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News Analysis Why did the US need toxic uranium munitions to destroy fuel tankers in Syria?20th February 2017Depleted uranium (DU) munitions may not be regulated but their severe long term health impacts mean they should be, writes Doug Weir. So why did 'Coalition' forces fire 5,265 armour-piercing DU rounds on IS fuel convoys in Syria? When non-DU munitions would have done the job just as well? Just because they knew they would never be held to account? All the more reason to act now!Read More... Copeland by-election: opposing nuclear power, and voting Green, is the only rational choice17th February 2017All but one of the candidates in next week's Copeland by-election are backing a massive new nuclear power station in the constituency that would cost us tens of billions of pounds. Only the Green Party's Jack Lenox is resisting the spin, hypocrisy and outright lies that his rivals have swallowed whole. Here he explains why this risky, unaffordable white elephant must be scrapped.Read More... Indigenous land rights could halt Australia's largest coal mining project16th February, 2017Indigenous elders from the Wangan and Jagalingou (W J) people have put mining company Adani - and Australia's governments - on notice to quit the Carmichael mine project over native title claims. MAXINE NEWLANDS reportsRead More... And then he came for the animals - is Donald Trump trying to make puppy mills great again?15th February 2017Whatever people were voting for when they elected President Donald Trump, very few were seeking to remove the already scant protections afforded to dogs and puppies kept in unregulated 'factory farm' breeding sheds, writes JP Sottile. But that's the effect of the deregulatory whirlwind that's hit USDA: more profit for the animal abusers, and more suffering for the animals.Read More... Suppressed EPA toxicologist: 'it is essentially certain that glyphosate causes cancer'14th February 2017Letters from an EPA toxicologist to the EPA official in charge of assessing whether glyphosate, the active ingredient of Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, causes cancer, reveal accusations of 'staff intimidation' and 'political conniving games with the science' to favour pesticide corporations, writes Carey Gillam. Could this be a game-changer for cancer-suffering plaintiffs?Read More... New report shows just how climate change is striking at the heart of the places we hold most dear Gene drives: the scientific case for a complete and perpetual ban Ecologist Special Report: Ecological Conservation in Post-Conflict Colombia
Green Living 'You'll never walk alone': highs and lows of badger patrolling against the cull17th February 2017If you love wildlife and enjoy country walks, you've got the makings of a badger patroller, writes Lesley Docksey. You can walk at night if you want to, but daytime observation on country lanes and footpaths is no less important, watching out for the signs of cullers at work. And with the trust and warm friendship that builds among badger patrollers, you'll never be without congenial company.Read More... The Challenges of Green Living: Life on a narrowboat9th February, 2017We should resurrect the 1940s plans for a Grand Contour Canal - a 100ft-wide waterway that would have followed the 300ft contour line around England from Newcastle to London to Southampton and many places in-between - and then we could all travel more pleasurably, writes PAUL MILESRead More... Re-Purposing Air Pollution to make Air Inks7th February, 2017LAURA BRIGGS reports on an innovative project that turns city-centre air pollution from vehicle exhausts into Air-Inks for artistsRead More... Food Waste - who's to blame? The Challenges of Green Living - Can He Have A Dog?
Campaigning Reaching hearts and minds: the power of nonviolent action unleashed15th February 2017Nonviolent activism is an incredibly powerful means of transforming the world, writes Robert J. Burrowes. But to harness that power, we must understand that it works by inspiring others to join in a just and noble cause, while communicating the actions they can take in their own lives. Its essential modes are thus political and psychological - and victory can result from apparent failure.Read More... New Mooncup campaign offers a more eco-friendly alternative to disposable sanitary-ware13th February, 2017The new 'Own Your Period' Campaign by Mooncup - the eco-friendly alternative to disposable sanitary-ware - aims to persuade women to make the switchRead More... Stop the UK Treasury's transport carnage!10th February 2017It's not just that the government does not seem to care about the millions of Britons that have died prematurely from traffic pollution, writes Donnachadh McCarthy. It's that every policy intervention they have made is making the problem worse! Join us this Saturday to demand a sane transport policy that will make our roads safe for people, and our air fit to breathe.Read More... Animal Campaigners launch petition to stop horrific dog torture in Romania Fighting the Brexit threat to pesticide laws Sizewell C consultation: EDF 'forgets' to mention 600,000 m3 a year of mains water
Interviews The ARTS Interview: Botanical Artist, Jess Shepherd1st February, 2017Ecologist Arts Editor, GARY COOK meets an artist determined to put plants centre stage with her new Leafscape project which includes a new exhibition this month and a crowd-funded bookRead More... The Arts Interview - The 'real' Lesley Hilling28th November, 2016Lesley Hilling is a core member of Human Nature - a group of 30 like-minded artists aiming to change the way people think and act about the natural environment through their work. GARY COOK visits her London home and studio to learn moreRead More... Caleb Behn: 'After oil gas, no amount of money can restore your fractured land' The Arts Interview - Edward Parker, Environmental Photographer
Essays Renewable energy and the circular economy - transforming the world, together1st February 2017Renewable energy, without doubt, is both driving and shaping the clean global economy of the future, writes Jeremy Leggett. But don't forget its equally essential partner: closing the consumption loop to create a truly circular economy in which there is no longer any such thing as 'waste', only resources we are not yet smart enough to use.Read More... It beats fracking - but can we believe Ecotricity's vision of 'green gas from grass'?27th January 2017Just imagine: gas for your cooking and heating made by composting home-grown British grass, writes Almuth Ernsting. What's not to like? Well, it would need almost all the UK's grassland to match our gas demand, leaving cows and sheep to starve or forcing them into sheds to eat foreign-grown feeds. And methane leakage could easily wipe out any climate benefit.Read More... Nothing 'parochial' about GMO food labeling!24th January 2017With USDA proposing to redefine GMOs for the purposes of food labeling, the issue is more important than ever, writes Jonathan Latham. It's not just to give consumers' the 'right to know' when they buy GM food, it's also a vital means to empower citizens to fight back against the industrialisation of food and farming, and the monopolies of agribusiness corporations.Read More... He dared to speak the truth: Alexey Yablokov, scientific hero of Chernobyl16th January 2017Alexey V Yablokov (1933-2017) was a scientific giant of the post-Chernobyl age, writes Chris Busby. It was he who brought together the work of dissident Soviet scientists and revealed to the world, in English language, the true health impacts of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe. His hard work and dedication underlies the continuing opposition to the nuclear industry today.Read More... Privatizing nature, outsourcing governance: the economics of extinction7th November 2016The 'Global Redesign Initiative', a project of the World Economic Forum, aims to replace UN-based intergovernmental decision-making with unaccountable 'multi-stakeholder governance' run by and for corporations, writes Margi Prideaux. What future for nature and people in this brave new world? Generate profits for investors, or face extinction or exclusion to the margins of existence.Read More... Gaia lives! Overcoming our fear of a living planet Why the sustainable food movement is unstoppable: it's the philosophy! Good nutrition begins in healthy soils
Blogs To mine or not to mine?20th February, 2017The Alternative Indaba initiated by faith-based groups eight years ago is a forum to discuss alternatives to the mining rush that brought more doom than gloom over the African continent and beyond. JASPER FINKELDEY reports back from this month's forum which called for the mining industry to be made more accountableRead More... Healthy Not Hungry - The Ethical Foodie meets the WFP6th August, 2017When our Ethical Foodie food columnist was invited to help create a sustainable Fine Dining menu showcasing the values of the UN's World Food Program he jumped at the chance - and left feeling inspired not just by the food choices on the night but by the fact the whole event reinforced his conviction we can all do better, eat better and work together to help alleviate hunger across the worldRead More... Endgame for Cumbria's nuclear nightmare - Moorside or Doomrise?3rd February 2017The 'biggest nuclear construction project in Europe' next to Sellafield in Cumbria is now hanging in the balance, writes Martin Forwood. With Toshiba fast sinking due to failed nuclear projects, and other members of the Nugen consortium getting cold feet, the project is facing collapse. The only alternatives are a Korean rescue - or making British taxpayers pick up the bill upfront.Read More... WITNESS - The La Gomera Forest Fires30th January, 2017Discussions around the effects of climate change tend to focus on the planet's polar extremes, expanding deserts or low-lying areas. La Gomera - a subtropical forest perched more than a thousand metres above the ocean - is also at risk. JAMES MCENANEY reportsRead More... Climate change and farming: let's be part of the solution!9th January 2017What with rising rainfall in the west, and hotter, drier summers in the east, British farmers place plenty of challenges from global warming, writes Anna Bowen. But there are also positive opportunities for agricultural innovators to adapt their farming systems to changing conditions, make their operations more resilient and sustainable, and make themselves part of the solution.Read More... THE ETHICAL FOODIE - Try A Community Pop UP "NATURAL CAPITAL" - A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE WITNESS: South Africa's Parliament split over future of fracking
Resurgence Ecologist Magazine Living Networks20 Jan 2017Building on a talk prepared for the Resurgence 'One Earth, One Humanity, One Future' conference, (although not presented at that event) Fritjof Capra explains new scientific evidence supporting the long-held supposition of Buddhists and others that humans are interconnected and part of nature.Read More... Brexit: A Modern Day Peasants' Revolt Farming with the grain - John Letts and his evolutionary 'made for organic' heritage seeds
Comment Trump's 'beautiful wall' threatens 111 endangered species20th February 2017The 3,100km concrete wall Donald Trump plans to build along the US-Mexico border would be a disaster for the border zone's ecosystems, writes Shonil Bhagwat. Among the species at risk: ocelots, bears, Bighorn sheep, the US's last wild jaguars facing genetic isolation north of the border, and the Bald eagle, the US's national bird.Read More... RWE npower, Colombian coal is killing our children! Close Aberthaw!16th February 2017The coal power station at Aberthaw is not just polluting much of South Wales with its filthy emissions. It could also be seriously damaging the health of children in Colombia with coal dust from BHP Billiton's massive Cerrej贸n coal mine. In this open letter, Luz 脕ngela Uriana Epiayu implores RWE npower to shut down its stinking, obsolete and illegal power station.Read More... Keep UK taxpayers off the hook for Moorside nuclear black hole!14th February 2017The main company due to build UK's 'flagship' nuclear power project at Moorside in Cumbria is on the ropes, writes Doug Parr, thanks to its multi-billion dollar nuclear losses on in the US. The obvious solution, (almost) all our politicians insist, is to ignore cheaper, faster, cleaner renewables, and make the taxpayer pick up the cost of yet another nuclear white elephant.Read More... Carbon dividends - the conservative solution to climate change9th February 2017A new carbon 'tax and dividend' climate strategy would strengthen our economy, reduce regulation, help working class Americans, shrink government, promote national security, and reduce emissions, write eight senior US conservative politicians, financiers and academics. Now Republican control of all branches of the US government makes it an opportunity not to miss!Read More... Green belt must not be sacrificed to unplanned housing8th February 2017The green belt is part of the critical green infrastructure that delivers multiple benefits for cities, writes Alister Scott. It provides space for recreation, biodiversity and farms supplying local food. It protects us from flooding and drought, improves air quality and mitigates the urban heat island effect. In short, it's far too valuable to allow developers to build all over it!Read More... A marriage made in hell: Trump's UK-US trade deal7th February 2017The impending US-UK trade deal threatens the irreversible loss of public protections on health, safety, labour and environment in both countries, writes Stephen Devlin. Last week Trump signed an executive order forcing systemic corporate deregulation - and the UK's 'pro-business' government is all too keen to go along with it.Read More... Pesticide deregulation - the real reason for Myron Ebell's Number 10 meeting?3rd February 2017If it wasn't climate change, was the real purpose of the Number 10 meeting of Theresa May's advisors and President Trump's environmental transition supremo Myron Ebell to plan the post-Brexit deregulation of UK farming, including pesticides? That's how it looks, writes Georgina Downs - and we had better begin now to fight for our health, wildlife and environment.Read More... Trump's war on humanity - which side are we on? Governing Marine Protected Areas: Lyme Bay Brexit and Trump trade deal spell doom for our 'Green and Pleasant Land' Getting the Measure of Sustainable Economic Growth
Reviews Twinkle, twinkle ... Bobby the Brown Long-Eared Bat17th January 2017This charming and beautifully illustrated story book will give pleasure to children everywhere, writes Lesley Docksey. It will also open their eyes (and with luck, those of parents and siblings) to the wonderful world of bats, and what we can do to look after them.Read More... Frank Buckland: 'the man who ate the zoo'8th November 2016As Victorian eccentrics go, Frank Buckland was a prime specimen, writes Martin Spray. But this new book about his rich and remarkable life is much more than a collection of anecdotes about his extraordinary doings, his inordinate curiosity about the natural world, and the animals he kept - and ate: a stimulating companion for wet days, cold evenings and wakeful nights.Read More... You say you want a revolution?3rd November, 2016The latest blockbuster exhibition from the V A celebrates the music of its time and those who are forever linked to it, and one of the key outcomes of this counter-culture revolution was the very first Earth Day on April 22nd 1970.Read More... 'The Fate of the Badger': the great badger scapegoating conspiracy Sellafield exposed: the nonsense of nuclear fuel reprocessing
Right of Reply UK biomass power industry is a vital part of the renewable energy mix27th October 2016Contrary to arguments advanced in a recent Ecologist article, the biomass industry supplying the Drax power station in North Yorkshire is a model of sustainability, writes Nina Skorupska, and delivers genuine, substantial emissions reductions compared to coal.Read More... SBP certification scheme: debunking the myths7th September, 2016In a second response to a recent article published in the Ecologist, "Are the UK 'biomass sustainability standards' legitimising forest destruction?", SBP Chief Executive Officer Carstem Huljus debunks the myths in a right of replyRead More... SCS Global Services Correction to its rebuttal of misleading and inaccurate statements in...In response to a recent article published in the Ecologist, "Are the UK 'biomass sustainability standards' legitimising forest destruction?", SCS has prepared this point-by-point rebuttal to several misleading and inaccurate statements, and invites readers with additional questions to contact us directly.Read More... Everything in the Garden Bridge is lovely! The case for the Dorset badger cull
Ecologist Partners LUSH ethical cosmetics company launches a new Spring Prize fund for regenerative projects6th January, 2017Nominations have opened for the new Lush Spring Prize. Launched jointly with the Ethical Consumer Research Association this is a new and very welcome 拢200,000 annual prize fund that aims to support those projects around the world that work towards environmental and social regeneration.Read More... Fracking trumps climate change, pollution, health - and democracy13th October 2016Last week the EU ratified the Paris Agreement to limit climate change, writes Tony Bosworth. So how did Communities Secretary Sajid Javid mark the occasion? By overturning Lancashire's democratic rejection of fracking, so giving a whole new fossil fuel industry the green light to let rip. Hypocrisy? The word hardly does justice to our government's mendacity.Read More...
Calendar The End of Growth?11 November 2016An evening debate with Federico Demaria, Graeme Maxton, J酶rgen Randers and Kate Raworth at the House of Commons, Monday 28 Nov 2016Read More... Feeding the Insatiable7th October 2016An international summit exploring real and imagined narratives of art, energy and consumption for a troubled planet, taking place at Schumacher College, Dartington, on 11th November 2016Read More...
Courses Yale University Launches Online Specialization Classes Open to the Public9th September, 2016If you've got the 'Back to School' bug this week then check out these brand new online courses from the prestigious Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental studies - the courses are based on the award-winning Journey of the Universe film and bookRead More... Educating for Gaia: a wholistic approach to Earth science28th April 2016As a society, we are strangely disconnected from the Earth, writes Stephan Harding. It's as if we were aliens placed here to prod and poke with our scientific instruments whilst feeling no sense of meaning, belonging or closeness to her ancient crumpled surface or rich, teeming biodiversity - a state of mind that a forthcoming course at Schumacher College aims to reverse.Read More...
News in Brief New protection of Canada's 鈥楽ea of Glass' bans fishing near the reefs20th February, 2017The last living remains of an ancient European species - the 9,000-year-old fragile glass sponge reefs off the coast of Canada - will now be offered further protectionRead More... Shell, Eni hit with Nigerian oil deal corruption charges13th February 2017Weeks after a major legal victory in London's High Court over oil-polluted communities in Nigeria, writes Joe Sandler Clarke, Shell has suffered a dramatic reversal of fortunes as Italian prosecutors charge the company, and Italy's Eni, on corruption charges over a $1.3 billion oil deal.Read More... Monarch butterflies down over a quarter in one year10th February 2017It's been another disastrous year for North America's Monarch butterflies, with the insect's population down 27% in a single year. The sudden decline is blamed on severe winter storms in Mexico, and the impacts of GMO crops, herbicides and insecticides on US farms.Read More... Vaquita going extinct as Mexico, China, dither6th February 2017The world's smallest porpoise is fast heading to extinction, writes Aron White thanks to Mexico's failure to ban the use of gillnets in its range, and China's illegal imports of totoaba fish swim bladders, used in Chinese medicine. Without urgent and effective action the vaquita will soon disappear for good.Read More... MEPs may veto 'dirty Britain' Brexit deal2nd February 2017MEPs have signalled that any Brexit deal that allows Britain to scrap the environmental laws it has signed up to as an EU member faces veto, writes Charlotte Burns. They are not prepared to countenance a bad neighbour 'dirty Britain' just off the EU's shores, nor to see the EU's environmental progress undermined by unfair competition.Read More... Heathrow: Government may ignore its own climate advisors30th January 2017Newly published letters show that the UK Government may ignore the Committee on Climate Change, its official advisor on climate, and allow emissions from aviation to soar at an expanded Heathrow airport, writes Damian Kahya. Instead it would rely on buying widely condemned 'carbon offsets'.Read More... Trump: Dakota, KXL pipelines go ahead; corporate tax cuts and deregulation26th January 2017Donald Trump defined the future of his presidency this week with a series of executive orders and speeches that promised corporations everything they ever wanted, writes Patrick Martin: the scrapping of environmental, energy and labour regulations, massive tax cuts, and approval of two fiercely resisted oil pipelines.Read More... Lawsuit challenges Monsanto's 'back to the future' toxic herbicide25th January 2017A coalition of farmer and public interest groups are suing the US Environmental Protection Agency for unlawfully approving the use of Monsanto's highly toxic herbicide dicamba on its dicamba-resistant GMO soybeans and cotton, without consulting wildlife and fisheries agencies.Read More... Blood and fire: mining and militarization in the Ecuadorian Amazon24th January 2017The opposition of Ecuador's Shuar People to large scale mining and hydroelectric development in their ancestral forests has triggered a full-scale military occupation of their lands in the Amazon cloud forest, writes Jake Ling, accompanied by a surge in state-sponsored murder and violence - for which Chinese and Canadian mining companies must share responsibility.Read More... New map shows way to reducing roads' destruction of nature18th January 2017Scientists are calling for the urgent protection of ecologically valuable roadless areas, writes Tim Radford, as a new global map shows that roads lead to loss of biodiversity and damage to ecosystems by fragmenting habitat and providing access to exploiters.Read More... World's biggest tropical carbon sink found in Congo rainforest16th January 2017A 145,000 sq km area of peatland swamp forest has been discovered in the Congo Basin, writes Tim Radford, and it holds a record 30 Gt of carbon, equivalent to 20 years of US fossil fuel emissions. Now the race is on to protect it from damaging development that would emit that carbon over coming decades.Read More... OECD takes up complaint that WWF has funded abuses of Cameroon's forest peoples12th January 2017The OECD is pursuing a complaint that WWF has funded abuses against the indigenous forest-dwelling Baka or 'Pygmy' peoples of Cameroon, after determining that its human rights guidelines do apply to WWF owing to the 'commercial nature' of its conservation activities.Read More... London breaches air pollution limit for all 2017 Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson new US Secretary of State? Vital EU wildlife laws saved! But will UK keep them after Brexit? Biodiversity Convention call to block new 'genetic extinction' GMOs
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