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The mushroom cloud above Nagasaki, 9th August 1945. The 'Fat Man' bomb contained just 6.2kg of plutonium 239 and delivered a 21 kt blast. Photo: Charles Levy / Wikimedia Commons.

Nuclear power undermines nuclear security

Dr David Lowry

2nd May 2014

Opponents of nuclear power rightly focus on issues of cost, operational danger and waste disposal, writes David Lowry. But they should not forget the towering 'elephant in the room' - nuclear security and the risk of proliferation and terrorist attacks. more...
The 2014 Goldmine Prize winners - official photo.

2014 Goldman winners - fighting coal, dams, palm oil, fracking, toxic waste

Sophie Morlin-Yron

28th April 2014

Six environment heroes, one from each continent, are honoured for their work today - fighting threats from giant coal mines to forest destruction, fracking, high dams, illegal development and toxic waste dumps. Sophie Morlin-Yron reports. more...
The oceans are filled with garbage. Who’s in charge of the cleanup? Photo: Cesar Harada via Flickr.com, CC BY-NC-SA.

Oceans of rubbish - governments must act

Alistair McIlgorm

27th April 2014

Eighty percent of marine rubbish originates on land - via storm drains, overflowing landfills, and uncontrolled dumping in rivers. And once it's in the sea, no one is responsible for it, writes Alistair McIlgorm. It's high time for governments to clean up their act. more...
If only it was this easy to see radiation. Strange Land by Russ Seidel via Flickr.com.

Fracking's radwaste - supervision remains inadequate

Sharon Kelly / DeSmogBlog

22nd April 2014

After over a decade of fracking, oversight of the industry's radioactive waste is still lacking, reports Sharon Kelly. Over half of the 280 billion gallons a year of radioactive waste water from fracking ends up in rivers and streams. more...
Trash on the beach, Hadiboh, Yemen. Photo: Gerry & Bonni via Flickr.com.

What MH370 told us - the oceans are awash with trash

Paul Mobbs

5th April 2014

In the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 we have found oil slicks and debris everywhere - none of it connected to the missing plane, writes Paul Mobbs. The seas are littered with human trash, and it's killing the oceanic ecosystem. more...
A field deployable hydrolysis system, designed to neutralize chemical weapons aboard the container ship MV Cape Ray, Jan. 2, 2014. Photo: US Department of Defense.

Syria's chemical weapons - lawbreakers rule supreme

Felicity Arbuthnot

13th March 2014

Syria's surrender of its chemical weapons last autumn raised the question - where to dispose of the toxic agents? Felicity Arbuthnot reports on a toxic tale of chaos, corruption, grand theft, and a growing strategic imbalance in the Middle East. more...
Another fracking hazard for campaigners to worry about - radioactive waste. Photo of protest at Balcombe, 6th August 2013, by Push Europe via Flickr.com.

Fracking's radioactive legacy - we lack the technology

Alan Herbert & Trevor Jones

5th March 2014

Fracking operations produce radioactive waste derived from naturally occurring uranium and thorium - until now, safely buried deep underground. And right now the industry has neither a plan, nor the technology, to deal with it. more...
Packaged food in a supermarket in Kamakura, Japan. Photo: Todd Mecklem via Flickr.com.

The chemical dangers in food packaging

Jo Adetunji

1st March 2014

The long-term effects of synthetic chemicals used in packaging, food storage and processing food could be damaging our health, scientists have warned. Jo Adetunji reports. more...
Infra-red image showing how open shop doors pour heat into our streets. Image: closethedoor.org.uk

Shut that door!

Jeannie Dawkins

20th December 2013

As we embark on our final splurge of Christmas shopping, spare a thought for all those heaters blasting hot air in customers' faces, set above wide open doors. Jeannie Dawkins says the waste of energy is a national disgrace that must be ended! more...
Almost every junction in India's sprawling cities seems to have it's own heap of festering rubbish. Photo:  George Tzilaris / Creative Commons 2.0.

India - buried under stinking rubbish heaps

Almudena Serpis

17th December 2013

Under the 'Incredible India' brand lurk millions of fast-growing piles of decomposing waste, reports Almudena Serpis. As they await removal, polluting waters and stinking under the tropical sun, India is rapidy becoming the world's biggest rubbish dump. more...
Going over the same ground? Photo: mihalec / Shutterstock.com.

Return of the Killer Zombie Projects

Nick Balmer

12th December 2013

The UK's £375 billion 'National Infrastructure Plan' is dominated by long-failed Zombie Projects, says civil engineer Nick Balmer. Not just a huge waste of time and money, they distract from the important task of rebuilding Britain for the 21st century. more...
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall at the Pig Idea Feast.

Let them eat waste!

Edd Colbert / The Ecologist

22nd November 2013

Last night Edd Colbert hosted a massive knees-up in Trafalgar Square, to ceremonially devour eight pigs raised entirely on edible food waste - a delicious launch to a very original campaign. He spoke to The Ecologist about his ideas ... more...

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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...

Every Drop Counts

October 10th, 2013

By Ruth Barton

Being mindful of your direct and indirect water consumption is beneficial to the planet, your health and your finances writes Ruth Barton.... more...

The 'Can Do' Attitude to Recycling

October 3rd, 2013

David Church

David Church tells the Ecologist why he believes taking responsibility for our personal litter is a crucial part of being a green citizen, even if it might make other people feel uncomfortable....... more...

The Carbon Credentials of Smartphones

David Thomas

This month we see the arrival of the new iPhone. Surely the world's most desired gadget. How should we judge its carbon credentials? more...

It’s not easy being green – unless that is, you live on a boat

Clare Kendall

In the first of a series of four blogs Clare Kendall examines the interactions between the boat dweller and the substance that keeps them afloat..... more...

The heavy price of Greek gold

Jim Wickens

25th July 2013

The birthplace of Aristotle is being laid waste by a vast mining project, opening a rift in a cash-strapped society more...

Gaia's Guardians find a new way to clean up Glastonbury

Julia Lockwood

How do you change a damaging culture of littering amongst 200,000 hedonistic festival-goers? The answer is to go deep........ more...
clothing factory

The Clothing Industry: Modern day attitudes akin to those of historical slavery

By Sarah Compson

In the wake of the Bangladesh factory collapse Sarah Compson implores us all as consumers to take responsibility for what we wear and not to turn a blind eye. more...

Masdar City: A Rising Star

April 8th, 2013

By Peter Hume

Peter Hume examines plans for a zero-carbon, zero-waste, car free city in Abu Dhabi that will rely entirely on renewable energy sources, and asks whether the concept can become a sustainable reality...... more...

Frontline Online: Is this possibly the most creative use of waste ever?

January 20th, 2013

by Lorna Howarth

In her weekly column, the Ecologist's Lorna Howarth reports on the stories that show standing up for what we believe in can and does make a real difference. more...

Frontline Online: How can you help to reduce food waste?

January 22rd, 2013

by Lorna Howarth

The Ecologist's Lorna Howarth reports on news and action from the environmental frontline more...

Frontline Online: Where should we be looking for waste we can turn to energy?

January 13th, 2013

by Lorna Howarth

In her new weekly column, the Ecologist's Lorna Howarth reports on the stories that show standing up for what we believe in can and does make a real difference. more...

"Greening" the Crisis: Turning Trouble into Opportunity

Diogo Verissimo

October 2nd, 2012

The winner of the 2012 ICUN /Thomson Reuters Environmental Media Award is Diogo Verissimo - a conservation biologist from Portugal. The award, now in its 10th year, was hosted for the first time this year on Facebook where Diogo's essay - one of 162 submitted - polled a staggering 5,352 of the 26,274 votes cast. Here is his winning essay. more...

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