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Known Unknowns - risk, uncertainty and doubt are stalking global farming

October 15th, 2013

By Peter Baker

Peter Baker argues that finding solutions to the challenges facing modern agriculture will not be found in market-based mechanisms or further intensification of land, but by harnessing the diversity of human ingenuity..... more...

Frontline Online: We all like Spring - but not in the depths of Winter

January 22st, 2013

Lorna Howarth

The Ecologist's Lorna Howarth reports on news and action from the environmental frontline more...

Introducing Frontline Online: a weekly round up of environmental news and action from around the globe

January 12th, 2013

by Lorna Howarth

In her new weekly column, the Ecologist's Lorna Howarth reports on the stories that show standing up for what we believe in can and does make a real difference. more...

Why the best world-changing ideas begin in your neighbourhood

John-Paul Flintoff

22nd May, 2012

Your ideas for changing the world may be desperately important. But if you can't find a way to engage the interests of the people around you they may never take off, argues John-Paul Flintoff more...
Birth Matters by Ina May Gaskin

A midwife's manifesta on how to have a fearless birth

Laura Sevier

4th May, 2012

Birth Matters, a new book by pioneering midwife Ina May Gaskin aims to empower women to gain control over their bodies in order to have the kind of birth they want more...
Low Carbon Community

Why communal living is the 21st century answer to low carbon life

Zoe Foster

30th March, 2012

When Zoe Foster went with her family to live in a intentional cohousing community she didn't know what to expect. Five months in and she has discovered that it's not about what you give up, but what you give that is so enriching more...
Move your money

TAKE ACTION to build a more ethical banking sector

Priyanka Mogul

15th February, 2012

As we slowly recover from one of the worst economic recessions of our time, Move Your Money will guide us towards building a safer and better banking system that we can rely on more...
The Story of Broke

The Story of Broke

Ben Hudson

3rd December, 2011

Annie Leonard's new film looks at how money that could be used to build a sustainable future through investment in renewables and increasing recycling is being used to fund wars and subsidise fossil fuels more...
African women sewing

TAKE ACTION: Tools for Self Reliance providing practical help for practical people

Sophie Laggan

25th November, 2011

Charity group Tools for Self Reliance empower the disadvantaged - providing tools and skills so that others can go on to create small businesses in hands-on occupations such as carpentry and tailoring more...
Agriculture in Africa

Durban climate change conference: why farming is the biggest issue for Africa

Rosie Spinks

4th November, 2011

With little hope of a binding deal on climate change at the latest UN summit, campaigners are hoping that Africa's COP will tackle the issue that plagues the continent most: agriculture more...
Bongani Mthembu

CAMPAIGN HERO: Bongani Mthembu of South Durban Community Environmental Alliance

Hannah Corr

26th October, 2011

Bongani Mthembu talks to the Ecologist about the struggles and successes in achieving environmental justice in South Africa’s townships more...
Jolly Pilgrim by Peter Baker

Why a change in mindset can help us overcome climate change paralysis

Peter Baker

27th September, 2011

In an extract from his new book the Jolly Pilgrim, Peter Baker argues that taking a long view on the human species will make us more able to cope with today's problems more...

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Hitchhiking in the UK

Hitchhiking: the greenest form of transport that nobody uses?

Adam Weymouth

6th September, 2011

Petrol prices are on the rise, so is youth unemployment. So why aren't more people thumbing it? Adam Weymouth travels through the generational gap to find out more...
Joey Tabone

CAMPAIGN HERO: Joey Tabone, Chief Executive of the Prince of Wales's charity Start

Matilda Lee

12th August, 2011

The new head of the Prince's green living charity speaks to the Ecologist about ways of engaging individuals and the benefits of corporate partnerships more...
Peter Baker, the Jolly Pilgrim

Why we need to stop trying to 'save the planet' and just realise our place in it

Peter Baker

9th August, 2011

In an extract from his new book the Jolly Pilgrim, Peter Baker argues that a Gaian consciousness is slowly emerging out of our efforts to overcome climate change and other environmental challenges 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...
Rainforest Saver

The Rainforest Saver

Daniel Elkan

February 2005

After more than 20 years work, Mike Hands, a British tropical ecologist has come up with a groundbreaking way to stop vast areas of rainforest destroyed more...
United Vibrations

United Vibrations: music with a message champions sustainable living

Helena Drakakis

18th April, 2011

Helena Drakakis reports on the London band using music to fund projects dispelling the myth that environmentally sustainable living is synonymous with low-tech, under-developed lifestyles more...

Tim Flannery: corporate chiefs should be jailed for bribery and wrongdoing overseas

Matilda Lee

9th March, 2011

Australia's climate change commissioner and author of new book Here on Earth talks to Matilda Lee about Gaia's true principles, the power of the internet and why legally binding climate treaties are pointless more...
Arcola Theatre

Arcola theatre: on a mission to be the world's first carbon neutral theatre

Laura Laker

24th February, 2011

Arcola theatre has made its name with cutting-edge artistic productions while insisting its carbon footprint be as low as possible more...
Flesh and Blood & Fish and Fowl

Flesh and Blood & Fish and Fowl: a comedy about human extinction

Matilda Lee

21st January, 2011

Now showing as part of London's International Mime Festival, Flesh and Blood is about two office workers becoming feral. It's absurd yet its ecological messages are clear, says Matilda Lee more...
Helen Iles

Undercurrents: the campaign film pioneers still setting the agenda

Eifion Rees

5th October, 2010

Eifion Rees reports on the video journalists producing environmental and social justice films that influence public opinion - and consistently get closer to the issues than the mainstream media more...
Arjen Y. Hoekstra

The water footprint: the hidden cost of our meat consumption

Arjen Y. Hoekstra

2nd September, 2010

Watching our leaky taps is the least of our problems when it comes to water wastage - agricultural practices and animal products are by far the greater danger more...

Small scale Bolivian farmers take up community reforestation

Theodora Tsentas & Matilda Lee

2nd July, 2010

A unique community based forestry project in Bolivia aims to give farmers long-term financial incentives to keep trees standing more...
A prickly affair front cover

Why only hedgehogs can make us love nature

Hugh Warwick

6th April, 2010

A scientist who 'doesn't do dippy nonsense', hedgehog expert Hugh Warwick was moved by one spiny specimen into a new-found appreciation for the natural world more...

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