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Let Them Eat Shrimp: The Tragic Disappearance of the Rainforests of the Sea

Let Them Eat Shrimp: The Tragic Disappearance of the Rainforests of the Sea

Laurie Tuffrey

12th April, 2012

Mangroves are the unsung heroes of the biosphere, says Kennedy Warne in his comprehensive study. So why are we so ready to rip them up in pursuit of tropical golf courses and all-you-can-eat shrimp? more...
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Coffee: is the black stuff as green as it should be?

George Blacksell

4th October, 2011

From deforestation to fertiliser; our taste for coffee has left some of the world’s most precious eco-systems in a precarious state. George Blacksell looks at how the coffee industry is cleaning up its act more...
TC Boyle

When The Killing’s Done

Jeff Holman

7th April, 2011

T.C. Boyle’s latest opus might be a bit of a bonkbuster but it makes a serious point about the threat posed by non-native species to the world’s ecosystems more...
Pisaurina mira spider

Study of spiders shows species may be able to adapt to global warming

William McLennan

10th March, 2011

Species may be able to adapt to gradual increases in temperature preventing the collapse of biological communities in the face of global climate change more...

Revealed: how demand for shark fin soup fuels bloody harvest

Nick Kettles

11th January, 2011

As Gordon Ramsay tackles shark finning as part of Channel 4's Big Fish Fight, Nick Kettles investigates how the increasing popularity of fin soup is leading to the massacre of millions of sharks globally more...
Forests

UN biodiversity panel 'a dream of many scientists'

Ecologist

15th June, 2010

A UN panel similar to the one for climate change has been given the go-ahead by world leaders with an admission they had failed to heed scientific warnings about biodiversity loss more...
Findhorn's Living Machine

The Living Machine: an ecological approach to poo

Tafline Laylin

8th June, 2010

By mimicking the purifying behaviour of wetland ecosystems we can deal with our sewage using one quarter of the energy, and a fraction of the smell... more...

Copenhagen: peasant farmers can save the planet

Ed Hamer

15th December, 2009

Carbon reduction potential of ecological farming methods is highlighted at Copenhagen, as protests against industrial agriculture gather strength more...
Green design

Designing out waste means rethinking the system

Steve Evans

8th September, 2009

Design is everywhere, deciding how things look, how they work and how systems run. But effective ecodesign is difficult when decisions are made in isolation, says Steve Evans more...
A ploughed field

Change farming to cut CO2 emissions by 25 per cent

Eifion Rees

3rd July, 2009

A new report has revealed that a change in the way we manage agricultural land could help sequester a quarter of the world's carbon dioxide emissions every year more...
City,sitopia

How to feed a city

Carolyn Steel

1st June, 2009

We can continue to squander our resources and react to food crises as they happen, or we can fundamentally change the way the food systems work, says Carolyn Steel more...
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Goodbye to growth

Richard Heinberg

7th January, 2009

The contraction of the global economic system bodes nothing but good for global ecosystems. Growth is dead – long live sustainability more...

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Tipping the balance

William Laurance

20th June, 2008

Are they environmental doom-mongering, journalistic hype or the straw that breaks the camel's back? William Laurance examines the complexities of tipping points - those small changes in a natural system that can sometimes provoke sudden and irrevocable collapse more...
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The origins of hydroelectricity

Polly Higgins

6th September, 2007

In my pursuit to better understand energy systems, my journey has taken me to Cragside in Northumberland more...
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Our natural resources need to be managed locally, says report

News

8th May, 2007

Local communities should have a right in determining access to and use of natural resources, a report from think-tank the World Resources Institute (WRI) has said. more...

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