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Ocean-grabbing threatens the food security of entire communities
November 15, 2012 08:43 AM - Olivier De Schutter, Ecologist
All over the world, food systems and the ecosystems they rely on are coming under pressure from the over-exploitation of natural resources. But nowhere are these impacts occurring as rapidly and dramatically as in the world's oceans.
Ash dieback: number of affected counties doubles
November 13, 2012 10:29 AM - Adam Vaughan and John Vidal, Ecologist
As tree growers and plant health experts from 80 organisations met at a summit convened by the environment secretary, Owen Paterson, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said ash dieback had now been confirmed in the wild in six new counties: Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Lincolnshire, Northumberland, Sussex and Yorkshire. A total of 115 sites in 11 counties, including some in Wales and Scotland, are now confirmed.
Toxic chemicals used for leather production poisoning India’s tannery workers
October 29, 2012 08:16 AM - Pter Bengsten,Danwatch, Ecologist
India’s tanning industry has started tackling environmental issues but its progress on worker safety is woeful. As Peter Bengtsen found out, illness and deaths linked to toxic tanning chemicals appear worryingly common. The day began as every other day for 32-year-old tannery worker, Ramu. He woke at five in the morning next to his wife, Tamil Arasi, and four children in the family’s one-room hut in a tiny rural village in southern India. After his usual breakfast of rice and lentils, he left to clean waste tanks at some of the hundreds of tanneries in Vaniyambadi. He never returned home.
Cleaning up the Bosphorus
October 22, 2012 08:27 AM - Alina Lehtinen, Ecologist
The Bosphorus - which divides Istanbul into the European and Asian side - is one of the most active and most polluted rivers in the world. Resident Alina Lehtinen discovers it's not the garbage but sewerage that is the key pollutant in the city's ailing waterways.
Would You Eat Lab-grown Meat?
October 3, 2012 07:44 AM - Tom Levitt, Ecologist
Lab-grown meat could help reduce the environmental footprint of intensive farming. But will it ever appeal to vegetarians or even more eco-conscious consumers?
Will EU subsidies be enough to encourage greener farming?
September 5, 2012 08:22 AM - Carolyn Lebel, Ecologist
In France, as in the rest of Europe, farmland makes up most of what we call the environment but intensive farming practices have exacted their own costs. And by depleting the very foundations upon which it depends - water, soil and pollinators - modern agriculture becomes a menace to itself.
Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists
August 31, 2012 08:32 AM - John Vidal, Ecologist
Water scarcity's effect on food production means radical steps will be needed to feed a population expected to reach nine billion by 2050, warns Stockholm International Water Institute.
Are captive tuna farms a viable alternative to overfishing?
August 22, 2012 08:24 AM - Tom Edathikunnel, Ecologist
The Kindai tuna, bred by scientists at Kinki University, may lead the way for future large-scale tuna farms. Tom Edathikunnel investigates whether the idea really is preferable to overfishing.
Why we all need to worry about the decline in native butterflies
August 3, 2012 08:26 AM - Faye Dobson, Ecologist
Butterfly populations are an important gauge of the health of local habitats and wider climate change. As families this weekend join the Big Butterfly Count, Faye Dobson explains what population changes mean, and how you can get involved.
Conserving the Wild West: Arizona’s green dream
May 29, 2012 08:38 AM - Ruth Styles, Ecologist
The cowboys and Indians are still there but there's more to America's 48th state than reliving the glory days of the Wild West. Home to seven different ecosystems, it is leading the way in conservation and green tourism. Ruth Styles went to find out more.