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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...

'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...

Water trading: how the world's most vital resource is up for sale

Debika Ray

21st September, 2011

Niger's water crisis Like carbon trading, REDD and food speculation before it, the buying and selling of water is just the latest example of market principles being applied to natural resources. But just how ethical is it? Debika Ray reports more...

Chinese-backed Kenyan 'super port' could devastate UNESCO island

Tafline Laylin

14th December, 2010

Man on a boat Wide-ranging plans to link up Kenya, Ethiopia and Southern Sudan include the building of a port which threatens the Lamu district's indigenous coastal communities and fragile ecology, reports Tafline Laylin more...

Will renewable energy fuel a new generation of eco-shipping?

Ewan Kingston

4th October 2010

Green sailing B9 Shipping and the Greenheart project are pioneering new, fully sustainable, forms of ship design. Despite industry scepticism the boats - based on wind power and biomethane - could signify a return to the great age of sail, reports Ewan Kingston more...

When will we see a green taxi industry?

Aimee Steen

23rd August, 2010

The mx-libris taxi concept Buses don't go everywhere, and on some routes they might not even be an efficient option. But many taxis are heavy and polluting compared to ordinary cars - when will this change? more...

Will the RepRap machine bring a new manufacturing and the end of consumerism?

Ann Danylkiw

20th July, 2010

RepRap 'Mendel' machine 3D printing machines such as the 'RepRap' already allow people to design and 'print out' products at home. Could this be the beginning of the end for traditional, capitalist manufacturing? more...

Could open source technologies help us solve climate change?

Jamie Andrews

4th May, 2010

tools 'Open source' is a familiar concept to many web users, providing free, well-supported software across the internet. But could the same principles be used to rapidly disseminate low-carbon technologies around the world? more...

How deep sea aircon could cut the heat of climate change

Chris Pala

13th April, 2010

Downtown Honolulu The deep ocean is cold; our cities are growing increasingly warm. What if we could tap those frigid depths to cool down energy-hungry metropolises? more...

Does shipping have a green future?

Chris Carroll

27th October, 2009

A cargo ship fitted with solar sails The aviation industry has its climate change plans, car manufacturers are working on 'eco' alternatives, and rail is considered top of the class, but what has the transport mode that delivers 90 per cent of goods to the UK done to improve upon its environmental credentials? more...

Alternate current, intelligent current

Mark Anslow

1st April, 2009

Alternate_Currents_MAY_2009.jpg Instead of spikes in demand and coal-fired solutions, fridges and washing machines may soon be available that can regulate their own energy usage. more...

Why can't the automobile industry get a handle on low-carbon cars?

Harriet Williams

19th February, 2009

Dead_Car_MAIN_02.jpg A hub of invention, why can't the automobile industry get a handle on low-carbon cars? The answer's in the profit margins - which is why the credit crunch offers hope for the future, says Harriet Williams more...

Growing concern

Pat Thomas

1st November, 2008

Investigates_54.jpg Genetically modified food. It’s a big issue. Increasingly, we are handed the notion that GM food is just like any other food, only better, because of its almost magical power to solve our most immediate crises of poverty, hunger, fossil-fuel depletion and climate change. more...

The language of the GM technology debate

Prof Guy Cook

1st October, 2008

Investigates_69.jpg The great GM debate is a complex one. Professor Guy Cook examines the ways in which the issue is often tackled - verbally that is. more...

Space Race

George Hackford

30th July, 2008

Space Main Image.jpg The Brazilian Space Agency and Britain’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory are planning to boldly go into new realms of space-based rainforest protection. more...

The great GM miracle?

Jonathan Matthews

23rd January, 2008

Investigations The man on the phone said he was from the BBC. They were interested in interviewing me about my alleged involvement in crimes against humanity. more...

It's electrifying...

Mark Anslow

17th May, 2007

Investigations Once you get over the fact that not even tinted windows, a subwoofer, and Snoop Dogg riding shotgun would make the Maranello IV electric car ‘cool’, you can begin to think about driving and car ownership in a whole new way. more...

Playing God

Hope Shand, Jim Thomas and Kathy Jo Wetter

1st May, 2007

Investigates_40.jpg Scientists are on the brink of creating the world’s first artificial life form – a living organism never before found in nature. They promise solutions to everything from malaria to climate change. Salvation? Or a step too far? more...

The next genetic revolution?

Robin Maynard & Pat Thomas

29th March, 2007

GARDENGRAB_FEB07_MAIN_1.jpg We didn’t want GM on your table, but the crucial question now is, will we allow it in our tanks? Robin Maynard and Pat Thomas report more...

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