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Cat by Anaa Yoo via Flickr.com.

Badger cull will extend to cats, dogs, hamsters

The Ecologist

1st April 2014

A leaked paper from Defra reveals that future badger culls will extend to 'all host species' for bovine TB, including domestic pets, in order to eliminate all disease reservoirs. more...
Mangrove. Photo: Vincent Chaigneau via Flickr.com.

The world must invest in mangroves

Mark Spalding

30th March 2014

As the IPCC prepares to launch its latest climate report, Mark Spalding reports that mangrove swaps don't just protect coastlines from storms, flooding and erosion - they also sequester huge tonnages of carbon. And that makes them a super-smart investment ... more...
A badger out hunting for worms. Photo: Andrea via Flickr.com.

Paterson - preparing to ditch the badger cull?

Oliver Tickell

27th March 2013

Owen Paterson answered MPs' questions today about bovine TB and the badger cull. Answers were few, but the emphasis has shifted ... could the revised BTB strategy contain a significant omission - the cull? more...
Guanaco in Chile's Torres del Payne National Park. Photo: Fernando Venegas Traba via Flickr.com.

When rewilding isn't mad - guanacos can transform the espinal of Chile

Meredith Root-Bernstein

27th March 2014

The degraded Mediterranean-like savannas of Central Chile are in serious need of re-wilding, writes Meredith Root-Bernstein. And that means bringing back the guanaco, hunted out 500 years ago, to browse on the thorny acacia scrub. more...
An English badger. Photo: Fred Dawson via Flickr.com.

The badger cull - something is rotten in the state of England

Lesley Docksey

24th March 2014

Pending the publication of the long-delayed Independent Panel report on the badger cull, Lesley Docksey finds that the fight for England's badgers is part of an even bigger campaign for scientific and political integrity. more...
Kate and Flo knee deep in The Quaggy. Photo: Jon Nicholls (fotologic) via Flickr.com.

New life for our lost urban rivers!

Jenny Jones

24th March 2014

Cities all over Britain are threaded by 'lost rivers' that have been hidden away in tunnels and culverts. Jenny Jones argues that it's time to restore them to a more natural state - improving habitats for wildlife and people, and reducing flood risk. more...
A Devon badger in the wild. Photo: Jon Bowen via Flickr.com.

BBC says sorry - we got it wrong on Irish badgers

The Ecologist

23rd March 2014

In a ground-breaking decision the BBC has admitted: it was wrong to state that badger culling in the Republic of Ireland had reduced incidences of TB in cattle. Will the decision stop the Government from making the same mistake? more...
Swamp about 30 miles north of Jackson, Mississippi, USA. Photo: Todd Hall via Flickr.com.

Warmer freshwater ecosystems emit more methane

Tim Radford

22nd March 2014

Scientists think the amount of methane emitted to the atmosphere from freshwater ecosystems will increase as the climate warms, reports Tim Radford. And that will trigger further warming. more...
Sky pilot, alpine buttercup and old-man-of-the-mountain in full bloom in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Photo: John Holm / Wikimedia Commons.

Rockies flora signal warming times

Tim Radford

20th March 2014

An intensive study of the flora of one meadow in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado over 39 years reveals a consistent long term pattern of change: first flowers 6 days per decade earlier, last flowers 3 days per decades later. more...
Early stages of Holistic Planned Grazing with Dexter cattle awaiting their daily move at Haye Farm, Worcestershire. Photo: Stuart Norgrove.

The omni-benefits of regenerative pasture

Natasha Giddings

21st March 2014

Managing grasslands in a way that mimics natural grazing by wild animals improves water infiltration, reduces erosion, conserves nutrients, reduces costs, raises production and increases profits, writes Natasha Giddings. Why isn't everyone doing it? more...
A Hornbill turtle photographed at Grant Turk Island, TCI. Photo: Ron Brugger via Flickr.com.

Turks & Caicos Islands protect breeding turtles

The Ecologist

19th March 2014

The Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands has adopted a new conservation plan for its sea turtles that will protect mature adults so they can breed, and so reverse population declines. more...
Roundup-Ready corn in a Roundup-bombed landscape, near Adrian, Minnesota. Photo: Matthew Traucht via Flickr.com.

Say No to 'Roundup-ready' GM crops

The Ecologist

17th March 2013

The UK Government is desperate to get planting GM crops - and could get its way as soon as 2015. Now environment groups warn: our wildlife will suffer - and just as demand for 'GMO-free' food is soaring. more...

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A Yellowstone bison roaming the wilderness. Photo: Captain Kimo via Flickr.com.

Yellowstone bison have 'right to roam'

The Ecologist

15th March 2014

The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that bison can roam outside the park boundaries for winter and early spring forage without being shot. more...
Badgers love peanuts - a fact exploited by badger cullers, but not on this occasion. Photo: Natalie Downe via Flickr.com.

MPs vote - halt badger cull in England!

Damian Carrington for the Guardian

14th March 2014

The UK's House of Commons has voted overwhelmingly for a motion stating that pilot culls have 'decisively failed' - by 219 votes to one. But the vote is non-binding - will the Government listen? more...
Hermitage Quarry - eating into ancient woodland at Oaken Wood, Kent. Photo: Woodland Trust.

Enough is enough - protect Britain's ancient woods!

Sian Atkinson

13th March 2014

In principle ancient woodland enjoys strong protection, but that's not how it works out on the ground, reports Sian Atkinson. HS2 alone threatens 82 ancient woods, and 440 are at risk nationwide. Hence the Woodland Trust's 'Enough is Enough' campaign ... more...
An endangered Red ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata ruber) in Madagascar. Photo: Ronald McGuire via Flickr.com.

Saving Madagascar's lemurs

Ian Colquhoun

25th March 2014

'Brand lemur' could draw much needed ecotourism spending to Madagascar, writes Ian Colquhoun - benefiting local communities, and providing the funds needed to save lemurs from the very real threat of extinction. more...
Brian May on a badger cull protest outside Parliament, 1st June 2013. Photo: Brian Minkoff - London Pixels / Wikimedia Commons.

Brian May - from rock star to badger champion

Lesley Docksey

10th March 2014

Brian May is best known as lead guitarist for the rock band Queen. But as Lesley Docksey discovers, he is also an astrophysicist, and a committed - and highly effective - advocate for Britain's wild animals, including badgers put at risk by England's cull programme. more...
Bridger Mountains. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair.

Defender of the Rockies

Jeffrey St. Clair

3rd March 2014

For sheer guts, vision and results, a single organisation stands out among the US's environmental defenders - the Alliance for the Wild Rockies. Jeffrey St. Clair met its leader, Mike Garrity, winner of 2014's Grassroots Activist Award. more...
South Cubbington Wood near Leamington Spa has existed for many centuries. It is now under threat by the proposed HS2 railway line.

Ancient woodland loss must be recorded

Mike Townsend

9th March 2014

We need a robust and open system to accurately record the loss of ancient woodland, argues Mike Townsend. Only then can we fully realise the scale of the problem - and tackle it effectively. more...
A family of Columbian Mammoths at the La Brea Tarpits Zoo (Pliocene section). Photo: Steve Rawley via Flickr.com.

Are we recreating a 3 million year-old past?

Richard Pancost

2nd March 2014

Our emissions of greenhouse gases may end up recreating the conditions of the Pliocene era of 2.6 to 5.3 million years ago. Warm and wet, life could still thrive, writes Richard Pancost. As for a 40 metre rise in sea level ... more...
It was clear at the time of this demo in June 2013. It's even more clear now: killing badgers is no solution to bovine TB. Photo: David Clare via Flickr.com.

We know enough - the badger cull must stop!

Lesley Docksey

28th February 2014

Now we know - the pilot badger culls have inflicted unacceptable cruelty on wild animals and failed to meet their key objective. They may even have spread bovine TB into new areas. Lesley Docksey concludes - its time to call the whole thing off! more...
A fiasco. Photo: Gwydion M. Williams via Flickr.com.

Badger culls were ineffective and inhumane

Oliver Tickell

28th February 2014

Sources close to Defra have revealed that the UK's badger culls were an outright failure. They killed well under the target number of animals, and were unable to meet Defra's own 'humaneness test' more...
Cattle near Oxford. Photo: Alcalaina via Flickr.com.

Genetic study shows we can breed TB-resistant cows

Liz Glass

24th February 2014

The debate on protecting cattle from TB has become polarised between supporters of killing badgers, and vaccination. But as Liz Glass reports, there is another solution: breeding cattle with innate TB resistance. more...
Prince William in a pensive moment at the London Conference on wildlife trade. Photo: Zoological Society of London.

Prince William - we need new ideas to tackle wildlife crisis!

Paul Jepson

22nd February 2014

Prohibition - of alcohol, drugs and prostitution - has not worked. So, Paul Jepson asks, why did the London Conference insist it's the answer to saving rhinos, elephants and other endangered species targetted by the global trade in wildlife products? more...
Rediscovering our place in the Universe: a couple at Burning Man 2012, Washoe County, Nevada, USA. Photo: Duncan Rawlinson via Flickr.com.

Human rights and the environment

Gabriel Moran

27th February 2014

Are human rights separable from the wider rights of other living beings, the environment and the Universe? Gabriel Moran finds that humans need to re-assert their central position in the world and build an encompassing moral responsibility. more...

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