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Here We Stand - women changing the world

Virginia Moffatt

28th August 2014

Angie Zelter - changing the world with music at Ofog's mass action at NEAT, 26th July 2011. Photo: Ofog direktaktion för fred via Flickr. Every now and then I am sent a book to review that is an absolute pleasure to read from cover to cover, writes Virginia Moffatt. This marvellous collection of interviews and essays by world-changing women activists is precisely one such book. more...

Poisoned Planet - the chemical attack on our Earth

Tony McMichael

15th August 2014

The front cover of Poisoned Planet by Julian Cribb, published by Allen & Unwin. An invisible cloud of man-made chemical toxins is sweeping the globe, writes Tony McMichael - disrupting ecosystems, damaging human health and shortening our lives. Our response so far has been utterly inadequate, as Julian Cribb reveals in his new book. But there are solutions - and it's up to us to get them implemented. more...

The beguiling magic of badgers at dusk

Lesley Docksey

25th July 2014

Front cover of Badgerlands by Patrick Barkham. To live sustainably we must learn to live with wildlife, Patrick Barkham argues in his book Badgerlands. To do this we have much to learn from our ancestors - but we must also discard their barbaric practices and outrageous myths that, even today, some are so keen to perpetuate. more...

A descent into Big Oil's inferno

Louis Proyect

8th July 2014

'The Secret World of Oil' by Ken Silverstein - front cover. Image via Gawker.com. In Ken Silverstein's 'The Secret World of Oil', Louis Proyect investigates the uber-wealthy middlemen of oil, inhabiting a pampered universe of moral squalor and depravity - one in which Tony Blair found himself completely at home. more...

Our beautiful, fragile world

Edgar Vaid

26th June 2014

The Most Beautiful Place in the World: IMHO - Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile. This amazing light lasted for only a couple of minutes at sunrise. The rest of the day was cloudy and overcast. Photo: © Peter Essick. There is much merit in the cliché that 'a picture is worth a thousand words', writes Edgar Vaid, but 'Our Beautiful, Fragile World' suggests that great photography complemented by explanatory text is worth even more ... more...

Beacon of Nuclear Truth?

Marianne Birkby

12th June 2014

Greeting visitors to The Sellafield Story, a Radiation Free Lakeland activist offers leaflets setting out a dramatically different narrative. Photo: RFL. The cash-strapped Cumbrian Museum is rebranded to tell 'The Sellafield Story'. The UK's favourite scientist Brian Cox and Government Minister Baroness Verma provide razzmatazz along with the Happy Robot. Lollypops anyone? more...

Living symphonies in the forest

Laurence Rose

6th June 2014

A forest web, caught in a passing sunbeam. Photo: Julia Hodgson. A new and deceptively sophisticated installation is about artists, audience and nature itself connecting in real time, writes Laurence Rose, who visited a Living Symphony in Thetford Forest. more...

The New Sylva - a celebration of Britain's trees

Colin Tudge

30th May 2014

Horse chestnut leaves and fruits in autumn. A drawing for The New Sylva by Sarah Simblet. The New Sylva is a worthy successor to John Evelyn's original of 1644, writes Colin Tudge, with superb line drawings and a text that looks more to the future of Britain's trees, than their past. A book for ladies, gentlemen, 'meer woodsmen' and 'ordinary rusticks' alike. more...

Scarcely sublimated kleptomania

Camilla Huxley-Lambrick

25th May 2014

 Spilomyia diophthalma - a wasp mimic hover fly - on the island. Photo: Fredrick Sjöberg. The Swedish island of Runmarö provided Fredrik Sjöberg with a collector's paradise of hoverflies, and the perfect setting for his passionate search through forests, ponds and swamps in the flies' pursuit. Camilla Huxley-Lambrick dissects The Fly Trap ... more...

If this is 'responsible leadership', then I'm a fracking well

Danny Chivers

16th May 2014

Front cover of 'Responsible Leadership' by Mark Moody-Stuart. Former Shell oil boss Mark Moody Stuart's ableptic, self-satisfied book on 'responsible leadership' left Danny Chivers seething. The sooner we stop caring about the opinions of the Moody-Stuarts of this world, he concludes, the sooner we're likely to improve it. more...

Vanishing ice through artists' eyes

Martin Spray

9th May 2014

Fourth of July Iceberg, 2008, Twillingate, Newfoundland. Photo: Barbara Matilsky. This chronicle of over two centuries of melting Alpine and polar ice, seen through the works of contemporary artists, is at its best both powerful and provocative, writes Martin Spray. But he wonders - is art really such an effective force for environmental protection? more...

The gastronomy of wild food

Humphrey Birley

30th April 2014

'Wild Food - a complete guide for foragers' by Roger Phillips - front cover. Eating wild plants and mushrooms is a pleasure we should all indulge in, believes open air gastronomist Humphrey Birley - and this new edition of 'Wild Food : a complete guide for foragers' is just what's needed to get us exploring woods, hedgerows, meadows and salt marshes in search of edible delicacies. more...

Books

Films

Events

Books

In Predatory Light

Edgar Vaid reviews 'In Predatory Light: Lions and Tigers and Polar Bears', by Elizabeth Marshall...

Books

In Predatory Light

Edgar Vaid

9th December 2013

Lion from 'In Predatory Light: Lions and Tigers and Polar Bears' Edgar Vaid reviews 'In Predatory Light: Lions and Tigers and Polar Bears', by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Sy Montgomery, and John Houston. more...

The Man Who Plants Trees

Edgar Vaid

Edgar Vaid reviews the biography of a man who, after a supernatural experience, takes it upon himself to clone species of tree that he deems 'special'; trees that he believes may be crusaders in the fight against global warming ... more...

Films

Welcome to Nuclear Land

Edgar Vaid

29th November 2013

As plans go ahead for the UK’s first new nuclear plant in twenty years, Edgar Vaid reviews a film that takes a look at the issues surrounding the use of nuclear power by our neighbours across the Channel ... more...

Pandora's Promise: Is nuclear an option?

October 24th, 2013

Alex Macbeth

As George Osborne hails a renaissance for nuclear power in Britain, Alex Macbeth reviews Pandora's Promise, a new documentary film that asks whether we've got nuclear energy all wrong....... more...

Events

Fossil Free Europe Tour

Peter Greaves

13th November 2013

Peter Greaves Bill McKibben is a charismatic speaker, a sort of Billy Graham for the Environment, filled with an evangelical fervour, writes Peter Greaves. But ... more...

Saving the Orangutan from the palm oil menace

Andy Morgan

5th December 2013

Lone Droscher Nielsen in a campaign poster. Lone Droscher Nielsen addressed the Oxfordshire village of Wootton about the deforestation that is pushing orangutans towards extinction - all driven by the world's hunger for palm oil. Andy Morgan was deeply moved ... more...

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