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Review: Manifesto of the Poor – Solutions come from below

Fri, 25/07/2014 - 15:48
Harriet Lawrence reviews Fairtrade pioneer Francisco Van der Hoff Boersma's book, which details the founding principles of what is now a global phenomenon

Britain’s urban rivers are at their cleanest in 20 years, study confirms

Thu, 24/07/2014 - 13:12
Britain's urban rivers are at their cleanest for over two decades, according to scientists from Cardiff University

Positive Travel: How holidays inspire creativity

Wed, 23/07/2014 - 17:02
New research suggests that actively seeking out the unfamiliar through travel can help the creative process, explains Aaron Millar, who visits a town in the Nevada desert where cowboys gather to recite poetry

Positive Travel: Poetry at ten paces

Tue, 22/07/2014 - 11:57
We all know that creativity can strike in unlikely places, but new research suggests that actively seeking out the unfamiliar through travel may help aid the process. To investigate further Aaron Millar heads to Nevada and meets some cowboys with a penchant for poetry

Womad and the art of listening

Mon, 21/07/2014 - 15:16
Festival-goers at this year's Womad will have the chance to delve deeper into sound with a new stage exploring audio intricacies

£125m raised for world’s largest protected area of rainforest

Fri, 18/07/2014 - 06:00
An ‘all or nothing’ fundraising strategy has secured conservation of the Amazon Region Protected Areas for the next 25 years

Two-thirds of Britons favour wind power over fracking

Thu, 17/07/2014 - 12:41
A new survey has revealed that almost two-thirds of Britons would choose to live near a wind farm over a fracking site. The findings have led to the government being accused of ignoring public opinion

Positive Travel: All aboard the new super-fast Paris-Barcelona train

Wed, 16/07/2014 - 13:01
For a responsible family holiday to the Catalan coast, Alice Grahame takes the new Paris-Barcelona train, and doesn’t compromise on her principles

Fair play: homosexuality in sport

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 12:24
With more sportspeople coming out about their sexuality and increasing tolerance from fans, Ben Whitford looks at how the global sporting community is responding to the need for equality

A new economic logic is emerging

Mon, 14/07/2014 - 12:56
Developments in finance, energy and technology are shifting us from centralised, growth-at-all-costs economics, towards a more democratic, collaborative, interactive and ecological model, based on asking what kind of society we actually want, argues Sam Friggens

Good Business: Rabble

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 12:09
Life is too short for boring, repetitive exercise, say Charlotte Roach and Rosemary Pringle, the founders of Rabble, a company that creates crazy team games for adults looking for ‘funner fitness’

The media should strive to shape society for the better, not just mirror inequality

Thu, 10/07/2014 - 06:00
The media should drop its claims of impartiality and instead use its influence transparently to facilitate positive changes in society, argues Tom Lawson

Crying for empathy

Wed, 09/07/2014 - 06:00
In thousands of schools around the world, children between the ages of five and 12 take lessons from a newborn baby. The result? Increased emotional intelligence, understanding and empathy towards classmates, and less bullying and aggression

A game of three halves

Wed, 09/07/2014 - 06:00
All the attention may be on Brazil this summer, but in Denmark a version of football that requires cooperation between teams is being pioneered. Will Simpson reports from the first ever Three-Sided Football World Cup

Scientists create ‘self-healing’ plastic

Tue, 08/07/2014 - 16:44
Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a ‘self-healing’ plastic that could one day allow objects from cracked mobile phone screens to meteor-battered space probes to automatically repair themselves

Conservationists celebrate as oil company vows to leave Africa’s oldest national park

Tue, 08/07/2014 - 10:38
British oil company Soco International plc is to end its operations in the Virunga World Heritage Site in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Campaigns round up: Summer 2014

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 13:39
The latest news, efforts and success stories from the world of campaigning

Review: Time On Our Side, Why We All Need a Shorter Working Week

Fri, 04/07/2014 - 11:29
Debbie So reviews Time on Our Side, a book that advocates a shorter working week

Cornish people recognised as national minority

Thu, 03/07/2014 - 06:00
Cornwall’s 15-year fight for minority group recognition is victorious

Positive Travel: How to be a responsible traveller in Myanmar

Wed, 02/07/2014 - 10:24
After years of isolation Myanmar is now open to tourists. Sustainable tourism expert Richard Brownsdon makes a visit and comes back with tips on how to see it responsibly