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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 it’s 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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GM food and toxic herbicides
May 11, 2014 09:01 AM - Pat Thomas, The Ecologist

GM crops that resist herbicides are bringing ever higher levels of toxic chemical residues to our food, even mothers' milk, writes Pat Thomas. As the 'endocrine disrupting' effects take place at minute concentrations, there is only one answer - to keep the herbicides off all food crops. If it is accumulating in breastmilk not only is it a danger to mothers, but it is being passed on to their babies as well with potential consequences for their developmental and reproductive health. Question: "How many government officials does it take to make sensible decisions about pesticide regulation?" Answer: "Nobody knows, because it's never been done."

Glyphosate found in breast milk
April 28, 2014 11:13 AM - Editor, The Ecologist

A pilot study of American mothers' milk has found levels of the herbicide glyphosate around 1,000 times higher than allowed in European drinking water. Campaigners are demanding a ban on the use of glyphosate on food crops. In the first ever testing on glyphosate herbicide in the breast milk of American women, Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse have found 'high' levels in three out of the ten samples tested.

Are Large Dams Economical?
April 23, 2014 08:51 AM - Editor, The Ecologist

A study of 245 large dams carried out at Oxford University shows that big hydropower is uneconomic. Actual costs are typically double pre-construction estimates - and have not improved over 70 years. Researchers at Oxford University have found that planners and policymakers systematically underestimate the costs and time required to implement large dam projects.

Electric car numbers double in one year
April 16, 2014 09:10 AM - Editor, The Ecologist

There are now more than 400,000 electric cars on the world's roads - twice as many as a year ago, and on current trends there will be a million by 2016. Leading the market are the USA, Japan and China - while Europe trails behind. The number of electrically powered automobiles worldwide climbed to just over 400,000 in early 2014. This figure was determined in an analysis conducted by the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW).

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.

Calentándolo todo, incluso el Ártico
March 10, 2014 10:25 PM - Tim Radford, Ecologist, The Ecologist

Desde hace tiempo se estableció que el hielo marino del Océano Ártico está en retirada, escribe Tim Radford. Pero es el ritmo de los cambios que está sorprendiendo a los científicos: Los últimos estudios muestran que el tiempo libre de hielo es cada vez mayor por 5 días, cada década. El hielo en el Ártico continúa en retirada. La temporada sin hielo se alarga por un promedio de cinco días cada 10 años. Y en algunas regiones del Ártico la congelación de otoño es ahora hasta 11 días más 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 Ártico y las implicaciones por la pérdida de hielo del mar” 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 energía. Ahora 91 comunidades, que comprenden 1,7 millones de personas, utilizan esta fuente de energía al 100%. Illinois ha adoptado la electricidad renovable en una a gran escala, lo que no se ve en ningún otro lugar en la nación, según un nuevo informe de Leading from the Middle: “Como han Liberado las Energías Renovables las Comunidades de Illinois” 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 Legislación y Política Ambiental, LEAN Energía de los EE.UU., la Asociación de Illinois de Energía Solar, el Illinois Sierra Club y el Instituto Solar de Universidad George Washington.

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