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COPtimism: Why arts and culture hold the key to positive climate action

Alison Tickell

17th November 2017

As COP23 draws to a close, the environmental community turns to world leaders to provide solutions to the great challenge of our time. Arguing that civic engagement is key, ALISON TICKELL from Julie’s Bicycle reflects on the vital role that the arts sector can play in shaping the culture around climate change more...

A message for the planet: beware the urgency gap

Natalie Bennett

10th November, 2017

The former co-leader of the Green party, NATALIE BENNETT is in Bonn where she tells of the story of two cities: the politicians on one side performing seemingly endless negotiations and the scientists and NGOs on the other calling for urgent action. more...

Wake up and smell the methane: Europe has nine years left of its carbon budget

Katie Hodgetts

9th November, 2017

Professor Kevin Anderson and Dr John Broderick have published a new report commissioned by Friends of the Earth Europe examining the climate impact of natural gas. The findings contradict industry public relations, KATIE HODGETTS argues. more...

FlipSide festival debuts unique, environmentally themed writing competition

Harriet Griffey, Cultural Editor

26th October, 2017

The Green Alphabet Writing Prize (GAWP) winner was announced at Flipside, East Anglia's leading literary and arts festival, creating the space for a conversation about the environment. HARRIET GRIFFEY, our cultural editor, reports more...

Bats' unique heart rate conserves energy and powers flight

Brendan Montague

13th October, 2017

A new eLife study, using state of the art heart monitoring technology, explains how bats turn their food into energy. BRENDAN MONTAGUE reports more...

Ash armageddon threatens 70 million British trees

Gary Cook

5th October, 2017

Ecologist Arts Editor, GARY COOK, discusses a new exhibition focused on the plight of British Ash - a home for over 1000 other species more...

Asking the big questions about the ethics of New Scientist's sponsorship choices

Claire James

29th September, 2017

New Scientist Live at London's ExCel Centre is described by its organisers as 'a festival of ideas and discovery'. But the popular magazine has had a particularly bad idea already – the festival's sponsors, argues CLAIRE JAMES more...

David Attenborough: On climate change, optimism and Blue Planet II

Emma Howard

25th September, 2017

David Attenborough is one of Britain's most trusted and loved voices in relation to ecology and the natural environment. Here DAMIAN KAHYA of the UNEARTHED team at Greenpeace interviews him at home about optimism, climate change and Blue Planet II more...

Elinor Ostrom, her Nobel Prize, and her rules for ecologist radicals

Derek Wall

21st September, 2017

Elinor Ostrom was a pioneer in ecology, whose research challenged the fallacy of the 'tragedy of the commons' where the needs of one ruin what is shared by many. Here DEREK WALL celebrates the first - and only - woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize in Economics more...

Polish government must be fined for ignoring logging ban, commission says

Catherine Early

16th September, 2017

Pressure is building on the European Court of Justice ahead of a decision on whether to uphold a logging ban in Poland. CATHERINE EARLY reports more...

Will Brexit spell the end for live animal exports?

Keith Taylor MEP

12 September, 2017

The Stop Live Transport International Awareness Day is planned for tomorrow. KEITH TAYLOR MEP examines whether Brexit and the withdrawal from the European Union will make it more likely that live animal exports will be stopped... more...

Africa’s first class of Earth Jurisprudence practitioners graduate

Hannibal Rhoades

4 September, 2017

An African movement for Earth-centred living and governance, founded in traditional cultures, is growing across the continent, writes HANNIBAL RHOADES. Meet the newly graduated Earth Jurisprudence practitioners helping a revival to flourish more...

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Scientists find endangered Dartmoor Hill Ponies have rare genetic signature

Gilly Smith

17th August, 2017

Semi-wild 'Dartmoor Hillies' have a unique genetic signature which allows it to survive in challenging habitats. But the ponies are now under threat due to their human neighbours, reports GILLY SMITH more...

We need rights of nature legislation now to protect our home planet

Michelle Bender

7 July, 2017

We need a new paradigm for ocean governance focused on well-being and guided by principles of sustainability, ecosystem health, precaution and interconnectedness, argues MICHELLE BENDER of the US based Earth Law Centre. more...

UK Artists showcase the plight of the disappearing British bee

Gary Cook, Arts Editor

7th July, 2017

Ecologist Arts Editor, GARY COOK, visits a new exhibition showcasing the plight of the British bee - those species already sadly lost and those on the verge of extinction more...

GAWP! The Green Alphabet Writing Prize

Harriet Griffey, Cultural Editor

14th June, 2017

Got something to say about the environment and the way we do (or don't) care for it? Here's your chance to get what you think noticed and published.... more...

Expressing environmental concerns through the artist's pencil and paint

Gary Cook, Arts Editor

13th June, 2017

In its purist form, drawing is marking down the junctions of observed lines. The Ecology Movement does the same thing - joining up the dots of our under-strain, but interlinked environment to create forceful arguments, writes Ecologist Arts Editor, GARY COOK more...

WITNESS: Drawn to the Frozen South

Gary Cook

17th May, 2017

Our Arts Editor, GARY COOK, travels with his sketchbook to one of the last remaining wilderness places on Earth - Antartica - and returns home humbled by the experience more...

WITNESS: Marine biology at the top of the world

James Simpson

12th May, 2017

The return of blue shell mussels to the Artic after a 2,000 year absence, plus the arrival of mackerel are just two signs of a changing climate as JAMES SIMPSON discovers when he joins the scientists and fishermen on a research vessel off the coast of Svalbard more...

We need a new story: the Greens can help write it

Elizabeth Wainwright

3rd April, 2017

Reflecting on the take home messages from the weekend's UK Green Party conference ELIZABETH WAINWRIGHT says she was listening to a party seeking out new spaces for us to come together - to create a new vision and make it reality more...

Alternative Brexit? Could this be the change the Greens have been waiting for?

Victor Anderson & Rupert Read

31st March, 2017

Many eco-minded Brits are rightly worried about the prospect of a ‘hard Brexit'. But what if another ‘alternative' Brexit that delivered a Greener economy were possible? VICTOR ANDERSON and RUPERT READ of Green House have just delivered a new report on Brexit and trade from an ecological perspective. Here, they share their key findings with the Ecologist... more...
Bacon with nipple: Still from 'Carnage' by Simon Amstell / BBC iPlayer.

'Carnage' imagines a vegan utopia where animals live as equals - could it happen?

Matthew Adams, University of Brighton

28th March 2017

In the year 2067, the eating of meat - carnism - will be seen as crime similar to cannibalism today, writes Matthew Adams. That is, in the fertile imagination of Simon Amstell, expressed in his BBC iPlayer film 'Carnage'. With 55 billion animals slaughtered every year for their meat, the vision looks remote. But the world will be a far better place if we begin the transition to plant-based diets - for our health, that of the planet, and not least, the animals themselves. more...

The ARTS Interview: Soundscape Artist, Matthew Shaw

Gary Cook

23rd March, 2017

Ecologist Arts Editor, GARY COOK, meets a UK-based artist/musician whose unique 'soundscapes' capture the other worldly genus loci of the natural world - its sacred sites and hidden gems more...

Force of Nature

Gary Cook

17th March, 2017

The curator of the new Force of Nature exhibition in London's Art Pavilion tells our Arts Editor, GARY COOK, that from the beginning of human history, and in every culture, nature has played a vital role in creative expression more...

Apollo-Earth: A Wake Up Call In Our Race against Time

Rupert Read and Deepak Rughani

9th March, 2017

'Apollo-Earth' is a new mission to bring action against climate change to its Tipping Point. Here's what needs to happen and how you can get involved, write RUPERT READ and DEEPAK RUGHANI more...

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