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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...
Mangroves

Shrimp: luxury food with a hidden environmental price tag

Ecologist

17th February, 2012

Our love affair with shrimp has fuelled the destruction of the 'rainforests of the sea' - mangroves - whose biodiversity and carbon-storing capacities are much undervalued. The author of 'Let Them Eat Shrimp', Kennedy Warne, talks through his alarming findings 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...
Seal Protection Action Group

TAKE ACTION to save Scotland's seals

Priyanka Mogul

8th February, 2012

There has been a significant reduction in the killing of seals in Scotland but the Seal Protection Action Group needs your help in ending the killings altogether more...
Marine Protected Areas

TAKE ACTION: Don't let the government back-track on UK marine protected areas

Ben Hudson

16th November, 2011

Show the government you support the creation of a marine conservation network to protect the UK's threatened sea life more...
A salmon

The Greed of Feed – the hidden cost of your cheap farmed salmon

1st December, 2008

Andrew Wasley & Jim Wickens

A major investigation by the Ecologist reveals a host of unreported environmental and social costs linked to the fishmeal production industry in Peru more...
Selfridges' Project Ocean

Project Ocean: Selfridges campaign to save fish, fashionably

Matilda Lee

10th June, 2011

Selfridges Creative Director Alannah Weston has raised the bar for ethical commitments in high-end retail more...
Bubbling seagrass, Greeg Island, Australia

Seagrass meadows remain 'forgotten' in conservation debate

Ecologist

13th June, 2011

Every hour, an area of seagrass the size of two football pitches is lost. The rate of loss is equal to that occurring in tropical rainforests and on coral reefs yet it receives a fraction of the attention more...
trawler

Five fish it’s OK to eat

The Ecologist

6th June, 2011

The Marine Stewardship Council's James Simpson picks five fish that can be enjoyed guilt-free more...
Offshore wind power

Welsh renewable energy plans 'stymied' by Westminster

Ecologist

7th February, 2011

Welsh environment secretary Jane Davidson says approval for renewable power projects is being unnecessarily delayed, and indicates Welsh Assembly would support a replacement nuclear facility at Anglesey 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...

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Bycatch

Rising demand for bycatch will lead to ‘ecological catastrophe’, scientists warn

Ecologist

6th August, 2010

A growing market for bycatch coupled with declining shrimp stocks and profits is prolonging the use of unsustainable trawl fishing practices, a new study says more...
Phytoplankton

Marine food chain hit by ocean global warming

Ecologist

29th July, 2010

The entire marine food chain is in danger of collapse because of a decline in tiny phytoplankton, which scientists are linking to climate change and rising ocean surface temperatures. more...
Sunlight filtering through seawater

Suffocating seas: how climate change is reducing ocean oxygen levels

Carrie Madren

26th July, 2010

The main impacts of climate change - changing weather patterns, melting glaciers, sea level rise - are well known. But its ability to reduce oxygen levels in the deep ocean is little reported... more...
A small shrimp

Commonly prescribed drugs linked to shrimp population decline

Ecologist

7th June, 2010

Study finds that antidepressants in waste water flowing into rivers and estuaries can make coastal marine shrimps more susceptible to predators more...
Parrotfish on North coast of East Timor

Can algae-eating fish save our coral reefs?

Anna Taylor

15th June, 2010

Coral reefs are under threat from all quarters - rising temperatures, ocean acidity, fishing practices... But can clever management of certain fish species help the reefs to recover their former glory? more...

How to decode food labels and shop with a conscience

Pat Thomas

16th March, 2010

Is it healthy? Is it 
organic? Is it fairly traded? How far has it travelled? At times, making informed choices can feel like a full-time job. Here is a pocket guide to buying food from the new book Stuffed more...
Gas pipeline route

Gas pipeline through contaminated Baltic given go-ahead

Ecologist

19th February, 2010

Environmental groups in Germany, Finland and Denmark claim gas pipeline will devastate the Baltic Sea's already fragile marine ecosystem more...
Sunlight pierces through a dense green canopy

10 groups campaigning for the natural world

Ecologist

19th June, 2009

Breathable air, healthy soil, fresh water and the stability of our climate all rely on our planetary life-support systems – like rainforests and oceans – being healthy. more...

CASE STUDY: saving marine life with flowerpots

Emma Bocking

27th October, 2009

Although sea walls are a strong form of coastal defence they effectively wipe out rock pools which are important oases for marine life. Scientists in Sydney have found a solution involving flower pots... more...
A cargo ship fitted with solar sails

Does shipping have a green future?

Chris Carroll

27th October, 2009

The aviation industry has its climate change plans, car manufacturers are working on 'eco' alternatives, and rail is considered top of the class, but what has the transport mode that delivers 90 per cent of goods to the UK done to improve upon its environmental credentials? more...
The Other CO2 Problem

The Other CO2 Problem

Kate Herbert

1st September, 2009

Students at Ridgeway School in Plymouth show concern for ‘the other CO2 problem’ in an award-winning animated film about ocean acidification more...
Guardian Environment Network

Coal gets 20 times more money than marine power

Terry Macalister

24th August, 2009

Amount invested in marine energy is a drop in the ocean against more than £50m for collieries more...
A fishing trawler with nets

Abandoned fishing gear wreaks havoc at sea

Ecologist

19th June, 2009

Fish and other sea mammals are paying a heavy price for the tonnes of lost or abandoned fishing gear in our oceans more...

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