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Sustainable refurbishment

Is Chris Huhne's 'Green Deal' just a marketing strategy?

Sam Arie

25th november,2011

The 2011 Energy Act provides for a ‘Green Deal’ in which households will be encouraged to borrow money on easy terms to finance energy saving home improvements. But will it work? more...
EIA

Tsunami stalls Japan's Dall’s porpoise slaughter, but for how long?

Clare Perry

17th November, 2011

The Japanese tsunami appears to have temporarily halted the annual Dall's porpoise hunt. Pity the Taiji dolphins haven't been spared too, says the Environmental Investigation Agency's Clare Perry more...
Javan Rhino

Can Asia’s large mammals be saved from extinction?

A. Christy Williams

28th October, 2011

The Javan rhino isn’t the only south east Asian mammal whose future looks bleak, says the WWF’s A. Christy Williams more...
Peak phosphorus

How phosphorus shortages could increase global food prices

Hannah Hislop

28th October, 2011

Phosphorus is a crucial nutrient and a vital component of fertiliser, a mainstay of modern farming. But we could be heading for a major shortfall in supplies, argues Hannah Hislop, with some alarming consequences more...

Tainted tomatoes: who's to blame for the 'slavery' blighting our food?

Andrew Wasley

10th October, 2011

An essential in pasta sauces, soups, stews and pizza toppings tinned tomatoes are one of our most popular foods. But many arrive as a result of slave like conditions endured by thousands of migrant workers in Italy. Who should we blame? By Andrew Wasley more...
Horticulutre Special Report

Who is picking our food?

Ecologist

2nd March, 2012

In a major investigation the Ecologist reports on the hidden stories behind those harvesting the fruit and vegetables - and other staples - we eat everyday, both in the UK and internationally more...
Wangari Maathai

With the death of Wangari Maathai, the green movement has lost one of its greatest proponents

Ruth Styles

7th October, 2011

Environmentalist, democracy campaigner and Nobel laureate; Wangari Maathai led an extraordinary life but it's her overwhelming kindness and charm that I’ll always remember, says Ruth Styles more...
Environmental Investigation Agency

Shot, face hacked off, tusks stolen... horror of the elephants butchered for their ivory

Mary Rice

26th September, 2011

More than 3000 elephants may have been slaughtered in 2011 so far - and that's just those we know about. In Kenya, Mary Rice from the Environmental Investigation Agency witnesses the bloody reality of the global ivory trade more...
POLLUTION IN CHINA

Stop making China suffer toxic pollution for Western fashion

Tamara Stark

15th September, 2011

A Greenpeace investigation exposed the gender-bending chemicals used in clothing production. Puma, Nike and Adidas have agreed to phase out the toxic chemicals, but can we expect others to follow, asks Tamara Stark more...
SHOPPING

The fashion industry has the potential to be a real force for good

Ruth Styles

15th September, 2011

Yes there have been scandals, and yes, there is more to do, but the fashion industry is working hard to become greener and more ethical. It’s time to start supporting these efforts, argues Green Living Editor Ruth Styles


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enriched cages

Battery egg hens still face hell as 'enriched' cages phased in

Justin Kerswell

8th September, 2011

In 2012 battery cages are due to be replaced by 'enriched' cages, designed to improve birds' welfare. But footage from existing 'enriched' cage egg farms reveals intensive production, cruelty and suffering, says Justin Kerswell more...
Migrant worker

Why ethical food trade is only possible with supermarket action

Julia Hawkins

1st September, 2011

International supply chains leave the horticultural workers harvesting our food in poor countries highly vulnerable to exploitation. Retailers, unions, NGOs and governments must work together to tackle this, says Julia Hawkins more...

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Where do your tomatoes come from?

Ecologist

1st September, 2011

In the first part of a special report looking at the hidden side of the horticulture sector the Ecologist focuses on one of our favourite foods - tomatoes - reporting from both Italy and the US. more...
A GM tomato

RESPONSE: Why a deregulated approach to GM crops is 'deeply flawed'

Paul Johnston

23rd August, 2011

Greenpeace's chief scientist Dr Paul Johnston on why recent proposals to expand GM technology support a flawed agricultural system and serve the biotech companies with the greatest vested interests more...
A langur monkey

Why the BBC is wrong to scrap its Wildlife Fund

Rob St John

3rd August, 2011

The planned closure of the BBC Wildlife Fund represents the premature end of a model for how wildlife film-making can support conservation of the very environments it documents, says Rob St John more...
Laos Vietnam timber

Revealed: how the Vietnamese military fuels destruction of Laos' forests

Faith Doherty

28th July, 2011

Undercover filming by the Environmental Investigation Agency has unearthed shocking evidence of military involvement in the illegal timber trade, all to feed western demand for stylish wood products, according to Faith Doherty more...
A nuclear power station

Aren't floods, cancer and infant mortality enough to stop Hinkley nuclear proposal?

Rosie Shute

29th June, 2011

Despite claims of a higher incidence of breast cancer and infant mortality in the vicinity of the existing Hinkley nuclear plant, and concerns over flooding in the region, the government has put forward crazy plans for a new facility says Rosie Shute more...
Cars

Why Glasgow's M74 road extension will increase air pollution

Stan Blackley

28th June, 2011

The decision to press ahead with the controversial construction was the worst environmental decision of devolution, says Stan Blackley of Friends of the Earth more...
maize stubble in a harvested field

UK agriculture 'could wither up and die' if water mismanagement continues

William Chase

16th June, 2011

As a major drought looms across parts of the UK, William Chase - of Tyrrells Crisps and the Chase Distillery - charges the government and water industry with short-sightedness and failing to manage supplies more...

The inside story on Monsanto and the glyphosate birth defect data

Claire Robinson

13th June 2011

The pesticide industry and regulators have repeatedly misled the public with claims that glyphosate is safe, says Claire Robinson. As a result, Monsanto's Roundup is used by gardeners and local authorities, in school grounds, and in farmers’ fields more...
Antibiotics under the spotlight

Antibiotics under the spotlight

Ecologist

June 12th, 2011

The overuse of antibiotics in intensive farming could have devastating consequences for human health. What's more, the safety of some antibiotics used in human medicine has been challenged by some patients who say they've suffered terrifying side effects... more...

Alarm as controversial EBRD eyes up Middle Eastern investment opportunities

Fidanka Bacheva-McGrath

10th June, 2011

Before rushing to finance projects in Africa and the Middle East, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) should address its environmental and social lending criteria, says Fidanka Bacheva-McGrath more...
Irrigation

What really caused the deadly E. coli outbreak?

Eve Mitchell

3rd June, 2011

We may never know, argues Eve Mitchell, because the nature of our complex and highly industrial food systems is making it far harder to determine what happened more...
e-waste

How to combat the growing menace of e-waste

Anja ffrench

31st May,2011

More robust enforcement of laws designed to tackle the growing problem of e-waste is urgently needed, says Anja ffrench of Computer Aid, along with improved management of electrical waste by governments more...
Pills

Why our testing of antibiotics and other drugs may not be safe

Kathy Archibald

23rd May, 2011

The current testing protocol for new medicines is proven to be inadaquate. It's time for a radical new approach, argues Kathy Archibald, director of the Safer Medicines Campaign more...

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