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  • Lily Hunter Green's piano-beehive, pictured in a sunny field

    Creative climate: towards an ecological theatre

    Marianne Brooker
    | 16th May 2018
    What does it mean to create art in the context of climate crisis? How do we create sustainable, engaging, and critical performance acts and spaces? Birkbeck’s Centre for Contemporary Theatre hosted a one-day symposium to explore the connections between theatre and ecology, reports MARIANNE BROOKER

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  • Cases of environmental conflicts covered as displayed using the EJATLAs filter tool (see ejatlas.org)

    Environmental conflicts can turn into solutions

    Leah Temper
    Federico Demaria
    Arnim Scheidel
    Daniela Del Bene
    Joan Martinez Alier
    | 15th May 2018
    A team of researchers is tracking and trying to understand what they call the most influential movement of our time: environmentalism. They give the state of play on a global conflict that is playing out at the local level in a special feature called The EJAtlas: Ecological Distribution Conflicts as Forces for Sustainability. By LEAH TEMPER, FEDERICO DEMARIA, ARNIM SCHEIDEL, DANIELA DEL BENE and JOAN MARTINEZ-ALIER

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  • A quiet revolution in how farmers see their products

    Peter Melchett
    | 15th May 2018
    The government’s consultation on future farming policy in England ended last week. Many see it as a unique opportunity to make some positive changes - not least in the provision of information about differences in quality and production systems, says PETER MELCHETT of the Soil Association

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  • 'A rich conservationist is a rare species'

    Wendyrosie Scott
    | 15th May 2018
    Cash for conservationism is crucial if projects are to have a meaningful, long-lasting impact. That's why the continued funding of the Whitley Awards - the so-called "green oscars" of the conservation world - is essential, says WENDYROSIE SCOTT

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  • Reforming the mandate for a green Bank of England

    Rob Macquarie
    | 15th May 2018
    The total value of green bonds worldwide may be valued at $900 billion but with banks in the UK alone still making billions of pounds of loans to fossil fuel companies each year ROB MACQUARIE argues it's time for the Bank of England to take an active role in decarbonisation

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  • Limits to Growth

    For an anti-colonial, anti-racist environmentalism

    Robert Biel
    | 14th May 2018
    General Systems Theory can be a useful tool for understanding nature, and how society can exist in harmony of nature. The seminal book Limits to Growth used a systemic analysis - but was itself limited. Dr ROBERT BIEL examines how the systemic view can shed light on the colonial history of the North / West and the role it plays in the world's extractive present

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  • The power of play

    11th May 2018
    The need for play has never been greater - given our increasingly chaotic and stressful lives, writes AYA HUSNI BEY. Working as a counsellor for many years, she has seen how releasing the mind and engaging in true play can be transformative for those suffering from grief, anxiety and sadness

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  • Ada Colau

    What's it like for a social movement to take control of a city?

    The Symbiosis Research Collective
    Aaron Vansintjan
    | 11th May 2018
    Ada Colau surprised many when she won the election to become mayor of Barcelona. The housing rights activist was part of a deep social movement aiming for participatory democracy. But this latest article from the SYMBIOSIS RESEARCH COLLECTIVE examines how winning the election was just the first step

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  • How 'pop up' vaccine factories could help curb pandemics

    Harris Makatsoris
    | 10th May 2018
    Virus microbes can spread further and faster than ever. Yet pharmaceutical companies are unwilling to invest in pandemic prevention. HARRIS MAKATSORIS describes an innovative new model which could identify and test vaccines at a quicker rate and distribute them within weeks

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  • The fight for Europe’s last wild rivers 

    Alessio Perrone
    | 10th May 2018
    Controversial plans have been proposed to build thousands of dams in the Balkans. Campaigners fear they will destroy protected areas and national parkland. ALESSIO PERRONE reports on the issue and on the NGOs fighting to save the 'blue heart of Europe'

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  • How cutting carbon offers a competitive advantage to shipping companies

    Dexter Galvin
    | 9th May 2018
    The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) recently met in London. Many thought the draft agreement of a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 doesn't go far enough to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. But DEXTER GALVIN of CDP is hopeful shipping companies will be pressured into more urgent action by their powerful commercial clients

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  • Ineos plant

    Fracking INEOS challenges Scotland ban

    Mike Small
    | 8th May 2018
    The company INEOS is in court today to challenge the Scottish Government over its decision to ban fracking. But much more is at stake than the status of the UK’s newest fossil fuel industry. MIKE SMALL from DeSmog UK reports

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  • Omega-3 production found in marine invertebrates for the first time

    Catherine Harte
    | 8th May 2018
    The health benefits of Omega-3 to humans are well known. Until now, scientists believed marine microbes were primarily responsible for its production. But in a recent breakthrough, researchers found marine invertebrates such as coral are also capable of producing the essential fatty acid. CATHERINE HARTE reports

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  • Read this slowly – it could save your life

    Paula Byrne
    Jonathan Bate
    | 7th May 2018
    This is an age of hyper-connectivity where being available 24/7 is a given. But this can have serious health and social impacts. PAULA BYRNE and JONATHAN BATE urge us to turn our devices off, slow it down and savour the calming powers of good literature...

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