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The Mosul dam spillway. Photo: United States Army Corps of Engineers / Wikimedia Commons.

The battle for Mosul Dam: a new age of water wars beckons

Jonathan Bridge

2nd September 2014

Conflict continues to rage in Iraq over control of the Mosul dam, which impounds 11 cubic kilometres of water and controls water levels and supplies across the country, writes Jonathan Bridge. It's not the first battle fought over control of water - and it's certainly not the last in a drying Middle East with fast-growing populations. more...
The Wolfsangel symbol of Adolf Hitler’s SS on a banner in Ukraine.

Ignoring Ukraine's neo-Nazi storm troopers

Robert Parry

14th August 2014

Western media have studiously ignored the far-right, violent and often outright Nazi politics of many of Ukraine's Euro-Maidan protestors, writes Robert Parry. But with the thugs now organized into Nazi brigades of the Ukrainian army, and waging war on Russian separatists, an unlikely British paper has dared tell the truth: the conservative Daily Telegraph. more...
Gaza during Operation Protective Edge, July 2014. Photo: Oxfam via Flickr.

Who will silence the Guns of August, 2014?

Guy Horton

6th August 2014

One hundred years ago this August, guns rang out as a Europe made unstable by hatred, nationalism and a complex web of treaties went to war. Now the entire world appears poised for conflagration, writes Guy Horton. But where are the leaders to pull us from the brink? more...
Artisanal fishing nets at the Cobb, Lyme Regis, Lyme Bay. Photo: geograph.org.uk via Wikimedia Commons.

Simplifying the sea - ecocide in the English Channel

Horatio Morpurgo

25th July 2014

A new report on the Channel's fisheries is a timely reminder of the ecological trend to 'simplification' as whole trophic levels are stripped away by over-exploitation, writes Horatio Morpurgo. Yet the government's profit-focused vision of 'sustainability' is missing the essential element - allowing the recovery of marine ecosystems. more...
Anti-fracking protest at Barton Moss - but as far as the Government is concerned, dissent is unimportant. Photo: Manchester Friends of the Earth via Flickr.

Fracking Britain: without debate, the Government imposes its 'right to rule'

Paul Mobbs

21st July 2014

The UK Government's policy is to frack at all costs, against public opinion and compelling evidence of environmental damage and poor returns, writes Paul Mobbs - a timely reminder that as far as the Government is concerned, it has a God-given right to rule over us, no matter what we think or want. more...
Oil painting by John Wood (1798-1849) of British whalers circa 1840. Photo: Lee and Juliet Fulger Fund  / Wikimedia Commons.

Whalers' log books confirm - Arctic sea ice is retreating

Tim Radford

9th July 2014

Log books from British whaling ships more than 200 years ago have given new insights into the history of the Arctic sea ice, reports Tim Radford. A new study reveals that the scale of ice melt in the Arctic over the last few decades is new and unprecedented. more...
The huge caldera of Mount Tambora, Indonesia - still active today. Photo: Jialiang Gao, CC BY-SA.

The Tambora eruption and human history

Gillen D'Arcy Wood

18th June 2014

The greatest volcanic eruption in human history changed the 19th century as much as Napoleon, if not more, writes Gillen D'Arcy Wood. Yet how many of us know of Tambora, the climate havoc it unleashed, or the global cholera pandemic it spawned? more...
scotland

The eco travel guide to Scotland

Ruth Styles and Vanessa Jones

22nd September, 2011

Jagged peaks, cerulean lochs, plentiful wildlife and wonderful historical treasures have made Scotland a truly magical place to go, say Ruth Styles and Vanessa Jones more...
The Development of the Organic Network: Linking People and Themes, 1945-95

The Development of the Organic Network: Linking People and Themes,1945-95

Mark Newton

8th September, 2011

Phillip Conford's treatise on the rise of the organic movement is anything but dull, says Mark Newton more...
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Five of the best... British natural history museums

Gervase Poulden

26th August, 2011

Don’t despair if this weekend turns out to be a washout; the UK’s natural history museums are the perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon. Gervase Poulden has five of the best more...
London

The eco travel guide to England

Ruth Styles

25th August, 2011

Boasting vibrant cities, countless historical treasures and lush rolling countryside, England has much to offer green travellers, says Green Living Editor Ruth Styles
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Five brilliant English day trips

Ruth Styles

24th March, 2011

With sunny days on the way, make the most of your weekends with an English day out
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Ortas exhibition

Art for the Amazon: Natural History Museum uses art to tackle eco-crisis

Sam Phillips

12th October, 2010

A new exhibition draws inspiration from the plight of the Amazon and uses artwork to suggest and inspire creative solutions to an impending environmental catastrophe more...
Peak water: How we built civilisation on water and drained the world dry

Peak Water: civilisation and the world's water crisis

Emma Bocking

14th January, 2010

Alexander Bell's Peak Water offers a fascinating insight into our changing relationship with water more...
The Nature Book, by Marianne Taylor

The Nature Book: What it is and how it lives

Emma Bocking

3rd December, 2009

At times awkwardly funny, informative and charming, Marianne Taylor's book is an easy first step into British natural history more...

About the Ecologist

The world’s leading environmental affairs magazine, now www.theecologist.org, was founded in 1970 by Edward Goldsmith. The magazine quickly became a platform for those who would go on to be the leading lights of the environmental movement


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Set in Stone

Emily Young

1st November, 2007

The loveliness, power and strength in stone is the raw beauty of Nature herself. In every piece of stone there is a story told more magnificent than any creation myth; a story that shocked and astonished the Christian geologists of late-1700s England when they first started to decipher, through the fossil record, the history of life on Earth. more...
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Humanity's worst invention: Agriculture

Clive Dennis

22nd September, 2006

By radically changing the way we acquire our food, the development of agriculture has condemned us to live worse than ever before. Not only that, agriculture has led to the first significant instances of large-scale war, inequality, poverty, crime, famine and human induced climate change and mass extinction.
By Clive W. Dennis (winner of the Ecologist/Coady International Institute 2006 Essay Competition)
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