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Earth Shattering: Ecopoems edited by Neil Astley

David Hawkinns

1st June, 2008

Context is all in a comprehensive new anthology of verse with an environmental bent. These poems make sense of a disappearing world... more...

Behind the Label: Roundup Weedkiller

Pat Thomas

1st April, 2008

A weedkiller that kills a lot more than simply weeds? If it’s worse than the poison it’s no cure at all, says Pat thomas more...

Bad news, bears

Nick Kettles

1st March, 2008

From Catalonia in the South, through the Ariège and Béarn, to the Basque country in the North, both locals and tourists are used to seeing Nationalist slogans daubed in white paint on Pyrenean mountain roads. But now a new clarion call is vying for their attention: Non Ours (no bears) and Mort aux Ours (death to the bears.) more...
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Campaign to save British Bees launched


12th February, 2008

The British Beekeepers' Association (BBKA) will this week call for for a five-year £8m research programme to save the insect from colony collapse disorder (CCD). more...
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Flamingos threatened by soda-ash mining


12th July, 2007

A huge soda-ash mining plant to be built on the banks of Lake Natron in Tanzania will push the lesser flamingo to the brink of extinction, the Guardian has reported. more...
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Old-growth forests must be protected, say scientists


7th June, 2007

Forty-two biologists and botanists have sent a signed petition to the governments of British Columbia and Canada calling for full protection of the country's old-growth forest. more...

Dead as a dolphin?

Malcolm Tait

1st April, 2007

Another animal’s gone extinct. But this time it’s one of our most beloved creatures – a dolphin. Malcolm Tait reports on a species loss that is more than just another statistic more...
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On the EDGE

Mark Anslow

16th January, 2007

A new programme from the Zoological Society of London promises to protect endangered and little-known species more...
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EDGing forward

Mark Anslow

10th January, 2007

The Zoological Society of London has today launched a new programme to draw attention to the bizarre, unusual and endangered. more...

England Vanishing

22nd September, 2006

How do we define ourselves in time and space? A new book England In Particular suggests it is the commonplace, the local and the distinctive that tells us where we are more...
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Malcolm Tait

1st July, 2005

Vast and enduring, nature defies our
attempts to put it in a box

After the Gold Rush

Charles Clover

1st December, 2004

The biggest and most indiscriminate killers of wildlife on the planet, commercial fishing fleets have brought us to the edge of a maritime ecological disaster, with fish stocks facing extinction all around the world. more...

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The fate of India's vultures

Malcolm Tait

1st October, 2004

India’s vulture population is facing catastrophic collapse and with it the sacrosanct corporeal passing of the Parsi dead more...

Zoos - 20th century anachronism or biodiversity preservation tool?

Daniel Turner, Dr Miranda F Stevenson B.A., MBA.,

1st March, 2004

Are zoos an essential tool for preserving biodiversity in the 21st century or a Noah's-Ark-style anachronism riddled with woodworm and sinking fast? more...

Mediterranean Massacre

Richard Ellis

1st October, 2003

Seeing bluefin tuna gaffed is like watching a thoroughbred racehorse being hacked to death with an axe. more...

The magnificent bluefin tuna

Richard Ellis

1st October, 2003

Richard Ellis celebrates the beauty of one of nature’s most miraculous, and least appreciated creatures – the bluefin tuna. more...

The Water Hyacinth

Tom Hargreaves

1st October, 2003

This beautiful but deadly plant proliferates in lakes across Africa – choking everything in its path. Why, asks Tom Hargreaves, have all attempts to manage it failed? more...


Davina Langdale

2nd June, 2003

Bizarrely formed and practising one of nature’s most mysterious parenting methods, the seahorse is the victim of an international trade that kills 20 million of them every year. By Davina Langdale more...

Whale songs drowned out by navy sonars

The Ecologist

1st February, 2003

Navy vs the Whales. They have the most mysterious and beautiful songs in the natural world. But now they are dying, drowned out by the deafening roar of Western navies’ new sonar devices. more...

Genetics and conservation

Malcolm Tait

22nd December, 2000

The promise that cloning will be a boon to conservation is, says Malcolm Tait, a complete cop-out more...

Running with gorillas

Beatrice Newbery and Ian Player

9th June, 2000

If trends continue the world’s great apes are doomed to extinction. But one unique rehabilitation project in West Africa is challenging this bleak picture. Beatrice Newbery reports more...


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