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An event to commemorate Ying Tao, 26, who died on 22nd June at the scene of the crash at Bank junction, run over by a tipper truck. Photo: Donnachadh McCarthy.

Tonight, join the silent roar: stop killing cyclists!

Donnachadh McCarthy

29th June 2015

Following a monstrous spate of cyclist deaths in London, protestors are gathering outside the Bank of England tonight to demand: stop killing cyclists! The UK's peaceful cycling revolution is now under way, writes Donnachadh McCarthy, who invites us all to join the movement to make our cities safe for humans. more...
Spin Cycle Cafe & Laundromat, Newington, CT, USA. Photo: Brian Cook via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Recycling is not enough! Sharing is the way to achieve a circular economy

Mariale Moreno

13th March 20-14

How can we reduce our ever increasing throughput of raw materials? By breaking out the the 'iron cage of consumerism', writes Mariale Moreno: make things to last - whether clothes, houses, cars, or washing machines. Join a car club. Share domestic appliances with neighbors. And bring back the laundromat! more...
Plastic waste on the 'Mayan Riviera', Quintana Roo, Mexico. Photo: John Schneider via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Fighting the plastic plague in our oceans

Dr Mae-Wan Ho

13th February 2015

On current trends the world will contain 33 billion tonnes of plastic by 20150, writes Mae Wan Ho, and much of it will litter the oceans, concentrating toxins and damaging marine life throughout the food chain. The alternative is to classify the most toxic plastics as 'hazardous waste', and for all plastics to be reused and recycled in 'closed loop' systems. more...
Vultures pay their respects at a sky burial in Sichuan province, China. Photo: Lycopodium L (CC BY-NC-SA).

Live long, die green and recycle your discarded body

Robert John Young

8th February 2015

If you live a green life, you'll also want a green death, writes Robert John Young. Sadly pollution, energy use and methane emissions mean there's no completely green way to dispose of your body. The good news is that a new 'fast composting' technique ticks all the boxes - but it's still under development. more...
It's all very well painting cycle lanes onto roads - but we must do far, far more than that to make cycling a safe and pleasant transport option. Photo: Cian Ginty via Flickr.

To keep cyclists safe will need deep, radical change

Ian Walker

19th July 2014

The Commons Transport Committee has advised Government to budget £10 per head to create a safe cycling environment, writes Ian Walker. But that's grossly underestimating the challenge ahead - a major rethink of planning, health and transport policies is needed. more...
From derelict fishing gear to carpet. Photo: USFWS Puget Sound Coastal Program / Joan Drinkwin via Flickr.

Carpet giant Interface goes for 'sustainability gold'

Sophie Morlin-Yron

27th May 2014

Interface's sustainability model shows how large industrial companies can slash their carbon emissions and other environmental impacts without compromising profitability, reports Sophie Morlin-Yron. The key is to aim high! more...
The Mercedes Econic has large glass areas to the front and side that give the driver a direct view of nearby pedestrians and cyclists. Photo: LCC.

Cyclists demand 'direct vision' lorries on city streets

The Ecologist

21st January 2014

The London Cycling Campaign has demanded that 'direct vision' lorries become the standard on city streets - to save the lives of cyclists, pedestrians and other road users. more...
Cyclists dismount, and drivers get out and push. Photo: ned the head via Flickr.com

Metropolitan Police - stop persecuting cyclists!

Donnachadh McCarthy

15th January 2014

London's Metropolitan Police have responded to a spate of cycling deaths by ... persecuting cyclists for cycling on pavements in order to avoid 'death junctions'. Donnachadh McCarthy wrote this Open Letter ... more...
In late 2013 this mass die-in took place outside the TFL headquarters to protest the spate of deaths and injuries to London cyclists. Photo: Stop Killing Cyclists.

Stop Killing Cyclists - the birth of a movement

Donnachadh McCarthy

15th January 2014

Following the death of 44 cyclists on London's 'killing roads' since 2011, the city has a new cyclists' movement with a radical edge and a focus on direct action. Donnachadh McCarthy is a co-founder of Stop Killing Cyclists. more...
GARDEN SQUARES: the BikeGrid would link many of London's historic garden square to make them cycle-friendly and pleasant public spaces. Image: LCC.

London's Bike Grid taking shape after four years

London Cycling Campaign

16th December 2013

In 2009 the London Cycling Campaign published plans for a Zone 1 BikeGrid, a badly needed cycle network for central London. This week the Mayor is to announce the BikeGrid's final form. Here's the LCC's original inspiring plan ... more...

New safe cycling routes for London

The Ecologist

16th December 2013

This week the London Mayor Boris Johnson will announce a huge expansion of safe cycling routes across England's capital city. more...
Beltline park - Atlanta comes full circle to embrace alternative transit and sustainable development.

Urban eco-repair in the Deep South

Brian Barth

6th December 2013

A bold project encompassing clean air, a light rail system, open spaces, and green pathways for cyclists and pedestrians, is beginning to transform some of America's poorest and most polluted communities. As Brian Barth reports, the Atlanta Beltway is taking shape. more...

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The mass die-in of cyclists outside Transport for London's offices, 30th November 2013. Photo: Catherine Nelson.

Dying-in for cycling sanity

Catherine Nelson

2nd November 2013

Last Friday 2,000 people joined a massive 'die-in' to protest at recent death of six London cyclists - and their public demonisation by London Mayor Boris Johnson. Catherine Nelson was there, demanding a radical re-balancing of London's transport priorities. more...
Cyclist's vigil at Bow following the sixth cyclist death in 2 weeks. Photo: Ben Broomfield.

London's cycle deaths: we know the solutions

Rachel Aldred

20th November 2013

Six London cyclists have been killed on London's roads in under two weeks. As London Mayor Boris prepares to be questioned by Assembly Members on the death toll this morning, Rachel Aldred says we already know the answers ... more...

Boris - save London's cyclists!

Oliver Tickell

15th November 2013

After five cyclists die on London's roads in nine days, a thousand cyclists call on Mayor Boris Johnson - 'save our skins!' more...

Aerial Boris Bike-abouts for London?

Oliver Tickell

7th November 2013

Suspended aerial cycle paths are the way for Boris to extend cycle superhighways over London's busiest and most dangerous roundabouts. The Ecologist understands he is looking at the idea ... more...

Activism for Busy People Part I: Ethical Consumption

Ruth Stokes

November 9th, 2013

Keen to save the world but don't want to end up in a Russian prison? In the first of a three part series Ruth Stokes suggests ethical consumption as one alternative approach to activism that won't turn your life upside down but will make a difference ... more...

Every Drop Counts

October 10th, 2013

By Ruth Barton

Being mindful of your direct and indirect water consumption is beneficial to the planet, your health and your finances writes Ruth Barton.... more...

The 'Can Do' Attitude to Recycling

October 3rd, 2013

David Church

David Church tells the Ecologist why he believes taking responsibility for our personal litter is a crucial part of being a green citizen, even if it might make other people feel uncomfortable....... 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...

It’s not easy being green – unless that is, you live on a boat

Clare Kendall

In the first of a series of four blogs Clare Kendall examines the interactions between the boat dweller and the substance that keeps them afloat..... more...

Gaia's Guardians find a new way to clean up Glastonbury

Julia Lockwood

How do you change a damaging culture of littering amongst 200,000 hedonistic festival-goers? The answer is to go deep........ more...
clothing factory

The Clothing Industry: Modern day attitudes akin to those of historical slavery

By Sarah Compson

In the wake of the Bangladesh factory collapse Sarah Compson implores us all as consumers to take responsibility for what we wear and not to turn a blind eye. more...
Food Bank

The UK sees a huge rise in families turning to Food Banks

Paul Creeney

Earlier this week, the Trussel Trust reported the number of UK families using food banks has tripled in the last year and increased a staggering FIVE FOLD since the coalition came to power. Paul Creeney asks the big question ... more...
Grace Lee

Why Aren’t My Fellow Americans Doing More Recycling?

Grace Lee

27th July, 2012

Grace Lee has just spent a month in Seoul, South Korea working as an intern for the Resource Recirculation Management Division under the Climate Change and Environment Bureau of Seoul City Hall. Here’s what she has to say to her fellow US citizens about their domestic waste… more...

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