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Elinor Ostrom, her Nobel Prize, and her rules for ecologist radicals

Elinor Ostrom, her Nobel Prize, and her rules for ecologist radicals

Elinor Ostrom became the first and, so far, the only woman to win a Nobel Prize for Economics in 2009. The pedantic remind me that there isn’t really a Nobel in economics; to be exact, she won the Swedish National Bank's Prize for economics in memory of

The Ecologist, today, 11:28
 
Animal acoustic activity decline shows forest fire pollution wreaks havoc on wildlife

Animal acoustic activity decline shows forest fire pollution wreaks havoc on wildlife

Forest fires in Southeast Asia during the El Niño droughts of 2015 caused considerable disruption to the biodiversity of the region due to the smoke-induced 'haze' they created, according to new research led by Benjamin Lee at the University of Kent and

The Ecologist, today, 10:46
 
Appeal to save ice age heritage of Scotland's national tree

Appeal to save ice age heritage of Scotland's national tree

The charity Trees for Life has launched an initiative to save ancient Scots pines across the Highlands of Scotland from becoming the last generation in a lineage of trees dating back to the last ice age. Through its Caledonian Pinewood Recovery Project,

The Ecologist, yesterday, 12:05
 
Portugal’s perfect fire-storm: Industrial tree plantations and climate change

Portugal’s perfect fire-storm: Industrial tree plantations and climate change

A huge wildfire tore through the village of Ferraria de São João, in Penela, central Portugal in June last year. Exactly two months after the excavators were back. Only this time they weren’t there to plough up the land to plant eucalyptus, as has happen

The Ecologist, yesterday, 09:36
 
Coffee growers in Laos are turning to organic farming

Coffee growers in Laos are turning to organic farming

Families from the Lao Tribe in the south are leading the way by turning away from a number of non-organic fertilisers that are used widely in the coffee industry to boost crop yields. Instead, they are using alternatives like homemade fertilisers and pes

The Ecologist, Tuesday, 14:54
 
Blind man flees country fearing charity will take his guide dog

Blind man flees country fearing charity will take his guide dog

Alban Gannon adores his guide dog of four years, Usher. “He’s a darling of a guide dog. I’ve cared for all my dogs but he’s a real sweetie.” But Gannon is very scared that he is going to lose Usher. According to Gannon, in April, charity Guide Dogs, who

The Ecologist, Tuesday, 09:38
 
Should greening your money be high on your to-do list?

Should greening your money be high on your to-do list?

Grappling with feelings of powerlessness is the wont of those committed to environmental causes. How do you do more to save the world, once the solar panels are on, the electric vehicle purchased, the composter replete, the recycling sorted and a dozen A

The Ecologist, Monday, 20:10
 
Polish government must be fined for ignoring logging ban, commission says

Polish government must be fined for ignoring logging ban, commission says

The European Commission has called on the EU’s most senior judges to penalise Poland for flouting an emergency ban on logging in Białowieża Forest, the best preserved forest ecosystem in Europe. In July, the court ordered all chainsaws and harvesters to

The Ecologist, Saturday, 12:34
 
India, climate change and nuclear power: the denials, delusions and deceptions of Modi

India, climate change and nuclear power: the denials, delusions and deceptions of Modi

An intriguing display of extreme opposites can be seen when it comes to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policy on climate change. His brazen denial of climate change, during a patronising address to young students in 2014 where he claimed, “it’s no

The Ecologist, Friday, 15:50
 
Nandos, Lidl and Asda chikens come home to roost after animal advocacy group goes undercover

Nandos, Lidl and Asda chikens come home to roost after animal advocacy group goes undercover

Charity Animal Equality have said the farm that supplies chicken to Nandos, Lidl and Asda is not doing enough to secure the welfare of chickens, after footage filmed by undercover investigators has revealed cruel and dirty conditions.   Animal Equality a

The Ecologist, Friday, 09:11
 
Are green funerals actually better for the environment?

Are green funerals actually better for the environment?

Being buried under a tree, laid to rest in a wicker casket, mourners arriving with flowers in their hair -  maybe that’s the sum total of what many would consider to constitute a “green” funeral. But we can do better when it comes to our own death. Many

The Ecologist, 14 September 2017
 
The opaque world of Codex Alimentarius and Monsanto 'toxic' relations

The opaque world of Codex Alimentarius and Monsanto 'toxic' relations

“Our soils are sick from greed-based, irresponsible agricultural practices, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, erosion and mineral depletion, all of which stop or reduce adequate microbial activity in the soil, rendering them sick and/or dead and sterile.

The Ecologist, 14 September 2017
 
Displaced in the DRC: Finding a home for the Batwa

Displaced in the DRC: Finding a home for the Batwa

In a diverse landscape of forest and volcanoes, eastern lowland gorillas roam. This is the Kahuzi Biega National Park, where the largest gorilla species is being closely protected. Once, the park was also home to the Batwa, an Indigenous Pygmy group. The

The Ecologist, 13 September 2017
 
Will Brexit spell the end for live animal exports?

Will Brexit spell the end for live animal exports?

Live exports are barbaric and I'm so pleased to see the strength of opposition in my constituency where hundreds have turned out in Kent to protest against a late flurry of live animal export sailings this summer.   Live exports treat beautiful and senti

The Ecologist, 12 September 2017
 
Conservative Environment Network report 'fails to drill down into fracking and climate policy'

Conservative Environment Network report 'fails to drill down into fracking and climate policy'

Brexit gives Conservatives “a golden opportunity to push for a new approach to our environment”, prominent party members said in a report published last week. The report is authored by activists and Tory MPs and was launched with Sajid Javit, the Local G

The Ecologist, 12 September 2017
 
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