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Protecting our countryside

Andrew Motion

13th November 2013

Britain's countryside must be protected from a host of threats, says Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate and President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Lose our countryside and we all lose a piece of our soul. more...

Could America do without the Environmental Protection Agency?

Ben Whitford

16th October 2013

Personnel at the EPA have been heavily impacted by the ongoing shutdown, leading some commentators to question the necessity of the government agency post-shutdown. Ben Whitford reports.... more...

Politics? Or naked mudwrestling?

by Bibi van der Zee

October 19th, 2012

That was the week - in politics - that was ...and you couldn't have made it up, says Bibi van der Zee
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Road building programme gets green light by stealth

Jan Goodey

5th October, 2012

With a government seemingly intent on pushing through the latest road-building programme via its localism agenda campaigners are readying themselves for combined resistance using legal experts, alliance groupings and direct action
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The Ecologist guide to skills, courses and employment

The Ecologist guide to skills and courses 2012

Laurie Tuffrey

1st February, 2012

What does it take to make it in the low-carbon economy? The Ecologist takes a look at the skills and courses that will set you up for success more...
The Ecologist guide to skills, courses and employment

The Ecologist guide to skills, courses and employment

Laurie Tuffrey

1st February, 2012

What does it take to make it in the low-carbon economy? The Ecologist takes a look at the skills and courses that will set you up for success more...
SQUASH - Squatters' Action for Secure Homes

Why we need to 'keep squatting legal'

Laura Laker

14th October, 2011

Groups such as Dot Dot Dot and the Squash Campaign are pushing for workable solutions to the UK's housing crisis, but they are up against an anti-squatter media backlash. Laura Laker reports more...
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The ‘Solar Tunnel’: a greener future for our railways?

Henry Gass

8th June, 2011

The opening of Belgium’s ‘Solar Tunnel’ railway project has raised questions about the use of solar for UK transport projects, says Henry Gass more...
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Laura Sandys MP: why food security must be viewed as a strategic threat

Laura Sandys

18th January, 2011

With cheap food pricing, over-reliance on imports, and the pressures of a growing population, the UK's food security is set to rise up the national agenda. The Coalition Government must be prepared for the challenges ahead more...

CAMPAIGN HERO: James Thornton of ClientEarth

Matilda Lee

6th December, 2010

Can lawyers really save the world? James Thornton from UK law firm ClientEarth believes they can - and is leading the way in achieving ecological justice more...

The pesticides scandal: Government inaction is destroying lives

Georgina Downs

The new coalition Government must do what Labour failed to do in 13 years in power and finally introduce the necessary measures to protect people from pesticides, says Georgina Downs more...
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'Futurescapes': how a Shropshire land manager rewrote the conservation rulebook

Dan Box

14th September 2010

With a new coalition government the opportunities for fresh thinking about managing the UK countryside are vast, reports Dan Box. And the Stiperstones nature reserve is providing plenty of inspiration... more...

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Campaign for Better Transport

Tell the Government: we want cheaper trains

Rebecca Heald

6th August, 2009

Help the Campaign for Better Transport push for cheaper, greener, less crowded trains by filling in a simple online form more...
Post Office in decline

Can communities save the post office?

Steve Shaw

13th July, 2009

Scaled-back, out-sourced or privatised, there's no doubt that the Post Office - the hub of many rural communities - is in a sorry state. Is there a way that local communities can band together to preserve local facilities? more...
Smoke rises from a nuclear facility's four chimneys

Finland's safety fears over next-generation nuclear reactor

Ecologist

19th June, 2009

Safety concerns may halt construction of a new nuclear facility in Finland, posing questions about the viability of the next generation of European Pressurised Reactors destined for the UK more...
In the News

Database aims to stop biopiracy of traditional Indian remedies

Ecologist

1st March, 2009

A new database aims to prevent unscrupulous pharmaceutical and biotechnology
companies patenting drugs based on traditional Indian medicines and practices.

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In the News

Personal carbon accounting concluded to be 'relatively quick and easy'

Ecologist

1st February, 2009

A groundbreaking trial of personal carbon accounting reports that capturing and reporting the emissions of all UK citizens is 'quick and easy'.

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Will climate change make your house uninsurable?

Jon Hughes, Rebecca Bole

29th January, 2009

The insurance industry is set to abandon two million British homeowners to the perils of climate change. Jon Hughes and Rebecca Bole report more...
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High Court action against UK Government over toxic crop pesticides

Georgina Downs

29th January, 2009

Hers was a landmark victory against the Government. Campaigner Georgina Downs on the importance of setting a policy precedent on pesticides more...
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The UK Government paper, A Vision for Science and Society, is no clear picture

Guy Cook

20th January, 2009

A Vision for Science and Society, in today’s technological vista, sounds an honourable aim. Guy Cook reads between the lines of this new UK government paper more...
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Break Free

Clare Oxborrow, Becky Price, and Peter Riley

1st November, 2008

In the past decade, the sales pitch of the biotech companies has shifted with the climate of public opinion. Public scepticism has remained high, but politicians seem to have bought enthusiastically into the GM ‘solution’. In many ways this encapsulates where science has gone wrong – by inventing technologies without first deciding what problems need addressing. If GM crops are the answer, what exactly is the problem? more...
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Personal Carbon Allowance: emission impossible?

Jamie Andrews

20th June, 2008

The Government has backtracked on radical plans for personal carbon trading schemes, reports Jamie Andrews – taking accountability for what we emit is the only way to go. more...
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UK trying to wriggle out of renewables commitments

News

15th October, 2007

A leaked document revealed by the Guardian over the summer showing how the Government was preparing to dodge its EU commitments on renewable energy has been borne out in a new round of EU talks. more...
In the News

Energy 'too cheap', says Scottish & Southern

News

24th September, 2007

It’s not what you'd expect to hear from a player in the fiercely competitive utilities sector, but Brian Smith, head of projects at Scottish and Southern Energy, has said that electricity is ‘too cheap’. more...
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New nuclear consultation a 'sham'

News

7th September, 2007

The Government’s second attempt at a fair and legal public consultation on nuclear power has been declared a ‘sham’ by leading environmental groups. more...

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