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…

FEATURE: Celebrity video games – in pictures

Celebrities have been happy to grace video games with their presence. So ask no more what Snoop Dogg and Kevin Spacey have in common… This piece was published in print in The Observer Tech Monthly and online on Guardian Technology in October 2014. Please follow this link to read the article online http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/oct/13/celebrity-video-games-in-pictures.

FEATURE: Farm waste and mushrooms challenge plastic, concrete, steel

Isn’t it daft to use plastics that last for centuries to make short-life packaging? Now there’s an alternative – using fungi to bind farm and forestry waste into strong, non-toxic, complex forms. When the job is done, the material can be safely burnt or composted – and it even works for buildings … An unusual…

Huge turnout as thousands march against climate change in People’s Climate March – London 2014

Tens of thousands of Londoners and hundreds of thousands of people worldwide took to the streets on Sunday to raise awareness of climate change as part of a global initiative which has been deemed the largest environmental demonstrations ever seen. London’s version of The People’s Climate March, which was organised by environmental organisations and NGOs,…

INTERVIEW: Hunter Lovins, wild horses and the way to a better world

Hunter Lovins is on a mission: to put the transformational technologies we already have to work for the benefit of people and business – and to re-create the economy so it’s no longer a machine for polluting the planet and devouring natural resources, but a mechanism for building and sustaining natural and human capital. American…

INTERVIEW: Jan Creamer – giving a voice to the voiceless

Sophie Morlin-Yron meets Jan Creamer – effective, courageous and seemingly selfless campaigner against animal cruelty worldwide, from Bolivia to Zambia, from circuses to factory farms. As president of Animal Defenders International (ADI) and chief executive of the National Anti-Vivisection Society, as well as the Lord Dowding Fund for Humane Research, Jan Creamer has dedicated most of…

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…