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Oil palm

Greenwash and spin: palm oil lobby targets its critics

Alex Helan

8th July, 2011

The spread of oil palm plantations has come at the expense of vast swathes of tropical rainforest. But the billion-dollar palm oil industry is now mounting a major PR offensive. Alex Helan reports more...
Southbank Centre's rooftop garden

Homeless gardeners provide makeover for iconic Southbank building

Helena Drakakis

14th June, 2011

They used to sleep beneath London's Queen Elizabeth Hall. Now a pioneering collaboration between the Southbank Centre and a housing association is giving a group of ex-homeless a chance to create a rooftop garden more...
A forest community

Warning over REDD projects excluding rural poor from forests

Tom Levitt

16th June, 2011

Global study finds forests provide one-fifth of household income in rural communities and says access for them should be prioritised in REDD-type conservation projects more...
Coral reefs

Nature isn't a commodity that should be bought, sold and traded

1st May, 2011

Dr Kate Rawles

Defra's attempt to put a price tag on nature with its National Ecosystem Assessment may reinforce the dangerous conceit that our own place in ecosystems is more important than any other, argues Dr Kate Rawles more...
TC Boyle

When The Killing’s Done

Jeff Holman

7th April, 2011

T.C. Boyle’s latest opus might be a bit of a bonkbuster but it makes a serious point about the threat posed by non-native species to the world’s ecosystems more...
The Desmondium intortum

Why invasive plants are the 'second biggest threat to biodiversity' after habitat loss

Carrie Madren

23rd March,2011

As experts gather in London for a major conference addressing the often overlooked threat of invasive species to biodiversity, Carrie Madren gets a briefing from those on the frontline in the battle against 'pest plants' more...
Migrating wildebeest

Tanzania urged to accept World Bank funding of alternative Serengeti highway route

William McLennan

3rd March, 2011

World Bank offers to help fund the cost of road if it avoids bitterly opposed route through the Serengeti National Park more...

Do indigenous peoples hold the key to tackling global hunger?

Peter Giovannini

22nd February,2011

Competition for land, water and energy are increasing, exacerbated by climate change and a growing population. But why does the Food and Agriculture Organisation now believe indigenous people could provide a solution? Peter Giovannini investigates more...
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...
A short-haired bumblebee

Biodiversity begins with a Bee (according to Scottish Natural Heritage)

The Ecologist

27th January,2011

Scottish Natural Heritage launch a new film in the name of safeguarding biodiversity, complete with with sword-fighting and motorcycling bees...
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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...

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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...
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...

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