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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.

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.

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