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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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A GM tomato

The GM lobby and its 'seven sins against science'

Peter Melchett

31st December, 2012

The pro-GM lobby has sought to take the 'scientific high-ground' by positioning itself as the voice of reason and progress, while painting its opponents as unsophisticated 'anti-science' luddites. In a scathing response Peter Melchett turns the tables
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YEGEP Guard Station

Coal and Corruption: The Battle for Gerze

Chris Walker and Morgan Hartley

17th August, 2012

After years of protest, plans by the Anadolu Group to build a coal power plant in the seaside town of Gerze are awaiting the go-ahead from the Turkish government. But protest group YEGEP are not giving up without a fight more...
Zero Carbon Britain 2030

Creating the future: How 'Zero Carbon Britain' is inspiring positivity in today's artists

Paul Allen

16th August, 2012

The Centre for Alternative Technology's Emergence Summit must develop positive versions of the future, as if we can't imagine it - there won't be one, says Paul Allen more...
Oil drilling in the Amazon

Texaco's pollution of Ecuador's indigenous lands brought to light in new DVD

Nicola Peel

8th August, 2012

Nicola Peel talks about her new DVD, Blood of the Amazon, telling of her travels through the rainforest and her investigations on the effects of reckless oil drilling on indigenous communities more...
Sunlight through the trees

Big brother gone green: using technology to tackle the eco-crisis

Hugh Knowles and Martin Wright

6th April, 2012

The revolution in remote monitoring should help solve environmental problems, but might it also increase our distance from the natural world? more...
Dietary supplements in pill form

The rise of nutraceuticals: how the ‘placebo-driven’ industry has got us hooked

Bethany Hubbard

23rd March, 2012

Big companies, from PepsiCo to Kellogg’s, are cashing in on our interest in health food ‘quick fixes’ while continuing to sell us high fat, sugary foods more...
Pill sandwich with a fork sticking out

Dietary supplement and functional food industry is ‘placebo-driven’ warns expert

Bethany Hubbard

23rd March, 2012

Monsanto, Kellogg’s and PepsiCo are just a few of the companies cashing in on our addiction to nutraceuticals - the fast-growing pharma food and supplements sector more...

UK needs scientific research into agroecology not GM

Patrick Mulvany

25th January, 2012

The greatest challenge facing agricultural scientists is how to work with farmers producing more ecological and healthier food - not GM, argues Patrick Mulvany, chair of the UK Food Group and advisor to Practical Action more...
Carbon dioxide emissions

Risks and uncertainities accompany efforts to reduce Britain's carbon

Matthew Leach

20th January, 2012

A low carbon Britain rests on the electrification of our energy supply. But new research by the University of Surrey has highlighted the challenges facing government, market and civil society-led pathways to reducing emissions more...
Electricity pylons at sunset

'Soundscape ecology': the new science helping identify ecosystems at risk

David Hawkins

16th December, 2011

As industrial development and human encroachment intensifies globally, academics believe the study of natural soundscapes could teach us much about how ecosystems function - and how they are under threat more...
Container city

Shipping containers: could they tackle the housing crisis for a growing population?

Sophie Laggan

6th December, 2011

With bricks and mortar proving environmentally unsustainable, a dearth of affordable housing available, and charity Shelter maintaining that homelessness persists, could shipping containers be a solution? more...

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Ecologist Film Unit

Investigative films on key environmental and climate change issues from the Ecologist Film Unit more...

Hell For Leather – investigating the leather industry in Bangladesh

Jim Wickens

1st June, 2008

Must-have handbags? shoes to die for? From cheap trinkets to luxury car interiors, Jim Wickens discovers the startling facts behind what we buy into when we buy leather goods more...
An Iceberg as Big as Manhattan

An Iceberg as Big as Manhattan

Gervase Poulden

29th September

David Shukman’s book is both an entertaining collection of a journalist’s tales and the perfect introduction to the environmental challenges facing the world today, says Gervase Poulden more...
Niger's water crisis

Water trading: how the world's most vital resource is up for sale

Debika Ray

21st September, 2011

Like carbon trading, REDD and food speculation before it, the buying and selling of water is just the latest example of market principles being applied to natural resources. But just how ethical is it? Debika Ray reports more...
green mobile apps

Five of the best…eco friendly mobile apps

Rosie Spinks

9th September, 2011

Who says technology can’t be good for the environment? Rosie Spinks rounds up the apps that are making the planet a greener place to be more...
Catalytic Clothing

Ethical fashion takes a new direction with 'catalytic clothes' that purify polluted air

Matilda Lee

15th July, 2011

London College of Fashion recently unveiled a dress that purifies polluted city air through a chemical reaction on the surface of the fabric more...
wind

Power: keeping it green

Henry Gass

3rd June, 2011

Angela Merkel’s decision to dispense with nuclear power has left environmentalists around the world exploring alternatives. Henry Gass weighs up the options more...
climate change denial

Climate Change Denial

Jeremy Williams

12th May, 2011

Haydn Washington and John Cook’s work has wise words for climate change activists and deniers alike, says Jeremy Williams more...
the fate of Greenland

The Fate of Greenland: Lessons from Abrupt Climate Change

Jeff Holman

5th May, 2011

The Fate of Greenland isn’t an easy read, says Jeff Holman, but what it lacks in style, it more than makes up in scholarship more...

5 of the best… eco-friendly children’s books

Phoebe Doyle

15th March, 2011

Parenting journalist and blogger, Phoebe Doyle, rounds up the best books for your budding eco-warriors more...
Data activism

The Ecologist guide to data activism

Christine Ottery

4th March, 2011

You don't have to be a web geek to join the growing ranks of activists who have told powerful stories using data visualisation. Christine Ottery outlines how you can use data as a powerful tool to press for change more...
A drain

Susanne Charlesworth: we must use sustainable drainage systems to green our cities

Dr Susanne Charlesworth

7th February, 2011

Our ageing drainage systems need to be reinvented. Instead of trying to rush water into our sewer systems we should be making use of it to reduce flooding and encourage green space more...

Ecologist guide to courses

Matilda Lee

5th January, 2011

The path to many green careers begins as a student. Here are the Ecologist's tips for ensuring that your degree or educational course takes you where you want to go more...

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