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White Rot Mushroom, Trametes versicolor. Photo: Luke Detwiler via Flickr.

Fungi clean contaminated soils

The Ecologist

22nd May 2014

A new system for cleaning soils contaminated with industrial toxins harnesses the power of White rot - a common fungus that decays fallen wood in forests. Research in Finland shows it can also destroy dioxins and poly-aromatic hydrocarbons. more...
Traces of submerged lands are visible today, if you know where to look. Richerman, CC BY-SA.

Melting glaciers have drowned lands before, and will again

Vince Gaffney

12th May 2014

The North Sea's 'Dogger Bank' was once dry land, inhabited by people and herds of Pleistocene megafauna, writes Vince Gaffney. The long-lost world of Doggerland shows how melting glaciers drowned land at the end of the last ice age. And surely not for the last time ... more...
Roundup Ultra destroys down to the roots. That's not to mention what glyphosate, the main active ingredient of Roundup, does to our health. Photo: David Reverchon via Flickr.com

Glyphosate is a disaster for human health

Dr Mae Wan Ho

30th April 2014

Extensive, long running evidence for the cancer-causing effects of glyphosate, and other toxic impacts, have been ignored by regulators. Indeed as the evidence has built up, permitted levels in food have been hugely increased, writes Dr Mae Wan Ho. more...
Angels of nuclear death. Image: Abode of Chaos via Flickr.com.

Chernobyl - how many died?

Jim Green - Nuclear Monitor

26th April 2014

It was 28 years ago today that Reactor 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine ruptured and ignited, sending a massive plume of radiation across Europe. Jim Green assesses the scientific evidence for how many people died as a result of the catastrophe. more...
Had his chips? Galyna Andrushko / Shutterstock.com.

Renewed hunting imperils Canada's Grizzlies

Kyle Artelle

10th April 2014

The Grizzly bear hunting season is under way in British Columbia, Canada. The government claims that the decision to open the hunt and the kill quotas are 'science-based' but as Kyle Artelle writes, science doesn't get a look in - and the Grizzlies' are in serious danger. more...
Too sexy for my shirt? Tian Tian yawning at Edinburgh Zoo. Photo: gavin proc via flickr.com.

Panda Sutra - the ups and downs of getting grumpy bears to have sex

Forbes Howie

11th April 2014

Just why do giant pandas find it so difficult to mate? It's because they're in captivity, and so little of their wild habitat survives. But in Edinburgh zoo, writes Forbes Howie,
scientists are hard at work to get Tian Tian pregnant ...
more...
Locally produced biochar. Photo: Carbon Gold.

Biochar doubles plant growth

Oliver Tickell

7th April 2014

New research shows that biochar in soil strongly stimulates plant growth, more than doubling yields. However the extra growth may come at the cost of reduced plant defences against pests. 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...
Sour garlic and fennel pickles. Photo: Gary Leybman /  FB Wild Fermentation group.

My microbes, therefore I am: fermentation, health, and human identity

Joanna Wright

10th April 2014

Fermentation is far more than a way to prepare diverse, delicious and wholesome food, writes Joanna Wright. It is a means for us to connect with the ancient past, with the world around us, and with our own selves. Are you ready to try it? more...
Marching against Monsanto, Denver, CO, 13th October 2013. Photo: Confrontational Media via Flickr.com.

GMOs - Throwing precaution to the wind

Pat Thomas

15th March 2014

As the UK Prime Minister welcomes the recommendations of his science advisors to 'go it alone' in Europe and embrace GMO crops, Pat Thomas wonders - whatever happened to the Precautionary Principle? 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...

UK's environment research funding to help ... Shell

Damian Kahya / Greenpeace

7th February 2014

The UK's main environment research funding agency has signed a partnership agreement with Shell to ensure the research it funds 'can be fully used' by the oil giant. more...

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Ancient tree - possibly a Black cottonwood -  on Big Tree Hike on Vancouver's North Shore. Photo: Rob Baxter via Flickr.com.

Big old trees grow faster, absorb more carbon

Adeshola Ore

28th January 2014

Large, older trees have been found to grow faster and absorb carbon dioxide more rapidly than younger, smaller trees, writes Adeshola Ore - contrary to the previous view that trees’ growth slowed as they developed. more...
Randy Schekman. Photo: eLife Sciences Publications via Flickr.com.

Let the science go free

Randy Schekman

23rd December 2013

Science must break free from the stifling grip of luxury journals, argues Randy Schekman. The future of scientific publication lies with online, 'open access' journals which make science available to all. more...
The Séralini study found that GM corn caused tumors in rats. Photo: smereka / Shutterstock.com

Scientists pledge to boycott Elsevier

ISIS - Institute of Science in Society

5th December 2013

Following the retraction of the Seralini et al scientific paper which found health damage to rats fed on GM corn, over 100 scientists have pledged in this Open Letter to boycott Elsevier, publisher of the Journal responsible. more...

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...

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