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Chernobyl: thirty years hence...
March 24, 2014 09:26 AM - Rachel Nuwer/Smithsonian, Ecologist
It's not just people, animals and trees that suffer from radiation at Chernobyl, writes Rachel Nuwer, but also decomposer fungi and microbes. And with the buildup of dead wood comes the risk of catastrophic fire - which could spread radiation far and wide. Nearly 30 years have passed since the Chernobyl plant exploded and caused an unprecedented nuclear disaster. The effects of that catastrophe, however, are still felt today.
The omni-benefits of regenerative pasture
March 21, 2014 11:04 AM - Natasha Giddings, Ecologist
Managing grasslands in a way that mimics natural grazing by wild animals improves water infiltration, reduces erosion, conserves nutrients, reduces costs, raises production and increases profits, writes Natasha Giddings. Why isn't everyone doing it?
Forest Peoples at risk from 'carbon grab'
March 20, 2014 10:52 AM - Oliver Tickell, Ecologist
A new 'carbon grab' is under way as governments and corporations seize valuable rights to the carbon stored in standing forests, with UN and World Bank support. But there's no benefit for forest communities - who even risk expulsion to make way for 'carbon plantations'. As the United Nations and the World Bank prepare to develop world carbon markets as a tool to halt deforestation under so-called REDD+,new research warns of a new 'carbon grab' in the making.
Warming up all over, even in the Arctic
March 10, 2014 09:55 AM - Tim Radford, Ecologist
It's long been established that Arctic Ocean sea ice is on the retreat, writes Tim Radford. But it's the pace of change that's surprising scientists: latest studies show that the ice-free period is increasing by 5 days / decade. Ice in the Arctic continues to retreat. The season without ice is getting longer by an average of five days every 10 years.
Largest US grocery stores say 'no' to GMO salmon
March 7, 2014 01:15 PM - The Ecologist, Ecologist
The two largest grocery stores in the United States, Kroger and Safeway, have promised to not sell GMO salmon. Over 9,000 stores nationwide have now committed to being free of the controversial fish.
Kelloggs goes 'deforestation free'
February 21, 2014 01:09 PM - The Ecologist, Ecologist
The global cereal giant Kellogg has committed to sourcing palm oil that is deforestation-free. It will also ensure that carbon rich tropical peatlands are preserved.
El Arroz Dorado, un arroz genéticamente modificado para producir vitamina A, presenta una situación de derechos de propiedad intelectual muy complicada
Golden Rice - a complex tangle of unanswered questions
February 12, 2014 03:20 PM - Clare Westwood, Ecologist
Advocates of Golden Rice - a GMO rice that produces Vitamin A - present the debate over its use a clear moral choice with only one possible conclusion. But as Clare Westwood writes, the reality is very different...
L'Oreal moves against forest destruction
January 31, 2014 08:12 AM - The Ecologist, Ecologist
L'Oreal, the world's largest beauty and cosmetics company, has committed to remove forest destruction from its products by 2020. Top brands like Garnier, Diesel, Lancome, Giorgio Armani and Yves St Laurent will no longer be contribute to forest destruction following this promise by the world's biggest beauty products company.
Warming climate will bring more extreme 'El Nino' events
January 22, 2014 12:05 PM - Tim Radford, Ecologist
Rising global temperatures are likely to double the frequency of the most severe El Niños - the periodic atmospheric disruptions which affect weather across the globe. Tim Radford reports An El Niño is part of a natural cycle: a huge blister of heat in the equatorial Pacific, usually around Christmas-time.