urban living


How to feed a city

Carolyn Steel
| 1st June 2009
We can continue to squander our resources and react to food crises as they happen, or we can fundamentally change the way the food systems work, says Carolyn Steel

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Drugs on tap

John Naish
| 30th April 2009
Britain has a serious and unnecessary drug habit, but the implications of our pill-forevery-ill culture go far beyond the adverse effects on human health. The complex chemicals in modern pharmaceuticals, as well as the manufacturing processes involved, leave a massive industrial footprint on the natural world that is largely ignored by both science and government.

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Between you and me...

Tom Hodgkinson
| 16th March 2009
No more financial meltdown, poor communication and substandard food – if we ditch the middlemen and get co-operative, what couldn’t we achieve?

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Don't get back to work

Tom Hodgkinson
| 12th February 2009
How to deal with the job crisis? Try saving your soul by retreating as far as possible from the system that landed us all in this sorry mess

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Guerrillas in our midst

Olly Zanetti
| 21st January 2009
Under cover of darkness, a dedicated team of activists is slowly rescuing unloved pockets of land from botanical meltdown. Olly Zanetti meets the guerrilla gardeners lighting up London.

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Efficiency be Damned

Nicols Fox
| 19th January 2009
Far from being a silver bullet for climate change, efficiency is the driving force for ever more gluttonous consumption patterns and all the health and environmental consequences they entail

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Sustaining communities

Phil Moore
| 1st October 2008
With the global credit crunch grabbing all the headlines, issues concerning economies on a lesser scale are easily sidelined.

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Taking your spare room off-grid

Nick Rosen
| 11th April 2008
So you want to go off-grid? Or maybe you want to find out what it’s like before taking the plunge? How about taking one room of your house off grid? It’s a less expensive way of learning the technology, before committing yourself.

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The end of an affair

Robert Llewellyn
| 14th February 2008
I’ve just been shopping. I went to London, walked into shops and bought things. New things. Not many – in fact my little pile of shopping bags is tragically small. I rapidly got bored and tired, and came back home.

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