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Offshore wind on the rocks? Photo: Chris Lishman / Shutterstock.com.

Offshore wind is too expensive!

Jim Platts

7th December 2013

Prices paid in the UK to solar and wind generators will change to favour offshore wind at the expense of the others. Jim Platt warns that the policy is doomed to failure - offshore wind is just too expensive, and likely to remain so. more...

UK pensions fuelling hunger

The Ecologist

3rd December 2013

UK pension funds are betting an estimated £1.5 billion on global food prices - £180 per average UK pension saver - according to a report released today by the World Development Movement. And the speculation is increasing food costs for the world's poorest people ... more...
Fashion can be forest friendly. Image: Canopy Style.

Forest-friendly fashion

Nicole Rycroft

3rd December 2013

Could your fashion style be destroying forests and driving orang-utans towards extinction? Nicole Rycroft shows how cellulose fibres used in textiles are a major cause of biodiversity loss worldwide. But your choices can make all the difference ... more...

China accused of stealth land grab over Mozambique's great rice project

Cecilia Anesi and Andrea Fama in co-publication with China Files

30th November 2013

China led the reclamation of the largest abandoned rice farm in Mozambique, with the blessing of the authorities. But now the company involved is accused of land grabbing and displacing thousands. Cecilia Anesi and Andrea Fama report
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Ships at Svalbard. Photo: Christopher Ware.

Arctic at risk from invasive species

Christopher Ware

25th November 2013

As the Arctic ice melts, new shipping routes are opening up for tourism, mining and other commercial purposes, cutting journey times and fuel costs. And as Christopher Ware reports, a new danger arises - invasive alien species disrupting fragile Arctic ecosystems ... more...
Owen Paterson speaking at food business innovation summit. Photo: UKTI / Flikr.com.

Genetically modified politicians

Lesley Docksey

24th November 2013

The UK Government policy on genetically modified (GM) crops is "precautionary, evidence-based and sensitive to public concerns". Lesley Docksey asks: who are they kidding? more...

The green office

Hazel Sillver & Susan Clark

20th November 2013

Hazel Sillver and Susan Clark round up some of the best and brightest eco-stationery on offer.

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Corporate logos on show at COP19.

COP19, Warsaw - Corporations rule OK!

Rachel Tansey

15th November 2013

Big business, industry and finance, keen to set the agenda and shape the rules in the interests of their profits - and at the expense of climate justice - have infiltrated COP19. more...
Fracking has contaminated your water supply

Fracking - it's the water, stupid!

John Ward

13th November 2013

Not only is fracking a massive threat to the UK's water, argues John Ward - it's a dead-end technology that will make us pay a heavy price for going precisely nowhere in energy terms. more...

Spiced Juniper Berry

Susan Clark

As the nights draw in, Susan Clark settles in for winter with a store of mulling syrup that captures the distinctive, old-English taste of juniper berries. more...

Arctic 30: Greenpeace turns on Shell

The Ecologist

13th November 2013

As the detention of Greenpeace's 'Arctic 30' by Russian security services approaches its second month, a shift of campaign tactics is taking place. Now Shell, Gazprom's partner in developing oil and gas on the Arctic Shelf, is in the firing line. more...

Owen Paterson: the minister for GM hype

Zac Goldsmith MP

8th November 2013

The environment secretary's stance on GM food is grotesque, argues Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith. more...

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Activism for Busy People Part I: Ethical Consumption

Ruth Stokes

November 9th, 2013

Keen to save the world but don't want to end up in a Russian prison? In the first of a three part series Ruth Stokes suggests ethical consumption as one alternative approach to activism that won't turn your life upside down but will make a difference ... more...
We are Legion

Guy Fawkes: the medium is the message!

Jonathan Kent

6th November 2013

Jonathan Kent examines the diverse media coverage of last night's Guy Fawkes protests in London. The reports tell us more about media prejudices, than about the event itself. more...
Golden rice

Golden rice naysayers ignore the world's need for nutrition

Dale Sanders

6th November 2013

Professor Dale Sanders takes issue with Zac Goldsmith, former editor of The Ecologist. Is 'golden rice' a Trojan Horse for the GM industry, or nutritional manna from heaven for the world's poor? more...

Tuberculosis, tracking devices, and the social lives of badgers

Nicola Weber

4th November 2013

As the UK's badger cull sputters to its dismal conclusion, wildlife researcher Nicola Weber explains why the killing may lead to more, not fewer, tubercular infections of both badgers and cattle. more...

Conscience Clothing

Ethical Consumer

Ethical Consumer, a bi-monthly publication which helps purchasers make ethical choices, explains why we should care about where and how our clothes are made more...

Nuclear power gets twice the price of solar!

Oliver Tickell

28th October 2013

The UK government's policy to pay for more for nuclear power than for power from solar PV is in direct contradiction of EU rules on state aid. more...

With nuclear power: truth is the first casualty

21st October 2013

Oliver Tickell

The Hinkley deal is a disastrous one for the UK, its taxpayers and energy users. We will be locked into a punitively high electricity price, index-linked, from 2025 until 2060, and the cumulative cost of this one nuclear power station will be well in excess of £100 billion, or around £1 billion per year in today's money. more...

The IPCC has spoken. Now what?

Oliver Tickell

2nd October 2013

If we are to move beyond the political impasse generated by the IPCC report and prevent catastrophic climate change we must look to market mechanisms, specifically price competitive renewables, writes Oliver Tickell...... more...

Eco funerals increasing in popularity

October 1st, 2013

By Clare Stevens

Many of us are living greener lifestyles, but what about the imprint we leave when we die? Traditional burial and cremation practices can create a sizeable carbon footprint. Clare Stevens explores the options for those seeking to make their goodbye a green one....... more...

Chasing Ice: DVD Review

Susan Clark

With the release of the Climate Change film Chasing Ice on DVD, Susan Clark is surprised to find most of what she was looking for – the science and heart-breaking footage of majestic glaciers seemingly just slipping away – not in the main feature but in the hour-long DVD extras more...

Labour ready to gamble on Miliband's price freeze gambit

Alex Stevenson

26th September 2013

With 20 months to go until the next general election, Britain's energy policy debate is already heating up, reports Alex Stevenson..... more...

DECC won't back Cameron's fracking price promise

Alex Stevenson

6th September 2013

In a week which has seen the UK Government shift the fracking argument away from price benefits (always an erroneous case) the pro fracking lobby is now scrambling around to find and play up to the public the wider economic benefits shale gas development could bring to Britain. Alex Stevenson reports....
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Is this the end of Yasuni National Park?

Gerald Lebrun

3rd September 2013

With the collapse of the Yasuni-ITT Initiative, and the Ecuadorian President claiming he has no choice but to drill for oil in one of the world's most pristine areas of rainforest, Gerald Lebrun explains why we must resist and fight this harder than ever...... more...

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