About Chris Milton

Chris Milton is a seasoned sustainability journalist focusing on business, finance and clean technology. His writing's been carried by a number of highly respected publishers, including The Guardian, The Washington Post and Scientific American. You can follow him on twitter as @britesprite, where he's one of Mashable's top green tweeters and Fast Company's CSR thought leaders. Alternatively you can follow him to the shops... but that would be boring.



Author Archives: Chris Milton

Germany Abandons Nuclear Power

April 4th, 2011 | by Chris Milton

Germany will shut down all its nuclear power stations by 2020, according to the government's Secretary of State for the Environment and Nuclear Safety, Jürgen Becker. His comments were made earlier today to Reuters during a meeting of the International Renewable Energy Association (IREA) in the United Arab Emirates


Bamboo Bikes In High Demand

March 29th, 2011 | by Chris Milton

When it comes to sustainable transport, you've never seen anything like this before. The Ghana Bamboo Bikes initiative is gaining momentum and is gearing up to start exporting to other African nations, the EU and the US. They're also looking forward to providing the bikes to teachers and healthcare workers within Ghana


Human Milk To Come From GM Cows

March 25th, 2011 | by Chris Milton

A biotechnology scientist has predicted that genetically modified cows will soon begin the commercial production of a form of human milk. The claim came as a herd of 200 cows which have already had their genes tweaked was showcased in Beijing as part of


NGOs Call For Mega Dam To Be Halted

March 23rd, 2011 | by Chris Milton

Over 250 NGOs from 51 countries have called on the governments of Laos and Thailand to halt building the Xayaburi mega dam on the River Mekong in Northern Laos. They claim the environmental impact assessment report into the project has been poorly prepared and fails to take into account the environmental and social impact of choking the water supply to ecosystems and populations downstream


The End of Intensive Farming Fertilizers?

March 22nd, 2011 | by Chris Milton

Hundreds of years ago, it was common practice for all the sh*t in a town or city to be gathered up each night and dumped on the nearby fields as fertilizer. This provided excellent nutrients for the crops, but it also created a lot of disease. Scroll forwards hundreds of years later, and we still have to wash our fruit and veg because of all the chemical sh*t dumped on it. More to the point, real sh*t is being looked at again as a sustainable substitute for chemical and phosphate fertilizers used in intensive agriculture


New Grand Canyon Uranium Mines Get Pollution Permits

March 17th, 2011 | by Chris Milton

Three proposed uranium mines near Grand Canyon have been issued with air and water pollution permits by the Arizona Department for Environmental Quality. However the permits appear to be dangerously unenforceable and contain no remediation measures should the permitted pollution be exceeded


Europe to Stress Test Nuclear Power Stations

March 16th, 2011 | by Chris Milton

The EU's Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger, has announced that the union will conduct a series of stress tests upon its nuclear power stations later in the year. He described the tests as "extraordinary" and said they would include the impact of earthquakes and high water. The tests will also be conducted on the nuclear power stations of neighbouring non-EU countries, including Switzerland, Turkey and Russia



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