Old growth mountain beech forest in Domogled National Park

Protecting Romania’s primeval forests

Katy Jenkyns
| 7th March 2018
The government of Romania is failing to protect its valuable primeval forest - not just to the detriment of the environment, but also to detriment of impoverished local communities. KATY JENKYNS investigates

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Durdle Door, The Jurassic Coast, Dorset

Areas of outstanding local possibility

Elizabeth Wainwright
| 7th March 2018
The United Kingdom's 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) cover almost one fifth of the country. ELIZABETH WAINWRIGHT explores why they're so much more than just pretty places to visit

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A group of children walking towards large trees

Children must have a right to nature

Natalie Bennett
| 6th March 2018
Blackberrying and tweeting. These words used to evoke strong memories and feelings of nature. Now, they are about technology, old and new. NATALIE BENNET argues access to nature should be a human right for our children, so our connections with the environment are not lost

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How systems theory can help us reflect on the world

Robert Biel
| 6th March 2018
The Ecologist was an early adopter of systems theory after its launch in 1971. The way of thinking has come to influence a range of disciplines, from ecology to change management. In the first in a series of articles on systems theory, Dr ROBERT BIEL argues that its application can be effective in healing the rift between society and nature

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Ecuador rainforest stream

Why Ecuador's rich biodiversity is under threat from mining interests

John Seed
| 1st March 2018
The first country in the world write the 'rights of nature' or 'Pachamama' into its constitution is now being decimated by mining companies, argues JOHN SEED of The Rainforest Information Centre. The people of Ecuador, their government and the international community need to work together to preserve the country's unique ecosystems

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The National Forest

Plans for a Northern Forest take centre stage in government's new environment plan

John Everitt
| 28th February 2018
The government 25 years ago proposed the ambitious National Forest project, which now provides a home to 8.5 million trees and spans 200 square miles of the Midlands. And now the current government is looking to mirror this success with a new Northern Forest. At some twenty times its size, it's a bold but welcome move says JOHN EVERITT, chief executive of National Forest

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The Spanish meat scandal making waves in Britain is no isolated incident

Javier Moreno
| 20th February 2018
Appalling conditions have been found at a farm supplying meat to a Spanish sausage brand stocked at Morrisons and high street butchers. JAVIER MORENO, the executive director of Animal Equality Spain, argues that this is not an isolated incident. He hopes the latest undercover investigation could be a turning point for animal welfare

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Architect's drawing of proposed new mine

A new deep coal mine deep under the sea? Next to Sellafield? Really?

Sam Moisha
| 5th February 2018
The first deep coal mine in Britain for thirty years is being proposed at Whitehaven, with the promise of new jobs in an old mining community. But the site is within five miles of Sellafield. Activists are concerned both about the definite contribution to climate change, as well as the potential threat of a nuclear accident. SAM MOISHA sets out their concerns

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A duck

Let’s hear it for the mallards on World Wetlands Day

Jordi Casamitjana
| 1st February 2018
When celebrating our wetlands for World Wetlands Day it is also good to spare a thought for the ducks who often die in them well before their time. A million ducks are shot each year for sport. That should not continue, argues JORDI CASAMITJANA of the League Against Cruel Sports

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The Dongria Kondh tribe

Environmental protests succeed 20 percent of the time and 'compensation' rarely stops communities, research finds

Joan Martinez-Alier
| 31st January 2018
Protects against the extraction of fossil fuels and other natural resources - ecological distribution conflicts - cannot simply be resolved by payments of compensation. That is because for most people outside of the corporate boardroom, money is not the primary concern. JOAN MARTINEZ ALIER, a leading academic, investigates

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