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Beijing's blue skies...or little white lies?

Olivia Boyd

6th July, 2012

Beijing's polluted skies Fed up with fudged statistics Beijing’s increasingly environmentally-aware population has forced its Government to come clean about air pollution in the city. more...

Where next for the Greens?

Bibi van der Zee

28th May, 2012

Caroline Lucas After some of the biggest breakthroughs in their history, the Green Party now faces a leadership election so what happens now? Are the Greens ready to take the next big leap forward, asks Bibi van der Zee more...

How rhino horn poaching fuels criminal gangs in UK and Europe

Anna Taylor

18th May, 2012

endangered black rhino Rhino poaching hits record high as criminal gangs target museums and exhibitions in UK and Europe to cash in on lucrative trade more...

The global cost of China's destruction of the 'roof of the world'

Sylvia Downes

11th May, 2012

Tibetan plateau China's least talked about crime against Tibet is the damage to the Tibetan plateau: dams, deforestation, mining, poaching and the dumping of nuclear waste. And it is impacting on all of us more...

India’s 'Napa Valley': Sula vineyard pioneers eco-friendly wine in an emerging market

Joseph Mayton

4th May, 2012

India's first Sauvignon blanc A unique winery in Western Maharashtra is utilising water recycling, solar power and waste reduction in an effort to avoid the environmental damage linked to wine production in California more...

Activists return to defend Tasmania's forests as logging resumes

Ollie Milman

27th April, 2012

Deforestation An agreement that would end 30 years of verbal, and often physical, confrontation over the future of the forests in the Australian state of Tasmania is teetering on the edge of collapse. Ollie Milman reports more...

Pillage theory: a blueprint for prosecuting corporations trading in conflict resources

Matilda Lee

20th April, 2012

Pillage theory 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...

Pharmaceutical industry 'rejoices' at demise of pioneering EPD allergy treatment

Charlotte Davis

13th April, 2012

EPD treatment for allergies Enzyme Potentiated Desensitisation is a groundbreaking treatment for allergy sufferers. But the recent closure of a firm championing EPD leaves its future in doubt. Drug companies and mainstream doctors are unlikely to be mourning, says Charlotte Davis
more...

Big brother gone green: using technology to tackle the eco-crisis

Hugh Knowles and Martin Wright

6th April, 2012

Sunlight through the trees The revolution in remote monitoring should help solve environmental problems, but might it also increase our distance from the natural world? more...

Love Food Hate Waste: could you live without throwing food away?

Madeleine Cuff

30th March, 2012

Man tipping vegetables into container. Consumers & supermarkets need to tackle food waste Madeleine Cuff challenged herself to spend a week reducing her food and packaging waste. Did it work, and will other consumers and supermarkets take note? more...

The rise of nutraceuticals: how the ‘placebo-driven’ industry has got us hooked

Bethany Hubbard

23rd March, 2012

Dietary supplements in pill form Big companies, from PepsiCo to Kellogg’s, are cashing in on our interest in health food ‘quick fixes’ while continuing to sell us high fat, sugary foods more...

Controversial El Quimbo dam risks becoming 'Colombia’s Belo Monte'

Amy Lieberman

16th March, 2012

A growing movement of fishing communities, miners and farmers are stepping up their campaign against the dam - one of dozens of hydroelectric projects looming across Colombia - despite violent repression of some protests more...

Oil deal 'threatens Ugandan biodiversity'

Alice Klein

9th March, 2012

big oil The discovery of oil in Uganda was a blessing to the impoverished East African country. But before the oil has even started pumping, disputes over tax, accusations of corruption and fears for the environment plague the sector. Alice Klein reports from Hoima more...

Agroforestry comes of age, but will UK farmers embrace it?

Ed Hamer

2nd March, 2012

The practical evidence suggests agroforestry in the UK has got something to offer both commercial farmers and smallholders alike. The challenge now, says Ed Hamer, is how to encourage sceptical farmers that planting trees across farmland is a good idea more...

Wind turbines: the future of renewable energy or a blight on UK countryside?

Bethany Hubbard

24th February 2012

Scroby Sands offshore wind farm in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk The wind farms debate rages on as the need for renewable energy grows. But is the UK in danger of putting aesthetics before the need to cut carbon emissions and adopt greener technologies? more...

Violence and pollution stain Brazil's shrimp farming boom

Kennedy Warne

17th February, 2012

Despite being an economic success, prawn farms built in Brazil's mangroves have displaced natural ecosystems and the coastal communities which rely on them, says Kennedy Warne in an exclusive extract from 'Let Them Eat Shrimp'

more...

Mayan people battle oil giants as Belize's rainforests threatened

Robin Llewellyn

10th February, 2012

oil in Belize Forest communities are fighting increasing incursions onto their land by US oil companies. Now the Belizean government is seeking to reverse a court ruling preventing them allowing oil exploration, logging or mining. Robin Llewellyn reports from Belize
more...

Bjørn Lomborg: 'Five inches...? I can't even remember that figure'

Richard Orange

3rd February, 2012

Bjorn Lomborg Despite no scientific training Bjørn Lomborg has had a strong influence on the climate change debate, positioning himself against climate deniers and campaigners who say that climate change is a global emergency more...

HS2: can the UK fast-track a better rail system?

Bethany Hubbard

27th January, 2012

High speed train speeding by in a blur Are the UK's new high speed rail plans part of a sustainable future for public transport in the UK or a big statement that only benefits a minority? more...

Retrofits: is it possible to make 'greening your home' sexy?

Carl Frankel

20th January, 2012

Sustainable refurbishment Green refurbishments save money and reduce CO2 emissions, helping combat climate change. The challenge is getting people to do them more...

'Super vegetable garden' enables Mauritanian refugees to run agribusinesses

Amanda Fortier

13th January, 2012

refugees An innovative gardening project along the river basin in Northern Senegal is helping hundreds of Mauritanian refugees address issues of food and economic insecurity and allowing them to integrate into Senegalese society more...

Europe's empty houses drive new wave of squatting activism

Almudena Serpis

6th January, 2012

squatting As the recession continues, squatting across Europe has enjoyed a renaissance. Although controversial, occupying vacant buildings has become a form of activism, promoting alternative lifestyles and challenging the mainstream more...

Cetaceans under siege as man-made perils blight the oceans

Anthony Wall

29th December, 2011

dolphins Whales, dolphins and porpoises have no respite from oil and chemicals, fishing nets, shipping, noise pollution and a host of other dangers brought about by man's unrelenting destruction of the oceans, says Anthony Wall more...

Supermarket food waste to power renewable energy instead of tackling food poverty

Matilda Lee

23rd December, 2011

Man tipping vegetables into container. Consumers & supermarkets need to tackle food waste Food aid charities argue supermarket food waste could help prevent hunger in vulnerable people. Yet supermarkets' anaerobic digestion plans may eclipse food redistribution says Matilda Lee more...

'Soundscape ecology': the new science helping identify ecosystems at risk

David Hawkins

16th December, 2011

Electricity pylons at sunset As industrial development and human encroachment intensifies globally, academics believe the study of natural soundscapes could teach us much about how ecosystems function - and how they are under threat more...

How eco-logging and livestock grazing can protect UK's natural landscape

Sam Campbell

9th December, 2011

A web of environmental, economic and social forces have shaped UK landscapes for years. Environmental awareness has slowed encroachment on natural areas, but serious threats persist. Is it time for a fresh approach? more...

Is there room for wildlife as Africa grapples with development?

Curtis Abraham

1st December, 2011

KIM WOLHUTER How poaching for the illegal wildlife trade, intensive farming, climate change and population growth all threaten Africa's unique wildlife more...

Could politicians be charged with 'ecocide' if they approve tar sands pipeline?

Rosie Spinks

29th November, 2011

Dumper truck on tar sands road A law of ecocide could potentially see politicians who approve environmentally-damaging projects, like the tar sands pipeline between the US and Canada, face a court trial more...

The conservation quandary: can wildlife NGOs save Africa's animals?

Ian Michler

21st November, 2011

endangered black rhino Conservation is a huge industry in Africa but wildlife populations across the continent are declining. So why isn't it working? more...

Where will our milk come from: 'battery' farms or free range cows?

Rosie Shute

11th November, 2011

Bottle of milk The recent axing of the Nocton 'super-dairy' renewed interest in how our milk and cheese is produced. The Ecologist visited two dairy farms - an indoor, intensive unit and a year-round outdoor operation - to assess their very different approaches more...

Climate Change

Beijing's blue skies...or little white lies?

Olivia Boyd

6th July, 2012

Beijing's polluted skies Fed up with fudged statistics Beijing’s increasingly environmentally-aware population has forced its Government to come clean about air pollution in the city. more...

Bjørn Lomborg: 'Five inches...? I can't even remember that figure'

Richard Orange

3rd February, 2012

Bjorn Lomborg Despite no scientific training Bjørn Lomborg has had a strong influence on the climate change debate, positioning himself against climate deniers and campaigners who say that climate change is a global emergency more...

Food and Farming

India’s 'Napa Valley': Sula vineyard pioneers eco-friendly wine in an emerging market

Joseph Mayton

4th May, 2012

India's first Sauvignon blanc A unique winery in Western Maharashtra is utilising water recycling, solar power and waste reduction in an effort to avoid the environmental damage linked to wine production in California more...

Agroforestry comes of age, but will UK farmers embrace it?

Ed Hamer

2nd March, 2012

The practical evidence suggests agroforestry in the UK has got something to offer both commercial farmers and smallholders alike. The challenge now, says Ed Hamer, is how to encourage sceptical farmers that planting trees across farmland is a good idea more...

Energy

Controversial El Quimbo dam risks becoming 'Colombia’s Belo Monte'

Amy Lieberman

16th March, 2012

A growing movement of fishing communities, miners and farmers are stepping up their campaign against the dam - one of dozens of hydroelectric projects looming across Colombia - despite violent repression of some protests more...

Oil deal 'threatens Ugandan biodiversity'

Alice Klein

9th March, 2012

big oil The discovery of oil in Uganda was a blessing to the impoverished East African country. But before the oil has even started pumping, disputes over tax, accusations of corruption and fears for the environment plague the sector. Alice Klein reports from Hoima more...

Health

Pharmaceutical industry 'rejoices' at demise of pioneering EPD allergy treatment

Charlotte Davis

13th April, 2012

EPD treatment for allergies Enzyme Potentiated Desensitisation is a groundbreaking treatment for allergy sufferers. But the recent closure of a firm championing EPD leaves its future in doubt. Drug companies and mainstream doctors are unlikely to be mourning, says Charlotte Davis
more...

Special report Can the NHS ever be green?

Delny Britton

27th April, 2011

Green medicine Delny Britton investigates the hidden impacts of western mainstream medicine - including pollution from pharmaceutical products, high carbon emissions and adverse drug reactions - and asks whether the healthcare sector can ever be truly sustainable

more...

Politics and Economics

Where next for the Greens?

Bibi van der Zee

28th May, 2012

Caroline Lucas After some of the biggest breakthroughs in their history, the Green Party now faces a leadership election so what happens now? Are the Greens ready to take the next big leap forward, asks Bibi van der Zee more...

Pillage theory: a blueprint for prosecuting corporations trading in conflict resources

Matilda Lee

20th April, 2012

Pillage theory 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...

Science and Technology

Big brother gone green: using technology to tackle the eco-crisis

Hugh Knowles and Martin Wright

6th April, 2012

Sunlight through the trees The revolution in remote monitoring should help solve environmental problems, but might it also increase our distance from the natural world? more...

The rise of nutraceuticals: how the ‘placebo-driven’ industry has got us hooked

Bethany Hubbard

23rd March, 2012

Dietary supplements in pill form Big companies, from PepsiCo to Kellogg’s, are cashing in on our interest in health food ‘quick fixes’ while continuing to sell us high fat, sugary foods more...

Natural World

How rhino horn poaching fuels criminal gangs in UK and Europe

Anna Taylor

18th May, 2012

endangered black rhino Rhino poaching hits record high as criminal gangs target museums and exhibitions in UK and Europe to cash in on lucrative trade more...

The global cost of China's destruction of the 'roof of the world'

Sylvia Downes

11th May, 2012

Tibetan plateau China's least talked about crime against Tibet is the damage to the Tibetan plateau: dams, deforestation, mining, poaching and the dumping of nuclear waste. And it is impacting on all of us more...

Society

HS2: can the UK fast-track a better rail system?

Bethany Hubbard

27th January, 2012

High speed train speeding by in a blur Are the UK's new high speed rail plans part of a sustainable future for public transport in the UK or a big statement that only benefits a minority? more...

Europe's empty houses drive new wave of squatting activism

Almudena Serpis

6th January, 2012

squatting As the recession continues, squatting across Europe has enjoyed a renaissance. Although controversial, occupying vacant buildings has become a form of activism, promoting alternative lifestyles and challenging the mainstream more...

Waste and Recycling

Love Food Hate Waste: could you live without throwing food away?

Madeleine Cuff

30th March, 2012

Man tipping vegetables into container. Consumers & supermarkets need to tackle food waste Madeleine Cuff challenged herself to spend a week reducing her food and packaging waste. Did it work, and will other consumers and supermarkets take note? more...

San Francisco's scavengers: a story of gangs, poverty and recycling

Felicity Carus

16th August, 2011

Scavenger carrying waste Scavenging is on the rise in the US and is no longer the exclusive domain of the poor. Felicity Carus reports on San Francisco's attempts to close down this informal sector and its impact on a burgeoning recycling culture more...

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