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The Great Green Wall

Bobby Bascomb

12th July, 2012

Africa’s answer to climate change is a proposed 4,000-mile long, nine mile wide wall of trees stretching from Senegal to Djibouti. Designed to stop encroaching desertification, some interpret the project (and its benefits) literally whilst others see it as more of a metaphor. Despite this split, the project is now taking root in Senegal where they have already planted 50,000 acres of trees. more...
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What has happened to the UK’s eco-towns?

Bethany Hubbard

2nd April, 2012

Although currently out-of-favour with the UK government, eco-towns may still offer the best hope for creating sustainable communities more...
By greening up its act, Seoul is setting an example to the rest of South Korea

Seoul: on course to be one of the world's greenest cities?

Anna Sheldrick

30th November, 2010

Seoul, host of this year's G20, is well on the way to achieving its goal of becoming one of the world's most eco-friendly cities. But, as Anna Sheldrick reports, there may be room for improvement elsewhere in South Korea more...
Soya milk

Put to the test: a buyer's guide to non-dairy products

Laura Sevier

17th March, 2010

Whether for health, ethical or environmental reasons, a low-dairy or dairy-free diet is becoming more mainstream. Here's how to have your (cheese)cake and eat it too... more...
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Forget eco-towns - real green house-building is already happening

Eifion Rees

12th January, 2010

Cambridge University's expansion plans could change the face of sustainable building in the UK. In 2012, construction begins on the greenest development of its size and scope in the UK more...
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CASE STUDY: installing green roofs

Matilda Lee

29th January, 2009

Can there be wildlife in our urban jungles? Matilda Lee meets a man campaigning to let nature live on city rooftops more...
Business as usual

Sustainability 'undone' by Treasury and BIS, says Porritt

Ecologist

6th July, 2009

The outgoing chief of the Government's independent sustainability watchdog, Jonathon Porritt, has criticised the Treasury and Department for Business for a failure to advance the sustainable development agenda more...
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Industrial nations must tackle deforestation at Copenhagen, say MPs

Ecologist

30th June, 2009

A Commons environmental audit committee has called for industrialised nations to change their patterns of consumption if alarming rates of global deforestation are to be arrested and reversed more...
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An eco injection

Joss Garman

30th April, 2009

Barack Obama and Ban Ki Moon, Labour and the Conservatives, green groups and trade unionists, Nicholas Stern and even Peter Mandelson - everybody is talking about a 'Green New Deal'. Faced with an economic downturn, climate breakdown and an energy system in need of billions of new investment anyway, the idea is simple and attractive. more...
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Outfitting Africa

Joe Turner

19th March, 2009

Dressing poorer countries in our designer cast-offs while we invest in shabby sweatshop chic? Invest in their infrastructure, not vetements, argues Joe Turner more...
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Allotments are not for building on

Paul Kingsworth

28th January, 2009

Paul Kingsnorth on the battle to keep land for people to grow their own food, rather than for developers to grow rich. more...
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Nature? Do The Maths

Malcolm Tait

30th October, 2008

Mathematics is at the heart of any research and, in nature, it can be used to predict and enhance our surroundings and ultimately control it. The logical conclusio to the concept is frightening: there could be a mathematical formula for every aspect of life more...

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Money or the planet's future? You decide

Richard Heinberg

1st October, 2008

During the past weeks, the world’s media have been transfixed by the convulsions of the US and global fi nancial system. At stake are billions in bail-outs and trillions in derivatives. The viability of banks and currencies is threatened, and ultimately the savings and investments of hundreds of millions of ordinary people. more...
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How to be free: non-action in action

Tom Hodgkinson

1st October, 2008

From all sides, the cry is the same: something must be done. More must be done. more...
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The North-South divide

Helena Norberg-Hodge

22nd June, 2008

Rich industrialised countries have a responsibility to help others stick to their green responsibilities, argues Helena Norberg-Hodge, not collude in helping shirk them more...
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The problem of greenwash - green-fiddling while Rome burns…

Pat Thomas

1st June, 2008

It’s fair to say that we have our share of robust discussions in this office. Opinions get aired, fingers get pointed, occasionally voices get raised. It’s all in a good cause. Setting the world to rights isn’t always a civilised tea party. more...
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The commons: an antidote to globalisation

Jonathon Rowe

1st April, 2008

The corporate market has become the institutional equivalent of a compulsive eater. It has a built-in hunger that cannot be filled, and it is hard to stop the damage within the framework of its own game.
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Cargill's Amazon soy plant forced to close

News

26th March, 2007

Cargill, the international agribusiness giant, has been forced to closed a soy-bean export terminal in the Amazon. more...

'Build on the green-belt' says think-tank

News

23rd January, 2007

A new report by the Policy Exchange think-tank has advocated scrapping the green-belt and simplifying the planning system. more...
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The End of Cheap Oil - The Consequences

Dan Box, Tully Wakeman and Jeremy Smith

1st October, 2005

Our lives are now so dependent on oil that it is impossible to conceive of a world without it. Before long, however, we will have no choice. The sooner we start planning for that reality, and changing the way we live, the better our chance of survival. more...
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Amazon Crime

Greg Nasmyth

1st May, 2004

Deep in the Amazon rainforest, renegade logging firms are stealing the land of impoverished communities and stripping it of the trees on which the whole world depends. Greg Nasmyth boards a 700-tonne icebreaker to join a group of Greenpeace activists in their bid to stop them. more...
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Seeds of Hope

Nicola Graydon

1st December, 2003

Ladakh is framed by the Karakoram mountains to the north and the Himalayas to the south. Yet even in this remote environment the forces of global consumerism are intruding. Nicola Graydon reports on the locals' inspiring defence of their culture more...
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Like Flowers Breaking through the Cement

Holly Wren

1st April, 2003

Many people dismiss environmentalism as a middle-class luxury that few can afford. But in Mexico City a group of impoverished street punks are pioneering radical social alternatives because their survival depends on it. Holly Wren reports. more...
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Why greens should be politically incorrect

Aidan Rankin

12th June, 2000

Aidan Rankin argues that modern liberal values can be more of a threat than a liberation. more...
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Solutions for a farming future

Steven Gorelick

7th June, 2000

Steven Gorelick lays out just a few of the policy changes, priority shifts and new approaches that could help save rural life, and lead to more sustainable farming more...

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