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If next summer is rained off, blame the melting Arctic

James Screen

November 5th, 2013

Fed up with rainy summers? Blame global warming, and specifically, the melting Arctic. But for the future, nothing is certain. more...

Falling Fruit: A global collaborative foraging map

November 1st

Ruth Stokes

Ruth Stokes tells The Ecologist about an ingenious new online tool that encourages all of us, especially the yet-to-be-converted, to indulge in the free edible goodness found throughout our urban spaces more...

The real point of GM food is corporate control of farming

1st November 2013

Colin Tudge

The claims made for GM agriculture are a transparent fraud. The real purpose of GM foods is to give giant corporations legally-enforceable monopoly powers over the entire global food chain. more...
Massacre by Burmese army

Aung San Suu Kyi: complicity with tyranny

Guy Horton

31st October 2013

Aung San Suu Kyi is the international face of Burma and a global icon of courage, endurance and moral authority. But as Guy Horton reports from Burma, she is now actively colluding with the Burmese military's violent campaigns against minority ethnic and religious groups. more...

India - the new global warming villain

Oliver Tickell

25th October 2013

India has blocked progress on an agreement to reduce emissions of the HFC super-powerful greenhouse gases. more...
Pig Business

How 'ag gag' laws target those exposing horrors of factory farming

Andrew Wasley

21st October 2013

Faced with threats, draconian gagging laws and even violence, journalists and activists investigating the secrets of the global food industry tread a dangerous path, says Andrew Wasley. Additional reporting by Sarah Stirk more...

Known Unknowns - risk, uncertainty and doubt are stalking global farming

October 15th, 2013

By Peter Baker

Peter Baker argues that finding solutions to the challenges facing modern agriculture will not be found in market-based mechanisms or further intensification of land, but by harnessing the diversity of human ingenuity..... more...

Solar power straight off the shelf

October 2nd, 2013

By David Thomas

Furniture giant IKEA are soon to stock solar panels in all their UK stores, evidence that renewable technology can really compete in the global marketplace says David Thomas....... more...

PHOTO GALLERY: Mapping the health of our endangered coral reefs

September 30th, 2013

Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

From Bermuda, Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg tells the Ecologist how our understanding of global environmental trends can be aided by surveying coral reef on a massive scale, and how some amazing technology is helping his team do exactly that........ more...

Climate change impacts on marine life

Anna Taylor

17th September 2013

Anna Taylor reports on the findings of a recently published study which analyses the impacts of climate change on global marine ecology..... more...

Will the world act to save the African elephant before it's too late?

Dominic Dyer

15th July 2013

Dominic Dyer reports on a long overdue co-ordinated effort by the international community to take action against the global industry which is slaughtering Africa’s elephants...... more...

Global warming games - playing the man not the ball

John Abraham & Dana Nuccitelli

15th July 2013

John Abraham & Dana Nuccitelli report on the expensive and time consuming attacks launched against scientists by the anti-science crowd and express their concern that this will deter the next generation of scientists........ more...

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Wildlife in the firing line in global war against bovine TB

18th June, 2013

Sarah Stirk

Where there are cattle, there is the threat of bovine Tuberculosis (TB). The farming methods may differ greatly, but from the dairy farms of Ethiopia to the beef herds of Canada the race is on to find the best way to tackle the disease more...

Rivers and Natural Ecosystems as Rights Bearing Subjects

by Robin R Milam

Robin Millam from the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature is encouraged to by the progress being made by those countries and communities small and large who are seeking to give legal rights to nature..... more...

Global Green Challenge; calling all entrepreneurs

by Lucy Nicolson

With new figures out this month (May 2013) revealing that carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have reached an all-time high at 400 parts per million (PPM), the timing for a global competition to find carbon cutting ideas is apt more...

Global Green Challenge; calling all entrepreneurs

by Lucy Nicolson

With new figures out this month (May 2013) revealing that carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have reached an all-time high at 400 parts per million (PPM), the timing for a global competition to find carbon cutting ideas is apt more...

Global Canopy

by Andrew Mitchell

Andrew Mitchell highlights why we must recognise the true value of what our tropical rainforests provide for free. more...

UK Government fails to take wildlife crime seriously

April 24th, 2013

by Simon Pope

Simon Pope, Director of Campaigns and Communications for the World Society for the Protection of Animals, questions why the UK government is so far behind other global powers when it comes to tackling the illegal wildlife trade. more...

Inuit, the Polar Bear and Climate Change

March 22nd, 2013

by Luke Dale-Harris

What's really behind the sudden global concern over the Inuit’s right to hunt - a concern that swung the polar bear vote at CITES? Luke Dale-Harris reports more...

A scaly crisis: why we must act now to save reptiles

by Anna Taylor

Anna Taylor summarises the findings of the most extensive research ever conducted on the global status of reptiles, and argues that if conservation continues to focus too heavily on 'charismatic megafuna', we face losing countless reptile species forever. more...
Hamburger

Horsemeat scandal highlights murky trade in farm animals

February 11th, 2013

by Andrew Wasley

The discovery of horsemeat in burgers and ready meals has revealed how live horses are shipped across Europe in a complex and secretive business. And it's just part of a bigger global trade in livestock and poultry. Andrew Wasley reports......... more...

Towards a New Paradigm

January 31st, 2013

by James Parker

James Parker argues that in order to avoid exacerbating the global issues that Earth and its inhabitants face we must shift from state-centric and anthropocentric thinking towards true Global Governance. more...

Frontline Online: Greening The Global Economy

January 29th, 2013

by Lorna Howarth

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

Last Call for Capitalism

Gar Smith

A global hangover haunts the world economies, but Gar Smith says there may just be a cure..... more...

Global warming, peak oil, economic chaos

Edgar Vaid

Edgar Vaid reviews “Convivial Policies for the Inevitable” by Michael Bassey which warns we may be forced to start relating to each other in long-forgotten ways, because there is no alternative. more...

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