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A Student Writes….Global Extinction Within One Lifetime?

Michael Brown

16th July, 2012

Environmental chemistry student Michael Brown evaluates how seriously recent claims that global extinction could occur within out lifetime should be taken more...
350.org

TAKE ACTION to help end government subsidies for dirty energy

Grace Philip

25th May, 2012

Global grassroots movement, 350.org is gathering support to persuade world leaders to stop subsidising fossil fuels at the Rio Earth Summit more...
Tibetan plateau

The global cost of China's destruction of the 'roof of the world'

Sylvia Downes

11th May, 2012

China's least talked about crime against Tibet is the damage to the Tibetan plateau: dams, deforestation, mining, poaching and the dumping of nuclear waste. And it is impacting on all of us more...
Pepsi advert

Top global brands accused over controversial 'painted home' adverts in Africa

Sarah Bentley

25th April, 2012

Global brands, including Coca-Cola, Unilever and Vodafone offer African township residents a ‘lick of paint’ in exchange for turning their homes into advertisements more...
Pillage Theory

Charles Taylor verdict could set precedent on conflict resources

Ecologist

23rd April, 2012

The trial of the ex-Liberian President - accused of purchasing arms with funds from the illegal timber and diamond trade - could lead to a wave of prosecutions using the 'pillage' theory more...
Pillage theory

Pillage theory: a blueprint for prosecuting corporations trading in conflict resources

Matilda Lee

20th April, 2012

Timber, diamonds, gold and oil have long been recognised as drivers of war. But companies involved in trading commodities from conflict zones are seldom prosecuted. Isn't it time they were held to account? Matilda Lee reports more...
Fragile Earth

PHOTO GALLERY: Fragile Earth app

Ruth Styles

25th April, 2012

From shrinking seas to devastated rainforests, a new app, Fragile Earth, is helping to chart humanity’s trail of destruction while challenging us to do something about it more...
ethical jewellery

Ethical jewellery: what to ask and what to buy

Amy Hall

24th April, 2012

From blood diamonds to mining with cyanide, bling is a big problem for the planet. But as Amy Hall explains, clued-up consumers mean greener gems more...
The No-Nonsense Guide to World Population

The No-Nonsense Guide to World Population

Mark Newton

19th April, 2012

Is population really the demographic time bomb it’s portrayed as? Author Vanessa Baird sifts through the evidence and comes up with some surprising answers, says Mark Newton more...
tenerife bio home

Beat the heat: how a new type of eco home is helping tackle global warming

Paul Miles

3rd April, 2012

As climate change speeds up, the question of how to adapt our homes to hotter temperatures is becoming increasingly important. Now, a pioneering project on the island of Tenerife has been set up to address those concerns. Paul Miles reports more...
Caroline Fiennes

Charity donations: how to spot the most effective good causes

Caroline Fiennes

21st March, 2012

Many of us support charities which work on some of the biggest environmental issues of our time. But which are the good ones, and how can we really help? Caroline Fiennes, author of 'It ain't what you give, it's the way that you give it', finds out more...
An obesogenic diet

US-style 'obesogenic' diet being exported to poor countries, says UN expert

Tom Levitt

14th March, 2012

The West is exporting diabetes and heart disease to poor countries, along with the processed foods that line the shelves of global supermarkets warns UN advisor Olivier De Schutter more...

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Water Matters: Why We Need to Act Now to Save Our Most Critical Resource

Water Matters: Why We Need to Act Now to Save Our Most Critical Resource

Mark Newton

22nd March, 2012

Tara Lohan’s Water Matters is an anthology that almost, but doesn’t quite deliver, says Mark Newton more...
Bjorn Lomborg

Bjørn Lomborg: 'Five inches...? I can't even remember that figure'

Richard Orange

3rd February, 2012

Despite no scientific training Bjørn Lomborg has had a strong influence on the climate change debate, positioning himself against climate deniers and campaigners who say that climate change is a global emergency more...
A Better World is Possible

A Better World is Possible

Bethany Hubbard

26th January, 2012

Bruce Nixon’s call to arms examines the perils of the global economic system, and challenges us to think sustainably, writes Bethany Hubbard more...
fish

Peru's vanishing fish stocks 'devastated' by corruption and growing fishmeal demand

Ecologist

26th January, 2012

Soaring global demand for fishmeal primarily for animal feed or fish farms, including salmon, is wrecking havoc on the once abundant fish stocks of the southern Pacific more...
Pepper farmers

Pepper: how our favourite spice is tainted by a deadly legacy

Frederik Johannisson and Peter Bengtsen

25th January, 2011

From India to Indonesia pepper farmers are increasingly vulnerable to harvest failures, food price crashes and price fixing, an investigation by Frederik Johannisson & Peter Bengtsen of Danwatch has revealed more...
Schumacher College

Schumacher College

We believe that a more sustainable and equitable world is possible. Join us and the leading international thinkers, activists and practitioners, for pioneering short course, postgraduate and vocational education that delivers personal and global transformation.



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Let Live: A Bike Ride, Climate Change and the CIA

Let Live: A Bike Ride, Climate Change and the CIA

Daniel Copley

5th January, 2012

What could have been a rip-roaring yarn with an important message is spoiled by unlikely dialogue and overly simple characters, says Daniel Copley more...
is vegetarianism the way forward?

Can becoming a vegetarian help save the planet?

Laurie Tuffrey

4th January, 2012

Globally, meat consumption has increased by 20 per cent in the last decade despite concerns about its environmental impact. So, asks Laurie Tuffrey, can going vegetarian really help the earth? more...
Electricity pylons at sunset

'Soundscape ecology': the new science helping identify ecosystems at risk

David Hawkins

16th December, 2011

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...
Frankincense and myrrh

Frankincense and myrrh: an ethical nightmare?

Sophie Laggan

14th December, 2011

Frankincense and myrrh are prized for their fabulous scent and are an essential ingredient in beauty products. But with 90 per cent of the global supply originating in war-torn Somalia, just how ethical can they really be?
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GRAIN

How global finance fuels a secretive and unethical land grab in Africa

Henk Hobbelink

9th December, 2011

Global banks, investment houses and pension funds are gobbling up farmland in poor countries for food and biofuels production. GRAIN, winners of the 2011 Right Livelihood Award, says this secretive and unjust practice needs to stop more...
Plans for diamond mining in Botswana saw Bushmen forced out of their home

Global Witness quits Kimberley Process as Zimbabwe 'blood diamonds' exported

Rosie Spinks

6th December, 2011

Consumers could unwittingly buy rings or other jewellery linked to serious human rights abuses after Kimberley Process fails to prevent the sale of diamonds from Robert Mugabe's Marange diamond fields more...
skiing

Has the ski industry got its head in the snow about climate change?

Ben Hudson

29th November, 2011

With mountainous regions under threat from global warming, is the winter sports business doing enough to protect the delicate eco-system in its care? more...

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