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Should we cull our badgers to save our hedgehogs?

Hugh Warwick

24th April 2014

Hedgehog. Photo: Hugh Warwick. New scientific research shows that culling badgers can increase local hedgehog numbers. As UK hedgehog populations continue to decline, Hugh Warwick asks - are badgers to blame? Or does the real problem lie elsewhere? more...

Japan must stop financing coal

Nicole Ghio

23rd April 2014

Coal workers in Shizuishan, China. Photo: Bert van Dijk via Flickr.com. Japan is the world's biggest financier of coal development, setting developing countries on a dirty, coal fired energy track. As President Obama visits Japan, Nicole Ghio urges Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to re-apply its coal billions to build a clean, renewable energy future. more...

Fracking - the clean fight against dirty fuels

Caroline Lucas

22nd April 2014

Caroline Lucas outside Brighton Court Centre. Photo: Zoe Broughton. Following her acquittal on charges of obstructing the entrance to a fracking site in Balcombe, Sussex, Caroline Lucas explains why this is only the beginning of the fight against shale gas - and why we must also promote the clean energy alternatives. more...

Small scale farmers are feeding our future!

Ed Hamer

18th April 2014

Over 100 people set up a farmers' market stall outside DEFRA offices to denounce Owen Paterson's marginalisation of small farms. Photo: Adrian Arbib. The Land Workers Alliance gathered yesterday at DEFRA's London HQ to protest at the corrupt relationship between Government and corporate agriculture - and the deliberate marginalisation of small farmers, our most sustainable producers. Ed Hamer explains ... more...

DECC's triple for renewables

Jonathon Porritt

17th April 2014

Installation of thermal solar collectors on UK roofs will now be supported by the Renewable Heat Incentive. Photo: Westech Solar UK Ltd. With three of Jonathon Porritt's wishes for the UK's energy sector coming true in the space of as many weeks - the launch of the Renewable Heat Incentive, a Solar Strategy and a Community Energy Strategy - he finds cause for celebration. more...

Pickles appoints himself Lord of the Wind Farms

Rebecca Cooke

17th April 2014

Wind turbines can be gorgeous - but not to Mr Pickles. Photo: Nick Ford via Flickr.com. Turbulence lies ahead for the UK's wind energy sector, writes Rebecca Cooke, as key Conservative MPs appear to be launching a hardline attack on onshore wind farms in the run up to the General Election. more...

Does organic food reduce cancer risk?

Pat Thomas

16th April 2014

It's not just whether it's organic - it's also what it is. Organic red cabbage from Sandy Lane Farm, Oxfordshire, England. A widely publicised study has suggested that eating organic food doesn't stop you getting cancer. Pat Thomas finds the study deeply unconvincing - and wonders why Cancer Research UK is so quick to trumpet its conclusions. more...

Green or white? Planted or painted roofs can cool buildings

Gurdane Virk

15th April 2015

White roofs are widespread in Bermuda, where they help keep buildings cool under the hot sun. Photo: Acroterion / Wikimedia Commons. As the world inexorably warms, Roger Kemp shows how we can help to keep our buildings cool with roof gardens - or just with white paint. And if enough people do it, entire cities will become more cooler, more pleasant places to be when hot weather hits ... more...

Wind power booms in oil-rich Texas

Ian Partridge

13th April 2014

A sunrise industry: wind turbines in Texas. Photo: Chrishna via Flickr.com. One evening in March, wind delivered over 10,000 MW of electricity to Texas's power grid, almost 30% of total demand, reports Ian Partridge, and another 18,500 MW of capacity is under construction. So just why is Texas going so big on wind? more...

It's time to get a grip on technology!

David King

12th April 2014

Synthetic biology for everybody? What a wonderful world that would be ... at a lecture by Dr. Manuel Selg, Photo: Martin Hieslmair / Ars Electronica via Flickr.com. The issues surrounding powerful new technologies from GMOs to nuclear power appear disparate, writes David King - but look harder and most are linked by common threads. Key among them are issues of profit, control and socialisation of cost ... more...

Hollywood goes big on climate change

Kieran Cooke

12th April 2014

The UN's Ban Ki-moon with Arnold Schwarzenegger, 2012 Global Advocate of the Year for his work on climate change. Image: UN Photo / Rick Bajornas. It's billed as 'the biggest story of our time', writes Kieran Cooke. This weekend viewers of Showtime, the US cable channel, will be watching the first of an 8-part documentary series on climate change: some of the biggest names in Hollywood are involved. more...

After the chainsaws - tropical forests are still worth saving

Bill Laurance & David Edwards

11th April 2014

Trucks carrying logs in Gunung Lumut, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photo: Jan van der Ploeg for Center for International Forestry Research (www.cifor.org / blog.cifor.org) via Flickr.com. Tropical forests are valuable for their biodiversity, carbon and water functions even after logging. But they are also highly vulnerable to fire and conversion to other uses. A new focus is needed on saving tropical forests after the bulldozers have left. more...

Blogs

Pickles appoints himself Lord of the Wind Farms

Rebecca Cooke

17th April 2014

Wind turbines can be gorgeous - but not to Mr Pickles. Photo: Nick Ford via Flickr.com. Turbulence lies ahead for the UK's wind energy sector, writes Rebecca Cooke, as key Conservative MPs appear to be launching a hardline attack on onshore wind farms in the run up to the General Election. more...

Green or white? Planted or painted roofs can cool buildings

Gurdane Virk

15th April 2015

White roofs are widespread in Bermuda, where they help keep buildings cool under the hot sun. Photo: Acroterion / Wikimedia Commons. As the world inexorably warms, Roger Kemp shows how we can help to keep our buildings cool with roof gardens - or just with white paint. And if enough people do it, entire cities will become more cooler, more pleasant places to be when hot weather hits ... more...

Comment

Should we cull our badgers to save our hedgehogs?

Hugh Warwick

24th April 2014

Hedgehog. Photo: Hugh Warwick. New scientific research shows that culling badgers can increase local hedgehog numbers. As UK hedgehog populations continue to decline, Hugh Warwick asks - are badgers to blame? Or does the real problem lie elsewhere? more...

Japan must stop financing coal

Nicole Ghio

23rd April 2014

Coal workers in Shizuishan, China. Photo: Bert van Dijk via Flickr.com. Japan is the world's biggest financier of coal development, setting developing countries on a dirty, coal fired energy track. As President Obama visits Japan, Nicole Ghio urges Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to re-apply its coal billions to build a clean, renewable energy future. more...

Letters

Letter: water use need not stall desert solar power

Dr Gerry Wolff

25th August, 2010

CSP trough-based system Yes, pioneering concentrating solar power plants are thirsty facilities, but their water use requirements could be made dramatically less more...

Letter - Time to get serious with the EU Emission Trading Scheme

27th May, 2010

Mark Chadwick

Carbon dioxide emissions Mark Chadwick from Carbon Clear argues a full auctioning of ETS permits is needed if the trading scheme is to start working more...

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