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  • Why the UK government must step in now to stop new coal mine

    Anne Harris
    | 12th March 2018
    'Phasing out traditional coal power is one of the most important steps governments can take to tackle climate change'. So states the declaration of the Powering Past Coal Alliance, of which the UK is a member. So why, asks ANNE HARRIS, are we even considering allowing a new mine in Durham

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  • A barbastelle bat

    How the barbastelle bat has learnt to outwit its prey

    Sabrina Weiss
    | 12th March 2018
    The ongoing evolutionary battle between predator and prey is brought into focus by new research on the hunting tactics of the barbastelle bat. As moths have evolved to hear its prey approaching, the barbastelle bat has responded by going quiet. SABRINA WEISS reports

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  • Elinor Ostrom

    What Elinor Ostrom can teach us about ecology, common ownership and community

    Aaron Vansintjan
    | 9th March 2018
    Elinor Ostrom provides invaluable insights into economics and ownership - and the profound impact this has on our natural environment. Unfortunately, her work is not well known or widely understood. Derek Wall hopes to change that with his book, Elinor Ostrom’s Rules for Radicals. AARON VANSINTJAN met the author and asked why we should read her works today

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  • Berta Cáceres - a grafiti portrait

    An International Women's Day call to defend the defenders

    Osprey Orielle Lake
    Emily Arasim
    | 8th March 2018
    Women human rights defenders (WHRDs) and land defenders are experiencing an increase in violence against those opposing environmental devastation. OSPREY ORIELLE LAKE and EMILY ARASIM from Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International spoke with Alice Harrison of Global Witness and María San Martín of Frontline Defenders

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  • 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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  • Person using a mobile phone

    Not so smart: inside the hazardous world of making smartphones

    Kathryn Hindess
    | 2nd March 2018
    Lithium-ion batterie mean your smartphone is light enough to carry around in your pocket. But the raw materials are associated with child labour, forced labour, corruption and the exposure of communities to dust contaminated with toxic metals. We have a serious problem with our smartphones, argues KATHRYN HINDESS

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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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  • Man approaches bear on road

    Why road closures could help protect North America's grizzly bear

    Catherine Harte
    | 28th February 2018
    Scientists at the University of Alberta say the way to put the threatened grizzly bear on the road to recovery is to close routes that drive through their habitats. Their recent study was the first to make strong links between low grizzly bear populations in areas of high road density. CATHERINE HARTE reports

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