As delegates were preparing to depart to Warsaw in Poland, where the latest installments of the UN climate talks Cop 19 concluded last week, the worst...
When a new island pops up, who actually owns it and has it ever caused a territory issue?? You have guessed it, the answer is actually a very interesting, YES! One of the most fascinating examples of a pop-up island, is that of Ferdinandea, a volcano offshore southern Sicily.
After discovering that 90 per cent of Brits are concerned about increasing energy prices, it seems the perfect time to highlight the benefits of the energy efficiency schemes that are available to us, something which seems to have been gravely over looked in the past few weeks...
On Thursday, an unprecedented and broad group of civil society organizations walked out of the UN climate change talks in Warsaw to protest the shocking lack of progress in the negotiations...
So the saying goes "if you can't beat them, join them" and the latest raft of energy price hikes suggests now is the time for UK consumers to consider doing just that. We are a nation tired of being held to ransom by our energy bills - so has the time come to ditch our reliance on energy companies by becoming the bosses of our own energy supplies?
One dictionary defines "crap" as vulgar slang for "something of extremely poor quality". That's a fair description for this government's pledge to be "the greenest government ever" - and of its energy policy, or rather failure to match the urgent need to have an energy policy.
Cutting the cost of household bills is big news - but Government moves to get water and energy companies to control price rises risks creating an illusion that we live in a land of plenty and limitless supply. We don't. Controlling the inexorably rising utility bills that plague households requires a longer term, more sustainable approach. In short, it needs us to learn how to use less.
Ken Loach is helping to found new political party Left Unity in answer to the political vacuum that has existed in Britain for decades. Left Unity has attracted a lot of support over the last year... however a common criticism of Left Unity comes from people who agree with its principles, but argue that the most urgent task is kicking the Tories out and that it is unwise to split the left vote.
When WWF first suggested I make a film with them to highlight the plight of the mountain gorillas and the local communities in an area targeted for exploration by international oil companies, it had never crossed my mind that my life might end in a tropical rainforest. We landed in Uganda late at night, after an eight-hour flight, and arrived at our hotel feeling a little deflated. We were all tired from the 18-hour journey and there was no food in sight. I had brought my eight-year-old daughter Gracie with me. We cuddled up with Rabbit (her favourite toy) and fell asleep, exhausted, but excited for what the morning would bring.
As custodians of the earth, we have a responsibility to do the very best that we can to protect and preserve it...
The Rainforest Foundation has always spoken out on behalf of local communities. 'We want to help communities such as the tribes in Cameroon and the Congo, secure the right to manage their own environment, allow them sustainable livelihood within the forest'.
One: They're urine-resistant, apparently. According to Mary Clear of Incredible Edible Todmorden, a drunk will pee on a petunia but not on a parsnip. People seem hard-wired to respect food.
'What's that in the water?' asks Kathleen, pointing ahead of the boat. We're standing on the deck of the Glen Tarsan, a former fishing vessel now converted to take wildlife and other cruises off the west coast of Scotland. We've left Skye behind and are sailing in wonderful sunshine towards the little island of Canna (population: 12).
In an undiplomatic, tearful outburst at the current UN Climate Change conference, The Philippines representative told delegates their meetings have been called "an annual gathering of carbon-intensive useless frequent flyers." Judging by the successive failure of these international gatherings to reverse humanity's disastrous trajectory, many observers would agree with that frank assessment.
The Amazon rainforest is the largest gathering of trees on the planet, covering 5,500,000 square kilometers. The area is vast, spread across nine countries: the majority in Brazil (60%), followed by 13% in Peru 10% in Colombia and other small variants in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.
We have just kicked off our fourth SLOW LIFE Symposium and I look forward to three days of serious and interesting discussions with a group of some of the most influential minds in sustainability.