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Can we talk about climate change now? Flooded Oxford residents take to the streets. Among their problems, sewage contamination of flood waters and non-flushing toilets. Photo: Adam Ramsay.

After the deluge - Britain's new politics of climate change

Jonathon Porritt

20th February 2014

Floods, giant waves and billions of pounds of destruction to the UK's homes, businesses and key national infrastructure could revolutionise climate politics, writes Jonathon Porritt. But no thanks to the increasingly pathetic BBC! more...
Protestors hang a giant banner to protest UBS's financing of mountain-top removal coal mining. Photo: Hands off Appalachia.

'UBS Eight' still in jail for fighting mountain-top removal

The Ecologist

27th November 2013

The battle against coal mining by Mountain Top Removal has been fought by the people of Appalachia over generations. The campaigners' target is now Swiss bank UBS, the main financier of the destruction. more...

India - the new global warming villain

Oliver Tickell

25th October 2013

India has blocked progress on an agreement to reduce emissions of the HFC super-powerful greenhouse gases. more...

Global Extinction Within One Lifetime?

Michael Brown

July 16th, 2012

Environmental chemistry student Michael Brown evaluates how seriously recent claims that global extinction could occur within our lifetime should be taken.... more...
Boat on dried out lakebed

Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists

John Vidal

31st August, 2012

Water scarcity's effect on food production means radical steps will be needed to feed a population expected to reach nine billion by 2050, warns Stockholm International Water Institute more...
The sun shines across the Arctic expanse.

A Student Writes….Global Extinction Within One Lifetime?

Michael Brown

16th July, 2012

Environmental chemistry student Michael Brown evaluates how seriously recent claims that global extinction could occur within out lifetime should be taken more...
Pillage Theory

Charles Taylor verdict could set precedent on conflict resources

Ecologist

23rd April, 2012

The trial of the ex-Liberian President - accused of purchasing arms with funds from the illegal timber and diamond trade - could lead to a wave of prosecutions using the 'pillage' theory 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...
Fragile Earth

PHOTO GALLERY: Fragile Earth app

Ruth Styles

25th April, 2012

From shrinking seas to devastated rainforests, a new app, Fragile Earth, is helping to chart humanity’s trail of destruction while challenging us to do something about it more...
ethical jewellery

Ethical jewellery: what to ask and what to buy

Amy Hall

24th April, 2012

From blood diamonds to mining with cyanide, bling is a big problem for the planet. But as Amy Hall explains, clued-up consumers mean greener gems more...
The No-Nonsense Guide to World Population

The No-Nonsense Guide to World Population

Mark Newton

19th April, 2012

Is population really the demographic time bomb it’s portrayed as? Author Vanessa Baird sifts through the evidence and comes up with some surprising answers, says Mark Newton more...
tenerife bio home

Beat the heat: how a new type of eco home is helping tackle global warming

Paul Miles

3rd April, 2012

As climate change speeds up, the question of how to adapt our homes to hotter temperatures is becoming increasingly important. Now, a pioneering project on the island of Tenerife has been set up to address those concerns. Paul Miles reports more...

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Caroline Fiennes

Charity donations: how to spot the most effective good causes

Caroline Fiennes

21st March, 2012

Many of us support charities which work on some of the biggest environmental issues of our time. But which are the good ones, and how can we really help? Caroline Fiennes, author of 'It ain't what you give, it's the way that you give it', finds out more...
Water Matters: Why We Need to Act Now to Save Our Most Critical Resource

Water Matters: Why We Need to Act Now to Save Our Most Critical Resource

Mark Newton

22nd March, 2012

Tara Lohan’s Water Matters is an anthology that almost, but doesn’t quite deliver, says Mark Newton more...
Pepper farmers

Pepper: how our favourite spice is tainted by a deadly legacy

Frederik Johannisson and Peter Bengtsen

25th January, 2011

From India to Indonesia pepper farmers are increasingly vulnerable to harvest failures, food price crashes and price fixing, an investigation by Frederik Johannisson & Peter Bengtsen of Danwatch has revealed more...
Let Live: A Bike Ride, Climate Change and the CIA

Let Live: A Bike Ride, Climate Change and the CIA

Daniel Copley

5th January, 2012

What could have been a rip-roaring yarn with an important message is spoiled by unlikely dialogue and overly simple characters, says Daniel Copley more...
Plans for diamond mining in Botswana saw Bushmen forced out of their home

Global Witness quits Kimberley Process as Zimbabwe 'blood diamonds' exported

Rosie Spinks

6th December, 2011

Consumers could unwittingly buy rings or other jewellery linked to serious human rights abuses after Kimberley Process fails to prevent the sale of diamonds from Robert Mugabe's Marange diamond fields more...
Industry

Durban climate change conference: is it time to forget about 2C of warming?

Tom Levitt

8th November, 2011

Ahead of the latest UN climate conference, Tom Levitt asks if its time we let go of the holy grail of targets and looked at alternatives such as 'carbon clubs'? more...
An Iceberg as Big as Manhattan

An Iceberg as Big as Manhattan

Gervase Poulden

29th September

David Shukman’s book is both an entertaining collection of a journalist’s tales and the perfect introduction to the environmental challenges facing the world today, says Gervase Poulden more...
Polar bear

Endgame for polar bears as Arctic habitat melts away

Gavin Haines

24th August, 2011

The recent polar bear attack in Norway is the latest reminder that time is running out for these iconic mammals, with runaway climate change and habitat loss. Gavin Haines reports more...

Crawford Hollingworth: only corporations can solve global issues

Matilda Lee

28th April, 2011

Crawford Hollingworth's new book - Global Over Development - parodies the typical annual report with an provocative look at the dark side of progress more...
Pisaurina mira spider

Study of spiders shows species may be able to adapt to global warming

William McLennan

10th March, 2011

Species may be able to adapt to gradual increases in temperature preventing the collapse of biological communities in the face of global climate change more...

Q&A: Helena Norberg-Hodge

Jemima Roberts

2nd March, 2011

Filmmaker, campaigner and environmental pioneer Helena Norberg-Hodge talks to Jemima Roberts about her latest film - The Economics of Happiness - the damage globalisation is doing, and what can be done to counter it

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Global Action Plan

CAMPAIGN HERO: Trewin Restorick, CEO of Global Action Plan

Matilda Lee

22nd February, 2011

The founder of the carbon reduction charity Global Action Plan on past failures, launching the UK's first on-line carbon calculator and why we must work with the corporate sector to create change more...

Arctic

Ruth Styles

3rd February, 2011

Part travelogue, part lament for a threatened way of life, Ruth Styles says that Bruce Parry’s latest book, Arctic, shows us exactly what we stand to lose if global warming isn’t stopped - today
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