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
After bailing out RBS to the tune of £45 billion following the 2008 financial crash, the government plans to relaunch the privatisation process in March 2019. This is ill-conceived argues ROB MACQUARIE and would be a wasted opportunity for meaningful change in the banking sector.
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
The internationally important seabird colony of the Shiant Isles has officially been declared rat-free following a four year programme to eradicate an invasive species of rodent. CATHERINE HARTE reports on how wildlife experts now predict a brighter future for seabird populations on the islands.
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
Honeybee populations have been in decline for several years. Scientists now believe they've made a breakthrough in finding out why. For the first time they've identified the spread of diseases shared with other pollinator groups - such as the hoverfly - as a significant factor. CATHERINE HARTE reports
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
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
Shoppers at Amsterdam's Ezoplaza today have the pick of more than 700 plastic free products. The store is the first in the world to have an aisle dedicated to non-plastic items. SIAN SUTHERLAND says Britain's supermarkets need to follow suit
The famous and somewhat abstract Beatles lyric reflects on "a soap impression of his wife" being donated to the National Trust. But what the charity really needs is hard currency - and in the next few days its average membership fee is about to go up 50p. BRENDAN MONTAGUE reports
The Beast of the East has dumped snow all across Britain just as we should be looking ahead to Spring. The RSPB has today warned that birds will struggle to cope with the plummeting temperatures and urges people to give them a helping hand by providing food and shelter. CATHERINE HARTE reports
A new report recommends how best to protect and restore a valuable marine ecosystem in west Hawaii - home to vibrant coral reefs, fish, green sea turtles, spinner dolphins, whales, and manta rays. CATHERINE HARTE reports
The largest deposit to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault was made yesterday to mark ten years since the opening of the facility. There are now more than a million crop varieties in storage, reports CATHERINE HARTE
The potential of rewilding to halt biodiversity loss could be missed unless it's better understood by policy makers and is included in future environmental legislation, according to a study by the Zoological Society of London. CATHERINE HARTE reports
Leading raptor conservationist Dr Ruth Tingay took to the stage at the Lush Summit 2018 to talk about Fred, a young satellite-tagged golden eagle who has recently disappeared from the Pentland Hills in Scotland under mysterious circumstances. Dr Tingay sat down with KATIE DANCEY-DOWNS of the Lush Times after her talk, to tell her about Fred, and what needs to happen next to put an end to the illegal killing of birds like him
David Attenborough's Blue Planet II captured the awe and wonder of the natural world, and in doing so transfixed a nation. But it also brought new awareness of the appalling impacts of single-use plastics on marine life. Now the BBC has promised to ban such plastics before 2020. EMILY FOLK welcomes the move
In a study involving a few thousand rubber ducks, an algorithm and high flying technology, scientists from the University of Adelaide have concluded that results from drones are more accurate when counting wildlife than hiring experienced wildlife spotters. CRISPIN SAVAGE reports
The fight against climate change was delayed for decades as international law and national policies adapted to the new challenge. In the campaign to rid the world of ocean plastics - however - the laws are already in place. But we have to make sure they are enforced. OLIVER TICKELL, the veteran environmental journalist, investigates
The British Ecological Society's Agricultural Ecology Group this week releases its recommendations for the future of farming as the UK plans to exit the European Union. It found significant common ground between ecologists and agriculturists. STEVE PEEL reports
Wildfire prevention methods in California are not only harming avian populations - but are also *increasing* the risk of fire, according to a new study by scientists at the universities of Arizona and California. CATHERINE HARTE reports
The Cambridge Climate Lecture Series has announced CHIAGOZIE UDEH as the climate communications competition winner. Udeh’s winning piece highlights the role that climate change is playing in driving conflict between herdsmen and subsistence farmers in Nigeria, resulting in more than 1,000 deaths.
A total of 60 civil society organisations from Indonesia and Europe have signed a joint statement laying out serious concerns with the EU-Indonesia trade agreement. These behind-closed-doors trade negotiations - like CETA and TTIP - jeopardise an equitable and just future. KATIE HODGETTS explains why
The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) has seen a significant increase in income from membership and donations since Donald Trump was elected in 2016, reversing a previous downward trend. CHLOE FARAD investigates.
Academic FEDERICO DEMARIA will be addressing staff at the European Commission today in a keynote speech about the crucial issues of economic growth and environmental degradation. He asks, is the well-being of the individual, societies and nations possible beyond economic growth?