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'How many more can we take?' screams a Daily Mail headline. Photo: Gideon via Flickr.

Love immigrants, hate immigration

Rupert Read

19th June 2014

The quest for never-ending economic growth demands high levels of immigration, writes Rupert Read - as do the demands of capital for pools of educated, needy, obeisant, low waged workers. Can we love individual immigrants, but hate mass immigration? more...
Gorilla, Philadelphia Zoo. Photo: Richard Ricciardi via Flickr.

The amazing emotional intelligence of our primate cousins

Danielle Radin

24th June 2014

Gorillas cooperating to dismantle poachers's snares, altruistic, food sharing chimpanzees, grieving lemurs performing death rituals ... Danielle Radin finds an extraordinary emotional depth and capacity for empathy in our fellow primates. more...
Somalis displaced by drought in 2011 queue at a refugee camp in Ethiopia. Image: Cate Turton/DFID via Wikimedia Commons.

Urgent: help needed now for climate refugees

Paul Brown

13th June 2014

Governments worldwide have been warned: draw up plans to help populations who are being forced to move because of climate change, or face a future of growing conflict and insecurity, writes Paul Brown. more...
I'll be back ... and next time, no more Mr Nice Guy! Photo: Hugh Warwick.

BP - beware the Viking 'flash-horde' coming your way!

Chris Garrard

11th June 2014

Visit the British Museum's hugely successful Vikings exhibition, and you can't miss the BP branding - a fair price for their sponsorship? No way, writes Chris Garrard, who will join a 'flash-horde' at the Museum next Sunday and give BP its last rites in a Viking longship. more...
Tesla Model S electric cars at the company's 2014 AGM. Photo: Steve Jurvetson / Wikimedia Commons.

Tesla's techno-cars - the right answer to the wrong question

Nicola Spurling

9th June 2014

There is more to sustainable transport than cutting emissions, writes Nicola Spurling - like reducing car dependence, cutting congestion, and reducing the need for travel. The Tesla Model S is a wonder of engineering, but does little to address the real challenges. more...
Power to the People! - delegates voice their demand at the UNFCCC meeting in Bonn. Photo: Volveremos.

Negotiating a global climate agreement - Power to the People!

Maruska Mileta & Jamie Gorman

7th June 2014

At last year's climate talks in Warsaw the corporate fossil fuel lobby was firmly in charge - and the result was catastrophic failure. At the talks now under way in Bonn, it's our turn to set the agenda - the billions of people crying out for positive action on climate and energy. more...
Other ways humanity could end are more subtle - but nuclear war still presents the greatest threat to human survival. United States Department of Energy, CC BY.

The five biggest threats to human existence

Anders Sandberg

31st May 2014

Humanity has always lived under the threat of extinction, writes Anders Sandberg. Now we have reduced some of the dangers - but created new ones of our own. And right now, it's the anthropogenic threats that look the scariest ... more...
Montage of March Against Monsanto events yesterday by WTFRLY.COM.

Fifty-two countries join 'March against Monsanto'

The Ecologist

25th May 2014

Over 400 cities in 52 countries joined the March Against Monsanto yesterday with as many as a million people, or more, joining the global protest. more...
Looking north over Achnacarry and Torr a Mhuilt. Photo: Arkaig Community Forest.

Caledonian pine forest set for 1,000 ha expansion

The Ecologist

5th June 2014

A unique community purchase of Forestry Commission land in the Highlands will see native Caledonian pinewoods re-established over 1086 hectares of commercial conifer woods planted in the 1970s, complete with relict ancient pines. more...
Brighton Beach, August 2013. Photo:  Beverley Goodwin via Flickr.

Brighton & Hove: the future is Green

Rob Shepherd

21st May 2014

Under its minority Green administration, Brighton & Hove is an exemplar of progressive politics that is realising huge social, economic and environmental gains, writes Rob Shepherd. Maybe that's why political opponents are so desperate to brand it a failure ... more...
This iceberg in the Amundsen Sea was once part of a glacier. Photo: NASA HQ PHOTO via Flickr.

Antarctica's ice collapse threatens metres of sea level rise within decades

Dady Cherry

26th May 2014

Scientists know that if Antarctica's ice sheets and glaciers collapse, sea levels could rise 5 metres. But the idea that it will take 200 years to happen is based on a linear model, writes Dady Cherry. In fact, the process is exponential - and could take place 'within decades'. more...
A class of 33 school children reclaiming a street near their school. The same number of child cyclists and pedestrians were killed on the roads in 2012. Photo: Bob Collier/PA Wire.

We must make our streets fit for children

Melissa Henry

13th May 2014

Children are an indicator species for the health of our communities, writes Melissa Henry - and they are being forced off our streets by traffic. This adds further to traffic and pollution as children are driven everywhere, depriving them of exercise. It's time to break the vicious circle! more...

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Horse chestnut leaves and fruits in autumn. A drawing for The New Sylva by Sarah Simblet.

The New Sylva - a celebration of Britain's trees

Colin Tudge

30th May 2014

The New Sylva is a worthy successor to John Evelyn's original of 1644, writes Colin Tudge, with superb line drawings and a text that looks more to the future of Britain's trees, than their past. A book for ladies, gentlemen, 'meer woodsmen' and 'ordinary rusticks' alike. more...
Front cover of 'Responsible Leadership' by Mark Moody-Stuart.

If this is 'responsible leadership', then I'm a fracking well

Danny Chivers

16th May 2014

Former Shell oil boss Mark Moody Stuart's ableptic, self-satisfied book on 'responsible leadership' left Danny Chivers seething. The sooner we stop caring about the opinions of the Moody-Stuarts of this world, he concludes, the sooner we're likely to improve it. more...
The Trussell Trusts Foodbank 8 in Vauxhall, South London. Photo: Newfrontiers via Flickr.com.

Food banks - a radical plan

Rupert Read

5th May 2014

The growth of food banks reflects a simple truth: the government does not care about hungry families, writes Rupert Read. To tackle hunger, work must pay a living wage, social security must do its job, and communities must rebuild local food networks. more...
Children of Swaziland. Poor for sure - but to all appearances, very happy. Photo:  Crawford Learmonth via Flickr.

Riches won't make you happy, but a greener economy might

Jules Pretty

30th May 2014

In the industrial era, economic growth has become equated with human progress, writes Jules Pretty, with a fundamental assumption that material growth and consumption inevitably leads to improvements in our well-being. Now think again ... more...
Used clothes from wealthy countries on sale at Nanyuki Market, Kenya. Photo: Konrad Glogowski via Flickr.

Anti-consumerism is not enough

Oliver Williams

25th May 2014

Our economies and our jobs depend on mass consumption, argues Oliver Williams. If we all consume less to save the planet, the economy will tank and millions will lose their jobs. The answer is not frugality, but reductions in population. more...
Well-being is far too important to be set aside in the 'nice fluffy things' category. Photo: Alison Curtis via Flickr.com.

Well-being, not growth, must be our economic purpose

Christine Berry

30th April 2014

Well-being is not just a luxury for good economic times, writes Christine Berry. Reducing poverty and promoting equality are more important economic goals than the pursuit of endless growth. more...
Port Pirie, South Australia: the lights at the city's vast smelting plant are pretty, but not the lead contamination. Photo: Imre Hillenbrand www.universalfocus.com.au, CC BY-ND.

Australia's dirty secret: who's breathing toxic air?

Donna Green, Jayajit Chakraborty & Mark Patrick Taylor

16th April 2014

Australia's poorer communities, with lower employment and education levels, and those with a high proportion of Indigenous people, are significantly more likely to suffer high levels of toxic air pollution. Children are at particular risk from rising levels of lead. more...
Synthetic biology for everybody? What a wonderful world that would be ... at a lecture by Dr. Manuel Selg, Photo: Martin Hieslmair / Ars Electronica via Flickr.com.

It's time to get a grip on technology!

David King

12th April 2014

The issues surrounding powerful new technologies from GMOs to nuclear power appear disparate, writes David King - but look harder and most are linked by common threads. Key among them are issues of profit, control and socialisation of cost ... more...
Beyond Flying front cover: edited by Chris Watson, published by Green Books.

Beyond Flying: Rethinking air travel in a globally connected world

Rose Bridger

23rd April 2014

For today's tourists and travellers the elephant in the room is the jumbo jet which whisks us to our destinations - but pollutes the air, promotes destructive development, and isolates us from the the real world. Rose Bridger reviews 'Beyond Flying'. more...
Green growth in lower Manhattan - but is it enough? Photo: Alyson Hurt via Flickr.com.

Green growth cannot make a sustainable world

André Reichel

14th April 2014

Green growth is a myth, writes André Reichel, because it ignores the social, political and personal dimensions of sustainability. Instead we must plan for economic 'de-growth' - and go for growth only in the areas that really matter, like culture, learning and joy. more...
Jumanda Gakelebone outside Clarence House in London today to deliver his letter to Prince Charles. Photo: Survival International.

Bushman to Prince Charles - 'Save our People'

Oliver Tickell

8th April 2014

A Bushman from the Central Kalahari travelled 5,000 miles from his home in Botswana today to tell the Prince of Wales, ‘We're not poachers - we hunt to survive. Persuade Botswana to change its policies, or the Bushmen will soon be finished.' more...
In the Chernobyl / Pripyat Exclusion Zone, February 2008. Photo: Pedro Moura Pinheiro via Flickr.com.

When life becomes a shadow - after nuclear catastrophe

Robert Jacobs

8th April 2014

Those caught up in nuclear disasters suffer many times over, writes Robert Jacobs. Ill-health and early death aside, they are also cut off from their former communities, identities and family life, and the victims of social and medical discrimination. more...
Chris O'Donnell after being attacked by police.

Barton Moss: who is policing Greater Manchester Police?

David Cullen

9th April 2014

Police violence has been a running theme in the anti-fracking protests at Barton Moss. Individual officers are acting with impunity. Is this a deliberate strategy to disrupt the protests on behalf of vested interests? David Cullen investigates ... more...

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