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Scientists find endangered Dartmoor Hill Ponies have rare genetic signature

Gilly Smith

17th August, 2017

Semi-wild 'Dartmoor Hillies' have a unique genetic signature which allows it to survive in challenging habitats. But the ponies are now under threat due to their human neighbours, reports GILLY SMITH more...

Does the Impossible Burger feed our desire to avoid necessary choices?

Pat Thomas

15th August, 2017

The development of meat-like foods is introducing GM and novel technology into our diets. This presents new risks to our health, but also to the complex development of behaviour to prevent environmental destruction, argues PAT THOMAS more...

'Flexitarians' join vegans in stampede for meat free restaurant treats

Catherine Early

15th August, 2017

There has been a huge rise in demand for vegan and vegetarian meals at cafes and restaurants across Britain - often from meat eaters. CATHERINE EARLY reports more...

Does Game of Thrones contain a Stark warning about global warming?

Joe Ware

13 August, 2017

Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen debate the threat posed by the dead White Walkers from North of the Wall. Is this escapism, or is it an allegory for climate change, asks JOE WARE more...

How borrowing could become the new buying - and help save the planet

Catherine Early

8th August, 2017

What do steam cleaners, camping gear and ukuleles have in common? They are among the most popular items on loan at the Library of Things, a space where people can loan products rather than buy them, only to leave them on a shelf gathering dust after one or two uses, reports CATHERINE EARLY more...

A hard deadline: we must stop building new carbon infrastructure by 2018

Stephen Leahy

10th August, 2017

There will be enough fossil fuel-burning stuff - cars, homes, factories, power plants - built by next year to blow through our carbon budget for a 2 degrees Celsius temperature rise. Never mind staying below a safer, saner 1.5 degrees of global warming, warns STEPHEN LEAHY more...

Wealthy farm subsidy recipient's historic links to massive aid scandal

Crispin Dowler

4th August, 2017

The Common Agricultural Policy has come under increasing criticism as a means of transferring wealth from the taxpayer to wealthy landowners. Today it emerges that a Malaysian tycoon linked to a historic aid scandal is among the largest beneficiaries. CRISPIN DOWLER of ENEGYDESK reports more...

Climate change drives Indian farmer suicides says new study

G.B.S.N.P Varma

7th August, 2017

There is no more heartbreaking indicator of human hardship than suicide says the author of a new report that shows the devastating impact of Global Warming on struggling Indian farmers, thousands of whom have taken their own lives over the last 30 years. G.B.S.N.P VARMA reports more...

Exposing babarism in the name of ‘Fashion'

Laura Briggs

4th August, 2017

In 2016 the UK imported £26 million worth of fur, showing that the industry has gone global. Only by exposing the level of cruelty and showing people what lies behind the fashion will change ever come about writes LAURA BRIGGS more...

Cuadrilla 'takes risks' as fracking resistance rolls on

Lydia Noon

2nd August, 2017

What do Mr Blobby, Spiderman and Dumbledore have in common? And Bez from 80s rock band Happy Mondays, local residents, farmers, students and solidarity groups from around the UK? These characters assembled for a climate carnival in Lancashire, reports LYDIA NOON more...

Ecologist Special Report: Biological Annihilation on Earth is Accelerating

Robert J. Burrowes

1st August, 2017

Human beings are now waging war against life itself as we continue to destroy not just individual lives, local populations and entire species in vast numbers but also the ecological systems that make life on Earth possible. By doing this we are now accelerating the sixth mass extinction event in Earth's history and virtually eliminating any prospect of human survival, writes ROBERT J BURROWES more...

Veteran Cumbria anti-nuclear activists recognised with Nuclear-Free Future Award

Linda Pentz Gunter

31st July, 2017

Theresa May's Tory government pushes forward with its nuclear white elephants. But one Cumbria couple persist in exposing the dangers of new nukes and old. Now Martin Forwood and Janine Allis-Smith of Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment have won the 2017 Nuclear-Free Future Award, reports LINDA PENTZ GUNTER more...

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Bruce Parry returns from the rainforest with the secret to love, peace and harmony

Brendan Montague

28 July, 2017

Award winning documentary maker Bruce Parry has raised the money to direct his first independent film. He wants to tell the story of the Penan indigenous tribe - so we can learn the secret of interconnected living. But should we believe him, asks BRENDAN MONTAGUE in Part II of this exclusive interview. more...

A vegan diet can reduce environmental impact

Laura Briggs

July 27th, 2017

The Vegan Society today launches its Plate up for the Planet to encourage people to abandon meat and dairy products, for their health, and for the health of the environment, reports LAURA BRIGGS. more...

Adventurer Bruce Parry went in search of fame and fortune - but discovered something more valuable

Brendan Montague

27th July, 2017

Marine turned TV sensation Bruce Parry has lived with indigenous tribes people in Africa, South America and South East Asia for his award winning BBC programmes. His latest venture is an independent film, TAWAI - A voice from the forest. He tells BRENDAN MONTAGUE why its message is almost too astonishing to believe. more...

How environmentalists can regroup for the Trump era

Robert Percival

25th July, 2017

Environmental law professor, ROBERT PERCIVAL, who has worked for both the Federal Government and a leading green nonprofit group, says despite the Trump administration's assault on America's environment laws they will survive... and may even be stronger for the attack more...

Securing a Future With Water Along Peru's Rimac River Valley

Forest Ray

20th July, 2017




Along the Rimac River Valley of Peru, local farmers have taken the problem of water security into their own hands and embarked on a combined reforestation and water storage project, which not only provides safe water but has empowered the local community and, thanks to improving the mountainside soil stability, has reduced the risk of devastating landslides. FOREST RAY reports
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Ecologist Special Report: Animal Protection's Surprising Role in Climate Change

Stephen Wells, Executive Director, Animal Legal Defense Fund

19th July, 2017

On 20th May 2017, the Animal Legal Defense Fund hosted its third annual Animal Law Symposium in Los Angeles, California. It brought together legal professionals and animal advocates from all around the nation to focus on the latest answers to a very important question: How can we best protect wild animals when human activity increasingly runs counter to the interests of wildlife? One of those advocates, STEPHEN WELLS, says we can no longer afford to ignore the devastating impact of animal agriculture more...

Should teenagers give up on having children to save the planet?

Brendan Montague

18th July, 2017

Science textbooks aimed at teenagers simply ignore the most effective lifestyle changes to prevent climate change: go vegetarian, cycle, take the train overseas and have fewer kids. It is time parents sat down and explained the low carbon birds and the bees, asks BRENDAN MONTAGUE more...

First legal action under Ireland’s new climate legislation

Conor Purcell

17th July, 2017

Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) has taken the first legal action under Ireland’s new climate legislation. FIE has expressed its concerns that the Irish government is intending to ignore the terms set out by the 2015 Paris climate agreement by lodging a judicial review with the High Court in relation to Dublin Airport's proposed new runway, CONOR PURCELL reports more...

G20 summit showed international climate action really is 'Trump- proof'

Katrin Riegger

12th July, 2017

The G19 pro-climate coalition which agreed both an energy and climate action plan and important steps to help reorient private capital flows and business strategies towards a new sustainable direction has been deemed a success by many environmentalists, writes KATRIN RIEGGER (who was present at the conference for the Ecologist). But others say these agreements still do not go far enough and want to see global leaders adopting even more ambitious strategies to cut emissions and achieve the agreed goals of the Paris Agreement more...

Nuclear power's annus horribilis

Jim Green

13th July, 2017

Nuclear power is suffering one of its worst ever years, writes JIM GREEN. Even nuclear enthusiasts agree that the industry is in crisis. The bankruptcy filing by US nuclear giant Westinghouse has sent a cold chill through the industry which elsewhere, is suffering from crippling economic problems, successful legal challenges, and public opposition more...

Wendell Berry - poet, essayist, farmer, activist, rural philosopher

Harriet Griffey, Cultural Editor

10th July, 2017

How do you define a man who has been at the forefront of the environmental movement of America for over 50 years - poet, essayist, environmentalist, farmer, activist, philosopher? Wendell Berry is all these and now his life's work sits at the heart, writes HARRIET GRIFFEY, of Look and See - a newly-released film about his life and philosophy more...

We need rights of nature legislation now to protect our home planet

Michelle Bender

7 July, 2017

We need a new paradigm for ocean governance focused on well-being and guided by principles of sustainability, ecosystem health, precaution and interconnectedness, argues MICHELLE BENDER of the US based Earth Law Centre. more...

UK Artists showcase the plight of the disappearing British bee

Gary Cook, Arts Editor

7th July, 2017

Ecologist Arts Editor, GARY COOK, visits a new exhibition showcasing the plight of the British bee - those species already sadly lost and those on the verge of extinction more...

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