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Lake Atitlan in 2009. Photo: Wojtek Ogrodowczyk via Flickr.com.

Reviving Guatemala’s treasured Lake Atitlán

Anna-Claire Bevan for Tico Times

2nd April 2014

The limpid beauty of Guatemala's Lake Atitlán has long been a magnet for dreamers, mystics and hippies. But now the Lake is suffering from sewage and farm pollution. Anna-Claire Bevan reports on efforts to clean Lake Atitlán and restore its ecological health. more...
Enbridge's ruptured pipeline near the River Kalamazoo, Michigan, July 2010. Photo: NRDC.

Vermont stands against the tar sands pipeline

Meg Berlin

31st March 2014

A 62-year old pipeline across New England could be used to carry hazardous tar sand crude oil from Canada to the Atlantic, writes Meg Berlin. But communities across Vermont are campaigning to block the project that imperils waters, people and wildlife ... more...
Balcombe fracking protest, 18th August 2013. Photo: Beth Granter via Flickr.com.

Fracking - why are human rights being ignored?

Damien Short, Karen Hulme & Steffen Böhm

25th March 2014

On the final day of the trial of Caroline Lucas and other anti-fracking protestors, we ask - what about human rights? Entirely neglected by the government in its desperate drive to frack, they ought to trump all other policy considerations. more...
A dry bath in Gaza, where clean water is an increasingly unaffordable luxury. Photo: Charlie Andreasson.

Gaza - living under artificial drought

Charlie Andreasson

3rd December 2013

The Gaza blockade - a state of chronic shortage of the necessaries of life jointly imposed by Israel and Egypt - is creating floods of sewage and a growing shortage of fresh water. Charlie Andreasson's blog reflects the increasing difficulty of daily life ... more...
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High street giant H&M pledges to change its ways

Hannah Corr

20th September, 2011

In the wake of a Greenpeace campaign, H&M has agreed to put an end to polluting practices. So could this be the start of a new trend? Hannah Corr reports more...
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Death by fashion: is your wardrobe poisoning the world's water supply?

Gervase Poulden

24th August, 2011

A Greenpeace investigation has found traces of the toxin NPE in clothes made by 14 major brands. Gervase Poulden reports more...
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The Ecologist July 1971: Britain’s water shortage

Henry Gass

1st July, 2011

Forty years ago this month F.N. Steele wrote about Britain’s water shortage and about the importance of addressing its causes immediately more...

The Wandle Trust: restoring London's 'hidden gem' river

Eifion Rees

3rd January, 2011

The transformation of the Wandle from polluted waterway to one of the capital's most loved rivers shows what communities and rivers trusts can achieve together more...
A survey of the River Trent

Pesticide companies told to fund clean up of waterways

Tom Levitt

10th November, 2010

Coalition of environmental groups including RSPB and the National Trust urge government to introduce a levy on chemical industry and enforce bigger fines for polluters more...
India's first Sauvignon blanc

Growing green grapes and bottling sustainable wine in India

Anna da Costa

10th August, 2010

Viticulture is growing at a rate of knots in India, and the country's largest winery is leading by environmental example more...
Water scarcity hotspots

Report lists top ten countries at risk of water shortages

Ecologist

29th June, 2010

Sub-Saharan African countries top list of those with most vulnerable water supplies as report warns of 'looming crisis' in both Asia and Africa from pollution and depletion of natural water resources more...

A beginner's guide to fishing

Robert MacDougall-Davis

18th May, 2010

Few sports bring you as close to nature as angling. Here's how, why and where to get started more...

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A sewage pipe

Water companies, not farmers, to blame for river pollution

Ecologist

15th April, 2010

Household sewage waste rather than farm slurry should be the target of tough pollution measures to reduce phosphorus levels in English rivers, says study more...
Polluted waterway

Human waste could be fertiliser and power source

Ecologist

24th March, 2010

Many of the substances that make wastewater a pollutant can also be useful as fertilisers for agriculture and in generating gases for small power stations, says report more...
Fighting Coal

Fighting Coal

Frank Joseph Smecker

7th July, 2009

The Appalachians, America's vast network of mountains, has long been threatened by destructive coal mining practices. Local communities fighting mountain top removal are putting their hopes behind new legislation now in Congress more...
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Cruise control

Jacqueline Savitz

20th June, 2008

An iceberg sank the Titanic, now it seems international shipping is getting its own back. Jacqueline Savitz reports on an industry given the green light to carry on polluting more...
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Cancer-supporting nitrites - an all-too-familiar story

Oliver Tickell

9th June, 2008

Research from China suggests that even low levels of nitrites in drinking water can cause cancer. Why is the West ignoring the evidence? asks Oliver Tickell more...
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750,000 a year killed by Chinese pollution

News

3rd July, 2007

In a damning cover up the Chinese government has used its involvement in a World Bank report on the environment to conceal results that show around three quarters of a million people in the country die prematurely each year due to pollution. more...
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Behind the label focus: PFOS

Mark Anslow

1st July, 2007

Firefighting foam laced with this toxic chemical was used to extinguish the Buncefield oil depot inferno, leaving a deadly legacy. Was it necessary? more...
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Chinese environmental protesters take to the streets

Sam Geall

7th June, 2007

Protests of unprecedented scale have been taking place in China against rapid and deadly environmental destruction. A new youth movement is taking to the streets and demanding change. Sam Geall reports more...
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UPDATE: Environment Agency responds to the Ecologist's article

Jon Hughes & Pat Thomas

3rd April, 2007

Just over one week ago, the Ecologist posted a story on its website detailing the Environment Agency's failure to sue Monsanto for dumping tonnes of highly toxic chemicals in a Welsh landfill site. more...
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Water, water, nowhere...

Maggie King

22nd March, 2007

March 22nd in World Water Day, an UN initiative to draw attention to the dreadful conditions in which many millions of the world's citizens draw their water. Maggie King reports more...
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Water-saving toilets

Emay Walker

1st April, 2005

A staggering 30-40 per cent of the water we use in our homes is for flushing the loo. That works out at two baths worth of water per day for the average family. Yet by taking a few simple steps or swapping your old toilet for an ‘eco-loo’, you can minimise your water usage, and save money too.
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Are you too well behaved

Diane Wilson

1st October, 2004

The US authorities have allowed Formosa Plastics and other chemicals corporations to poison the waterways of the Texas Gulf Coast for decades. When local shrimp-boat operator Diane Wilson found out what was going on she single-handedly set about forcing Formosa to clean up its act. more...
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The privatisation of water

Jon Luoma

1st March, 2004

The privatisation of global water services means billion-dollar profits for corporations and pollution, disconnection and soaring prices for consumers more...

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