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Soon this could be happening to coral reefs everywhere - bleached Staghorn coral in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Photo: Matt Kieffer via Flickr (CC BY-SA).

Geoengineer or our tropical reefs will die, scientists warn

Tim Radford

30th May 2015

To keep the world's coral reefs alive we may have to cool tropical seas by blocking the sun's rays above them, writes Tim Radford. Even if the world reduces carbon emissions, warming already 'in the pipeline' could kill 90% of the world's coral by 2050 unless we act. more...
Industrial fumes caught in early morning sunshine in Chilwaukee, Wisconsin. Photo: Light Brigading via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Survivable IPCC projections are based on science fiction - the reality is much worse

Nick Breeze

27th February 2015

The IPCC's 'Representative Concentration Pathways' are based on fantasy technology that must draw massive volumes of CO2 out of the atmosphere late this century, writes Nick Breeze - an unjustified hope that conceals a very bleak future for Earth, and humanity. more...
Thunderstorm in Colorado, USA, on 28th June 2013. Photo: Bryce Bradford via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND).)

Geoengineering - the case is not made

Clive Hamilton

14th February 2015

The geoengineering genie should remain firmly stopped up in its bottle until a robust case is made for letting it out, writes Clive Hamilton - and that's something the NRC's new report signally fails to achieve, providing no rationale for deploying the technology, or even experimenting with it. more...
The SPICE project will investigate the release of small particles into the stratosphere to cool the Earth by reflecting a few percent of incoming solar radiation. Photo: Hugh Hunt CC BY-SA 3.0.

What's worse than geoengineering the climate?

Nick Breeze

23rd December 2014

Film maker Nick Breeze has conducted a series of interviews with experts on 'geo-engineering' to forestall runaway global warming. Here he presents the distilled wisdom from his meetings - and concludes that we should at least be experimenting with the techniques, and studying their impacts. more...
John Nissen speaking at AMEG's COP20 press conference. Photo: still from video on .

The melting Arctic - John Nissen's emergency call to action

Tomás d'Ornellas

15th December 2015

The Earth faces an imminent crisis caused by runaway Arctic warming. So says climate campaigner John Nissen, who travelled to COP20 in Lima to impress the dangers on delegates - and urge them to emergency action to cool the Arctic before it's too late. Tomás d'Ornellas, editor of, met him there ... more...
Aboriginal man in Arnhem Land. Photo: Rusty Stewart via

Down where Apartheid lives

John Pilger

22nd December 2013

Apartheid may have fallen in South Africa. But in Australia John Pilger finds an equally cruel and pervasive racism against the country's 'aboriginal' people. He explains the background to his powerful new film, Utopia ... more...

Spiced Juniper Berry

Susan Clark

As the nights draw in, Susan Clark settles in for winter with a store of mulling syrup that captures the distinctive, old-English taste of juniper berries. 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...

Falling Fruit: A global collaborative foraging map

November 1st

Ruth Stokes

Ruth Stokes tells The Ecologist about an ingenious new online tool that encourages all of us, especially the yet-to-be-converted, to indulge in the free edible goodness found throughout our urban spaces more...

Cooking with Primroses II

March 15th, 2013

by Susan Clark

There's nothing more satisfying than watching a curd slowly start to thicken says Susan Clark...except, perhaps, knowing that your key ingredient was growing in the hedgerow just a few hours earlier. more...

Frontline Online: Sign the petition and help stop Ecocide?

January 2013

by Lorna Howarth

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

Environmental Justice

Jason Lowther

14th August 2012

Studies have shown that while there is a greater awareness of the seriousness of environmental damage in society, this shift is not obvious in environmental sentencing. Jason Lowther reports more...

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Helen Moore

Earth Justice - a poem to celebrate National Poetry Day

Helen Moore

October 4th, 2012

Helen Moore and Niall McDevitt recite poem 'Earth Justice', inspired by a transcript of the ecocide trial held in October 2011. more...
In season now: what to eat during June

In season now: what to eat during June

Tahsin Pak

28th May, 2012

Professional forager Fergus Drennan tells Tahsin Pak how to make the most of the free food in season this month more...

Activists return to defend Tasmania's forests as logging resumes

Ollie Milman

27th April, 2012

An agreement that would end 30 years of verbal, and often physical, confrontation over the future of the forests in the Australian state of Tasmania is teetering on the edge of collapse. Ollie Milman reports more...
Shrimp sifting

In season now: what to eat during May

Amy Halls

30th April, 2012

Slow Food UK CEO, Cat Gazzoli, dips into the UK's forgotten flavours to bring us her gastronomic pick for May more...
Pillage theory

Pillage theory: a blueprint for prosecuting corporations trading in conflict resources

Matilda Lee

20th April, 2012

Timber, diamonds, gold and oil have long been recognised as drivers of war. But companies involved in trading commodities from conflict zones are seldom prosecuted. Isn't it time they were held to account? Matilda Lee reports more...
Environmental Investigation Agency

EIA: 'Anti-corruption activists need help bringing iIlegal loggers to justice'

Faith Doherty

17th April, 2012

The Environmental Investigation Agency's forestry campaigner Faith Doherty welcomes a new report by the World Bank calling for stronger action to stop forestry corruption, but says more support is needed to help activists follow the money trail more...
Man tipping vegetables into container. Consumers & supermarkets need to tackle food waste

Love Food Hate Waste: could you live without throwing food away?

Madeleine Cuff

30th March, 2012

Madeleine Cuff challenged herself to spend a week reducing her food and packaging waste. Did it work, and will other consumers and supermarkets take note? more...
In season now: what to eat during March

In season now: what to eat during March

Ben Hudson

5th March, 2012

Spring has (whisper it) sprung, so make the most of the fresh greens and foraged treats popping up in winter’s wake. Gardening expert James Taylor suggests five to get stuck into more...
Illegal timber

UK shamed as appetite for cheap timber sees it top sales of illegal wood

Tom Levitt

23rd February, 2012

The £700 million trade is 'one of the best kept secrets', say campaigners, with consumers largely unaware they are buying illegally felled timber more...
scilly isles

See weed and eat it: a foraging break on the Scilly Isles

Kate Eshelby

23rd February, 2012

Seaweed, carrot flower and locally caught fish were all on the menu during Kate Eshelby’s gastronomic tour of the Scillies more...
Roadkill: sickening or sustainable?

Roadkill: sickening or sustainable?

Ben Martin

20th February, 2012

The idea of eating meat sourced from the roadside - whether deer, pheasant, fox or even otter - might sound revolting to you but for some, it's a gastronomic opportunity and a way of avoiding factory farmed meat more...
How to… make your own beauty products

How to… make your own beauty products

Priyanka Mogul

9th February, 2012

Whether you’re foraging for ingredients or scouring the shelves of your local health food store, DIY beauty products are as good for the planet as they are for your skin more...

Bill Gates backs climate scientists lobbying for large-scale geoengineering

John Vidal, guardian environment editor

6th February, 2012

Wealthy individuals, including Bill Gates, have funded a series of reports into the future use of technologies to geoengineer the climate more...


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