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If next summer is rained off, blame the melting Arctic

James Screen

November 5th, 2013

Fed up with rainy summers? Blame global warming, and specifically, the melting Arctic. But for the future, nothing is certain. more...

The Carbon Credentials of Smartphones

David Thomas

This month we see the arrival of the new iPhone. Surely the world's most desired gadget. How should we judge its carbon credentials? more...

How an electric bike improved my fitness

Susan Clark

After a month together, Susan Clark and her borrowed electric bike part company but is she hooked and will she spend £1,000 plus to make their relationship a permanent one?
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The Designs of Vincent Callebaut

Liam Shaugnessy

Liam Shaugnessy meets an architect from Belgium who is challenging our concept of green building with designs of fantastical elegance bordering on sci-fi............. more...

e-Recycling: Why we must and how we can

Andrew Del Prado

Andrew Del Prado argues that society's attitude to recycling electronic gadgets is lagging far behind our desire to create the technology in the first place, and tells the Ecologist how his organisation is trying to combat this trend..... more...

Eco Technology now and in the future

Emily Buchanan

Emily Buchanan takes a look at four of the most innovative ecological advances of our time..... more...

Permaculture and Biodynamics: sustainable systems of living and growing

by Cory Whitney

Observing a new momentum in the biodynamic and permaculture movement brought by young enthusiasts encouraged Cory Whitney to revisit the basics of these two agricultural systems.... more...

GM Manifesto: Not just a question of science

by Pat Thomas

In the midst of a growing list of bizarre decisions taken by the current UK government - particularly with regard to the environment - the recent commitment to growing more genetically modified crops must surely come out on top, argues Pat Thomas... more...

UK Environment Secretary suffering from GM delusion

by Pete Riley

Pete Riley, campaign director at GM Freeze argues that Defra are cherry picking their science to fit their agenda, disregarding the real needs of both people and planet..... more...

Manchester Met University’s James Woodward wins 2013 Ecologist Environmental Hero award

21st June, 2013

by Paul Creeney

James Woodward, Client Services Manager at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), has won this year’s Green Impact Universities and Colleges Environmental Hero Award. James, 37, explains the importance of green IT to the Ecologist’s Paul Creeney more...

Nature Engagement & Cycling

by Susan Clark

In week three of e-biking to work, a chance encounter with a fox leaves Susan Clark asking why we don't do more to stop habitat loss and protect our wildlife more...

Electric Bikes - A New Generation

by Susan Clark

With the World Electric Bike Championship looming at the end of the month, Ecologist Managing Editor Susan Clark is spending June getting to grips with two wheels, plus the bonus of a handy throttle for those long Devon hills. It's been some time since she got on any kind of bike - here's how she is getting on ....
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A GM tomato

The GM lobby and its 'seven sins against science'

Peter Melchett

31st December, 2012

The pro-GM lobby has sought to take the 'scientific high-ground' by positioning itself as the voice of reason and progress, while painting its opponents as unsophisticated 'anti-science' luddites. In a scathing response Peter Melchett turns the tables
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YEGEP Guard Station

Coal and Corruption: The Battle for Gerze

Chris Walker and Morgan Hartley

17th August, 2012

After years of protest, plans by the Anadolu Group to build a coal power plant in the seaside town of Gerze are awaiting the go-ahead from the Turkish government. But protest group YEGEP are not giving up without a fight more...
Zero Carbon Britain 2030

Creating the future: How 'Zero Carbon Britain' is inspiring positivity in today's artists

Paul Allen

16th August, 2012

The Centre for Alternative Technology's Emergence Summit must develop positive versions of the future, as if we can't imagine it - there won't be one, says Paul Allen more...
Oil drilling in the Amazon

Texaco's pollution of Ecuador's indigenous lands brought to light in new DVD

Nicola Peel

8th August, 2012

Nicola Peel talks about her new DVD, Blood of the Amazon, telling of her travels through the rainforest and her investigations on the effects of reckless oil drilling on indigenous communities more...
Sunlight through the trees

Big brother gone green: using technology to tackle the eco-crisis

Hugh Knowles and Martin Wright

6th April, 2012

The revolution in remote monitoring should help solve environmental problems, but might it also increase our distance from the natural world? more...
Dietary supplements in pill form

The rise of nutraceuticals: how the ‘placebo-driven’ industry has got us hooked

Bethany Hubbard

23rd March, 2012

Big companies, from PepsiCo to Kellogg’s, are cashing in on our interest in health food ‘quick fixes’ while continuing to sell us high fat, sugary foods more...
Pill sandwich with a fork sticking out

Dietary supplement and functional food industry is ‘placebo-driven’ warns expert

Bethany Hubbard

23rd March, 2012

Monsanto, Kellogg’s and PepsiCo are just a few of the companies cashing in on our addiction to nutraceuticals - the fast-growing pharma food and supplements sector more...

UK needs scientific research into agroecology not GM

Patrick Mulvany

25th January, 2012

The greatest challenge facing agricultural scientists is how to work with farmers producing more ecological and healthier food - not GM, argues Patrick Mulvany, chair of the UK Food Group and advisor to Practical Action more...
Carbon dioxide emissions

Risks and uncertainities accompany efforts to reduce Britain's carbon

Matthew Leach

20th January, 2012

A low carbon Britain rests on the electrification of our energy supply. But new research by the University of Surrey has highlighted the challenges facing government, market and civil society-led pathways to reducing emissions more...
Electricity pylons at sunset

'Soundscape ecology': the new science helping identify ecosystems at risk

David Hawkins

16th December, 2011

As industrial development and human encroachment intensifies globally, academics believe the study of natural soundscapes could teach us much about how ecosystems function - and how they are under threat more...
Container city

Shipping containers: could they tackle the housing crisis for a growing population?

Sophie Laggan

6th December, 2011

With bricks and mortar proving environmentally unsustainable, a dearth of affordable housing available, and charity Shelter maintaining that homelessness persists, could shipping containers be a solution? more...

Ecologist Film Unit

Investigative films on key environmental and climate change issues from the Ecologist Film Unit more...

Hell For Leather – investigating the leather industry in Bangladesh

Jim Wickens

1st June, 2008

Must-have handbags? shoes to die for? From cheap trinkets to luxury car interiors, Jim Wickens discovers the startling facts behind what we buy into when we buy leather goods more...

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