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EU to ban toxic chemicals in household plasticsReuters | 17 Feb 2011
The European Union will ban six toxic chemicals within three to five years, three of which are commonly used in plastic household items, the EU Commission said on Thursday.
Business needs a clear message on renewablesGuardian Unlimited | 17 Feb 2011
Business is key to a low-carbon future, but the government must show more clarity and consistency. Earlier this week, I was invited along to the Business and a Sustainable Environment conference in London to give my views on the government's green business policy. The question was "how is government engaging with business to deliver the transition to a low-carbon economy?" My answer was: "not very well".
Growing Valentine's Day roses harming Kenya's ecological siteGuardian Unlimited | 14 Feb 2011
Supermarkets eager to meet demand for cheap flowers urged to show more concern for the environment. Consumer appetite for cut-price Kenyan roses for Valentine's Day is "bleeding the country dry" by threatening the region's precarious ecology. University of Leicester ecology and conservation...
Caution when 'calling out the climate cranks'Guardian Unlimited | 14 Feb 2011
Environmental protesters in the US aim to challenge the 'climate cranks' - but they must be mindful of the rhetoric they use. Just what the climate debate doesn't need: a new moniker for those who do not accept the mainstream scientific view of anthropogenic climate change. According to...
Helena Brett's innovation: charity-shop makeoversGuardian Unlimited | 13 Feb 2011
"I've been loved before, so love me again." So say the swing tickets on the merchandise in Age UK's new-look charity shop in Kentish Town, north London. It's one of 60 new shopfits that will begin to transform its 470 outlets into friendly, stylish retail spaces. "The idea is to make them bright...
Take climate scientists to task, but avoid formulaic boffin-bashingGuardian Unlimited | 11 Feb 2011
Unlike cinema, theatre has largely avoided climate change - but now we have three offerings on stage in London at once. The Tricycle Theatre's revival of Water and the National Theatre's Greenland were joined this week by The Heretic at the Royal Court. Juliet Stevenson plays Diane, a university...
Prince Charles condemns 'corrosive' climate change scepticsGuardian Unlimited | 10 Feb 2011
The prince says green lobby must do more to sell the benefits of sustainable living. The Prince of Wales has condemned climate change sceptics for their "corrosive" impact on public opinion and accused them of playing a "reckless game of roulette" with the planet. In a speech at a European...
Prince Charles climate change speech - Greenpeace responseGreenpeace UK | 09 Feb 2011
The Prince has today given his personal backing for a new emissions target, adding his weight to the growing chorus of business voices demanding change. With China set to announce bold new clean energy policies in the next few weeks, Europe must act now to prevent its clean technology sector...
Going undercover can have dramatic resultsGuardian Unlimited | 09 Feb 2011
Covert operations can help to increase public awareness and influence politicians - but they must follow strict guidelines. The undercover policeman and "environmental activist" Mark Kennedy is giving us covert operatives a bad name. I was first recruited to work undercover back in 1996. Taken to a room, sworn to secrecy, I then spent the next 10 weeks investigating Europe's largest animal-testing laboratory, Huntingdon Life Sciences.
Firms threaten legal action over feed-in tariffsGuardian Unlimited | 07 Feb 2011
Solar energy firms are threatening to take legal action against the government after ministers said they could stop large-scale commercial "solar farms" from hoovering up a green electricity subsidy. After a Guardian report on Sunday, the government announced it will launch a "fast-track" review of the feed-in tariff scheme, which was launched only last April. The scheme subsidises households that install solar panels or other small- and medium-scale renewable energy projects.
Ten ways to change the way we liveGuardian Unlimited | 06 Feb 2011
We've heard repeatedly over the past couple of years, the bees are disappearing, which, since they pollinate around 16% of the world's flowering plants, can only be bad news. But here's the good news. One of the simplest and most effective measures to speed their return – alongside restrictions on...
The week in wildlifeGuardian Unlimited | 04 Feb 2011
Migrating butterflies, eyelash vipers and snowy scenes are among the pick of this week's images from the natural world.
Better time travel will improve climate modellingGuardian Unlimited | 04 Feb 2011
Improving how time flows in weather and climate models means better results, and illustrates perfectly how science progresses. As you read these words, time is flowing smoothly, passing from one moment to the next with no breaks. Reassuring, isn't it? But in computer models of weather and climate,...
Guardian green blog festivalGuardian Unlimited | 31 Jan 2011
The environment is, by definition, global. So over the next two weeks, we will bring you a blog a day at 8am from a different part of the world, allowing fresh voices to explore the top green issues there. Of particular personal interest is the post from Brazil we will run tomorrow. I visited last year and was really struck by the progress made there under President Lula and its ambition to be the world's first environmental superpower.
The Livewell diet: it's cheap, it's nutritious and it could help save the planetGuardian Unlimited | 30 Jan 2011
The Livewell Plate, a weekly menu compiled by nutritionists, sets out the ideal ingredients to balance healthy eating with sustainable food sources, at an average cost of £29 a person. Can you save the planet over lunch? Can the amount of chicken in your curry or milk in your coffee make a...
Green investment bank: not green and not a bankGuardian Unlimited | 27 Jan 2011
A green investment bank: what's not to like? Banks might not be flavour of the month, but if they invest in the right things, that's good. And there are any number of projects that would benefit the environment, yet struggle to raise backing from conventional financial institutions. Many environmental campaigners had been calling for a green bank for years. So this is an initiative we can welcome, right? Well, politics is a funny world.
Eco power lists: Fatuous and misrepresentativeGuardian Unlimited | 18 Jan 2011
The fame, extreme wealth and disproportionate influence celebrated by such lists are completely at odds with the values of the green movementIs there anything the Sunday papers can't turn into a fatuous celeb-fest? Two days ago, the Observer published its "eco power list". It will come as no...
New labels for wind power productsGuardian Unlimited | 18 Jan 2011
Consumers love certification labels. They allow us to "do the right thing" when shopping with confidence and convenience. Just a quick glance at a familiar logo - Fairtrade, Soil Association, Marine Stewardship Council, Vegan Society, Forestry Stewardship Council, to name just a few – and we can...
Letters: Learning outsideGuardian Unlimited | 15 Jan 2011
It was encouraging to read David Attenborough's views on the importance of environmental education in schools, and the need for young people to experience the natural world at first hand. Research has shown that learning outside the classroom can lead to environmental behaviour changes and greater environmental responsibility, besides benefits including raised attainment, improved behaviour and better mental and physical health.
Satellite eye on EarthGuardian Unlimited | 06 Jan 2011
Snow storms in the States, Europe's big freeze and flooding in Queensland were all captured by Nasa satellites last month.