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'If we had less pesticide use in the environment we wouldn't have such a problem.' Photo: C.G.P. Grey via Flickr.com.

Death by pest or pesticide? Antibiotic dangers trap bees in a Catch 22

Matthew Thompson

2nd February 2014

Antibiotics used to protect them from bacterial illnesses ravaging hives are making them die from commonly used pesticides, some of which are used to ward-off bee-killing parasites. Matthew Thompson reports. more...
A farm near the Virunga mountains and National Park. Photo: John & Mel Kots via Flickr.com.

Virunga - police arrest 7 anti-oil gorilla defenders

The Ecologist

1st February 2014

Congolese Police have cracked down on peaceful, legal protests to keep a UK oil company out of Virunga National Park, important for its 200 mountain gorillas. more...
Grizzly bear with bison carcass, Yellowstone National Park. Photo: YellowstoneNPS via Flickr.com.

Yellowstone grizzlies face trophy-hunting threat

Anna Taylor

31st January 2014

Yellowstone's Grizzly bears are facing multiple threats, writes Anna Taylor - from proposals to remove their protection under the US Endangered Species Act, and shortages of key foods caused by climate change. more...
Crop spraying near Harvington, Worcestershire, England. Photo: muffinn via Flickr.com.

Revealed: the chemical blitz of pesticides in our fields

Dave Goulson

30th January 2014

An ordinary arable field in Sussex is sprayed with pesticides 22 times over a single growing season. Dave Goulson wonders how the bees can survive this toxic onslaught - and exactly who benefits. more...
A beaver in Scotland, where they are being re-introduced. Photo: Paul Stevenson via Flickr.com.

Beavers are re-introducing themselves - and we should let them

Jo Cartmell

29th January 2014

Beavers are essential to thriving wetland ecosystems, writes Jo Cartmell, and will help not hinder flood control in densely populated England. We should all welcome their return. more...
Salmon leaping at the Falls of Shinn, Scotland. Salmon need to be in good condition to return to their up-river spawning grounds. Photo: Gary Henderson via Flickr.com.

Wild salmon starve at sea as North Atlantic warms

Chris Todd

8th February 2014

The migrations of wild salmon over thousands of kilometres are an enduring mystery, writes Chris Todd - as are the reasons for a steep and alarming decline in salmon weight, fat and overall condition. more...
Selecting dolphins for capture at the 'drive hunt' at Taiji. Photo: Sea Shepherd.

Taiji - Japan's dolphin slaughter continues

Joshua Frank

30th January 2014

The Japanese dolphin slaughter at Taiji is an exercise in wilful sadism, writes Joshua Frank. But responsibility for the killing spreads much wider than Japan, with captive cetaceans from Taiji reaching aquaria around the globe - including SeaWorld. more...
Densely-packed turtles in the Cayman turtle farm. Photo: © Catherine Mason.

Farming sea turtles is no solution

Rachel Alcock

25th January 2014

Green sea turtles are endangered worldwide. So does the Cayman Islands' sea turtle farm, which raises the sea reptiles as a luxury food, assist their conservation? Quite the reverse, argues Rachel Alcock. more...
The River Moriston, near the Dundreggan Estate. Scots pine and other native trees grow along the river, but much of the glen is given over to commercial conifer plantation of low biodiversity value. Photo: Philip Mason.

One tree at a time: restoring the forest of Caledon

Philip Mason

3rd February 2014

Scotland's native forest remains in only a few fragments, but Trees For Life is working to restore it, and almost all of the work is done by volunteers. Philip Mason joined their newly expanded long-term volunteer programme for two months last autumn. more...
Is the badger cull any more 'scientifically justified' than this?

Number 10's badger cull 'escape plan' - Paterson doomed?

Lesley Docksey

18th January 2014

Number 10 is seeking an 'escape plan' for a badger cull gone disastrously wrong under Owen Paterson's direction. Lesley Docksey reports on a likely end to the cull - and to Paterson's ministerial role. more...
The watery world of beavers. This wetland was created by a 100m beaver dam across the valley. Photo: Paul Ramsay / beaversatbamff.blogspot.co.uk.

Time to bring back Nature's flood management engineer - the beaver

Louise Ramsay

20th January 2014

As climate change brings more rain, Britain is suffering from the extinction here of our native flood engineer - the beaver. Louise Ramsay says it's high time to re-introduce these charismatic rodents all over Britain. more...
Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum). Photo: Paolo via Flickr.com.

Swiss wildlife climbing up the mountains

Tim Radford

16th January 2014

Wildlife in Switzerland is seeking relief from warming temperatures by moving higher up the mountains, reports Tim Radford. more...

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Tiger. Photo:  @Doug88888 via Flickr.com.

Restore large carnivores to save struggling ecosystems

William Ripple

10th January 2014

The key to keeping ecosystems in good health is to maintain or restore populations of large carnivores, argues William Ripple. Yet around the world, these vital species are on the decline. more...
OuTrop researchers in the Sabangau Forest. Photo: Matt Adam Williams / OuTrop

Jungle living in Borneo

Matt Williams

21st January 2014

Living in the rainforest, tracking orangutans, protecting the swamp forest and fighting off swarms of mosquitos in 30 degree heat. For Matt Williams it was a childhood dream come true ... more...
Seeing green?

Reconnecting children with our wonderful world

Sandra Thompson

8th January 2014

Our children are spending 20 hours a week staring at screens, writes Sandra Thompson. High time to get them outside with the mud, bugs, flowers and slime ... more...

No 'road to ruin' at Izembek Wildlife Refuge, Alaska

Isabel Ricker and Courtney Sexton

27th December 2013

Secretary Jewell decides: no road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, following a broad based campaign to save this wildlife jewel. more...
Elephant and buffalo in Virunga National Park. Photo: Radio Okapi via Flickr.

Oil threat to Virunga's mountain gorillas

Raymond Lumbuenamo

13th December 2013

Soco International PLC, a British oil company, plans to explore for oil in Virunga - Africa's oldest national park, in DRC-Congo. Local WWF campaigner Raymond Lumbuenamo reports on the threats to Mountain gorillas and other precious wildlife. more...
Charles Windsor observes the consequences of eating GM foodstuffs. Photo: princeofwales.gov.uk

We must put a price on Nature

Charles Windsor

12th December 2013

If the world is to feed a growing population against a backdrop of climate change and biodiversity loss, argues Charles Windsor, we must put a cost on the damage we are causing to soils, water, climate and ecosystems. more...
European badger in its native habitat. Photo: Volodymyr Burdiak / Shutterstock.com.

The Badger cull - a letter to my MP

Lesley Docksey

9th December 2013

MPs will debate the badger cull this Wednesday 11 December from 2.30 to 4.30 pm. Lesley Docksey urges her MP to attend and explains why the cull is both barbaric, and a completely ineffective measure against bovine TB. more...
Lone Droscher Nielsen in a campaign poster.

Saving the Orangutan from the palm oil menace

Andy Morgan

5th December 2013

Lone Droscher Nielsen addressed the Oxfordshire village of Wootton about the deforestation that is pushing orangutans towards extinction - all driven by the world's hunger for palm oil. Andy Morgan was deeply moved ... more...
Badger protest in London. Photo: davidjmclare2 / Flikr.

Badger fiasco shows England needs new wildlife governance

Dominic Dyer

3rd December 2013

It's high time for an independent Wildlife Protection Agency, argues Dominic Dyer. The botched badger cull shows we can no longer trust DEFRA, Natural England or the JNCC to carry out their duty to protect our wildlife. more...
Lion from 'In Predatory Light: Lions and Tigers and Polar Bears'

In Predatory Light

Edgar Vaid

9th December 2013

Edgar Vaid reviews 'In Predatory Light: Lions and Tigers and Polar Bears', by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Sy Montgomery, and John Houston. more...
Bee on flower. Photo: dslaven / Shutterstock.com.

Neonicotinoid ban won't fix all bees' problems

Dave Goulson

30th November 2013

A temporary ban on neonicotinoid insecticides comes into effect across the EU this weekend. Dave Goulson argues that far deeper, structural changes are needed to create a countryside fit for bees and other wildlife. more...
Glass offices, Canary Wharf, London. Photo:  Cristian Teichner / Shutterstock.com.

Glass buildings kill birds - architects must act!

James Fischer

1st December 2013

Horrified at the giga-scale death of birds caused by collisions with trendy expanses of plate glass in modern buildings, James Fischer calls on architects to bring an end to the needless slaughter - and "save a billion birds"! more...

Gloucestershire badger cull called off

The Ecologist

29th November 2013

Wildlife groups are celebrating following the announcement that the Gloucestershire badger cull is being abandoned early, after it failed to meet any of its targets. more...

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