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Smart meters - would we be better off sticking with these, and cutting £12 billion off our fuel bills? Photo: nilexuk via Flickr.com.

UK's £12 billion 'smart' meter program is FCUKED

Nick Hunn

27th December 2013

The UK's smart metering is set to be the country's next Government IT disaster, writes Nick Hunn - saddling consumers with a £12 billion cost on their fuel bills for little or no benefit. more...

RWE's green energy revolution

Oliver Tickell

3rd November 2010

German energy giant RWE will transform into a decentralized energy provider and enabler of renewable technologies. more...

Africa's biggest wind farm opens

Oliver Tickell

26th October 2013

20,000 square kilometres of Ethiopia are suitable for grid-based wind power generation, with a total capacity of 100 GW. 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...
How to… power down your home

How to… power down your home while you're away

Rachael Stubbins

3rd May, 2012

If you want to return from holiday to a low electricity bill and a guilt-free conscience, power down your home before you go. Not sure how? Rachael Stubbins has more 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...
Dale Vince

Green Business: Ecotricity

Peter Salisbury

11th October, 2011

It’s the biggest green energy company in the UK but that’s not enough for founder, Dale Vince. The next step, he tells Peter Salisbury, is to take on the ‘big six’ energy companies and show us all that renewables are the way forward more...

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eco friendly football

Sustainability and football: why the beautiful game is getting a green makeover

Ruth Styles

3rd August, 2011

In the second part of our sport and environment mini-series, Ruth Styles reports on the efforts some football clubs are making to turn the sport into an eco-friendly one, although there's still plenty to do more...
green headlines

Green Business: Greenhouse Public Relations

Peter Salisbury

2nd August, 2011

Anna Guyer has made a name for her company by only taking clients with impeccable green credentials and refusing to ‘greenwash’ big brands. Peter Salisbury met her to find out more more...
Good energy

Green Business: Good Energy

Peter Salisbury

4th May, 2011

In the latest in his exclusive series examining ethical businesses, Peter Salisbury reports on the rise of the leading eco-electricity supplier - and hears how it all started with a cocktail more...
solar panels on roof, sunflowers in foreground

Solar power: a niche or serious energy source for the UK?

Mark Jansen

27th April, 2011

Much more than just a tool to engage communities in climate change issues, the solar industry argues it could meet between 6-8 per cent of the UK's electricity needs by 2020 more...

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Lester Brown

How do you feed eight billion people in a water-scarce world?

Lester Brown

15th February, 2011

In an exclusive extract from his new book, World on the Edge, Lester Brown outlines fresh ways of thinking about water and land use in order to sustain the world's growing population more...
The Ecologist January '71

The Ecologist January 1971: PCBs

Ecologist

Forty years ago this month – John Noble and Harry Rothman wrote in the Ecologist about the mystery of 8,000 bird deaths and the toxic effects of PCBs found in the environment more...
Installing the kitchen single unit HRU

Turning our Victorian terrace into an ecohome: part six – ventilation

Sue Wheat

19th November, 2010

Better insulation means more warmth but also more mould and condensation. Sue Wheat's eco retrofit continues with a look at a super-efficient ventilation system that recycles heat while stamping out damp more...
London City Airport

High Court battle over London City Airport expansion

Tom Levitt

18th November, 2010

Campaign group Fight the Flights begins a High Court challenge to overturn Newham Council's decision to almost double the number of flights from 73,000 to 120,000 a year more...

Ecologist guide to ethical investments

Eifion Rees and Matilda Lee

5th November, 2010

All you need to know to start putting your money where your mouth is more...

Ecologist guide to ethical investments

Eifion Rees and Matilda Lee

5th November, 2010

All you need to know to start putting your money where your mouth is more...
Arjen Y. Hoekstra

The water footprint: the hidden cost of our meat consumption

Arjen Y. Hoekstra

2nd September, 2010

Watching our leaky taps is the least of our problems when it comes to water wastage - agricultural practices and animal products are by far the greater danger more...
Europe at night

Dark nights: the global effort to tackle light pollution

Carrie Madren

31st August, 2010

The energy, financial and health costs of lighting up our homes and streets could be saved through better lighting and an end to wasteful illuminations more...
Solar garden light as night light

Turning our Victorian terrace into an ecohome: part four - ecogadgets

Sue Wheat

13th August, 2010

Sue immerses herself in the addictive world of ecogadgetry, including water-powered alarm clocks and a crash course in cooking with blankets... more...
Light bulb

How to green your flat on the cheap

George Wigmore

17th June, 2010

Small, inexpensive changes can add up to big savings when it comes to greening a rental property more...
solar power plant

Solar to provide quarter of electricity by 2050

Ecologist

14th May, 2010

North Africa expected to become major producer of concentrated solar power (CSP), more than half of which would be exported to meet European electricity demands more...
city made of child's wooden blocks

Can the green, 'hairy' city work with our existing, 'mineral' cities?

Susannah Hagan

19th April, 2010

Cities are at a crossroads - 'eco urbanists' want efficiency and artificial ecosystems; conventional designers want to maintain the best bits of our current urban spaces. Can they co-exist? more...

Communities using hydro power to fund green renewal

Paul Miles

8th April, 2010

A pioneering community-based hydroelectric energy project in the Brecon Beacons is a blueprint for how green energy can provide more than just low-carbon power... more...

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