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Why the best world-changing ideas begin in your neighborhood
May 22, 2012 09:31 AM - John-Paul Flintoff, Ecologist
Your ideas for changing the world may be desperately important. But if you can't find a way to engage the interests of the people around you they may never take off, argues John-Paul Flintoff. The environmental movement has often been guilty of making people despondent, either by talking about 'problems' in a way that makes listeners feel powerless, or by presenting solutions as miserable duties. It needn't be that way. Instead, we could try to make doing the right thing appealing, rather than merely necessary - and one way to do that is to offer people a chance to say hello to their neighbours.
Chemical weapon and radiation fear at Scottish RAF base
May 21, 2012 09:24 AM - Editor, Ecologist
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) may have sold off land contaminated with chemical weapons and radioactive material buried at an RAF base in North-East Scotland, according to reports. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) is already investigating radioactive contamination at RAF Kinloss, believed to be from Second World War aircraft coated in radium and buried at the site.
Are straw bales the future of sustainable building?
April 20, 2012 09:02 AM - Mark Briggs, Ecologist
Straw bale is a low impact, low carbon building material making strides towards mainstream acceptance. So is it about time we took notice? As designers and homeowners look for imaginative ways to help reduce their carbon footprint in the campaign against climate change, straw bale could become a new tool in the building industry's armoury.
Pesticides linked to honeybee decline
April 2, 2012 09:45 AM - Damien Carrington, Ecologist
The first study conducted in a natural environment has shown that systemic pesticides damage bees' ability to navigate. Common crop pesticides have been shown for the first time to seriously harm bees by damaging their renowned ability to navigate home. The new research strongly links the pesticides to the serious decline in honey bee numbers in the US and UK — a drop of around 50 per cent in the last 25 years. The losses pose a threat to food supplies as bees pollinate a third of the food we eat such as tomatoes, beans, apples and strawberries.
Peru's vanishing fish stocks 'devastated' by growing fishmeal demand
January 26, 2012 08:52 AM - Editor, Ecologist
The fish stocks of the southern Pacific and in particular Peru are being plundered by widespread cheating and overfishing, according to a new investigation. Peru is the world's second largest fishing nation after China, with the majority of its catch converted into fishmeal, a feed for farmed fish and pigs. More than a million tons a year exported mostly to Asia, in a trade worth $1.6 billion.
Tainted gold: thousands join protest against Peru's largest ever mining project
January 17, 2012 08:50 AM - Gervase Poulden, Ecologist
A US-backed billion-dollar gold mine has attracted thousands of protestors in recent weeks. Many have the poor economic legacy of existing mines fresh in their minds, reports Gervase Pouldon in Cajamarca, Peru. For Segundo Ortiz, a worker at the San Antonio Market in Cajamarca, a city in the north of Peru, the reasons for taking to the street in protest are clear: 'It’s about protecting our water supply, nothing more.'
Too clever by half: is technology killing the planet?
December 28, 2011 08:48 AM - Ian Michler, Ecologist
Technology is at once a hugely constructive and a hugely destructive force, and for the most part we have been content to ignore the latter while enjoying the benefits of the former. But, suggests Ian Michler, it’s high time that we begin to think seriously — and innovatively — about tempering its damaging effects
The eco travel guide to Finland
December 23, 2011 04:45 PM - Daniel Copley, Ecologist
Finland has become synonymous with Christmas thanks to its northern Lapland region. But with buzzing cities and wonderful wildlife, there's far more to the country than Santa Claus. Scandinavia's youngest country and its second largest, Finland offers a curious blend of cosmopolitan cities and cutting-edge design juxtaposed with huge stretches of wilderness.
Warning as infectious salmon disease spreads from Europe's fish farms to Canada
December 15, 2011 08:21 AM - Anna Taylor, Ecologist
The rise of the farmed fish industry in recent years has been accompanied by the emergence of many infectious diseases of fish. One of the most recent and serious diseases is the marine viral disease, Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA). First detected in Atlantic salmon farmed along the southwest coast of Norway in 1984, it has since spread throughout the world.
How global finance fuels a secretive and unethical land grab in Africa
December 9, 2011 08:45 AM - Henk Hobbelink, Ecologist
Global banks, investment houses and pension funds are gobbling up farmland in poor countries for food and biofuels production. GRAIN, winners of the 2011 Right Livelihood Award, says this secretive and unjust practice needs to stop.