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The Challenges of Green Living: Finding Enough Food In Nature

Paul Miles

24th March, 2017

Before taking to a low impact lifestyle aboard his narrowboat, PAUL MILES imagined foraging - especially in springtime - would keep his galley larder well stocked but learns the reality is very different ... more...

The Ethical Foodie: Walk on the wild side

Tim Maddams

14th March, 2017

As the UK Forestry Commission imposes a blanket ban on foraging in the New Forest, our food columnist, chef TIM MADDAMS questions the wisdom of this and makes the link between foraging and mindfulness more...

Ecologist Special Report: Taking on the logging pirates in Papua New Guinea

Frédéric Mousseau

6th March, 2017


Communities across Papua New Guinea oppose the theft of their land for logging and palm oil operations made possible by the corrupt practices of local officials and foreign companies.
FRÉDÉRIC MOUSSEAU reports
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Almir Narayamoga Surui, Chief of the Paiter Surui meeting Prince Charles in 2010 after being awarded a major prize for his humanitarian and ecological work

This is my cry of alarm, please listen to me!

17th October, 2016

Almir Narayamoga Surui, Chief of the Paiter Surui indigenous people

Today, the Chief of the Paiter Surui indigenous people in the state of Rondônia, Brazil has issued the following plea for help to stop illegal logging and mining on their lands. The letter is unedited. more...

Europe's Rotten Wood


Horatio Morpurgo

15 July 2016

Illegal logging accounts for between 30 and 50 percent of wood harvested in Romania. Horatio Morpurgo reports on the destruction of Romanian forests, post communism, and looks at what we can learn. more...
The Royal Oak of Teremiski, Bialowieza Forest. Photo: justyna via Flickr (CC BY-NC).

No 'salvage' logging in Poland's ancient forest!

Lucinda Kirkpatrick

4th April 2016

Poland is intent on a huge increase in logging in Europe's greatest ancient forest, writes Lucinda Kirkpatrick. The government says it's needed to control spruce bark beetles. But the insect is a key part of the ecosystem, creating woodpecker nest sites and habitat for other endangered species. In truth it's just a big timber grab that must be strongly resisted. more...
Ven Vorn enjoyed dinner with his family and friends in Koh Kong City shortly after his release from prison. Photo: Rod Harbinson.

Cambodia: indigenous eco-defender released after five months jail on false charges

Rod Harbinson / Mongabay

22nd March 2016

After five months of wrongful imprisonment, an environmental activist has finally been set free and reunited with his family, writes Rod Harbinson. His case highlights the way Cambodia's Government subjects eco-defenders to harsh, unjust and arbitrary detention, while illegal logging barons and large-scale timber smugglers lead charmed lives, always above the law. more...
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 unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/ .

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 Tecnews.pe, met him there ... more...

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Aboriginal man in Arnhem Land. Photo: Rusty Stewart via Flickr.com.

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...
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...
Deforestation

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...

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