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Ecologist guide to courses

Matilda Lee

5th January, 2011

The path to many green careers begins as a student. Here are the Ecologist's tips for ensuring that your degree or educational course takes you where you want to go more...
Tom Hodgkinson

Tom Hodgkinson on the marvels and pitfalls of the iPad

23rd December, 2010

Tom Hodgkinson admires the iPad but ultimately finds it to be a fickle mistress and no match for paper more...
Wave machine

Making waves: how the UK is showing the way on low-impact wave technology

Andrew Williams

21st December, 2010

Following announcements by two UK-based companies, wave power looks set to become an increasingly important renewable energy source. But how long will it be before it is commercially viable and what ecological benefits might it bring? more...
Man on a boat

Chinese-backed Kenyan 'super port' could devastate UNESCO island

Tafline Laylin

14th December, 2010

Wide-ranging plans to link up Kenya, Ethiopia and Southern Sudan include the building of a port which threatens the Lamu district's indigenous coastal communities and fragile ecology, reports Tafline Laylin more...
stacks of pound coins on a stock chart

Green Investment Bank faces critical test over funding shortfall

Mark Jansen

8th December, 2010

George Osborne pledged £1billion to a green bank that could help Britain reduce carbon emissions. But with low carbon technologies unproven, banks, institutions and energy companies are wary, meaning the venture may not attract the capital to make it viable more...
Field of wheat

US calls for an end to the EU block on GM and nanotechnology

Tom Levitt and Vi Nguyen

7th December, 2010

US officials say they remain ‘surprised and disappointed’ over Europe’s refusal to embrace technologies like genetic modification (GM) and nanotechnology in farming more...

Industry and activists clash over environmental footprint of nanotechnology

Kara Moses

25th November, 2010

Conflict grows between green campaigners and the nanotechnology sector following publication of a critical Friends of the Earth report into the industry's environmental impacts more...
Green sailing

Will renewable energy fuel a new generation of eco-shipping?

Ewan Kingston

4th October 2010

B9 Shipping and the Greenheart project are pioneering new, fully sustainable, forms of ship design. Despite industry scepticism the boats - based on wind power and biomethane - could signify a return to the great age of sail, reports Ewan Kingston more...

Merchants of Doubt

Phil England

10th September 2010

In a hard-hitting new investigation, Naomi Oreskes & Erik M. Conway report on the scientists prepared to distort the truth on the key issues of our time - from tobacco to climate change to coal fired power stations more...
The mx-libris taxi concept

When will we see a green taxi industry?

Aimee Steen

23rd August, 2010

Buses don't go everywhere, and on some routes they might not even be an efficient option. But many taxis are heavy and polluting compared to ordinary cars - when will this change? more...
RepRap 'Mendel' machine

Will the RepRap machine bring a new manufacturing and the end of consumerism?

Ann Danylkiw

20th July, 2010

3D printing machines such as the 'RepRap' already allow people to design and 'print out' products at home. Could this be the beginning of the end for traditional, capitalist manufacturing? more...

Reusing bike parts to power water pumps, corn crushers and more

Mira Olson

15th July, 2010

A tiny workshop in rural Guatemala is pioneering cheap, eco-friendly, pedal-powered machines made from discarded bicycle parts more...

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Janine Benyus

Janine Benyus: we need to go way beyond energy efficiency in design

Laura Sevier

30th June, 2010

The president of the Biomimicry Institute on learning from nature, designing cities to perform like ecosystems and why chemists, engineers and architects need to learn more biology more...
oil in water

The link between BP, geoengineering and GM

Jim Thomas

28th June, 2010

BP won't stop at dangerous deep water drilling: the company is bent on still more dangerous projects, including genetic modification and hacking the planet's atmosphere... more...
Tree planting in Gaviotas

Las Gaviotas: proving sustainable living possible where it shouldn't be

Michael Buick

22nd June, 2010

How one Colombian community put wind turbines where they shouldn't have turned, water pumps where they shouldn't have worked, and planted a forest in soils thought long dead more...
tools

Could open source technologies help us solve climate change?

Jamie Andrews

4th May, 2010

'Open source' is a familiar concept to many web users, providing free, well-supported software across the internet. But could the same principles be used to rapidly disseminate low-carbon technologies around the world? more...
Hands Off Mother Earth campaign logo

Join our campaign to halt geoengineering

Jim Thomas

4th May, 2010

It's time to say no to scientists and politicians considering geoengineering as a way of tackling climate change, says Jim Thomas more...

How to make a solar water heater from plastic bottles

Giovana Zilli

6th May, 2010

Retired mechanic Jose Alano invented a simple, cheap, energy saving rooftop solar water heater which is benefiting thousands of people. Here's how it's done... more...

Amelia's Anthology of Illustration

Theodora Tsentas

30th April, 2010

In Amelia Gregory's dazzlingly colourful book, illustrators artistically interpret a variety of emerging renewable technologies more...
Downtown Honolulu

How deep sea aircon could cut the heat of climate change

Chris Pala

13th April, 2010

The deep ocean is cold; our cities are growing increasingly warm. What if we could tap those frigid depths to cool down energy-hungry metropolises? more...
Geoengineering

Regulate geoengineering before it's too late, say MPs

Ecologist

18th March, 2010

Climate manipulation must be regulated at the UN level to avoid countries taking matters into their own hands, says a committee of MPs more...
Sorting cassiterite in Eastern Congo

Mobile phone metals fuelling Congo war

Ecologist

17th February, 2010

Technology companies should be honest with customers about the origin of the metals in their products, says NGO Global Witness more...

The open-source hydrogen car set to change the industry

Alex McDonald

20th January, 2010

Cars are evil, right? But what if they ran on hydrogen, did 300 miles per gallon, were leased rather than owned, and were produced under an open source business model... more...
Hull expands out to sea

Architects propose 'radical' coastal flood defenses

Ecologist

15th January, 2010

Architects, engineers and developers say that the UK faces an 'extreme threat' from flooding, and must respond accordingly more...
Square fruit

Was 2009 the year the world turned against GM?

Claire Robinson and Jonathan Matthews

11th January, 2010

Despite promising the world in 2009, biotech corporations have increasingly raised the hackles of scientists and citizens worldwide more...

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