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Special Report: The growing importance of Urban Biodiversity

Christopher Swan, Ecologist

11th July, 2017

Biodiversity refers to the variety of all living things on Earth, but people often have very specific ideas of what it means. If you run an online search for images of biodiversity, you are likely to find lots of photos of tropical rainforests and coral reefs. Those ecosystems are invaluable, but biodiversity also exists in many other places writes ecologist, CHRISTOPHER SWAN more...

Chelsea Flower Show - using garden spaces to tackle the challenges of climate change

Laura Briggs

25th May, 2017

It seems we've been talking about bringing green areas to urban spaces for years, but at this year's Chelsea Flower Show (which runs until 27th May) it's clear this theme remains a top priority writes LAURA BRIGGS who pays a visit to the world's best known flower show more...
Garden Organic's 'I don't dig peat' campaign

Ireland's 'Grow it Yourself' self-help food growing community coming to the UK

Rebecca Campbell

16th May, 2012

Grow It Yourself is a popular community organisation with a vision of bringing people together in a sustainable and healthier way through organic food growing. Now it has plans to launch further afield in the UK more...
How to... look after your orchard

The beginner's guide to growing your own fruit

Mark Briggs

14th May, 2012

Whether you live in the city or in the heart of rural England, planting your own fruit trees provides you with a free source of fruit and a boost for biodiversity more...
Bees

Six reasons to become an urban beekeeper

Zion Lights

19th April, 2012

Urban beekeeping will help boost the UK's declining bee population. Here are six reasons to get involved 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...
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Talk of a ‘new climate deal' at COP17 is a distraction from inaction

Murray Worthy

7th December, 2011

Talk of a long-term climate deal to cut carbon emissions is allowing industrialised countries to delay taking action, says Murray Worthy from the World Development Movement more...

Food security has jumped up the agenda at Durban climate conference

Olivier De Schutter

7th December, 2011

The impact of climate change on food insecurity is creating growing interest in agro-ecological methods of farming at the COP17 climate negotiations in Durban, says UN advisor Olivier De Schutter more...
WINDOWSILL POTS

Five of the best...herbs to grow on your window ledge

Sophie Laggan

25th November

Got a window ledge going begging? Then getting to grips with herb gardening could be just what you need to fill it up. Herbalist Jackie Day has five to start you off more...
Carbon dioxide emissions

Durban climate change conference: why we should stick with the UN talks

Craig Bennett

10th November, 2011

Despite a growing consensus in favour of alternatives such as 'carbon clubs' and bilateral agreements, Friends of the Earth's Craig Bennett says the UN is our best hope for tackling climate change more...
Industry

Durban climate change conference: is it time to forget about 2C of warming?

Tom Levitt

8th November, 2011

Ahead of the latest UN climate conference, Tom Levitt asks if its time we let go of the holy grail of targets and looked at alternatives such as 'carbon clubs'? more...
Lord Anthony Giddens

Durban climate change conference: 'Sideline the UN' says leading academic

Matilda Lee

7th November, 2011

Ahead of the latest UN climate conference, leading academic Anthony Giddens explains why it's time to switch to smaller agreements between major world powers more...

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Agriculture in Africa

Durban climate change conference: why farming is the biggest issue for Africa

Rosie Spinks

4th November, 2011

With little hope of a binding deal on climate change at the latest UN summit, campaigners are hoping that Africa's COP will tackle the issue that plagues the continent most: agriculture more...

Beyond climategate: can we keep the politics and science of climate forecasting separate?

Eifion Rees

3rd November, 2011

The pressure is on climate forecasters to give us more accurate predictions of impacts, such as rising sea levels, but ahead of the Durban climate summit scientists say we still have much to learn more...
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The Ecologist November 1971: rural to urban shift

The Ecologist

11th November, 2011

Forty years ago, the Ecologist wrote about problems associated with the flight of Spain's agricultural workers to city centres. more...
Community farm in Surrey

How a community farm for London could end 'madness of flying and shipping in food'

Sarah Bentley

1st August, 2011

More than £800,000 has been raised towards the cost of setting up a unique farm - complete with green houses, polytunnels, irrigation system, woodland, orchards and a shop - that could help meet the capitals' future food needs more...

How to grow food in strange places - by the experts

Helen Babbs

29th September 2010

You don't need a garden to grow your own fruit and veg. If you're a budding horticulturalist with no space to swing a trowel, here are some creative - and sometimes bizarre - ideas from around the world more...
Medway Court

How to start growing food on social housing estates

Christine Ottery

30th July, 2010

Estate community gardens are springing up in our cities - here's how to transform a derelict urban space into a food growing hub more...
city made of child's wooden blocks

Can the green, 'hairy' city work with our existing, 'mineral' cities?

Susannah Hagan

19th April, 2010

Cities are at a crossroads - 'eco urbanists' want efficiency and artificial ecosystems; conventional designers want to maintain the best bits of our current urban spaces. Can they co-exist? more...
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CASE STUDY: installing green roofs

Matilda Lee

29th January, 2009

Can there be wildlife in our urban jungles? Matilda Lee meets a man campaigning to let nature live on city rooftops more...
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CASE STUDY: Alan Simpson MP - my super energy-efficient house

Ecologist

1st May, 2006

Alan Simpson, MP for Nottingham South, is on a mission. ‘We can’t survive this century unless we change fundamentally the built environment and move from thinking of buildings as consumers of energy, to thinking of them as generators of electricity.' Ben Willis meets the rarest of breeds, an MP who’s walking the talk. more...
Urban Walking

Will modern-day flaneurs help rebuild fragmented communities?

Nika Stella-Sawicka

1st September, 2009

In the age of high-speed travel, walking - alone or in groups - is the foremost way to reconnect to cities, our environment and one another more...
Ecologist Visionaries

The Visionaries

Ecologist

20th March, 2009

Mark Anslow, Laura Sevier, Dan Box and Matilda Lee profile 10 visionaries with 10 big ideas for a better world. more...
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Visionaries: Carolyn Steel

Ecologist

1st April 2009

In many ways, Carolyn Steel was born to be an architect: as a child she used to dream of buildings. more...
Investigations

A green building debate

Mark Hoare and Bill Dunster

1st June, 2009

Two views on form and function in the green building debate that must be sensitive to the local environment and responsive to the local character, cultural diversity and ecology of its place without diluting its uniqueness. more...

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