the plunge? How about taking one room of your house off grid? It’s a less expensive way of learning the technology, before committing yourself. more...

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...

The commons: an antidote to globalisation

Jonathon Rowe

1st April, 2008

The corporate market has become the institutional equivalent of a compulsive eater. It has a built-in hunger that cannot be filled, and it is hard to stop the damage within the framework of its own game. more...

Less is more - the move to a saner happier economy

Andrew Simms

1st April, 2008

Don’t be afraid of the recession, says Andrew Simms , it may just be the lucky break we need to get our heads around a more sane economy and a better quality of life more...

Creative ways to downshift

Laura Sevier

28th March, 2008

What does quality of life mean to you? Is it the stuff you buy, keeping up with the Joneses? Or is fresh, clean air, the company you keep, and a less stressful living environment more important? more...

The graveyard shift

Tom Hodgkinson

23rd March, 2008

Working life in contemporary Britain should come with a health warning,argues Tom Hodgkinson, or we’ll all end up dying for a job more...

The end of an affair

Robert Llewellyn

14th February, 2008

I’ve just been shopping. I went to London, walked into shops and bought things. New things. Not many – in fact my little pile of shopping bags is tragically small. I rapidly got bored and tired, and came back home. more...


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