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Chelsea Flower Show

Greener gardening at Chelsea 2012

Rebecca Campbell

From boosting biodiversity to gardens that are helping to tackle climate change, Chelsea Flower Show 2012 will be green in more ways than one. Rebecca Campbell went behind the scenes more...
Get wise to water: how to use less in the garden

How to handle the hosepipe ban: everything you ever wanted to know

Michael Littlewood

20th April, 2012

Despite the spring downpours, a hosepipe ban is already in force thanks to drought. It’s time to rethink how we use water in the garden, says author Michael Littlewood more...
Rio Rocket Stars in A Frisbee to Fly

Rio Rocket Stars in A Frisbee to Fly

Ruth Styles

29th March, 2012

Wonderful illustrations, an entertaining story and a free packet of rocket seeds make Rio Rocket’s adventures an enjoyable way to introduce kids to green issues more...
How to…build a raised flowerbed

How to… build a raised flowerbed

Priyanka Mogul and Bethany Hubbard

2nd March, 2012

Whether it’s poor soil or limited space, a raised bed could be the solution to your gardening woes. And with National gardening week approaching there's no better time than now more...
The Self-Sufficiency Manual: A Complete Practical Guide to Living Off the Land

The Self-Sufficiency Manual: A Complete Practical Guide to Living Off the Land

Mark Newton

23rd February, 2012

Alison Candlin’s opus does the basics brilliantly but doesn’t go into enough depth for Mark Newton more...
Cosmetic surgery: is it safe?

How safe is cosmetic surgery?

Ruth Stokes

17th January, 2012

In the wake of the PIP implant scandal, the Ecologist examines the cosmetic surgery industry and asks what impact it is having on the health of patients and the environment more...
snowdrops

Blooming marvellous: the spring bulbs to plant now

Ruth Styles

30th September, 2011

October might not be the obvious month for spring planning, but if you want beautiful blooms come February, now is the time to start planting, says Ruth Styles more...
The Desmondium intortum

Why invasive plants are the 'second biggest threat to biodiversity' after habitat loss

Carrie Madren

23rd March,2011

As experts gather in London for a major conference addressing the often overlooked threat of invasive species to biodiversity, Carrie Madren gets a briefing from those on the frontline in the battle against 'pest plants' more...
butterfly feeding

Super nature: creating a wildlife garden

Hazel Sillver

22nd March, 2011

From birds to dragonflies and butterflies to bees, Hazel Sillver explains how to turn your garden into a haven for wildlife more...
Spraying plants

Consumers 'greenwashed' over eco-friendly garden centre products

Ruth Styles

7th January, 2011

Products labelled ‘organic’, ‘natural’ and ‘environmentally friendly’ have been found to confuse consumers in a survey by Which? Gardening and Garden Organic. more...

The Ecologist October 1970: Genetic backlash for biodiversity

Ecologist

4th October, 2010

Forty years ago this month the plant geneticists Sir Otto Frankel, W.K. Agble, J.R. Harlan and Erna Bennett warned the world about biodiversity loss. Today 22 per cent of the Earth's plants face extinction

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Eastern Cape giant cycad

Plant life in peril - IUCN and Kew Gardens study

Dearbhla Crosse

29th September 2010

Alarming new research reveals human activity is 'devastating' plant life ahead of UN biodiversity summit, with up to twenty-two per cent of the world’s plants facing extinction more...

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Botanic Gardens: Modern-Day Arks front cover

Why botanic gardens are key to our future

Sara Oldfield

14th June, 2010

The unsung heroes of conservation, botanic gardens are quietly acting as 'arks' for our planets endangered plant species. And we should be very glad they are too... more...
Seedbomb making

How and why to make seedbombs

Jan Goodey

18th May, 2010

Fun and easy to make, seedbombs can be used to green up hard-to-access urban wasteland or in your garden at home more...

Lester Brown: 'We shouldn't count on Copenhagen to save us'

Matilda Lee

10th November, 2009

Lester Brown, founder of the Earth Policy Institute and the WorldWatch Institute, on his fears for Copenhagen, genetically modified food and the failure of the media more...
Ecologist: News Analysis

Aquatic invaders threat to biodiversity

Paul Miles

19th June, 2009

Non-native invasive water plants threaten biodiversity and ecosystems. You’d expect to find them on a banned list, not on sale at UK garden centres. more...

Half of the UK's reactors offline

News

25th October, 2007

The nuclear industry continues to show failings in reliability by shutting down nearly half of the UK’s reactor fleet for maintenance this week, even as the Government finalises its consultation on a new generation of British nuclear power. more...
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'Stitch-up' nuclear consultation exposed in new video

News

4th October, 2007

Greenpeace has released a video detailing the Government's continued mishandling of the nuclear consultation process. more...
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'Sham' consultation records 46 per cent in favour of nuclear power

News

10th September, 2007

The Government’s ongoing consultation on nuclear power, which late last week was described as ‘a sham’ by environmental groups, has recorded preliminary results of 46 per cent in favour of nuclear power. more...
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New nuclear consultation a 'sham'

News

7th September, 2007

The Government’s second attempt at a fair and legal public consultation on nuclear power has been declared a ‘sham’ by leading environmental groups. more...
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Build four nuclear plants a week, or phase it out, report says

News

28th June, 2007

Four nuclear power stations would have to be built every week from now on if nuclear power is to play a serious role in reducing carbon dioxide emissions, a report by the Oxford Research Group has concluded. more...
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Scotland says no to nuclear waste

News

27th June, 2007

The Scottish Executive has firmly refused to have nuclear waste buried north of the border, when asked as part of a new government consultation exercise. more...
In the News

Nuclear power station runs without safety device

News

18th June, 2007

A nuclear reactor at Oldbury power station in Gloucestershire was allowed to operate despite the fact it had not been fitted with a crucial internal safety system which would shut down the reactor in the case of a fire. more...
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Nuclear power can’t take the heat

News

21st May, 2007

Future nuclear power plants, which are to be given the green light in the Government’s Energy White Paper later this week, will be forced to reduce their output as temperatures rise as a result of climate change, the International Herald Tribune has reported. more...
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'Dirty Thirty' named and shamed

News

11th May, 2007

Ten of the Europe's thirty most polluting power stations are in the UK, a new report from the World Wildlife Fund has revealed. more...

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