1. Chernobyl, Ukraine When you hear Chernobyl, you immediately think nuclear disaster....
'Bonkers' Scheme Threatens Natural Wonder
Plans for a chemical factory in Tanzania threaten to ruin one of the natural wonders of the world and could wipe out a spectacular and rare species of bird. India’s Tata Chemicals has been given permission to build both a soda ash factory and a coal powe
Buy Organic and Destroy the Planet, Scientists Say
When Wal-Mart and McDonalds start offering organic and fairtrade products, you know ethical consumerism is taking hold. But is buying ethically all it’s cracked up to be?
As Tony Blair and Angela Merkel called for action against climate change attacking the White House’s position, Germany was trying to recover from the worst G8 summit vio
Tastes of Summer
Continuing our series of blogposts on seasonal food, this week it’s aubergines and blueberries in the spotlight. As well as being in season right now, blueberries are absurdly healthy, containing vast quantities of anti-oxidants. They’
One Billion, The Latest Cost of Climate Change
As the floods across the north of England finally start to recede, the full extent of the devastation caused is becoming clearer. The Association of British Insurers has estimated that 27,000 homes and 5,000 businesses have been affected and that claims
8,500 Square Miles of Pollution and Growing?
In the Gulf of Mexico every year a ‘Dead Zone’ appears; an expanse of ocean where the water is so oxygen depleted that it is impossible for marine life to survive. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this year the ‘dead zone
The Slave Trade Behind the Ethanol Boom
When one is told about slaves carrying out back-breaking work in sugar plantations, it is easy to think of it as a relic of history, a chapter in the text-books. Unfortunately, such practises are not just confined to the distant past. It is still happenin
MPs Call for Tougher Climate Change Bill
The government’s much publicised climate change bill has received stinging criticism from MPs. The cross party select committee on the environment, food and rural affairs have identified a number of major faults in the bill. The bill is, say the commi
Icebergs, Ecologically Speaking "On Fire"
Combine the words iceberg and global warming together and what comes to mind? Probably an image of ice sheets falling down and the apocalypse! But what if I were to say that a new study carried out in the Southern Ocean by leading US scientists has found