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NORTH: spellbinding folk with a green mission

Laurence Rose

4th December 2014

MaJiKer. Photo: MaJiKer. Traditional melodies collected from Nordic countries and filtered through MaJiKer's unique sonic imagination are raising awareness, and funds, for nature conservation. He spoke to Laurence Rose about a four-year labour of love inspired by nature and the sounds of the high North. more...

Five stars! Scientist's dramatic climate change act is a winner

Tim Radford

25th November 2014

Chris Rapley in '2071' at the Royal Court Theatre. Photo: Stephen Cummiskey. A spellbinding solo performance by veteran climate scientist Chris Rapley at London's Royal Court puts the climate debate centre stage, writes Tim Radford - and earns the admiration of hard-to-please theatre critics. more...

Why isn't climate change sparking climate action?

Tim Radford / Climate News Network

17th November 2014

Cover of 'Don't Even Think About It' by George Marshall. Death threats, abuse and torrents of online hatred show how climate change scientists are demonised, writes Tim Radford, in a way without parallel in the history of science. It's all set out in a new book that explores both climate change denialism, and our inaction despite overwhelming evidence: 'Don't Even Think About It'. more...

Iboga Nights: 'last chance saloon' for desperate addicts

Michael Goldin

5th November 2014

Mickey: 'On the third day I came out of it. There were no withdrawals. I was able to start sleeping straight away and I felt there was no rhyme or reason to take junk.' Photo from Iboga Nights. The West African iboga root is a mind-transforming psychedelic, writes Michael Goldin, capable of cleansing people of even the most serious addictions. Those seeing this film will surely emerge convinced that iboga should be made available, in therapeutic settings, to those seeking to overcome the terrible disease that is drug addiction. more...

The Burning Answer to our energy needs

Jonathon Porritt

29th October 2014

The answer to Earth's energy needs is floating in the skies above. Photo: Conceptual Image Lab, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Earth photo courtesy of NASA/ISS Expedition 13 crew. Keith Barnham's new book reveals the giddying and glorious plethora of the solar technologies that lie at the heart of the all-renewable energy system that awaits us, writes Jonathan Porritt - making it 'one of the most exciting and genuinely hopeful books' that I've read in a long time'. more...

The GMO Deception

Ralph Nader

24th October 2014

Front cover design from 'The GMO Deception', edited by Sheldon Krimsky and Jeremy Gruber. Science is to corporate science as Hyperion to a satyr, writes Ralph Nader. And there is no better example of this than Monsanto's realm of GMOs, biocides, super-aggressive lawyers and tame regulators - brilliantly exposed in this new book of essays, edited by Sheldon Krimsky and Jeremy Gruber. more...

This Changes Everything!

Mike Berners-Lee

13th October 2014

Naomi Klein. Photo: Morpheu5 via Flickr. Naomi Klein finds kernels of hope amid the closely linked perils of climate change and untamed capitalism, writes Mike Berners-Lee. Ultimately it's down to us, the people, to come together and force the changes we need - but Klein's new book provides some valuable and timely inspiration. more...

Fragile Earth: the new album by Vali Ohm

Laurence Rose

10th October 2014

Danny. Photo: Vali Ohm. Three thousand light years is a long way from Earth - but Vali Ohm have made the journey in quick time. It's the distance between their latest album, Fragile Earth, and their previous space-rock album 3000 Light Years, a homage to the sounds of the 1970s. Vali Ohm's Danny Jackson charted the journey with Laurence Rose. more...

Laughing all the way to the greenhouse - 'The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change'

Edgar Vaid

28th September 2014

The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change - front cover. Image: Island Press. A new book on climate change brings a refreshing, visual, gag-filled view of a complex topic, writes Edgar Vaid - while including some surprisingly advanced science. The relentless jokiness may be a bit much for adult readers, but will be a hit with the young ones. And that is, after all, what it's all about. more...

Art and Ecology Now

Martin Spray

16th September 2014

Front cover of 'Art and Ecology Now'. Image: Thames & Hudson. This intriguing new book is a bold attempt to strike a new direction for ecological art, writes Martin Spray - not to communicate environmental issues, but to create new connections with the world around us and imbue our lives with 'artfulness'. more...

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...

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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