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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...
Ian Redmond. Photo via Ian Redmond.

Joy for the natural world

Sarah Stirk

18th February 2014

Ian Redmond, 'ape man', talked to Sarah Stirk about his joy in the natural world, and especially his passion for Mountain gorillas - the only ape (other than humans) whose population is rising. more...
Dunedin Highland Games. This picture really did come up on a creative commons image search for Owen Paterson. Photo: theSuperStar via Flickr.com.

Owen Paterson - the invisible Minister

Lesley Docksey

18th February 2014

Storms, floods, tidal surges, a failed badger cull, GMO controversies ... then Owen Paterson, widely considered the worst Environment Secretary we have ever had, vanished. Lesley Docksey wonders - will he ever return? more...

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An under-size tiger shark is released, bleeding. Photo: Andy Corbe.

Australia's shark baiting - cruel, dangerous, ineffective

Elizabeth Claire Alberts

20th February 2014

New figures show that three quarters of the sharks caught by Western Australia's shark baiting were undersize. All the more reason to halt the program, writes Elizabeth Claire Alberts - and to end similar programs elsewhere in Australia more...
Bageni family in the gorilla sector of Virunga National Park, Bukima, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Brent Stirton / WWF.

Virunga - UK Government to investigate oil company

The Ecologist

17th February 2014

The UK Government is to examine the activities of London-based oil company Soco over alleged violations of environmental protections and human rights abuses in Africa's first National Park, home to 200 Mountain gorillas. more...
Construction waste from the Sochi Winter Olympics construction is dumped in the Mzympta River. Photo: SochiWatch.

Sochi - an Olympiad of environmental destruction

Igor Chestin

17th February 2014

The winter Olympics at Sochi have trashed the National Park that contains Russia's richest biodiversity, writes Igor Chestin. Worse, the gutting of key environmental laws means that it can happen all over again, and again. more...
A Devon badger in the wild. Photo: Jon Bowen via Flickr.com.

Defra's astonishing new TB figures - an end to the cull?

Lesley Docksey & Oliver Tickell

14th February 2014

New figures just released by Defra show that bovine TB was declining in UK herds - just as Paterson claimed the disease was 'spreading' - and that Wales's no-cull, biosecurity and vaccination policy led to a 24% drop in herd infections. more...
Many of the Somerset Levels's rarest species inhabit the ditches or 'rhynes' that thread the landscape. Photo: Joe Dunckley via Flickr.com.

Somerset Levels - a vision for 2030

Somerset Levels and Moors Task Force

8th February 2014

As fierce public debate rages over how to manage the Somerset Levels, a Task Force of farmers, wildlife groups, official Agencies and Councils has agreed a new 'Vision 2030' for the Levels - one the mainstream media have entirely missed ... more...
Female Grizzly Bear, Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, BC. Photo: Heather and Mike via Flickr.com.

Overkill - trophy hunting slams BC's Grizzly bears

Anna Taylor

7th February 2014

In BC, Canada, a surge in trophy hunting may be reducing Grizzly bear populations, writes Anna Taylor. A new study finds evidence of serious Grizzly bear 'overkill' from multiple causes of mortality - in which trophy hunting is a big contributor. more...
A one-horned rhino in Chitwan National Park. Photo: ALERT-conservation.org.

Nepal: new transport corridors threaten Chitwan Park

Bhrikuti Rai & Sunir Pandey

12th February 2014

A planned east-west railroad and highway network threaten the the conservation 'jewel in Nepal's crown' - the Chitwan National Park. Bhrikuti Rai and Sunir Pandey report from Chitwan. more...
This tiger skin was seized by Border Force, which made more than 675 wildlife crime seizures last year. Photo: UK Home Office via Flickr.com.

UK's Wildlife Crime Unit secures two years' funding

The Ecologist

6th February 2014

The National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) will be able to tackle wildlife crime for a further two years after the UK government announced more than £500,000 funding until 2016. more...
Champions don't wear fur: PETA protest at Sochi Winter Olympics. Photo: PETA.

Champions don't wear fur

The Ecologist

6th February 2014

Sochi: Russian police stopped two PETA supporters in skimpy bikinis and bunny ears from holding signs that read, 'Champions Don't Wear Fur' outside the Olympic Village. more...
Planting out onion seedlings at Sandy Lane Farm, and organic farm in Oxfordshire, UK. Photo: Sandy lane Farm.

Organic farming benefits biodiversity

Lindsay Turnbull

19th February 2014

Organic farming really is wildlife friendly, new research from Oxford University has found, with far higher species diversity on organic farms than conventional ones. Lindsay Turnbull reports on her findings ... more...
Redacted - a document released by Defra following an FOI request. From www.teambadger.org.uk/pdf/OpennessBriefJun13.pdf.

Paterson 'badgered' - will he last out February?

Lesley Docksey

6th February 2014

Defra's information firewall about the badger cull is slowly crumbling under the onslaught of FOI requests, reports Lesley Docksey. But Defra will be unable to hide the truth for much longer. more...
Whale shark butcher at work. Photo: Wildlife Risk.

World's largest whale shark slaughterhouse uncovered in China

Sophie Morlin-Yron

3rd February 2014

The world's biggest slaughterhouse for endangered whale sharks has been uncovered in southeast China, writes Sophie Morlin-Yron. It's products are being traded across the world in health and cosmetic products. more...
'If we had less pesticide use in the environment we wouldn't have such a problem.' Photo: C.G.P. Grey via Flickr.com.

Death by pest or pesticide? Antibiotic dangers trap bees in a Catch 22

Matthew Thompson

2nd February 2014

Antibiotics used to protect them from bacterial illnesses ravaging hives are making them die from commonly used pesticides, some of which are used to ward-off bee-killing parasites. Matthew Thompson reports. more...

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