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Should you ban bamboo? | Lucy SiegleGuardian Unlimited | 09 Apr 2011
It's the base of many eco clothes, but just how green is bamboo? THE DILEMMA I have noticed that there is a lot of bamboo in eco clothing and towels, but I have also read something that suggests it isn't very green to use bamboo in these products. I try to run an ethical household, is bamboo something I should buy?
The 10 best woods and forests for spring flowersGuardian Unlimited | 08 Apr 2011
A visit to Priestley Wood in spring or early summer should test even the most knowledgeable plant-identifier. Some 130 flowering plants have been recorded in the woods, which have been designated a site of special scientific interest. There are relatively large populations of the twayblade orchid, the common spotted orchid, wild garlic, broad-leaved helleborine, herb Paris, primrose and the ever-popular bluebell.
Lambing season begins - in picturesGuardian Unlimited | 03 Apr 2011
Up to 300 ewes are lambing at Barracks Farm in Fetcham, Surrey. The farm is owned by the Conisbee family who supply their own butchers shops in nearby Horsley. The business has been run by generations of the family for more than 250 years.
Natural disasters?Guardian Unlimited | 01 Apr 2011
At least since Noah, and likely long before, we've stared in horror at catastrophe and tried to suss out deeper meaning - it was but weeks ago that the Tokyo governor, Shintaro Ishihara, declared that the earthquake/tsunami/ reactor tripleheader was "divine punishment" for excess consumerism. This line of reasoning usually fails to persuade these days (why are Las Vegas and Dubai unscathed by anything except the housing meltdown?) but it's persistent.
UK carbon emissions figures 2010 - Greenpeace responseGreenpeace UK | 31 Mar 2011
Reacting to the publication of UK carbon emission figures for 2010, Dr. Doug Parr, the chief scientist for Greenpeace, said: Climate-changing pollution should be falling, not going up – so what these figures show is that the UK is moving in the wrong direction. Politicians cant blame it on the beginnings of the economic recovery because whilst the economy has grown slowly, carbon emissions have grown faster.
A diet of insects by 2020?Guardian Unlimited | 31 Mar 2011
Insects could be the key to meeting food needs of growing global population Western diners should get used to the idea of eating insects because by 2020 it is "inevitable" they will form an important part of our diet, according to the entomologist who heads up the world's first university centre...
Small birds thriving after harsh winterGuardian Unlimited | 31 Mar 2011
Small birds have made a comeback this year after a dramatic decline in their numbers last spring, according to findings from the wildlife survey Big Garden Birdwatch. Experts feared the worst after last year's results, which showed that the coldest winter for 30 years, in 2009- 10, had been...
Sir David King: a 'massive opportunity'Guardian Unlimited | 29 Mar 2011
Sir David King says nuclear power is a 'massive economic opportunity' and should be pursued despite incidents in Japan. Stepping on to a transatlantic flight will expose a person to more radiation than walking around the Fukushima nuclear power station in Japan - even in its current state of near-meltdown – according to the UK government's former chief scientist. Sir David King mounted a robust defence of nuclear power on Wednesday as renewed fears over its dangers buffeted the industry.
Weatherwatch: why the December freeze killed so many shrubs and treesGuardian Unlimited | 27 Mar 2011
A large number of shrubs and trees, some large and mature, appear to have died this winter. These losses are far greater than are usually seen even in Britain's coldest weather and will be a surprise to many gardeners. It seems the December cold snap is responsible. Research during the last century...
EU climate chief sees green fuel debate in monthsReuters | 25 Mar 2011
European Union governments may begin talks in the coming months on a proposal to promote greener fuels, potentially black-listing fuels whose production is more polluting, according to Europe's climate chief.
Budget 2011: Osborne poised to ditch CCS levyGuardian Unlimited | 22 Mar 2011
FT reports suggest budget will scrap plans for carbon capture levy in favour of electricity market reforms. Chancellor George Osborne is tomorrow expected to confirm that plans for a new levy on energy bills that should help fund three carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects will be ditched....
What's the greenest way to feed the birds?Guardian Unlimited | 20 Mar 2011
From growing your own seeds to making your own fat balls, it's time to take bird feeding seriouslyConcern over both eating and serving the right thing is endemic in today's society. It extends to birds. A reader, Kathy, contacts me. "I do love having the little birds coming to feed in my garden, but where does all that seed come from? And what about all those peanuts?"
Not so green now when it comes to the low-carbon revolutionGuardian Unlimited | 17 Mar 2011
What better way for the government to celebrate its new low-carbon revolution than overseeing a major renewable energy scheme for a highly successful factory producing some of the latest fuel-efficient cars? A win-win for the UK, you might think, with the potential for the country to become an exporter of the very latest in hybrid petrol/electric vehicles from a Toyota plant powered by the sun.
EU mulls nuclear-free future, extra tests on reactorsReuters | 15 Mar 2011
Europe's energy chief Tuesday raised the prospect of a nuclear-free future and said the 27-nation bloc is considering "stress testing" its nuclear power stations to check they can cope with crises.
Investor confidence in renewables boostedGuardian Unlimited | 15 Mar 2011
Shares in renewable energy sources rocket as public and investors recoil from nuclear. As Japan's nuclear crisis unfolds, energy and environmental experts said that investor confidence in the technology was already beginning to wane, with renewable energy and fossil fuels the likely beneficiaries. "Shares in renewable energy industries yesterday rose while most other energy stocks fell," said Clare Brook, fund manager of leading green investment group, WHEB, in London.
How can I choose the right ethical brand?Guardian Unlimited | 13 Mar 2011
With large corporations swallowing smaller ones it's hard to know who owns who. Many "ethical" treats have corporate sugar daddies, such as Green & Blacks, famously consumed by Cadbury, which was in turn devoured by Kraft. The original brand inevitably says that its values will stay the same and its new moneyed parent will grow the brand. But what is an ethical company anyway?
Green investment bank 'must be able to borrow'Guardian Unlimited | 11 Mar 2011
Green economy is at risk if the bank cannot attract private sector investors, a cross-party committee of MPs have warned. The government is putting the UK's fledgling green economy at risk by downgrading the "green investment bank" to a mere fund, MPs have warned in a scathing report on the plans....
'Oil prices make the case for green economy'Guardian Unlimited | 03 Mar 2011
Climate and energy secretary says an oil price of $100 a barrel transforms the economics of climate change. Britain is facing a 1970s-style oil price shock that could cost the UK economy £45bn over two years, the climate and energy secretary, Chris Huhne, is expected to warn in his first...
Plan to end discards protects fishermen for the long haulGuardian Unlimited | 01 Mar 2011
Throwing away thousands of tonnes of fish is unacceptable. At last the problem is getting a serious airing in Brussels. Half of the fish caught in the North Sea today are thrown away, dead, because of an EU fisheries policy that is no longer fit for purpose. We can all agree that the system is broken - throwing away thousands of tonnes of edible fish is unacceptable. But on Tuesday we heard a bold proposal from the European commission that would aim to eliminate discards.