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Air pollution linked to 200,000 premature deaths in UK
December 22, 2010 08:26 AM - Tom Levitt, Ecologist

Campaigners urge health secretary Andrew Lansley to act to reduce air pollution, as government medical experts warn of its 'significant' health burden. Long-term exposure to particulate pollution, largely from road traffic, is shortening the lives of as many as 200,000 every year, according to a government advisory committee.

Rabbits named Britain's most costly invasive species
December 15, 2010 08:17 AM - James Meikle, Ecologist

They were introduced to Britain by the Romans, are hated as pests and celebrated in children's books. Britain's estimated 40 million rabbits cost the economy more than £260m a year including damage to crops, businesses and infrastructure, a report says today.

Seoul: on course to be one of the world's greenest cities?
November 30, 2010 01:03 PM - Anna Sheldrick, Ecologist

Seoul, host of this year's G20, is well on the way to achieving its goal of becoming one of the world's most eco-friendly cities. But, as Anna Sheldrick reports, there may be room for improvement elsewhere in South Korea.

Egypt's factory farming boom threatens social strife in a hungry country
November 24, 2010 08:36 AM - Joseph Mayton, Ecologist

Increasing demand for meat in the land of the Pyramids is leading to more intensive farming, with serious consequences for food prices, the environment and animal welfare, reports Joseph Mayton in Cairo.

Whisky and waves: the future of Scottish isle's power?
November 12, 2010 02:22 PM - Ffion Llwyd-Jones, Ecologist

Communities on the Isle of Islay are moving forward with plans for tidal energy and renewable fuels while maintaining age old methods of agriculture and whisky distilling.

Shocking legacy of 'uranium poisonings' haunts Obama's looming mining decision
November 9, 2010 06:41 AM - Leana Hosea, Ecologist

Despite disturbing claims about the impact of uranium, ten-thousand proposals for exploration in the Grand Canyon area have been submitted. A key fuel for nuclear power, the US must now decide between full scale uranium mining, partial mining or a twenty year moratorium. Leana Hosia investigates Standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon it's easy to see why it's is called the crown jewels of the United States and a wonder of the world. Millions visit each year, generating some $600 million in tourism revenue. But a new wealth has been discovered here: America's largest concentrations of high grade uranium - the fuel for nuclear power.

UN biodiversity targets now need to be implemented say campaigners
November 1, 2010 08:38 AM - Tom Levitt, Ecologist

Almost every country in the world has signed a UN agreement to attempt to halt biodiversity loss by expanding protected marine and land areas. [There is] broad welcome for new biodiversity targets, including increase in protected areas, but campaigners express concern that previous 2010 targets have still not been met.

Maldives 'tourism boom' putting manta rays at risk
October 20, 2010 09:17 AM - Emily Shelton, Ecologist

Giant manta rays could be driven away from world-famous feeding site in five years because of disruption from tourist industry, warns leading marine biologist. Since being awarded MPA status in 2009 and receiving increased media interest, Hanifaru Bay in Baa Atoll has seen its tourism trade triple.

Poverty forces Roma people to scavenge toxic e-waste
October 13, 2010 10:32 AM - Carolyn Lebel and Jemima Roberts, Ecologist

Roma communities in France, currently the subject of a controversial crackdown by the Sarkozy administration, are being forced to scavenge growing volumes of potentially dangerous e-waste in a bid to escape poverty, an Ecologist investigation has revealed.

Hungary toxic spill 'could be worse' than Baia Mare cyanide disaster
October 6, 2010 09:22 AM - Tom Levitt, Ecologist

A toxic spill of mining waste from an industrial plant in Hungary is the worst of its kind in the country's history and may end up matching the Baia Mare cyanide spill in Romania in 2000. The spill, with a pH level of up to 13, has already spread into rivers with fears that heavy rains will see it reach the Danube River, sparking bad memories of the Baia Mare disaster in Romania when cyanide polluted water was discharged from a gold mine reservoir poisoning water and wildlife through neighbouring Hungary, Serbia and Bulgaria.

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