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Naomi Klein. Photo: Morpheu5 via Flickr.

This Changes Everything!

Mike Berners-Lee

13th October 2014

Naomi Klein finds kernels of hope amid the closely linked perils of climate change and untamed capitalism, writes Mike Berners-Lee. Ultimately it's down to us, the people, to come together and force the changes we need - but Klein's new book provides some valuable and timely inspiration. more...
Photo: Stéfan via Flickr.

WWF International accused of 'selling its soul' to corporations

John Vidal / The Guardian

14th October 2014

A new book charges the world's biggest conservation group with forging links with global corporations that are using its name to 'greenwash' environmentally damaging activities, writes John Vidal - in the process becoming too close to industry, and over-dependent on corporate funding. more...
The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change - front cover. Image: Island Press.

Laughing all the way to the greenhouse - 'The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change'

Edgar Vaid

28th September 2014

A new book on climate change brings a refreshing, visual, gag-filled view of a complex topic, writes Edgar Vaid - while including some surprisingly advanced science. The relentless jokiness may be a bit much for adult readers, but will be a hit with the young ones. And that is, after all, what it's all about. more...
The Circularity of Life by Jane Cull  - front cover illustration.

The circularity of Life

Jane Cull

4th November 2014

We must accept the reality that human beings, nature and cosmos are interconnected in a vast circular system, writes Jane Cull. To sustain ourselves on this planet, we must sustain the web of life of which we are part, and construct another kind of world that based on that understanding. more...
George Marshall wins a giant cockroach on the Climate Change Wheel of Misfortune. Photo: Annie Levy.

George Marshall: Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change

Carol Linnitt / DeSmog.ca

25th September 2014

Is our inability to tackle climate change the fault of politicians? Corporations? Governments? Or is it because that's the way our brains have evolved, able to hold six contradictory ideas at once, and believe them all? Carol Linnitt met climate campaigner George Marshall, who thinks he is finally asking the right questions. more...
Front cover of 'Art and Ecology Now'. Image: Thames & Hudson.

Art and Ecology Now

Martin Spray

16th September 2014

This intriguing new book is a bold attempt to strike a new direction for ecological art, writes Martin Spray - not to communicate environmental issues, but to create new connections with the world around us and imbue our lives with 'artfulness'. more...
The Most Beautiful Place in the World: IMHO - Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile. This amazing light lasted for only a couple of minutes at sunrise. The rest of the day was cloudy and overcast. Photo: © Peter Essick.

Our beautiful, fragile world

Edgar Vaid

26th June 2014

There is much merit in the cliché that 'a picture is worth a thousand words', writes Edgar Vaid, but 'Our Beautiful, Fragile World' suggests that great photography complemented by explanatory text is worth even more ... more...

The Man Who Plants Trees

Edgar Vaid

Edgar Vaid reviews the biography of a man who, after a supernatural experience, takes it upon himself to clone species of tree that he deems 'special'; trees that he believes may be crusaders in the fight against global warming ... more...
SUV in countryside. Photo: Eduard Kyslynskyy / shutterstock.com

Brave New Countryside?

Matt Williams

22nd November 2013

On the 50th anniversary of Aldous Huxley's death, Matt Williams remembers a little-known passage from his 'Brave New World', and asks if Huxley's dismal vision of our relationship to nature is coming to pass ... more...

A hero for our time

Heathcote Williams

16th November 2013

A new fictional character who ‘fights pain' wherever he finds it is a kind of eco-Bond for our time, says Heathcote Williams. Few could resist this ripping yarn. more...

How social media is helping galvanise the Greens

January 24th, 2013

by Ben Whitford

Thanks to the Web and social media, environmentalism has become a worldwide movement. Ben Whitford reports on the need now to take bigger risks and have even bigger confrontations more...
The Weeder's Digest: Identifying and enjoying edible weeds

The Weeder’s Digest

Andy McKee

17th July, 2012

Ever had trouble spotting your hogweed from your hemlock, or your coltsfoot from your charlock? It's a problem Andy McKee will never face again, thanks to Gail Harland's comprehensive new guide on edible weeds more...

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The New Scramble for Africa

The New Scramble for Africa

Mark Newton

9th May, 2012

From slave labour to armed conflict, our thirst for natural resources has created serious problems for Africa. Pádraig Carmody’s latest book attempts to unravel the moral morass, says Mark Newton more...
Learning from the Octopus

Learning from the Octopus

Rachael Stubbins

3rd May, 2012

Did you know that the humble octopus can teach us how to prevent security threats or deal with natural catastrophes? Nor did Rachael Stubbins until she read Rafe Sagarin’s new book more...
The Peregrine

The Peregrine

Mark Newton

26th April, 2012

A masterpiece of nature writing, J.A. Baker’s ‘The Peregrine’ is well worth revisiting, says Mark Newton, not just for the prose but also to help us re-engage with the natural world more...
The No-Nonsense Guide to World Population

The No-Nonsense Guide to World Population

Mark Newton

19th April, 2012

Is population really the demographic time bomb it’s portrayed as? Author Vanessa Baird sifts through the evidence and comes up with some surprising answers, says Mark Newton more...
Let Them Eat Shrimp: The Tragic Disappearance of the Rainforests of the Sea

Let Them Eat Shrimp: The Tragic Disappearance of the Rainforests of the Sea

Laurie Tuffrey

12th April, 2012

Mangroves are the unsung heroes of the biosphere, says Kennedy Warne in his comprehensive study. So why are we so ready to rip them up in pursuit of tropical golf courses and all-you-can-eat shrimp? more...
The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World’s Wild Places

The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places

Laurie Tuffrey

5th April, 2012

Bernie Krause has spent a lifetime recording the sonics of nature. But, as Laurie Tuffrey finds, his quest to record the elusive sound of the wild finds practical application in conservation more...
Rio Rocket Stars in A Frisbee to Fly

Rio Rocket Stars in A Frisbee to Fly

Ruth Styles

29th March, 2012

Wonderful illustrations, an entertaining story and a free packet of rocket seeds make Rio Rocket’s adventures an enjoyable way to introduce kids to green issues more...
Water Matters: Why We Need to Act Now to Save Our Most Critical Resource

Water Matters: Why We Need to Act Now to Save Our Most Critical Resource

Mark Newton

22nd March, 2012

Tara Lohan’s Water Matters is an anthology that almost, but doesn’t quite deliver, says Mark Newton more...
The World’s Heritage

The World’s Heritage

Ruth Styles

15th March, 2012

Championing conservation and shining a spotlight on some of the planet’s most iconic places, UNESCO's latest tome, The World’s Heritage, is an inspiring read, says Ruth Styles
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Arctic Sanctuary: Images of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Arctic Sanctuary: Images of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Mark Newton

8th March, 2012

An evocative combination of stunning photography and beautiful prose drives home the natural wonder of the Arctic in Jeff Jones and Laurie Hoyle’s wonderful book more...
The Naturescaping Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Bringing Nature to Your Backyard

The Naturescaping Workbook: A Step-by-Step Guide for Bringing Nature to Your Backyard

Laurie Tuffrey

1st March, 2012

Beth O’Donnell Young’s opus urges us to dispense with our prim patios and manicured lawns, and let nature in. Laurie Tuffrey hears the call more...
The Self-Sufficiency Manual: A Complete Practical Guide to Living Off the Land

The Self-Sufficiency Manual: A Complete Practical Guide to Living Off the Land

Mark Newton

23rd February, 2012

Alison Candlin’s opus does the basics brilliantly but doesn’t go into enough depth for Mark Newton more...
The Arctic: Treasure of the North

Arctic: Treasure of the North

Priyanka Mogul

17th February, 2012

Authors Bernd Römmelt and Thomas Henningsen have captured the Arctic’s stunning beauty and documented the struggle to survive in the face of climate change, says Priyanka Mogul more...

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