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Biodiversity: 25/50 of 78
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A nuclear power station

The truth behind India's nuclear renaissance

Praful Bidwai

9th February, 2011

Jaitapur's French-built nuclear plant is a disaster in waiting, jeopardising biodiversity and local livelihoods, says activist Praful Bidwai more...
Peatland

UN forest protection plans failing because of land scarcity and demand for food

Tom Levitt

24th January, 2011

REDD-type forest agreements ignore indigenous populations and are seeing a scramble for forest 'carbon credits' by governments and individuals, warns study more...
Forestry

Huge majority oppose England forest sell-off plans, poll finds

Damian Carrington, guardian head of environment

23rd January, 2011

YouGov poll finds 84 per cent of British public agree that woods and forests should be kept in public ownership for future generations more...
The Three Gorges Dam

Last refuge of rare fish threatened by Yangtze dam plans

Jonathan Watts, guardian asia environment correspondent

18th January, 2011

Developers of hydroelectric plant have redrawn the boundaries of a crucial freshwater reserve for rare and economically important species more...
Tinned tuna

Supermarkets misleading consumers over 'sustainably sourced' seafood

Tom Levitt

10th January, 2011

Claims such as 'responsibly farmed' are being used to boost supermarket sales but do not always mean an environmentally-friendly fish product more...
Bees

Leaked document exposes risks to bees and insects from Bayer pesticide

Tom Levitt

3rd January, 2010

US government scientists flag up risks to bees and aquatic insects from neonicotinoid pesticide that biotech giant Bayer are trying to gain approval for use by farmers more...
Tiger farming

Species vs ecosystems: save the tiger or focus on the bigger issues?

Kara Moses

2nd January, 2011

Millions have been raised to protect tigers but does this help or hinder the efforts to prevent wider biodiversity loss by tackling habitat loss, climate change and pollution? more...

The Wandle Trust: restoring London's 'hidden gem' river

Eifion Rees

3rd January, 2011

The transformation of the Wandle from polluted waterway to one of the capital's most loved rivers shows what communities and rivers trusts can achieve together more...
The Flycatcher by Richard Steel (Highly Commended in the International Year of Biodiversity Category)

PHOTO GALLERY: The best of Britain's biodiversity

Eifion Rees

30th December, 2010

A new book featuring some of the best wildlife photographers working in the country celebrates the British natural world more...
Coral reef

Top FTSE companies face investor backlash on biodiversity

Tom Levitt

20th December, 2010

Drug companies and the construction sector, both heavily reliant on natural resources, among the worst when it comes to acting to reduce their negative impact on biodiversity, says report more...
Trees

Torbay in groundbreaking move to start valuing its trees

Tom Levitt

10th December, 2010

By quantifying the economic benefit of its trees through air pollution, shade and flood alleviation, the English Riviera town of Torbay hopes to reverse traditional local antagonism more...
Forestry

England’s controversial forest sale could attract biofuel energy companies

Mark Jansen

8th December, 2010

As the public comes to terms with Government plans to sell public woodland, industry analysts predict much of the forest could be snapped up by energy companies looking to burn wood as a biofuel more...

Biodiversity: 25/50 of 78
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Sheep

Question marks over EU plans for a 'greener' farm subsidy scheme

Tom Levitt

19th November, 2010

EU Commission proposes compulsory environmental measures for farmers in reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) but campaigners fear member states will weaken final agreement more...
Amphibians and reptiles

UN biodiversity targets now need to be implemented say campaigners

Tom Levitt

1st November, 2010

Broad welcome for new biodiversity targets, including increase in protected areas, but campaigners express concern that previous 2010 targets have still not been met more...
Coral reefs

Biodiversity loss seen as greater financial risk than terrorism, says UN

Jonathan Watts, Guardian Asia environment correspondent

28th October, 2010

Loss of ecosystems perceived by banks and insurance companies to be a greater economic risk than terrorism, finds UN report more...
A butterfly

Spending review: 'Greenest government ever' reserves worst cuts for Defra

Juliette Jowit, Observer environment editor

21st October, 2010

Environment department has budget cut by 30 per cent compared to government average of 19 per cent more...
Ortas exhibition

Art for the Amazon: Natural History Museum uses art to tackle eco-crisis

Sam Phillips

12th October, 2010

A new exhibition draws inspiration from the plight of the Amazon and uses artwork to suggest and inspire creative solutions to an impending environmental catastrophe more...

Sunderbans mangrove-forest livelihoods under threat from corruption and resource exploitation

Tom Levitt

11th October, 2010

A new Ecologist-produced film, to be screened at the forthcoming Convention on Biological Diversity meeting in Japan, highlights how the rights of indigenous peoples and their sustainable use of natural resources are being ignored by the Bangladesh Government more...

Study identifies more than 1 million ocean species

Alok Jha, Guardian science and environment correspondent

5th October, 2010

The Census of Marine Life is finally complete after a decade of work by 2,700 scientists from 80 countries

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The Ecologist October 1970: Genetic backlash for biodiversity

Ecologist

4th October, 2010

Forty years ago this month the plant geneticists Sir Otto Frankel, W.K. Agble, J.R. Harlan and Erna Bennett warned the world about biodiversity loss. Today 22 per cent of the Earth's plants face extinction

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Seagrass

Seagrass may be 'uncharismatic' but it still needs protecting

Richard Unsworth

4th October, 2010

It may be not be as visible as tropical rainforests or wetlands but seagrass plays a vital role in the global ecosystem, says Richard Unsworth, filtering pollution and providing food to fish more...
Eastern Cape giant cycad

Plant life in peril - IUCN and Kew Gardens study

Dearbhla Crosse

29th September 2010

Alarming new research reveals human activity is 'devastating' plant life ahead of UN biodiversity summit, with up to twenty-two per cent of the world’s plants facing extinction more...
Stiperstones scene

'Futurescapes': how a Shropshire land manager rewrote the conservation rulebook

Dan Box

14th September 2010

With a new coalition government the opportunities for fresh thinking about managing the UK countryside are vast, reports Dan Box. And the Stiperstones nature reserve is providing plenty of inspiration... more...
A bee in flight

Bees stung by 'climate change-linked' early pollination

Ecologist

7th September, 2010

Climate change may be causing flowers to open before bees emerge from hibernation leading to declines in pollination, new research suggests more...

What has biodiversity ever done for us?

Jonathan Silvertown

2nd September, 2010

A new book, Fragile Web, reveals why the biodiversity crisis may be humanity's biggest challenge more...

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