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Shanghai at sunset seen from the Jin Mao tower observation deck. The sun has not yet dropped below the horizon; it has simply reached the smog line. Wikimedia commons / Suicup.

Shanghai's 'airpocalypse': can China fix its deadly pollution?

Matthew Currell

13th December 2013

Shanghai is experiencing unprecedented levels of pollution. Last week fine particulate levels reached almost 20 times WHO guidelines, and they are still at dangerous levels. Matthew Currell reports on China's pollution crisis. more...
Beltline park - Atlanta comes full circle to embrace alternative transit and sustainable development.

Urban eco-repair in the Deep South

Brian Barth

6th December 2013

A bold project encompassing clean air, a light rail system, open spaces, and green pathways for cyclists and pedestrians, is beginning to transform some of America's poorest and most polluted communities. As Brian Barth reports, the Atlanta Beltway is taking shape. more...
A dry bath in Gaza, where clean water is an increasingly unaffordable luxury. Photo: Charlie Andreasson.

Gaza - living under artificial drought

Charlie Andreasson

3rd December 2013

The Gaza blockade - a state of chronic shortage of the necessaries of life jointly imposed by Israel and Egypt - is creating floods of sewage and a growing shortage of fresh water. Charlie Andreasson's blog reflects the increasing difficulty of daily life ... more...
Flensing of a Baird's beaked whale killed in a small-type coastal whaling hunt

Ending Japan's great cetacean hunt

Sarah Baulch

12th November 2013

Japan's hunting of cetaceans has become a rallying point for nationalists, but demand for their meat is falling amid worries about toxic pollution. Fukushima could just prove to be the last straw for a declining industry ... more...

Japan - end the cetacean slaughter!

Oliver Tickell

31st October 2013

Over one million whales, dolphins and porpoises killed by Japan's fishing industry in 70 years. And the persecution continues. more...

The ocean is not broken. Consumer behaviour is.

Carlos Duarte

30th October 2013

Recent reports of the death of the oceans are overstated. Our oceans remain very much alive and intensely dynamic ecosystems. All of which can help to ensure their long term health. more...

Microplastic Soup: The State of Our Oceans

October 29th, 2013

Tanya Cox

Tanya Cox explains how microplastic pollution, which at some marine sites occurs at a concentration higher than that of plankton, has become a macroscopic problem for the life that calls the ocean its home ... more...

Plastic Ocean

October 28th, 2013

Elizabeth Claire Alberts

Elizabeth Claire Alberts discovers how a sea captain's chance discovery launched a mission to clear up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch ... more...

UK government failing to protect population from potentially radioactive food

by Tim Deere-Jones

Tim Deere-Jones dissects the UK Government's system for monitoring doses of marine derived radioactivity in food and concludes that the current programme is deeply flawed. more...
A Kathmandu shanty town

Can the Kathmandu Valley be Saved?

by Joseph Mayton

September 26th, 2012

The once bustling Bagmati river has become the focal point of Nepal’s struggle to bring modernity to this once isolated region. And the environment is struggling to survive, writes Joseph Mayton. more...

How the smartphone boom could damage your health and the environment

Ecologist

3rd December, 2012

Behind the rise of smartphones and tablets, microwave pollution is a serious assault on our health reports Lynne Wycherley, whilst a new Ecologist Film Unit investigation uncovers the hidden cost of tin used in many phones more...
Oil drilling in the Amazon

Texaco's pollution of Ecuador's indigenous lands brought to light in new DVD

Nicola Peel

8th August, 2012

Nicola Peel talks about her new DVD, Blood of the Amazon, telling of her travels through the rainforest and her investigations on the effects of reckless oil drilling on indigenous communities more...

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Beijing's polluted skies

Blue Skies or Little White Lies?

Olivia Boyd

11th July 2012

Fed up with fudged statistics, Beijing’s increasingly environmentally-aware population has forced its Government to come clean about air pollution in the city. more...
Beijing's polluted skies

Beijing's blue skies...or little white lies?

Olivia Boyd

6th July, 2012

Fed up with fudged statistics Beijing’s increasingly environmentally-aware population has forced its Government to come clean about air pollution in the city. more...
nuclear

Chemical weapon and radiation fear at Scottish RAF base

Ecologist

21st May, 2012

RAF Kinloss in Moray, Scotland, at the centre of an investigation into radioactive contamination and chemical weapons buried at the site

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ethical jewellery

Ethical jewellery: what to ask and what to buy

Amy Hall

24th April, 2012

From blood diamonds to mining with cyanide, bling is a big problem for the planet. But as Amy Hall explains, clued-up consumers mean greener gems more...
Sunlight through the trees

Big brother gone green: using technology to tackle the eco-crisis

Hugh Knowles and Martin Wright

6th April, 2012

The revolution in remote monitoring should help solve environmental problems, but might it also increase our distance from the natural world? more...
big oil

Oil deal 'threatens Ugandan biodiversity'

Alice Klein

9th March, 2012

The discovery of oil in Uganda was a blessing to the impoverished East African country. But before the oil has even started pumping, disputes over tax, accusations of corruption and fears for the environment plague the sector. Alice Klein reports from Hoima more...

The Ecologist March 1972: Oil pollution of the sea

Ben Martin

March 5th, 2012

Forty years ago this month, Neiton Pilpel investigated oil pollution at sea. As oil spills became ever more common, can marine life cope? more...
Sharon Johnson, Trees for Cities

CAMPAIGN HERO: Sharon Johnson, Trees for Cities

Ecologist

27th January, 2012

It is estimated that by 2030, 92 per cent of Britons will live in cities. The CEO of charity Trees for Cities on why its so important but difficult to plant trees in our streets more...
Obese men

Programmed to be fat: everyday chemicals linked to obesity and diabetes

Tom Levitt

12th January, 2012

Chemicals found in plastics, cosmetics and industry may be altering cells in our bodies, making us more likely to get fat and develop diabetes. Tom Levitt reports more...
dolphins

Cetaceans under siege as man-made perils blight the oceans

Anthony Wall

29th December, 2011

Whales, dolphins and porpoises have no respite from oil and chemicals, fishing nets, shipping, noise pollution and a host of other dangers brought about by man's unrelenting destruction of the oceans, says Anthony Wall more...
Air pollution

UK uses EU 'loophole' to delay tackling air pollution in London

Tom Levitt

13th December, 2011

Government lawyers set to argue in High Court that EU rules allow them to delay meeting air pollution targets until as late as 2025 in London despite growing health crisis more...
Hyatt Hotels

Behind the Brand: Hyatt Hotels

Peter Salisbury

16th November, 2011

The carbon footprint produced by travel doesn’t evaporate at the airport - hotels are big energy consumers, polluters and carbon emitters too. The Ecologist looks into hotel chain Hyatt's efforts to go green more...
Bongani Mthembu

CAMPAIGN HERO: Bongani Mthembu of South Durban Community Environmental Alliance

Hannah Corr

26th October, 2011

Bongani Mthembu talks to the Ecologist about the struggles and successes in achieving environmental justice in South Africa’s townships more...

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