Rio Tinto's QMM ilmenite mine in Madagascar has breached a legal buffer zone, exposing local people to “unacceptably high” environmental risks, a new study by the Andrew Lees Trust has found. YVONNE ORENGO and STEVEN EMERMAN report
The development of a new cruise ship terminal on the river Thames could undermine efforts to tackle the city’s air pollution crisis. City mayor Sadiq Khan has expressed his concerns about the project, but the decision rests in the hands of the local council. JOSEPH DUTTON investigates
Public protests at the copper smelter plant of Sterlite Industries in the town of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu, India, were met with police fire during the last two days, with 13 protesters killed and and hundreds injured. MRINALINI SHINDE and AMEYA BOKIL report
Brexit will result in Britain exiting the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy. It will have to decide whether subsidies to farmers should be retained, or reformed. In the second part of this groundbreaking investigation a team of investigative journalists from across Europe - publishing with THE ECOLOGIST - assess how effective the environmental mechanisms of CAP really are.
Sustainability in cities must mean environment, economy and equality. But all too often town planners are only concerned about parks, cafes and side walks. This can lead to gentrification rather than improved quality of life, argue WINIFRED CURRAN and TRINA HAMILTON
Lake Ypacarai, southern Paraguay, was immortalised by the Spanish singer Julio Iglesias and his song about meeting a woman next to the blue lake. But due to pollution the lake has turned from blue to vivid green and then to murky brown. JOSEPH DUTTON investigates
The Access to Medicine Foundation checked whether 18 household-name pharmaceutical giants publicly report how much antibiotic discharge they release into the environment. Guess how many firms revealed that information. MADLEN DAVIES and SAM LOEWENBERG from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism report
ClientEarth has launched both English and Polish-language versions of a new campaign website. The law firm wants collect evidence from residents who believe their health is being affected by next-door industrial plants. BRENDAN MONTAGUE reports
A major new study reveals that climate change may be a global medical emergency far bigger than we previously thought. But the authors also see signs that world may be starting to wake up to the danger, reports JOE WARE
Donald Trump has walked away from the Paris Agreement and environmentalists are having to deal with a climate denier occupying the White House. The best way to reach out to Trump supporters may be to warn against local pollution rather than talk about icebergs or atmospheric science, argues energy politics expert TAE HOON KIM
Forum for the Future, an international sustainability non-profit, has published a report in which former energy bosses, ministers and civil servants advise the Big Six energy companies to back renewables, reports BRENDAN MONTAGUE
How do you solve the problem of ‘retired' mine pits aka huge abandoned holes in the ground? Turning them into lakes is a popular solution but maybe not the best one says ANICA NIEPRASCK who should know since she grew up in the Lausitz region of Germany in a community surrounded by these massive, dangerous and polluting land holes
With growing evidence of harm to physical and mental health caused by continuous pulsed em radiation from 'smart' electricity meters, Lynne Wycherley asks: have we underestimated risks to heart function and the nervous system? And of interference with embedded medical devices, such as cardiac pacemakers? It's time to switch to over-wire or fibre communications to bring the 'smart green grid' of the future to electrosmog-free reality.
London-listed copper giant Antofagasta has been entangled in scandals in Chile involving water depletion, dangers to local communities, corruption of national politics and environmental contamination, write Ali Maeve & Liam Barrington-Bush. Yet the London Stock Exchange remains silent. Following the company's AGM last week, a new London Mining Network report puts their actions and operations into the spotlight.
With the UN Ocean Conference beginning in New York next week, Elizabeth A Kirk asks: can we devise a legal system that promotes the ecological resilience of the oceans? To do so will mean placing ecosystems at the heart of decision making, over and above countries' selfish 'national interests'. It will be tough, but if we fail it's hard to see how the gamut of problems - from ocean acidification to plastic pollution and overfishing - can ever be solved.