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A regular sight in rural areas - pesticides being applied to crops. Photo: Billy Ridgers.

Pesticides can cause cancer - so why does CRUK ignore them?

Georgina Downs

3rd April 2014

Cancer Research UK's slogan is 'Let's beat cancer sooner'. But Georgina Downs wonders why it ignores the role of pesticides sprayed on crop fields - which is a recognised cause of cancer - and why it has spent over £750 million since 2007 on paying its employees. more...
Didcot A power station - a 2,000 MW coal burner, closed since this 2007 photo by  Joe Dunckley via Flickr.com.

Deep Green Resistance in the UK

Adam Herriott

16th April 2014

Had enough of being a 'good environmental liberal' - trying to do the right thing while the world gets ever worse? Adam Herriott argues for a Deep Green Resistance that attacks the power structures that perpetrate environmental destruction. more...
Galiwin'ku children - Gawirrin, Lakarriny and Dharrangguralil, Elcho Island August 1971. Photo: Boobook48 via Flickr.com.

Once again, Australia is stealing Its indigenous children

John Pilger

6th April 2014

Australia is still stealing Aboriginal children from their families, reports John Pilger. The 'lost generation' policies were meant to have ended in 1969, but a new wave of child thefts is under way - 2013 figures show that 13,914 Aboriginal children were in 'out of home care'. more...
Nigel Farage has a lot to smile about - but do we? Photo: Derek Bennett via Flickr.com.

UKIP and the ideal of 'media neutrality'

Matt Hawkins & Clare Phipps

27th March 2013

Nigel Farage's media triumph last night highlights Ofcom's decision that UKIP is a 'major political party' in the Euro-Elections. But Ofcom's view, argue Matt Hawkins & Clare Phipps, rests on the myth that the media reflect, rather than influence, public opinion. more...

Genuine Leisure

Edward Skidelsky

17 March 2014

To be without leisure and do everything for the sake of something else, is to be only half alive, writes Edward Skidelsky. more...
The Feixolen coal mine in the Laciana Valley. Photo: Filon Verde.

Spain - an end to Mountain Top Removal coal in Laciana Valley

Amaranta Herrero Cabrejas

4th April 2014

The regional government of Castilla y León cancelled the plan for further coal mining by Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining in Spain's Laciana Valley. It's a huge victory for campaigners, but now a new kind of economy is needed for the already depressed area. more...
A rainy day in Berezniki. Photo: Andrew Giba via Flickr.com/

Chemfest and collapse in the heart of Russia

Ola Cichowlas

2nd March 2014

As Russia looks like extending its dominion into Crimea and East Ukraine, Ola Cichowlas finds that Vladimir Putin cares rather less about the the heart of Russia itself - places like Berezniki, the country's very own chemical alley. more...
Rediscovering our place in the Universe: a couple at Burning Man 2012, Washoe County, Nevada, USA. Photo: Duncan Rawlinson via Flickr.com.

Human rights and the environment

Gabriel Moran

27th February 2014

Are human rights separable from the wider rights of other living beings, the environment and the Universe? Gabriel Moran finds that humans need to re-assert their central position in the world and build an encompassing moral responsibility. more...
Giant waves on the seafront at Seaham, County Durham. Photo: Ian Britton via Flickr.com.

Storm surges to cost $100 trillion a year as sea levels rise

The Ecologist

5th February 2014

New research predicts that coastal regions face massive increases in damages from storm surge flooding over the 21st century - to $100 trillion annually, more than the world's entire economic product today. more...
Volunteers Bethany Whisman and Blake Kenney hand out bottled water on Jan. 11, 2014, at Poca High School, W.Va. Photo: Staff Sgt. De-Juan Haley / National Guard via Flickr.com.

They poisoned the river for a 'clean coal' lie

Trish Kahle

16th January 2014

On January 9 thousands of gallons of a toxic chemical used to produce “clean coal”, spilled into Elk River, leaving 300,000 with no water supply. Trish Kahle asks - how could this happen? more...
Food to share! Photo: Incredible Edible.

Incredible Edible Todmorden

Julian Dobson

1st January 2014

Todmorden in Yorkshire's Calder Valley has been transformed by free food growing on its streets, parks and even its rooftops. Julian Dobson tells the inspiring story of Incredible Edible and how the transformational project is going global .... more...
Photo: Stockcube / Shutterstock.com

Government condemns the poor to cold homes

Paul Ekins

10th December 2013

Low income families in the UK are cold mainly because they live in badly insulated buildings. The Chancellor has missed the opportunity to address this key issue, writes Paul Ekins, in the name of cutting 'green taxes'. The poor will suffer. more...

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Ogoni villagers survey destroyed canoes at Kaa, 5th January 1994. Photo: Sr. Majella McCarron, NUI Maynooth Ken Saro-Wiwa archive.

Looking Shell in the eye: Ken Saro-Wiwa's last writings

Laurence Cox

6th December 2013

Author Ken Saro-Wiwa spear-headed the resistance of the Ogoni people of the Niger Delta against environmental devastation from oil drilling and ruptured oil pipelines. He was executed in 1995. Dr Laurence Cox introduces his last letters. more...
Rowan Williams speaking at St Pauls.

How to change the world?

Sharon Garfinkel

28th November 2013

An inspirational series of talks has taken place this autumn at St Pauls Cathedral in London. Sharon Garfinkel will be back for more when the next series begins in 2014. more...
Image courtesy of Shutterstock.com

The revolution is already happening

Michael Townsend

28th November 2013

We do not have to be constrained by our current dysfunctional system of capitalism, argues Michael Townsend. People are already finding and implementing more attractive alternatives. A quiet revolution is under way ... more...
SUV in countryside. Photo: Eduard Kyslynskyy / shutterstock.com

Brave New Countryside?

Matt Williams

22nd November 2013

On the 50th anniversary of Aldous Huxley's death, Matt Williams remembers a little-known passage from his 'Brave New World', and asks if Huxley's dismal vision of our relationship to nature is coming to pass ... more...
Baby sparrow in child's hands. Photo: Firma V / shutterstock.com.

The fallen, the risen

Chaia Heller

A dinner on the deck is interrupted by the fall of a baby sparrow. The event triggers a flood of thoughts and powerful emotions - and a renewed faith in our children's ability to grasp an uncertain future. more...

Loggers against Earth's most threatened tribe

Toby Nicholas

11th November 2013

The Awá have been driven to the brink of extinction as waves of illegal loggers, settlers and ranchers have flooded their land. Toby Nicholas reports that there is hope on the horizon ... more...
Hacktivism

The beginning is near

Jamie Mackay

12th November 2013

Last week's 'million mask march' is a telling example of the mainstream media's structural hostility to any realisation of a participatory, deliberative or active public, argues Jamie Mackay. more...
Baroness Jones of Moulscoomb

Slog, robes and fake fur.

Jenny Jones

14th November 2013

Jenny Jones - now Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb - is the Green Party's first peer to be appointed. A week after her 'introduction' she shares her first impressions ... more...
John Sinfield

Mr Cameron: will it be heating or eating this winter?

John Sinfield

12th November 2013

The MD of Britain's largest insulation company demands: back warm, efficient homes now, or condemn millions to cold, damp and sky-rocketting fuel bills. more...

Coke joins Oxfam's fight against land grabs

Oliver Tickell

8th November 2013

Coca-Cola has announced a "zero tolerance for land grabs" policy aimed at protecting communities from having their land stolen by big landlords and agro-industrial enterprises. more...
The Prostitute State

The prostitute state

Donnachadh McCarthy

8th November 2013

Donnachadh McCarthy, former deputy chair of the Lib-Dems, speaks to The Ecologist about the collapse of British democracy and his hopes for reform. more...
We are Legion

Guy Fawkes: the medium is the message!

Jonathan Kent

6th November 2013

Jonathan Kent examines the diverse media coverage of last night's Guy Fawkes protests in London. The reports tell us more about media prejudices, than about the event itself. more...

The Amazing Places Project

October 9th, 2013

Barry Bennett

While recovering from illness, qualified teacher Barry Bennett took the time to ponder on how he could share his love of nature with young people, and encourage them to engage with their environment. The result was The Amazing Places Project ... more...

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