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CONTENTS JULY 2009

VOLUME 39, ISSUE 6

ecologist investigates cover feature

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Where do we go from here? Whatever you want to know about energy, consumerism, waste, independent media, wildlife conservation, health, economics, water or food and land use, it’s here in our indispensable guide to the best environmental resources

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Why the Ecologist has gone online In our last-ever print edition, Zac Goldsmith explains how the magazine’s evolution into a website means more of a good thing

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Dioxin Dorms Would you let your child live in a dioxinpoisoned college dorm? Eric Francis Coppolino asks why the parents of New Paltz students are so blasé

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Inner revolution Whether you start the revolution from your bed or in your head, the task of changing the world has to begin on the inside, says Nick Kettles

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Radical Art A unique exhibition at London’s Barbican Centre shows how artists have interpreted the eco struggle over the ages. Will Bugler reports

take action 43

Campaigns Want to make a difference in your world? Here’s where you start

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Man on a boat In this fi nal instalment, Paul Miles fi nds light at the end of a tunnel on the Grand Union canal

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Local hero: Lady Cranbrook Kate Eshelby meets the septuagenarian food activist who beat Tesco out of town

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How to stop a supermarket Tips for stopping the supermarket juggernaut before it gets to your area

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Garbage warrior Laura Sevier meets the man building beautiful sustainable homes out of rubbish

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On the frontline Andrew Wasley reports on the lawyers who risk their lives for eco justice

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DAILYLIFE

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Spotlight on… Colourful tomatoes Black, yellow, green, red, purple – celebrating diversity on your plate

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This month Boat parties, biodynamic wine and green festivals

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My World: Alice Waters On dining with the Dalai Lama, edible schoolyards and life in Berkeley

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How to… BBQ ethically From locally sourced charcoal to home brew, Andy Hamilton goes eco al fresco

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Dilemma With emissions still rising, how do we defi ne unnecessary travel, asks Matilda Lee

regulars 06

The big picture Air pollution is destroying the aroma of fl owering plants, making it hard for pollinators to fi nd them, says a new study

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News focus How non-native aquatic plants are threatening local biodiversity

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Letters A lively, regular forum for readers’ views

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Comments Rosie Boycott says it’s time to re-engage with our food and re-evaluate the way we feed ourselves; when it comes to government energy proposals, you can’t believe what you hear, says Joss Garman; the dynamics of ‘inside track’ advocacy within government are familiar and reassuring, but not all that effective, says Jonathon Porritt; Molly Scott Cato bemoans the chaos and ineffi ciency of a privatised postal service; Rupert Sheldrake thinks science has been as damaged by materialism as the rest of the world

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How to be free Ditch your car and travel like a king instead, advises Tom Hodgkinson

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