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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...

Lies, damn lies, and Owen Paterson's badger cull

Lesley Docksey

10th April 2014

Paterson should have listened! Badger Cull Protest outside Parliament, June 8, 2013. Photo: David Clare via Flickr.com. Paterson's speech to Parliament on the continuation of the badger cull was not so much a masterpiece of deception, writes Lesley Docksey, as a crude botch-up of errors, wrong statistics and a failure to understand the very real problem of TB in cattle. more...

Tate - come clean about BP sponsorship!

Kevin Smith

9th April 2014

Liberate Tate's Parts Per Million protest at Tate Britain, 23rd November 2013. Photo: Martin LeSanto-Smith. BP and other fossil fuel companies love to sponsor high art to preserve their 'public licence to operate', writes Kevin Smith. But why is Tate so keen to take the relatively trivial sums on offer. And why the unbending information blackout? more...

Panda Sutra - the ups and downs of getting grumpy bears to have sex

Forbes Howie

11th April 2014

Too sexy for my shirt? Tian Tian yawning at Edinburgh Zoo. Photo: gavin proc via flickr.com. Just why do giant pandas find it so difficult to mate? It's because they're in captivity, and so little of their wild habitat survives. But in Edinburgh zoo, writes Forbes Howie,
scientists are hard at work to get Tian Tian pregnant ...
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

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...

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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