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The importance of decentralised solar energy

Lina Yassin & Arthur Wyns

19th October, 2017

The implementation of solar cookers across Moroccan communities is proving to be a great example of how decentralisation of renewable energy is contributing to the energy independence of a country by LINA YASSIN & ARTHUR WYNS more...

Gove: climate policy must not come ‘at the expense of economic growth’

Mat Hope

4th October, 2017

Environment secretary Michael Gove said he is convinced “climate change is a danger” but that efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions must not come at the expense of economic growth. MAT HOPE of DeSmog UK reports more...

Vernacular architecture, its craftspeople and our sustainable future

Dr Sandra Piesik

6th October, 2017

Editor Dr SANDRA PIESIK discusses her new book Habitat: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet and how it examines what the traditions of vernacular architecture, and its regional craftspeople around the world, can teach us about creating a more sustainable future. more...

Record numbers of birds and butterflies reap rewards of nature friendly farming

Jack Alexander

16th October, 2017

The Hope Farm Bird Index has more than trebled between 2000 and 2017. Butterfly numbers on the farm have also increased by 213 percent. But during the same period the Farmland Bird Index nationally has decreased. JACK ALEXANDER reports more...

Biofuels and biofools

Molly Scott Cato MEP

2nd October, 2017

European politicians are enthralled to the biofuels lobby - they are living a fantasy and it’s time to wake up to the reality of an industry driving deforestation, land grabbing and poverty, says MOLLY SCOTT CATO MEP more...

Bats' unique heart rate conserves energy and powers flight

Brendan Montague

13th October, 2017

A new eLife study, using state of the art heart monitoring technology, explains how bats turn their food into energy. BRENDAN MONTAGUE reports more...

World hunger on the rise for the first time in years

Catherine Early

10th October, 2017

Meeting global targets to end hunger by 2030 could be challenging given a recent increase in food insecurity exacerbated by conflict and environmental degradation. CATHERINE EARLY reports. more...

The disappearance of Santiago Maldonado in 'Benetton’s stolen lands'

Atus Mariqueo-Russell & Carole Concha Bell

1st October, 2017

Santiago Maldonado was last seen as he was being forcibly dragged away by military police in Argentina on 1st August. Today marks the two-month anniversary of his disappearance. The police and the security minister, Patricia Bullrich, both deny that they have detained him. ATUS MARIQUEO-RUSSELL and CAROLE CONCHA BELL report more...

What universities can learn from leaders in clean energy

India Benjamin

12th October, 2017

Are universities leading the way when it comes to producing their own energy - and if so, which university is top of the table? INDIA BENJAMIN investigates. more...

Stepping stone or leapfrog?

Andrew J Conway

6th October, 2017

New, decentralised forms of energy are taking shape. Will these new forms be a stepping stone to replicating the developed world's centralised power systems, or will they be a leapfrog to a new model of energy provision?. ANDREW J CONWAY reports. more...

Ash armageddon threatens 70 million British trees

Gary Cook

5th October, 2017

Ecologist Arts Editor, GARY COOK, discusses a new exhibition focused on the plight of British Ash - a home for over 1000 other species more...

High temperatures drive down sorghum yields

G.B.S.N.P Varma

3rd October, 2017

Two major studies have warned that temperature rises due to climate change could leave millions of people hungry, reports G.B.S.N.P VARMA from India more...

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Asking the big questions about the ethics of New Scientist's sponsorship choices

Claire James

29th September, 2017

New Scientist Live at London's ExCel Centre is described by its organisers as 'a festival of ideas and discovery'. But the popular magazine has had a particularly bad idea already – the festival's sponsors, argues CLAIRE JAMES more...

James Hansen's Generation IV nuclear advocacy: a deconstruction of nuclear fallacies and fantasies

Dr Jim Green

3rd October, 2017

Climate scientist James Hansen's claims about Generation IV nuclear concepts simply don't stack up, argues JIM GREEN more...

Britain will lead global low carbon revolution, claims Labour shadow chancellor

Brendan Montague

25th September, 2017

Britain will become 'world leaders in decarbonising our economy' claims John McDonnell at his speech to the Labour Party conference in Brighton today. And with Labour still ahead of the polls, his radical agenda for renewable energy could become government policy, reports BRENDAN MONTAGUE more...

David Attenborough: On climate change, optimism and Blue Planet II

Emma Howard

25th September, 2017

David Attenborough is one of Britain's most trusted and loved voices in relation to ecology and the natural environment. Here DAMIAN KAHYA of the UNEARTHED team at Greenpeace interviews him at home about optimism, climate change and Blue Planet II more...

Flood risk reduced and wildlife brimming over along the Ribble estuary

Brendan Montague

22nd September, 2017

A new scheme which will improve flood protection, boost wildlife habitats and create 160 hectares of new saltmarsh, was opened yesterday, reports BRENDAN MONTAGUE more...

Elinor Ostrom, her Nobel Prize, and her rules for ecologist radicals

Derek Wall

21st September, 2017

Elinor Ostrom was a pioneer in ecology, whose research challenged the fallacy of the 'tragedy of the commons' where the needs of one ruin what is shared by many. Here DEREK WALL celebrates the first - and only - woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize in Economics more...

Coffee growers in Laos are turning to organic farming

Robyn Wilson

19th September, 2017

Rural coffee farmers across southern Laos are sharing sustainable agricultural practices to protect both their land and health from chemical farming methods, reports ROBYN WILSON more...

Blind man flees country fearing charity will take his guide dog

Catherine Early

19th September, 2017

A blind man has gone to Ireland due to fears that his beloved guide dog will be removed by charity Guide Dogs. A petition has been set up on Change.org to persuade the charity to change its mind. CATHERINE EARLY reports more...

Polish government must be fined for ignoring logging ban, commission says

Catherine Early

16th September, 2017

Pressure is building on the European Court of Justice ahead of a decision on whether to uphold a logging ban in Poland. CATHERINE EARLY reports more...

India, climate change and nuclear power: the denials, delusions and deceptions of Modi

Kumar Sundaram

15th September, 2017

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, has been inconsistent at best about climate change. Now the country has massive nuclear expansion plans, which he claims is a solution. The apparent desire to appease energy companies and the violent oppression of nuclear opponents are a cause for serious concern. KUMAR SUNDARAM investigates more...

Nandos, Lidl and Asda chikens come home to roost after animal advocacy group goes undercover

Frances Rankin

15th September, 2017

Animal Equality published footage showing chickens destined for Nando's, Lidl and Asda were being kept in appalling conditions. One month later, has enough been done to ensure animal welfare and food hygiene standards are met? FRANCES RANKIN reports more...

The opaque world of Codex Alimentarius and Monsanto 'toxic' relations

Colin Todhunter

14th September, 2017

Scott Tips is president of the National Health Federation, a legitimate advocate of food consumer rights. He has for years been fighting powerful lobbyists as they try and influence regulators around the world through the WHO Codex Alimentarius agency. COLIN TODHUNTER investigates more...

Will Brexit spell the end for live animal exports?

Keith Taylor MEP

12 September, 2017

The Stop Live Transport International Awareness Day is planned for tomorrow. KEITH TAYLOR MEP examines whether Brexit and the withdrawal from the European Union will make it more likely that live animal exports will be stopped... more...

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