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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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    Golden eagle disappears under mysterious circumstances

    Katie Dancey-Downs
    | 26th February 2018
    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

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