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These trees may not last much longer. View of Mount Hood across a frozen Lake Trillium, Mount Hood National Forest. Photo: Karl Johnson via Flickr.com.

The howl of the wolf will not be silenced

Stephen Quirk & Alexander Reid Ross

17th April 2014

The US Forest Service is developing a new armory of aggressive and often illegal tactics to push through loss-making timber sales, as it brands forest defenders as 'eco-terrorists'. Time to dig in for the trees - and the wolves. more...
Contented cow at Three Cliffs Bay, Penmaen (near Swansea), South Wales. Photo: Mélanie via Flickr.com.

How Wales is defeating bovine TB without killing badgers

Jan Bayley

14th April 2014

Wales has an enviable record of declining BTB in cattle - without having to kill a single badger. Jan Bayley explains how Wales's combination of frequent testing and exacting biosecurity has succeeded - and how England can learn from Wales's experience. more...
Had his chips? Galyna Andrushko / Shutterstock.com.

Renewed hunting imperils Canada's Grizzlies

Kyle Artelle

10th April 2014

The Grizzly bear hunting season is under way in British Columbia, Canada. The government claims that the decision to open the hunt and the kill quotas are 'science-based' but as Kyle Artelle writes, science doesn't get a look in - and the Grizzlies' are in serious danger. more...
Paterson should have listened! Badger Cull Protest outside Parliament, June 8, 2013. Photo: David Clare via Flickr.com.

Lies, damn lies, and Owen Paterson's badger cull

Lesley Docksey

10th April 2014

Paterson's speech to Parliament on the continuation of the badger cull was not so much a masterpiece of deception, writes Lesley Docksey, as a crude botch-up of errors, wrong statistics and a failure to understand the very real problem of TB in cattle. more...
Too sexy for my shirt? Tian Tian yawning at Edinburgh Zoo. Photo: gavin proc via flickr.com.

Panda Sutra - the ups and downs of getting grumpy bears to have sex

Forbes Howie

11th April 2014

Just why do giant pandas find it so difficult to mate? It's because they're in captivity, and so little of their wild habitat survives. But in Edinburgh zoo, writes Forbes Howie,
scientists are hard at work to get Tian Tian pregnant ...
more...
Africa would not be the same without them. Rhinos at Kariega Game Reserve. Photo: Clem Evans via Flickr.com.

Africa without rhinos would be different, and poorer

Rachel Nuwer

6th April 2014

If rhinos are driven to extinction in the wild, Africa's landscapes and ecosystems would be very different, reports Rachel Nuwer. The activities of this mega-herbivore diversify plant life and create prime grazing spots for other animals. more...
Dominic Dyer addressing a public meeting against the badger cull in Exeter. Photo: Lesley Docksey.

Dominic Dyer, badger champion

Lesley Docksey

9th April 2014

Anyone working to protect badgers from culling will know of Dominic Dyer - wildlife advocate and new director of the Badger Trust. Lesley Docksey met him 'on the hoof' at a recent march - and found out just why the badger campaign is so important to him. more...
Badger sniffing daisies. Photo: Sally Longstaff via Flickr.com.

Paterson's plans for a national badger cull bite the dust

Dominic Dyer

4th April 2014

Owen Paterson's bold plans for a national badger cull rollout are now in tatters, writes Dominic Dyer, as he stands condemned by both sides in the debate. Wales shows the real way forward, with biosecurity, cattle movement control, TB testing and vaccination. more...
Owen Paterson. Photo: Jamie Grey via Flickr.com.

Badger cull will resume - but no new areas

Owen Paterson

3rd April 2014

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson told Parliament today that the badger cull will continue - and with no independent scientific oversight. However it will not move to new areas. Here we reproduce his full statement to the House of Commons. more...
A clear-felled area of Mountain Ash, with David Lindenmayer.

A Great Forest National Park for SE Australia

Professor David Lindenmayer

1st April 2014

A few hours from Melbourne lies one of Australia's natural wonders - a soaring forest of Mountain Ash trees up to 90 metres tall, with a host of endangered species. David Lindenmayer demands a halt to the logging, and the creation of a new National Park. more...
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...

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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...
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...

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