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  • UK faces serious blackout risk this winter - National Grid's rosy forecast fails reality test

    31 October 2014, 9:25 am

    The National Grid's forecast for UK power supply this winter relies on overstating the availability of increasingly unreliable nuclear power stations, writes Chris Goodall. More realistic estimates of nuclear, gas and coal power station availability shrink the…
  • Election debates: only the Greens offer a genuine alternative

    31 October 2014, 7:50 am

    UK broadcasters' plan to exclude the Green Party from the 2015 pre-election debates is an affront to democracy, writes Peter Bloom. Its voice must be heard - not only do the Greens enjoy a firm, nationwide base of political support, but they offer the only…
  • The great Hallowe'en pumpkin rescue

    31 October 2014, 6:21 am

    Every Hallowe'en the UK throws away enough pumpkin to make 360 million portions of pumpkin pie, soup, or cake, writes Gavin Ellis - a shocking waste in these hungry times. Hence a bold new initiative to rescue all those pumpkins from landfill, and turn them…
  • Fracking is driving UK civil and political rights violations

    30 October 2014, 5:50 am

    Extreme energy in the UK is arousing extreme reactions, write Jess Elliot & Damien Short. On the one side stand citizens committed to preserving the quality of the local and global environment. And against them, a government determined to let fracking rip, and…
  • Thailand: migrant labour investigator 'not guilty'

    29 October 2014, 12:43 pm

    A charge of 'criminal defamation' against Andy Hall, the Finnwatch migrant labour researcher who revealed the plight of migrant food sector workers in Thailand, was dismissed today. But with another three civil and criminal cases pending, he's back in court…
  • Lugworms suffer toxic impact of acidifying oceans

    29 October 2014, 12:02 pm

    A common marine worm key to the richness of many coastal ecosystems is being damaged by the increasing ocean acidification that was thought to imperil mainly shellfish and coral, writes Alex Kirby. It's an unwelcome sign of more unexpected ecological changes…
  • TTIP: Cameron begs Brussels to give away more British sovereignty

    29 October 2014, 11:17 am

    The UK and 13 other EU trade ministers have written to the European Commission's new head imploring him to include secret, much criticised investor protections in the controversial TTIP, the EU-US trade and investment deal, writes Jurgen Maier. Is this a…
  • Oil palm explosion driving West Africa's Ebola outbreak

    28 October 2014, 3:56 pm

    The medical response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been monstrously inadequate, writes Richard Kock. But so has been recognition of the underlying causes - in particular the explosive spread of industrial oil palm, which disrupts the ecology of…
  • Climate deniers lost for words: 2014 set for hottest year on record

    28 October 2014, 10:09 am

    Just as 2014 is looking like going down as the hottest year since records began, motor-mouthed climate change deniers are shrinking into the shadows, writes Richard Heasman.
  • Leaked Sellafield photos reveal 'massive radioactive release' threat

    27 October 2014, 12:49 pm

    Dilapidated nuclear waste storage ponds abandoned 40 years ago containing hundreds of tonnes of fuel rods pose an immediate danger to public safety, photographs sent to The Ecologist reveal. The fuel and sludge in the ponds could spontaneously ignite if…
  • New wave generator brightens ocean power prospects

    27 October 2014, 7:05 am

    A new wave power generator has moved closer to reality after successful testing in simulated marine conditions. An array of the 1.5MW 'Searaser' devices could be deployed on Britain's coast within a few years.
  • Latin American progressives and environmental duplicity

    24 October 2014, 1:53 pm

    Left wing governments across the Americas are faced with a dilemma, writes Daniel Macmillen - high social spending programs financed by income from destructive mining and hydrocarbon extraction - or a slower but sustainable development path that puts ecology,…
  • FoE sues to keep Devon's wild beavers free

    24 October 2014, 10:23 am

    Friends of the Earth has filed a lawsuit to challenge Natural England's secretive grant of a licence allowing the Government to trap wild beavers on the River Otter in Devon.
  • Peru: Amazon Indians sue government to title indigenous lands

    24 October 2014, 9:29 am

    Peruvian law requires the government to recognise indigenous peoples's ownership of their lands. Yet 594 communities with claims to 20 million hectares of land remain with no secure title - leaving their forests open to illegal logging, plantations and…
  • Brazil's giant dam programme is a climate disaster

    23 October 2014, 2:54 pm

    Brazil's newly elected Dilma Roussef is committed to completing the disastrous Belo Monte dam, writes Helle Abelvik-Lawson. Worse, she looks certain to press ahead with the industrialisation of the Amazon, with 61 hydroprojects in the pipeline. And new…
  • San Francisco declares: every whale and dolphin has the right to be free

    23 October 2014, 7:24 am

    If SeaWorld is looking to build a new park in California, it will be steering well clear of San Francisco, writes Laura Bridgeman. Following a campaign backed by scientists and hundreds of high school students, the City has declared cetaceans' right to be free…
  • Ebola: don't blame the bats!

    23 October 2014, 6:25 am

    Bats serve as a natural reservoir for the Ebola - but we cannot blame them for the epidemic. In Ghana alone people eat over 100,000 fruit bats a year as 'bushmeat', yet the country has escaped the epidemic. Much more research is needed to discover the…
  • Ghana's farmers battle ‘Monsanto law' to retain seed freedom

    22 October 2014, 2:23 pm

    Ghana's government is desperate to pass a Plant Breeders Bill that would remove farmers' ancient 'seed freedom' to grow, retain, breed and develop crop varieties - while giving corporate breeders a blanket exemption from seed regulations. Now the farmers are…
  • Love in the time of Ebola

    22 October 2014, 1:48 pm

    The human family must come together now to stop Ebola in West Africa or risk a global pandemic that could potentially kill billions, writes Glen Barry. And that will mean solving, with equity and justice, the disease's root causes: rainforest loss, poverty,…
  • 'Unconstructable' Hinkley C could end UK's nuclear dream

    22 October 2014, 12:19 pm

    Opponents of nuclear power hold up the planned Hinkley C as an examplar of waste and idiocy that could cost the UK over £30 billion in subsidies. Chris Goodall agrees - and fears that an impending fiasco with the 'unconstructable' and commercially disastrous…
  • OccupyDemocracy suppressed - is Cameron any better than Putin?

    22 October 2014, 12:08 pm

    Donnachadh McCarthy, The Ecologist's correspondent at Occupy Democracy was arrested yesterday when police cleared Parliament Square of protesters. The brutal repression of peaceful protest puts Britain in the same moral camp as China, Russia and others whose…
  • Germany's green power surges ahead - at a price that's finally falling

    21 October 2014, 9:18 am

    Germany's transition to a renewable power system is on track, writes Gert Brunekreeft. But it's costing households €218 a year in surcharges, causing voter enthusiasm to wane. That may be about to change though. The surcharge is about to fall, while targets…
  • To hit fossil fuel firms where it hurts, support divestment!

    20 October 2014, 11:51 am

    Fossil fuel companies are a risky investment thanks to the 2.8 trillion tonnes of 'unburnable' carbon in their reserves, writes Franklin Ginn. But there's an even stronger reason to support fossil fuel divestment: to erode their political power, which they use…
  • ICC told: Cambodia land-grabbing is 'crime against humanity'

    20 October 2014, 10:41 am

    A British lawyer has filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court, writes Kevin Ponniah, alleging that a wave of violent land-grabbing that has displaced 770,000 people has been carried out by Cambodia's ruling elite, and that it amounts to a crime…
  • London's 'Tarpaulin Revolution' lives another day

    20 October 2014, 9:27 am

    Last night the police were in full force in London's Parliament Square, writes Donnachadh McCarthy - forcibly removing Occupy Democracy protestors and snatching sleeping bags, cardboard and tarpaulins as illegal 'sleeping equipment', apparently on direct…

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