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pretty feet

RESPONSE: Why it's wrong to use Garra rufa fish in pedicures

Dr Andrew Kelly, RSPCA

20th May, 2011

The RSPCA's head of wildlife on why the growing trend for fish pedicures could be bad for fish welfare and human health more...
India organic food

Organic farming – India's future perfect?

Nishika Patel, The Guardian

12th May, 2011

A budding interest in organic food offers farmers soaring incomes and higher yields, but critics say it's not the answer to India's fast-rising food demands more...

What role does nutrition really play in tackling cancer?

Michael Finucane

27th April, 2011

A book by leading biochemist Dr Lawrence Plaskett champions the power of the body to destroy tumours naturally. Why this happens is not always clear but a change of diet and other nutritional and naturopathic measures can aid recovery, says Michael Finucane more...
Climate change Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s climate displacement nightmare

Scott Leckie, Zeke Simperingham and Jordan Bakker

18th April,2011

While scientists and the international community endlessly debate and argue, millions of Bangladeshi citizens have already been displaced by climate change - for them the worst-case 'nightmare' climate scenario is already real more...
Shopping basket

Why supply chains for commodities like tea need urgent regulation

Seb Klier

13th April, 2011

It is time for the UK government to act if we want to stamp out the ongoing abuses perpetrated by corporations overseas and ensure an ethical weekly shop, argues Seb Klier more...

Why the victory over the Nocton super-dairy is only the beginning

Suzi Morris

13th April, 2011

The fight against the controversial super-dairy in Lincolnshire may have been won but there's still much to do in order to keep British dairy farming humane, sustainable and natural, argues Suzi Morris more...
What's really in your cuppa?

What's really in your cuppa?

The Ecologist

13th April, 2011

The British cuppa is an institution. But how many of us have actually wondered what goes into our favourite drink, or where the principal ingredients come from? The Ecologist investigates more...
Spraying pesticides

Pesticide lobby resists moves to sanction 'deadly' paraquat substance

Keith Tyrell

April 7th, 2011

Experts want the weedkiller paraquat - poison of choice in many suicide attempts - to be added to a 'watch list' of dangerous substances. Why then is Syngenta fighting the proposals asks Keith Tyrell? more...
Norwegian whale hunt

Hundreds of whales face slaughter as Norway's killing season resumes

Joanna Toole

1st April, 2011

As the annual and highly controversial Norwegian whale hunt begins, Joanna Toole argues the evidence proving the practice is cruel, unnecessary and increasingly unpopular is now overwhelming more...
nuclear

Fukushima fall-out: why the nuclear industry's liability for an accident is too low

Dr Paul Dorfman

21st March, 2011

With Japan's nuclear catastrophe still far from resolved, Dr Paul Dorfman argues why nuclear remains 'economically unreliable' and why it will be the taxpayer who ends up being liable as well as facing all the risks more...

Bibi van der Zee: Government 'no more in touch with the countryside than Labour'

Bibi van der Zee

10th March, 2011

Continuing her exclusive series - Coalition Green Watch - Bibi van der Zee further assesses David Cameron's pledge to head the 'greenest government in history' and, whilst the jury may still be out, finds alarming cause for concern... more...
Climate Week

Climate Week is trying to galvanise the green movement – but it is splitting it

Bibi van der Zee

3rd March, 2011

The backing of Cameron, Clegg and Kofi Annan isn't enough, say Climate Week's critics, it is blinkered – and RBS-sponsored. Bibi van der Zee reports more...

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Carbon

Lord Teverson: Why UK businesses need to get smart on energy usage

Lord Teverson

28th February,2011

A new Carbon Connect report argues that the private sector can save cash, carbon and safeguard the UK’s future fuel security by adopting energy efficiency measures to reduce UK energy demand more...
Sumatran forest

Greenpeace: Asia Pulp and Paper's PR is greenwash, their sustainability claims a joke

Ian Duff

23rd February, 2011

Tesco, Adidas and others have already cut ties with the controversial paper and packaging supplier. In a scathing response to recent APP claims that it is greening itself, Ian Duff urges others to follow suit - until APP adopts sustainable practices more...

Matthew Hancock MP: slash costs and carbon with better property management

Matthew Hancock MP

2nd February,2011

Launching a major new report, the chair of the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum argues that local government can save £7 billion a year in running costs, cut carbon and improve services by better managing its property assets

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Deforestation

Asia Pulp and Paper: why activists are wrong over destructive logging allegations

Aida Greenbury

January 31st, 2011

The paper giant has been accused by Greenpeace of destructive logging and green-washing. But campaigners are mistaken, says APP boss Aida Greenbury - the company is supporting REDD projects and putting sustainability at the centre of operations more...
Police tactics have been heavily criticised in two reports

Undercover police scandal: why we urgently need a judge-led inquiry

Dan Glass

21st January, 2011

With daily revelations about police spying on activists, we need an independent judicial investigation into the scale and nature of infiltration and use of agents provocateurs, says Ratcliffe defendant Dan Glass more...
Supermarket trolley

Laura Sandys MP: why food security must be viewed as a strategic threat

Laura Sandys

18th January, 2011

With cheap food pricing, over-reliance on imports, and the pressures of a growing population, the UK's food security is set to rise up the national agenda. The Coalition Government must be prepared for the challenges ahead more...

Emily Apple: 'I can't forgive Mark Kennedy's betrayal of activists'

Emily Apple

12th January,2011

The undercover policeman's apology does not repair the lives he has wrecked or help the people he has grassed up more...

Financial problems could wipe out commercial whaling

Peter Nolan-Smith

5th January, 2011

Commercial whaling by many nations continues despite an international ban and widescale condemnation. What may end the practice, argues Peter Nolan-Smith, is that the financial incentives are starting to dry up more...
Tom Hodgkinson

Tom Hodgkinson on the marvels and pitfalls of the iPad

23rd December, 2010

Tom Hodgkinson admires the iPad but ultimately finds it to be a fickle mistress and no match for paper more...

COP16: Cancun - Colonialism by the sea

Polly Higgins

16th December, 2010

Corporate and complicit, says Polly Higgins as she surveys the luxury accommodation enjoyed by high-flyers at the latest climate conference more...
What's the most sustainable fabric?

Cotton is a cash crop, but buy organic and help farmers escape poverty

Eliza Anyangwe

7th December,2010

Buying organic cotton doesn't mean you are depriving a farmer in the developing world of food crops, says Eliza Anyangwe of Pesticide Action Network. Rather, it's one action every ethical consumer should take more...
Bluefin tuna

Why the failure of the bluefin tuna summit is bad for people and the environment

James Thornton

30th November, 2010

The ICCAT summit on bluefin tuna was stained by a lack of transparency, allegations of illegality and disturbing examples of financial interests trampling over environmental concerns, says James Thornton

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Revealed: the glyphosate research the GM soy lobby doesn't want you to read

Claire Robinson

24th November, 2010

Andres Carrasco's research linking a controversial herbicide with birth defects highlighted the potential health dangers posed by GM crop-spraying in Argentina – and led to violence and intimidation for those behind the study more...

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