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Colorful Heirloom Potatoes - 'Carola', 'All Red', 'All Blue', and 'Purple Viking' - collection  from Seed Savers. Photo: Susy Morris via Flickr.

Building an International Seed Savers Exchange

Andrew Kimbrell / Center for Food Safety

19th July 2014

Recent decades have seen a hardening global clampdown on the rights of farmers to use, save, develop, share, swap and distribute the seeds that produce the food we all eat, writes Andrew Kimbrell - and which constitute an essential common heritage of mankind. Here's his plan to fight back against the seed monopolists ... more...
Vandana Shiva leads a protest in India against Monsanto's GM seeds. Now she's on the warpath against Avaaz. Photo: Daniel Voglesong via Flickr.

Avaaz's global 'ebay of seeds' - how did they get it so wrong?

Julian Rose

16th July 2014

Already 56,000 people have pledged to support a global 'internet seed swap' initiative promoted by Avaaz, writes Julian Rose. Trouble is, the plans are deeply flawed, and have been developed without consultation with major seed saving groups worldwide. more...
Synthetic biology in your cleaning products? Image: ETC Group.

Synthetic biology - Ecover must come clean

Jim Thomas

16th July 2014

Following The Ecologist's revelation about Ecover's use of synthetic biology to make laundry detergent, the company has put its trials on hold, writes Jim Thomas. But to regain public trust, the company must re-engage honestly with its critics, and its customers. more...
Smartphone tracking device ready for installing high in the forest canopy. Photo: Rainforest Connection (RFCx).

Recycled phones drive new wildlife protection technology

Alex Kirby

7th July 2014

Networks of recycled smartphones are powering a crack down on illegal logging and poaching, writes Alex Kirby. The technology will help combat devastation of trees and wildlife in threatened habitats worldwide - beginning with Africa. more...
Smart new power electronics can keep the lights on, without the need for turbines and flywheels. Photo: Loupiote via Flickr.

Fear of blackouts is no reason to restrict renewable energy

Marek Kubik

13th July 2014

Our current electricity system cannot accept much wind and solar power because they lack the 'inertia' of spinning turbines that stabilises grid voltage, writes Marek Kubik. But that's no reason to limit renewables - there are new, smart solutions ready for deployment. more...
Nuclear submarines already have 'small modular reactors'. So if they're so cheap, safe and efficient, why aren't they already in civilian use? Photo: HMS Ambush by UK Ministry of Defence via Flickr.

Nuclear power - small isn't beautiful, safe, or cheap

Justin McKeating / Greenpeace

22nd June 2014

Nuclear power is neither beautiful, nor safe, nor cheap, writes Justin Keating - a message to the United States, where the Obama administration has pledged to waste over $200 million financing the 'Small Modular Reactor' (SMR). more...
Other ways humanity could end are more subtle - but nuclear war still presents the greatest threat to human survival. United States Department of Energy, CC BY.

The five biggest threats to human existence

Anders Sandberg

31st May 2014

Humanity has always lived under the threat of extinction, writes Anders Sandberg. Now we have reduced some of the dangers - but created new ones of our own. And right now, it's the anthropogenic threats that look the scariest ... more...
Horse chestnut leaves and fruits in autumn. A drawing for The New Sylva by Sarah Simblet.

The New Sylva - a celebration of Britain's trees

Colin Tudge

30th May 2014

The New Sylva is a worthy successor to John Evelyn's original of 1644, writes Colin Tudge, with superb line drawings and a text that looks more to the future of Britain's trees, than their past. A book for ladies, gentlemen, 'meer woodsmen' and 'ordinary rusticks' alike. more...
Can we talk about climate change now? Flooded Oxford residents take to the streets. Among their problems, sewage contamination of flood waters and non-flushing toilets. Photo: Adam Ramsay.

UK winter floods - more to come with hotter oceans

Simon Redfern

4th May 2014

A massive citizen-powered climate simulation conclusively links the UK's winter floods to global warming, writes Simon Redfern. Over 33,000 climate models running in 'screen saver' mode show a powerful connection between hotter oceans and UK rainfall. more...
Synthetic biology for everybody? What a wonderful world that would be ... at a lecture by Dr. Manuel Selg, Photo: Martin Hieslmair / Ars Electronica via Flickr.com.

It's time to get a grip on technology!

David King

12th April 2014

The issues surrounding powerful new technologies from GMOs to nuclear power appear disparate, writes David King - but look harder and most are linked by common threads. Key among them are issues of profit, control and socialisation of cost ... more...

What's the beef?

Tom Levitt

1 April 2014

Lab-grown meat could solve the environmental and ethical problems of industrial agriculture. But will anyone want to eat it? more...
Packaged food in a supermarket in Kamakura, Japan. Photo: Todd Mecklem via Flickr.com.

The chemical dangers in food packaging

Jo Adetunji

1st March 2014

The long-term effects of synthetic chemicals used in packaging, food storage and processing food could be damaging our health, scientists have warned. Jo Adetunji reports. more...

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Daniel Hahn with his sexually invigorated but sterile male flies.

Pesticide-free fly control breakthrough

The Ecologist

27th February 2014

A new discovery will make a pesticide-free means of protection against fruit flies and other damaging pests cheaper and more effective. more...

Saved by Technology?

Tony Juniper

3rd January 2014

The World We Made by Jonathon Porritt takes us on an optimistic journey to 2050 via some unexpected routes 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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