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Bread, peace and work! A 'speaking wall' in Marinaleda. Photo: Comisión de Audiovisuales Acampada Zaragoza via Flickr.

Catch your dreams - utopia is possible!

Liam Barrington-Bush & Jen Wilton

26th July 2014

Amid Spain's general depression, Marinaleda - an Andalucian town sometimes dubbed the 'communist utopia' - is bucking the moribund trend with a heady mixture of direct action, community-level democracy, cooperation and mutual aid. more...
White storks nesting at Coto Doñana, Spain. Photo: Ian Keith via Flickr.

Thanks to EU laws and money, Coto Doñana rises from disaster

Laurence Rose

4th June 2014

Spain's Coto Doñana shows the value of EU conservation law, writes Laurence Rose, as the UK tries to get rid of the Birds and Habitats Directives. Both have proved essential to the protection and restoration of one of Europe's greatest wetlands. more...
The Gemasolar plant near Seville: Pointing the way ahead? Photo: DESERTEC Foundation.

Round-the-clock solar power comes of age

Paul Brown

1st May 2014

With the help of some clever engineering, writes Paul Brown, the power of the Sun can now produce electricity on demand - day and night, bright or cloudy. The key technology has just won a prestigious DESERTEC Award. more...
Jan and Chaparro near Cumbres de San Bartolome. Photo: Paul Barham.

Travels with Chaparro - a letter from the Sierra

Jan Nimmo

22nd March 2014

The tree-clad hills of Spain's Sierra de Huelva retain their beauty, wildlife and traditions, writes Jan Nimmo, who has speant a decade exploring the area on horseback. Just one thing is missing: the throngs of people that once inhabited and managed the land. more...
The Feixolen coal mine in the Laciana Valley. Photo: Filon Verde.

Spain - an end to Mountain Top Removal coal in Laciana Valley

Amaranta Herrero Cabrejas

4th April 2014

The regional government of Castilla y León cancelled the plan for further coal mining by Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining in Spain's Laciana Valley. It's a huge victory for campaigners, but now a new kind of economy is needed for the already depressed area. more...

UK Government fails to take wildlife crime seriously

April 24th, 2013

by Simon Pope

Simon Pope, Director of Campaigns and Communications for the World Society for the Protection of Animals, questions why the UK government is so far behind other global powers when it comes to tackling the illegal wildlife trade. more...

COMMENT: Does the Cayman Islands really need 'cramped, dirty and overcrowded' turtle farm?

10th January, 2013

Rachel Alcock

If local people had the choice between eating a bowl of turtle stew, or having access to a new hospital, school or lower tax it’s hard to imagine they’d pick turtle stew, says Rachel Alcock more...

Cayman Islands under fire over 'factory farming' of sea turtles

Ecologist

10th January, 2013

The tropical tourist destination is at the centre of a dispute over the farming of green sea turtles after animal welfare campaigners launched a campaign to shut the world's only facility rearing the animals for human consumption more...
In season now: what to eat during April

In season now: what to eat during April

Ben Hudson

2nd April, 2012

Celebrate Easter by tucking into a plate of seasonal Jersey Royals. Albert Bartlett’s Tim Ward explains why they’re wonderful and rounds up his April favourites more...
ila

The Ecologist meets… Ila founder Denise Leicester

Ruth Styles

15th February, 2012

Tucked away in leafy Gloucestershire is a beauty brand with a ‘beyond organic’ philosophy that’s making the world sit up and take notice. Ruth Styles hopped on the train and went to meet the inspirational Denise Leicester more...
RELAX SPA

Review: the Relax and Rejuvenate uplifting facial

Ruth Styles

9th February, 2012

If your visage has lost its va va voom, some TLC could be required. Luckily Covent Garden’s Relax Spa has just the thing for skin-conscious greenies more...
Octavia Hill National Trust

The National Trust awards recognising pioneering eco-campaigner Octavia Hill

Mike Collins

19th December, 2011

Octavia Hill was a tireless advocate for saving land and green spaces in and around Victorian London. She was also a founder of the National Trust, which is launching an award to recognise modern day 'unsung environmental heroes' more...

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Transparent fashion

Transparent fashion: why the industry needs to come clean on supply chains

Ruth Stokes

8th November, 2011

Adding to your wardrobe can be an ethical nightmare, which is why a number of eco-brands are working on new systems that show exactly where your clothes come from more...
green shampoo

Five of the best…eco friendly shampoos

Ruth Styles

27th October, 2011

All are surfactant, pollutant and paraben free but which eco shampoo is best? Ruth Styles put them to the test more...
Aromatherapy Associates boutique

Aromatherapy Associates launches London store

Ruth Styles

19th October, 2011

More than 30 years after it launched, Britain’s leading aromatherapy brand finally has a store of its own. Ruth Styles reports more...
snowdrops

Blooming marvellous: the spring bulbs to plant now

Ruth Styles

30th September, 2011

October might not be the obvious month for spring planning, but if you want beautiful blooms come February, now is the time to start planting, says Ruth Styles more...
Space

Space junk: we're on a collision course in outer space

Eifion Rees

19th September, 2011

Following our look at plans to strip mine the moon, we report on the growing problem of space debris and why some now believe it has reached a 'tipping point'
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Swiss National Park

Ten of the best...European national parks

Ruth Styles

29th July, 2011

From the volcanic caldera of Mount Teide to the craggy tors of Dartmoor, Europe’s national parks combine stunning scenery with wonderful flora and fauna. Ruth Styles rounds up ten of the best more...
The Moon

Plans to strip mine the moon may soon be more than just science-fiction

Henry Gass

4th July, 2011

It may not be long before we start mining the moon for its resources, particularly the rare Helium-3 for its use in nuclear fusion more...
asparagus

In season now: what to eat in June

Henry Gass

31st May, 2011

Asparagus, broccoli and summer squash are just some of the in-season British veg available this month. The Vegetarian Society’s Alex Connel picks his top five more...
pretty feet

Fishy business: could fish therapy be the green alternative to the pedicure?

Ruth Styles

20th April, 2011

Chemical free and ultra natural, Ruth Styles put Aqua Sheko’s fish pedicure to the test more...

Why the victory over the Nocton super-dairy is only the beginning

Suzi Morris

13th April, 2011

The fight against the controversial super-dairy in Lincolnshire may have been won but there's still much to do in order to keep British dairy farming humane, sustainable and natural, argues Suzi Morris more...
whale

Top 10...European wildlife destinations

William McLennan

1st April, 2011

From birds to whales, Europe has plenty for wildlife watchers to love. William McLennan rounds up some of the best more...
Norwegian whale hunt

Hundreds of whales face slaughter as Norway's killing season resumes

Joanna Toole

1st April, 2011

As the annual and highly controversial Norwegian whale hunt begins, Joanna Toole argues the evidence proving the practice is cruel, unnecessary and increasingly unpopular is now overwhelming more...

How secretive government agency funded BP pipeline blighted by human rights allegations

Sarah Bentley

15th March, 2011

The Export Credit Guarantee Department is accused of underwriting unethical and carbon-intensive business deals in developing countries and operating with a lack of transparency - charges it denies. more...

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