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Scale representation of the incinerator in situ, near Junction 12 of the M5, providing a highly dubious 'welcome to Gloucester', adjacent to the AONB. Image: GlosVAIN.

Up in smoke: the fight to block Gloucestershire's unwanted incinerator

Dan Hinge

24th April 2017

Activists in Gloucestershire are battling to block the construction of a massive incinerator that they see as a blight on the landscape, costly, polluting, wasteful and undermining recycling, writes Dan Hinge. Now the fight, backed by superstar actor Jeremy Irons, just entered a new phase after a tribunal forced the County Council to reveal essential details of the contract it had signed. more...
Photo: FromSandToGlass via Flickr (CC BY).

Exposed: Coca Cola's big 'fight back' against tackling plastic waste

Maeve McClenaghan / Greenpeace Energydesk

2nd February 2017

A Greenpeace investigation has exposed the massive efforts of global food and drink giant Coca Cola to defeat popular proposals to require deposits on single-use plastic bottles, writes Maeve McClenaghan. In fact, deposit schemes are working fine in many countries in which the company operates - it's a simple case of corporate profit before environment, oceans and wildlife. more...
'Some day, son, all this (nuclear waste) will be yours!' Cartoon: Katauskes via Greens MPs on Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND).

Why worry about nuclear waste? What has the future ever done for us?

Andrew Blowers

16th November 2016

The long term problems of what to do with nuclear waste remain entirely unsolved, writes Andrew Blowers. Yet governments and the nuclear industry continue to peddle their untenable 'bury and forget' policy of deep geological disposal, which only unloads the toxic legacy of modern day nuclear power and weapons onto uncountable future generations. more...
Breath of a Woodwose. Original drawing by Bill Rogers via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND).

Beast of Beckermet against the nuclear menace? a Lakeland story for All Hallow's Eve

Marianne Birkby

31st October 2016

As the nuclear juggernaut drives the destruction of the Cumbria coast at Sellafield with nuclear waste dumps, boreholes, dredged-out rivers and a massive new nuclear power station, Marianne Birkby recalls ancient legends of the Woodwose, the Green Man, and the Beast of Beckermet. Can these forces of untamed nature be called upon to combat the growing nuclear menace? more...
Old landfill site at Cow Lane, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire. Photo: Peter O'Connor aka anemoneprojectors via Flickr (CC BY-SA).

Zane: the lethal conspiracy of silence over contaminated land must end

Paul Mobbs

6th September 2016

The shocking death of Zane Gbangbola, killed by toxic gas from a 'forgotten' landfill under his home, exposes the UK's dangerous legacy of contaminated land, writes Paul Mobbs. Without action, these polluted sites will damage health and even kill for centuries to come. But governments, local authorities, landowners and developers are united in a shameful policy of silence and denial. more...
View south from the mine site to Narsaq below. Photo: Bill Williams.

Greenland Inuit oppose open-pit uranium mine on Arctic mountain-top

Bill Williams

17th August 2018

A collapse in the price of uranium has not yet stopped Australian mining company GME from trying to press ahead with a massive open-pit uranium mine on an Arctic mountain in southern Greenland, writes Bill Williams - just returned from the small coastal town of Narsaq where local people and Inuit campaigners are driving the growing resistance to the ruinous project. more...
A child brushes his teeth in lead-contaminated water in Klity Creek, Thailand. Photo: Human Rights Watch.

Thai communities poisoned by illegal lead mine waste

The Ecologist

22nd January 2015

For 16 years the Thai government has ignored the plight of a community where toxic lead mine waste is causing severe chronic poisoning - defying both a 2013 court order, and its international obligations. It's just one of many toxic sites across Thailand that need to be cleaned up - but the government's main concern is to encourage further industrialisation. more...
Give it love, not Coke - defaced Coca-Cola poster in Rishikesh, India. Photo: Axel Drainville via Flickr.

Coca-Cola forced out of $25 million factory in India

The Ecologist

27th August 2014

After a 15-year battle, local campaigners infuriated by pollution, over-pumping of groundwater and land-grabbing have finally forced the closure of Coca-Cola's $25 million factory near Varanasi. more...
White Rot Mushroom, Trametes versicolor. Photo: Luke Detwiler via Flickr.

Fungi clean contaminated soils

The Ecologist

22nd May 2014

A new system for cleaning soils contaminated with industrial toxins harnesses the power of White rot - a common fungus that decays fallen wood in forests. Research in Finland shows it can also destroy dioxins and poly-aromatic hydrocarbons. more...
Food Bank

The UK sees a huge rise in families turning to Food Banks

Paul Creeney

Earlier this week, the Trussel Trust reported the number of UK families using food banks has tripled in the last year and increased a staggering FIVE FOLD since the coalition came to power. Paul Creeney asks the big question ... more...
Grace Lee

Why Aren’t My Fellow Americans Doing More Recycling?

Grace Lee

27th July, 2012

Grace Lee has just spent a month in Seoul, South Korea working as an intern for the Resource Recirculation Management Division under the Climate Change and Environment Bureau of Seoul City Hall. Here’s what she has to say to her fellow US citizens about their domestic waste… 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 more...

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Plastic bottles of water

Bottled water industry wages PR battle against tap water movement

Eifion Rees

4th April, 2012

Worried by an eco backlash, the bottled water industry is waging a PR battle to turn the public back onto plastic bottled water more...
Man tipping vegetables into container. Consumers & supermarkets need to tackle food waste

Love Food Hate Waste: could you live without throwing food away?

Madeleine Cuff

30th March, 2012

Madeleine Cuff challenged herself to spend a week reducing her food and packaging waste. Did it work, and will other consumers and supermarkets take note? more...
How to… make your own Easter eggs

How to… make your own Easter eggs

Rachael Stubbins

4th April, 2012

Less waste and fewer food miles make homemade Easter eggs the greener alternative to supermarket chocolate. Time to get creative more...
Nuclear waste in Cumbria

Battlelines drawn as Cumbrian residents square up over nuclear waste site

Matilda Lee

15th February, 2012

A decision looms on whether - and where - to build the UK's first deep disposal for nuclear waste. Two borough councils in Cumbria have 'volunteered' - but can the communities be convinced? Matilda Lee reports more...
Five of the best... ways to green up your kitchen

Five of the best... ways to green up your kitchen

Laurie Tuffrey

6th February, 2012

Home experts Andrew Leech and Chris Askew explain how to make your kitchen a greener place to be more...
Man tipping vegetables into container. Consumers & supermarkets need to tackle food waste

Supermarket food waste to power renewable energy instead of tackling food poverty

Matilda Lee

23rd December, 2011

Food aid charities argue supermarket food waste could help prevent hunger in vulnerable people. Yet supermarkets' anaerobic digestion plans may eclipse food redistribution says Matilda Lee more...
A carrot

Who's to blame for supermarket rejection of 'ugly' fruit and vegetables?

Sarah Bentley

29th December, 2011

Fields of wasted crops lie testament to our fussy shopping habits and the refusal of supermarkets to stock edible but less-than-perfect-looking food more...

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Investigative films on key environmental and climate change issues from the Ecologist Film Unit more...
Scavenger carrying waste

San Francisco's scavengers: a story of gangs, poverty and recycling

Felicity Carus

16th August, 2011

Scavenging is on the rise in the US and is no longer the exclusive domain of the poor. Felicity Carus reports on San Francisco's attempts to close down this informal sector and its impact on a burgeoning recycling culture more...
A toilet

The mission to build a toilet that utilises human poo

Paul Miles

11th August, 2011

The Gates Foundation has just announced a $42 million project over several years to develop a toilet that doesn't need water, mains power or sewerage and that will cost next to nothing more...
holding

Ten of the best…ways to reuse your rubbish

Valentina Jovanovski

5th August, 2011

Whether it’s plastic bottles or old magazines, Valentina Jovanovski has a creative way to turn it into something entirely new more...
Pollution

Burned: Merthyr's fight for clean air and green jobs

The Ecologist

27th June, 2011

What would you do if an American company planned to site a huge incinerator - bigger than the Millennium Stadium - above your town? How would you feel if you knew that no existing technology could prevent that incinerator pumping out toxic chemicals? more...
organic clothes

Ask the Ecologist: cotton, hemp and bamboo - which is the green choice?

Ruth Styles

22nd June, 2011

Green Living Editor Ruth Styles answers your eco-lifestyle dilemmas. This week, we're talking textiles more...

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