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The Ecologist has been setting the environmental agenda since 1970, first as a magazine and now exclusively online at www.theecologist.org.
Launched by Teddy Goldmsith, the Ecologist shot to fame in 1972 for devoting an entire issue to its Blueprint for Survival, a radical manifesto for change that proposed, amongst other reforms, the formation of a movement for survival. This led to the creation of the People Party, later renamed the Ecology Party and finally the Green Party.
Today the Ecologist examines the connection between a wide range of subjects. Whether itís food, war, politics, pharmaceuticals, farming, toxic chemicals, corporate fraud, mass media or supermarkets, the Ecologist challenges conventional thinking and empowers readers to tackle global issues on a local scale.
With thought-provoking investigations by leading experts and daily news and analysis the Ecologist website is an indispensable guide for anyone re-thinking their basic assumptions about the world we live in.

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Smog alerts for Europe
April 4, 2014 04:21 PM - Rob MacKenzie, The Ecologist

The UK news media has been buzzing with reports of air pollution alerts associated, at least in part, with the long-range transport of dust from the Sahara. Colleagues from Africa have asked why we in the UK are worried about the health effects of a relatively rare occurrence of this long-range dust all the way across Europe, when African countries experience dust storms of much higher intensity almost daily at some times of year.

Los humedales y las emisiones de metano
March 25, 2014 11:35 AM - Tim Radford, The Ecologist, The Ecologist

Los científicos creen que la cantidad de metano emitido a la atmósfera desde los ecosistemas de agua dulce aumentará a medida que el clima se calienta, informa Tim Radford. Y eso va a provocar un mayor calentamiento. Esto destaca otro mecanismo por el cual el ciclo global del carbono puede acelerar, en lugar de mitigar, el cambio climático futuro.

Wetlands and methane emissions
March 23, 2014 09:59 AM - Tim Radford, The Ecologist

Scientists think the amount of methane emitted to the atmosphere from freshwater ecosystems will increase as the climate warms, reports Tim Radford. And that will trigger further warming. This highlights another mechanism by which the global carbon cycle may serve to accelerate rather than mitigate future climate change. British scientists have identified yet another twist to the threat of global warming. Any further rises in temperature are likely to accelerate the release of methane from rivers, lakes, deltas, bogs, swamps, marshlands and rice paddy fields.

Yellowstone Bison win court case!
March 16, 2014 07:25 AM - Editor, ENN, The Ecologist

The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that bison can roam outside the park boundaries for winter and early spring forage without being shot. In 2008, more than 1,400 bison - about one-third of the current size of Yellowstone's bison population - were captured and slaughtered by government agencies while leaving Yellowstone in search of food. The Montana Supreme Court affirmed the decision of a lower court this week, allowing wild bison room to roam outside the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park.

Calent√°ndolo todo, incluso el √Ārtico
March 10, 2014 10:25 PM - Tim Radford, Ecologist, The Ecologist

Desde hace tiempo se estableci√≥ que el hielo marino del Océano √Ārtico est√° en retirada, escribe Tim Radford. Pero es el ritmo de los cambios que est√° sorprendiendo a los cient√≠ficos: Los √ļltimos estudios muestran que el tiempo libre de hielo es cada vez mayor por 5 d√≠as, cada década. El hielo en el √Ārtico contin√ļa en retirada. La temporada sin hielo se alarga por un promedio de cinco d√≠as cada 10 a√Īos. Y en algunas regiones del √Ārtico la congelaci√≥n de oto√Īo es ahora hasta 11 d√≠as m√°s tarde cada década. Los hallazgos provienen de un estudio reciente publicado en la revista Geophysical Research Letters: “Los cambios en la temporada de deshielo en el √Ārtico y las implicaciones por la pérdida de hielo del mar”Ě por Stroeve y alumnos.

Illinois: 1,7 millones de personas optan por la electricidad verde al 100%
March 10, 2014 10:38 AM - Editor, The Ecologist, The Ecologist

Illinois es uno de los seis estados de Estados Unidos que permite a las comunidades para agregar y especificar sus compras de energ√≠a. Ahora 91 comunidades, que comprenden 1,7 millones de personas, utilizan esta fuente de energ√≠a al 100%. Illinois ha adoptado la electricidad renovable en una a gran escala, lo que no se ve en ning√ļn otro lugar en la naci√≥n, seg√ļn un nuevo informe de Leading from the Middle: “Como han Liberado las Energ√≠as Renovables las Comunidades de Illinois”Ě Con 91 comunidades proporcionando el 100 por ciento de electricidad renovable a sus residentes, el Estado supera con creces a cualquier otro, incluyendo Ohio, que cuenta con dos ciudades que ofrecen 100 % de electricidad renovable. El informe fue dado a conocer hoy por el Fondo Mundial de Vida Silvestre (WWF, siglas en inglés), el Centro de Legislaci√≥n y Pol√≠tica Ambiental, LEAN Energ√≠a de los EE.UU., la Asociaci√≥n de Illinois de Energ√≠a Solar, el Illinois Sierra Club y el Instituto Solar de Universidad George Washington.

Illinois - 1.7 million people choose 100% green electricity
March 9, 2014 09:32 PM - Editor, The Ecologist

Illinois is one of six US states that allows communities to aggregate and specify their energy purchases. Now 91 - comprising 1.7 million people - have used that power to buy 100% renewable electricity. Illinois has embraced renewable electricity on a massive scale not seen anywhere else in the nation, says a new report, Leading from the Middle: How Illinois Communities Unleashed Renewable Energy. With 91 communities providing 100 percent renewable electricity to their residents, the state far outpaces any other, including Ohio, which has two cities providing 100% renewable electricity. The report was released today by World Wildlife Fund, the Environmental Law and Policy Center, LEAN Energy US, the Illinois Solar Energy Association, Illinois Sierra Club, and The George Washington University Solar Institute.

Los peligros de las sustancias químicas usadas en el envasado de alimentos
March 3, 2014 06:43 PM - Jo Adetunji, The Ecologist, The Ecologist

Los efectos a largo plazo de los productos qu√≠micos sintéticos utilizados en el envasado, almacenamiento y procesamiento de alimentos podr√≠an estar da√Īando nuestra salud, los cient√≠ficos han advertido. Informa Jo Adetunji. En realidad sabemos muy poco acerca de c√≥mo los productos qu√≠micos afectan las funciones del cuerpo o promueven la enfermedad, o en qué etapa de la vida somos susceptibles.

The dangers of chemicals used in food packaging
March 2, 2014 08:32 AM - Jo Adetunji, The Ecologist

The long-term effects of synthetic chemicals used in packaging, food storage and processing food could be damaging our health, scientists have warned. Jo Adetunji reports. We actually know very little about how chemicals affect bodily functions or promote disease, or at what life stage we are susceptible. In a paper published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the authors said most of these potentially damaging chemicals were found in "food contact materials". These include the coatings on the inside of cans, laminates on cartons, and glass jar seals.

Inminente crisis del agua en China
February 27, 2014 11:08 PM - Joshua Bateman, The Ecologist,, The Ecologist

Inminente crisis del agua en China

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