NEWS: Future of encryption on the spot as US security forces argue for back-door master key to decrypt the communications of people ‘going dark’

Online anonymity came under the spotlight again last week as a US Senate hearing discussed whether a ‘master key’ to all encrypted communications should be made available to the US security forces. FBI Director James Comey and US Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates appeared before a committee on Wednesday called “Going Dark: Encryption, Technology, and…

INTERVIEW: Goldman Prize winner 2015 – Fighting industrial pollution in Kenya is a dangerous business

Lead poisoning from industrial pollution has imposed a terrible toll on Kenyans, and single mother Phyllis Omido is no exception – lead from a nearby metal refinery badly damaged her own son’s health. But it was when she decided to fight back against the polluters that a whole new realm of threats and dangers opened…

INTERVIEW: Pete the Temp – combatting climate change with captivating comedy

Pete the Temp’s remarkable ‘spoken word’ show is challenging, inspiring, terrifying and amusing audiences across Britain. But it’s performance with a purpose – to engage people in a positive fight to protect the Earth from catastrophic climate change. And so far, it seems to be working … ‘Multi-talented’ doesn’t do environmental activist and spoken word…

What are LCAs and how could they help us spot (un)ethical products on the shelves?

From linear to circular thinking: two experts discuss how introducing a more holistic approach to manufacturing could help us consumers make greener decisions while shopping. Many are confused about the labelling on what are marketed as environmentally friendly products. This was confirmed by a study made by the European Commission which showed that six out…

INTERVIEW: Goldman Prize winner 2014 – Russian eco-hero forced to live in exile

Suren Gazaryan took on the Kremlin in trying to block illegal development at the Sochi Olympics and on the Black Sea coast. Forced to flee to Germany, he can finally get down to researching his beloved bats. Russian zoologist and environmental campaigner, Suren Gazaryan, is today awarded the 2014’s Goldman Environmental Prize winner for Europe. Gazaryan…

INTERVIEW: Award-winning Greenwich eco-store to be flattened to leave room for new IKEA (with podcast)

The planned demolition of the famous eco-friendly Sainsbury’s in Greenwich has sparked outrage. I met with the store’s architect, Paul Hinkin who says the plans must be stopped. Listen to the interview with him below. Campaigners have condemned the planned closure and demolition of one of the first eco-stores in London. The £13 million Sainsbury’s…