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Naturalists concerned for early-emerging spring species in UK


A cold, wet March could prove problematic for animals now out of hibernation Early spring: share your photographs and stories Spring is arriving early with swallows, frogspawn and unexpected perfume as temperatures soar up to 20C above this time last year when Britain was blasted by the “beast...

View Article 22-02-2019

We’ve had an apocalyptic warning: now will we care about biodiversity? | Martha Gill


A UN report on shrinking species turns the focus away from bumblebees and on to us. It’s time for humanity to take noticeFor a global hazard to really get respect these days, it has to threaten Armageddon. Climate change, for instance, is the stuff of apocalyptic movies: it is about flooding, fir...

View Article 22-02-2019

School curriculum fails to reflect the urgency of the climate crisis


Informed students are prompting adults to act on the issue I draw three circles on the board as my class watches. “So, what might this gas be?” Continue reading...

View Article 22-02-2019

Colombian tribe calls for action on alleged effects of UK oil firm


In part two of our series, indigenous Siona people claim their health is being affected by apparent contamination of river María Isaura Cuaran, an indigenous Siona woman, is displaying a rash that has appeared at the base of her neck. It is barely visible, but there nonetheless. Pulling her turq...

View Article 22-02-2019

Bike theft affects the young and poor most – why is it not taken seriously?


National cycle crime strategy set to launch after survey finds 50% of victims feel police don’t take the offence seriously For many people a bicycle is the only transport they can afford and the only exercise they get. These people are often among society’s most vulnerable, and the impact of the...

View Article 22-02-2019

World's food supply under 'severe threat' from loss of biodiversity


Plants, insects and organisms crucial to food production in steep decline, says UN The world’s capacity to produce food is being undermined by humanity’s failure to protect biodiversity, according to the first UN study of the plants, animals and micro-organisms that help to put meals on our plat...

View Article 21-02-2019

World's largest bee, missing for 38 years, found in Indonesia


Biologists discover single female Wallace’s giant bee inside a termites’ nest in a tree As long as an adult thumb, with jaws like a stag beetle and four times larger than a honeybee, Wallace’s giant bee is not exactly inconspicuous. But after going missing, feared extinct, for 38 years, the worl...

View Article 21-02-2019

Greta Thunberg tells EU: your climate targets need doubling


Swede, 16, says EU cannot just ‘wait for us to grow up and become the ones in charge’ The EU should double its climate change reduction targets to do its fair share in keeping the planet below a dangerous level of global warming, the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg has told political and busines...

View Article 21-02-2019

MPs turn heat on ministers amid boiler installation slowdown


Critics warn of ‘chronic public health crisis’ as green initiative leaves homes in the cold Campaigners and MPs have accused ministers of leaving vulnerable households in the cold, as figures show installations of insulation and boilers have sunk to their lowest levels since the government’s fla...

View Article 21-02-2019

Giant tortoise believed extinct for 100 years found in Galápagos


Adult female discovered 113 years after only other living Chelonoidis phantasticus was found A living member of species of tortoise not seen in more than 110 years and feared to be extinct has been found in a remote part of the Galápagos island of Fernandina. Related: Welcome home, Lonesome Geo...

View Article 21-02-2019

Teachers to join climate protests to demand curriculum reform


On Friday demonstrators will protest against ‘negligent’ climate change education Teachers will follow on the heels of striking students on Friday with a protest to demand the national curriculum be reformed to make the climate and ecological crisis an educational priority. The Extinction Rebel...

View Article 21-02-2019

Mexican activist shot dead before vote on pipeline he opposed


Environmental campaigners say Samir Flores Soberanes’s murder is a ‘political crime’ A Mexican environmental activist has been murdered before a referendum on a controversial thermal-electric plant and pipeline that he opposed. Samir Flores Soberanes, an indigenous Náhuatl, was killed in his hom...

View Article 20-02-2019

'Yanked from the ground': cactus theft is ravaging the American desert


Hipster tastes have fueled a spike in succulent poaching. Now conservationists are finding creative ways to rescue them When most people drive through the Cactus Forest in Saguaro national park, their gazes are fixed skyward. Towering saguaros fill the view on either side of the road, rising 40,...

View Article 20-02-2019

Virgin births: is there something fishy about Mary the stickleback’s little miracles?


Researchers are perplexed why a fish in Scotland hadn’t laid eggs as normal but was instead found to be carrying 54 stickleback embryos. Could it be immaculate conception?Name: Mary the virgin stickleback. Age: Between one and two years old. Continue reading...

View Article 20-02-2019

Honda’s closure? It’s down to government failure to champion electric cars | Rosie Rogers


Workers in UK plants like Swindon should be at the forefront of the global shift to building cleaner vehiclesHonda’s announcement that it is closing its Swindon car plant has brought with it a very human tragedy, with thousands of job losses expected, and many more throughout the supply chain. As...

View Article 20-02-2019

How to cure the shopping addiction that’s destroying our planet | Radhika Sanghani


I went cold turkey on buying clothes – and learned that it will take more than taxes to slow the march of fast fashionI’ve always thought of myself as someone who cares about the environment. I’ve recycled for as long as I can remember, I’m on my way to having a plastic-free kitchen and I always ...

View Article 20-02-2019

Pay farmers to avoid cull of lambs after no-deal Brexit, union says


National Farmers Union warns of crisis if sheep farmers cannot export meat after 29 March The government should pay sheep farmers to prevent the mass slaughter of lambs if there is no Brexit deal, union leaders have said. Last year officials considered plans to cull animals that could not be sol...

View Article 20-02-2019

Young climate strikers can win their fight. We must all help | George Monbiot


Courage and conviction may not be enough – that’s something I learned from other movements’ failures This one has to succeed. It is not just that the youth climate strike, now building worldwide with tremendous speed, is our best (and possibly our last) hope of avoiding catastrophe. It is also t...

View Article 20-02-2019

European farms could grow green and still be able to feed population


Research shows loss in yields could be offset by reorienting diets away from grain-fed meat Europe would still be able to feed its growing population even if it switched entirely to environmentally friendly approaches such as organic farming, according to a new report from a thinktank. A week a...

View Article 20-02-2019

A moment of silence for the Bramble Cay melomys, another victim of climate change | First Dog on the Moon


There was a recovery plan for this humble creature but it was too little too late Sign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are published Get all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Continue reading...

View Article 20-02-2019

Plantwatch: salt marshes are the unsung heroes saving our coastlines


Although they are refuges for fish and birds, and help capture CO2, many are under threat Salt marshes are not glamorous – muddy flats on coasts and estuaries, washed with seawater on the tides, where only specially adapted plants can survive in such a tough salty environment. Although frequentl...

View Article 19-02-2019

Bees brought Bavarians together. And they have a lesson for us all | Christian Bock


In a recent campaign Germans of all outlooks stood up against corporate greed and political apathy – and won Last week, Bavarians forced their state legislature to change farming policies with the most successful petition in the state’s history. And while the law proposed by the petition covers ...

View Article 19-02-2019

I can’t wait for the striking schoolchildren to grab the reins of power | Suzanne Moore


The UK’s kids protesting climate change were passionate, articulate and unafraid – those with old ideas need to get out of the way This is a country for old men. So is the United States. Donald Trump is 72, and people are talking about Joe Biden running against him, aged 76; another possible pre...

View Article 19-02-2019

How the world got hooked on palm oil


It’s the miracle ingredient in everything from biscuits to shampoo. But our dependence on palm oil has devastating environmental consequences. Is it too late to break the habit? By Paul TullisOnce upon a time in a land far, far away, there grew a magical fruit. This fruit could be squeezed to pro...

View Article 19-02-2019

'Don't feed the monster!' The people who have stopped buying new clothes


A growing movement eschews fast fashion in favour of secondhand clothing. Is this the biggest personal change that can be made for the environment? Lauren Cowdery is flicking through the rails of the Cancer Research charity shop in Goole, east Yorkshire. “Too bobbly!” she tuts at a ribbed top. “...

View Article 19-02-2019

UK government backs campaign for recycling bases in Pakistan


Scheme will match donations to NGO up to £2m to help reduce ocean plastic pollution A UK government-backed campaign to build recycling bases in Pakistan could raise millions of pounds to help reduce ocean and river plastic pollution. Related: 'I've never been to school': child waste pickers liv...

View Article 18-02-2019

Drones and big data: the next frontier in the fight against wildlife extinction


Emerging technologies are a boon for the work of conservation researchers, but not all universities are equipped for them Technology is playing an increasingly vital role in conservation and ecology research. Drones in particular hold huge potential in the fight to save the world’s remaining wil...

View Article 18-02-2019

Gove urged not to limit bottle deposit scheme to small containers


Environment secretary may target drinks of under 750ml in deposit return scheme Michael Gove has been urged not to water down plans to give people money back for recycling plastic bottles and cans, after consulting on whether to target small drink containers only. The environment secretary will...

View Article 18-02-2019

The lights go on and off in the environment minister's office, but no one's there! | First Dog on the Moon


Some people say she doesn’t even exist. It’s so spooky! Sign up here to get an email whenever First Dog cartoons are published Get all your needs met at the First Dog shop if what you need is First Dog merchandise and prints Continue reading...

View Article 18-02-2019

Food waste bins should be collected weekly, says Michael Gove


Drive to ‘reduce, reuse, recycle and cut waste’ could include plastic tax and deposit scheme Millions of homes could have their food waste bins collected weekly, if new proposals from the environment secretary are implemented in the wake of a government consultation on the UK’s waste system. Mic...

View Article 18-02-2019

Cooking Sunday roast causes indoor pollution ‘worse than Delhi’


Scientists say roast meal can make household air dirtier than in sixth most polluted city Cooking a Sunday roast can drive indoor air pollution far above the levels found in the most polluted cities on Earth, scientists have said. Researchers found that roasting meat and vegetables, and using a ...

View Article 17-02-2019

Virtual fences, robot workers, stacked crops: farming in 2040


Population growth and climate change mean we need hi-tech to boost crops, says a new report It is 2040 and Britain’s green and pleasant countryside is populated by robots. We have vertical farms of leafy salads, fruit and vegetables, and livestock is protected by virtual fencing. Changing diets ...

View Article 17-02-2019

Labour green group urges Corbyn to back second Brexit vote


Socialist Environment and Resources Association says leaving EU will do untold damage to countryside The only environmental group affiliated to the Labour party has written to Jeremy Corbyn calling on him to back a second referendum on Brexit and to campaign for remain. It warns that leaving th...

View Article 16-02-2019

UK fracking industry pushes for review of earthquake limits


Firms say regulations forcing operations to stop if they trigger tremors greater than 0.5 magnitude threaten viabilityThe UK’s nascent fracking firms are headed for a crunch moment that will determine whether the industry has a future, according to observers and insiders. The past fortnight has s...

View Article 16-02-2019

Country diary: the place is awhirl in the wind


Stamford, Lincolnshire: The trees are fretting. A horse chestnut, a sycamore and a now leaner birch, all of them making a squeaking creak Outside the window the landscape has changed a little and it takes a minute to work out why. A gap where something once was. Where something has fallen. The p...

View Article 16-02-2019

News Corp attacks scientists assessing Adani coalmine – and ignores science


Damaging the credibility of scientists when we need their fearless advice more than ever is socially irresponsible and morally reprehensible Scientists unite against Adani attack on report into endangered finch The relentless, sustained, needlessly personal attacks on the scientists analysing ...

View Article 15-02-2019

The school climate change strikes are inspiring – but they should shame us | Jonathan Freedland


Greta Thunberg led the way. Children skipping classes to take the moral lead is an indictment of adult complacencySuch is the upside-down, topsy-turvy state of our world, that the children are now the adults and the adults are the children. In Westminster, our supposed leaders – men and women of ...

View Article 15-02-2019

Are protesters who perform last rites for farm animals doing more harm than good?


As a vocal vegan, I might be expected to support the abattoir protests by the Save movement. But I’m not convinced they benefit the animals Of all the people you would expect to be waiting outside a slaughterhouse, animal lovers might seem the least likely candidates. Yet outside abattoirs aroun...

View Article 15-02-2019

Climate strike: thousands of students take to UK streets in call to stop global warming – as it happened


Walkouts held in towns and cities across Britain in protest at environmental crisis Are you taking part? Share your experiences 3.47pm GMT We’re going to wind up the blog now. Thanks for reading and for getting in touch to share your stories. Here’s our most recent news story. Related: Clima...

View Article 15-02-2019

My generation trashed the planet. So I salute the children striking back | George Monbiot


Across the country today, children left their classes to protest against climate change. This is my message to themThe Youth Strike 4 Climate gives me more hope than I have felt in 30 years of campaigning. Before this week, I believed it was all over. I thought, given the indifference and hostili...

View Article 15-02-2019

Toxic black snow covers Siberian coalmining region


Activists say ‘post-apocalyptic’ scenes in Kuzbass highlight manmade ecological disaster Residents of a coalmining region in Siberia have been posting videos online showing entire streets and districts covered in toxic black snow that critics say highlight a manmade ecological catastrophe. In on...

View Article 15-02-2019

What the pesticides in our urine tell us about organic food | Kendra Klein and Anna Lappé


A study helps answer a question many of us ask when deciding whether to buy organic food: does it really make a difference? When Andreina Febres, a mother of two living in Oakland, California, signed up for a study evaluating whether an organic diet could make a difference in the amount of pesti...

View Article 15-02-2019

Florida is drowning. Condos are still being built. Can't humans see the writing on the wall?


People tend to respond to immediate threats and financial consequences – and Florida’s coastal real estate may be on the cusp of delivering that harsh wake-up call I stood behind a worn shopping center outside of Crystal River, Florida, looking for the refuge where a hundred manatees were gather...

View Article 15-02-2019

Oil firm aims to extend Dorset coast drilling despite marine life risk


Environment groups oppose licence for Corallian Energy extractions along protected coastline running to March An oil company drilling off the Dorset coastline is attempting to extend its licence into the spring, challenging the conditions imposed to protect the sea’s many sensitive wildlife spec...

View Article 14-02-2019

Headteachers in a bind as pupils prepare to go on UK climate strike


Unions urge pupils not to walk out of class but some schools may adopt relaxed attitude School leaders are having to wrestle with their consciences over pupils joining the nationwide climate strike to be held on Friday afternoon, caught between their duties as teachers and instincts as educators...

View Article 14-02-2019

'Highly irresponsible': Senate calls for Great Barrier Reef Foundation to return money


A Senate inquiry into the $443m grant to private foundation calls for termination of partnership A committee examining the government’s decision to award $443.3m to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation has recommended unspent funds from the controversial grant be returned to the commonwealth and re...

View Article 14-02-2019

I only started bird-watching to get on my teacher’s good side but it changed my life | Sean Dooley


Birds opened up an new way of seeing the world. Every day since then has been infused with a sense of wonder It was 40 years ago, almost to the day, that I first fell in love – grade five, Seaford North Primary School oval, right next to Seaford Swamp. It was here that Deidre Campbell chose me t...

View Article 14-02-2019

The mind-blowing life of the gateway bee – Look at Me podcast


When you think about bees you probably thinking about honey, hives and yellow and black stripes, but these traits aren’t present in the majority of Australian bees. The bee you usually think of is the European honey bee. Yet Australia actually has more than 2,000 species of natives bees. In this...

View Article 13-02-2019

Buy organic food to help curb global insect collapse, say scientists


Urging political action on pesticide use is another way to help stem ‘collapse of nature’ Buying organic food is among the actions people can take to curb the global decline in insects, according to leading scientists. Urging political action to slash pesticide use on conventional farms is anoth...

View Article 13-02-2019

Academics back UK schools' climate change strikes


More than 200 sign letter to the Guardian saying pupils right to be angry at inaction School climate strike children’s brave stand has our support More than 200 academics have voiced their support for this week’s school climate strikes, in which thousands of young people are expected to take t...

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'Uniquely American': Senate passes landmark bill to enlarge national parks


Bill sets aside more than 1m acres of new wilderness and conservation areas including rivers in California and Utah Joshua Tree and Death Valley national parks are to be enlarged, and stunning river landscapes in California and Utah will be protected, under new legislation that passed the US Sen...

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Fracking firm Cuadrilla loses planning appeal for second UK site


Communities secretary James Brokenshire cited traffic issues in rejecting plans for four wells Campaigners have welcomed the government’s decision to reject a planning appeal by shale gas firm Cuadrilla to frack at a second site in Lancashire, capping a week of bad news for the industry. James B...

View Article 12-02-2019

Australia won’t meet the Paris targets despite what recent research claims | Bill Hare


There’s no way we’ll achieve the targets five years early without major policy changes, which are unlikely under the current government The Australian National University has been making headlines for its analysis that, with the current rate of renewable energy growth, Australia will achieve its...

View Article 12-02-2019

School climate strikes: share your videos and stories


If you’re taking part in this week’s YouthStrike4Climate event in the UK, we’d like to hear from you On 15 February students around the UK will be striking to protest against the government’s lack of action on the climate crisis. It’s the first YouthStrike4Climate event in the UK, following succ...

View Article 12-02-2019

Tudder: the Tinder for cattle helping cows meet their ideal bull


How do they swipe right with their hooves? Can sheep get involved? And, crucially: is this for real? Name: Tudder. Age: Brand new. Continue reading...

View Article 12-02-2019

Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run, says study


Petrol and diesel vehicles cost more over four years in UK and four other European nations Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run than petrol or diesel alternatives in five European countries analysed in new research. The study examined the purchase, fuel and tax costs of Europe’s best...

View Article 12-02-2019

Humanity faces an existential crisis – Labour must join the fightback | Owen Jones


Amid the threat of social and environmental catastrophe, our politicians could learn from the likes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Here’s the bad news. We are quite in a lot of trouble. A new study by the Institute for Public Policy Research suggests that a series of crises – from global warming to...

View Article 12-02-2019

Politicians are complicit in the killing of our insects – we will be next | Molly Scott Cato


Insects are essential for the proper functioning of all ecosystems. If policymakers don’t act now, we’re all in trouble Most of us spend more time swatting away or avoiding wasps and moths than we do contemplating their importance to the web of life. But it is no exaggeration to say that the hor...

View Article 12-02-2019

Nearly a fifth of the EU's budget goes on livestock farming, says Greenpeace


Europe urged to promote diets lower in meat and dairy and restrict animals to grass-based systems to free land for crops Nearly a fifth of the EU’s total budget – more than £24bn of taxpayer money – goes to support livestock farming across Europe, according to new research by Greenpeace. At a ti...

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Climate and economic risks 'threaten 2008-style systemic collapse'


Environmental and social problems could interact in global breakdown, report says The gathering storm of human-caused threats to climate, nature and economy pose a danger of systemic collapse comparable to the 2008 financial crisis, according to a new report that calls for urgent and radical re...

View Article 12-02-2019

The Guardian view on the mass death of insects: this threatens us all | Editorial


Global warming and industrialised farming are damaging vital ecosystemsOne of the classic science-fiction treatments of the end of civilisation was The Death of Grass, by John Christopher, in which a mysterious sickness struck down all the grasses on which most of the world’s agriculture is based...

View Article 11-02-2019

Australia is the canary, and the coalmine, for the world when it comes to water stress | R Keller Kopf


As extreme climate events happen around the world, Australian communities are running out of water “The skies are brass and the plains are bare, Death and ruin are everywhere— Continue reading...

View Article 10-02-2019

Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'


Exclusive: Insects could vanish within a century at current rate of decline, says global review Why are insects in decline, and can we do anything about it? The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to ...

View Article 10-02-2019

On rooftops and in tunnels, city farms lead food revolution


Salad plants are already being grown in old bomb shelters but floating dairy farms and 16-storey food towers could be next Only the Northern line tube trains rumbling through tunnels overhead provide any clue that Growing Underground is not a standard farm. The rows of fennel, purple radish and ...

View Article 10-02-2019

Floods, fire and drought: Australia, a country in the grip of extreme weather bingo


Amid record temperatures, severe flooding and devastation of wilderness, the political message from the government is business as usual The people of Townsville know about heavy rain, but this was new. Over the past fortnight, the northern Queensland city’s 180,000 residents have been hit by a m...

View Article 09-02-2019

Blight fight: the story of America’s chestnuts offers hope for British trees


An inspiring US campaign to restore the mighty chestnut to its eastern forests points the way to saving at-risk species in the UK If you move south through the US Appalachian region, between New York and Georgia, you get a feel for what Bill Bryson described in A Walk In The Woods as “mile after...

View Article 09-02-2019

'Wiped out before our eyes': Hawaii offers bold plan to stop shark killings


Proposed law would protect any shark or ray in state waters and be first of its kind in US Sharks could soon become more numerous in Hawaii waters – and advocates say that’s a good thing. Lawmakers in Honolulu advanced a proposed ban on killing sharks in state waters on Wednesday, after receivi...

View Article 08-02-2019

UK trawlers ignoring ban on discarding edible fish at sea


Lords say government failing to act as industry blames non-compliance on ‘flawed design’ Public backing for a ban on discarding edible fish at sea has been thwarted by the reluctance of the fishing industry and the government to put an end to the wasteful practice, the House of Lords has found. ...

View Article 08-02-2019

Townsville flood inquiry announced, as up to 300,000 cattle die in western Queensland


Premier distances herself from decision to open Ross River dam floodgates, which sent water into Townsville suburbs The Queensland government has announced an inquiry into the historic flooding in Townsville, as evidence mounts that local authorities failed to anticipate the extreme nature of t...

View Article 08-02-2019

Scientists find some fish can ‘recognise themselves’ in mirror


Wrasse passes intelligence test in disputed study, challenging ‘vacant’ reputation of fish They are often said to have a three-second memory, but the brain power of fish has been considerably underestimated, according to scientists who found some fish can recognise themselves in the mirror. Rel...

View Article 07-02-2019

Plastic waste: UK should not pass buck to world's poorest, say MPs


UK must deal with plastic waste on its own soil, says group calling for export ban A cross-party group of MPs is calling for a ban on the export of plastic waste over concerns the UK is passing the buck to the world’s poorest people to clean up its rubbish. MPs have tabled an early day motion to...

View Article 07-02-2019

One of UK's last coal power stations to close due to rising costs


Closure of Cottam plant in Nottinghamshire likely to lead to more than 150 job cuts One of the UK’s last seven coal power stations will close this year after half a century of generating electricity, as the polluting fuel continues its rapid decline in the energy mix. Continue reading...

View Article 07-02-2019

Green New Deal: Ocasio-Cortez unveils bold plan to fight climate change


Blueprint for a carbon-neutral economy has been embraced by prominent Democrats and evokes FDR’s famous legacy Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is releasing a broad outline of a vision for the Green New Deal, a plan to battle economic and racial injustice while also fighting climate change. The new cong...

View Article 07-02-2019

Fracking firms denied permission to relax earthquake rules


Cuadrilla and Ineos say strict regulations around earthquakes hinder their work The government has rejected pleas by fracking companies to review strict rules around earthquakes caused by their operations, in a major blow that could spell the end for Britain’s nascent shale industry. Cuadrilla c...

View Article 07-02-2019

Brexit could be good for UK environment, says top government adviser


Dieter Helm says withdrawal from common agricultural policy could safeguard natural world Britain’s withdrawal from the EU’s common agricultural policy (CAP) provides one of the few bright spots of Brexit, and if replaced with new legislation could help to restore some of the country’s degraded ...

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From a ramshackle slum farm, young people are feeding Nairobi’s hungry | Naomi Larrson


On a tiny urban smallholding in Kenya, the Huruma Town Youth Group tend goats and chickens and grow vegetables – sharing their bounty with the community’s most vulnerable In a space of less than an eighth of an acre in Huruma, a small informal settlement in north-east Nairobi, is a tiny farm ho...

View Article 07-02-2019

UK worst offender in Europe for electronic waste exports – report


Electronic waste hazardous due to toxic parts was tracked to developing countries The UK is the worst offender in Europe for illegally exporting toxic electronic waste to developing countries, according to a two-year investigation that tracked shipments from 10 European countries. The investigat...

View Article 07-02-2019

Cavity two-thirds the size of Manhattan discovered under Antarctic glacier


Disintegration of rapidly melting Thwaites ice mass could threaten coastal communities worldwide Scientists have discovered a giant cavity at the bottom of a disintegrating glacier in Antarctica, sparking concerns that the ice sheet is melting more rapidly than expected. Researchers working as p...

View Article 06-02-2019

Netherlands puzzles over death of estimated 20,000 guillemots


Scientists yet to figure out how the birds died after hundreds wash up on Dutch coast Scientists are scrambling to understand the sudden death of an estimated 20,000 guillemots off the Dutch coast, hundreds of which are washing up on the country’s shoreline. The bodies of the birds, which spend ...

View Article 06-02-2019

Pope Francis offered $1m charity donation to go vegan for Lent


Campaign targets pope because of his environmental leadership and influence over 1.2bn Catholics Environmental campaigners have issued a challenge to Pope Francis: go vegan for Lent and receive $1m for the charity of his choice. The purpose of the Million Dollar Vegan campaign, led by 12-year-ol...

View Article 06-02-2019

'Beggars belief': more endangered parrots exported from Australia


Warren Entsch demands investigation after German convicted kidnapper boasts about new shipment A government MP has said it “beggars belief” that more endangered Australian birds have been exported to a German organisation headed by a convicted kidnapper and extortionist, after a Guardian invest...

View Article 05-02-2019

German backlash against EU air pollution limits 'lacks evidence'


World Health Organization official comments on row about safe levels of nitrogen dioxide The World Health Organization says it has seen no evidence to support a German backlash against tough EU air pollution limits. The country’s transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, sent a letter to the Europea...

View Article 05-02-2019

‘It is so scary’: how the UK’s filthy air is sending children to A&E


Young patients with respiratory problems are a regular sight for doctors due to air pollution crisis Parents ‘worryingly unaware’ of damage from air pollution Sixteen-month-old Madalena grins and throws her flashing ball across the consulting room, oblivious to the conversation going on around...

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Europe's most deprived areas 'hit hardest by air pollution'


Exposure to particulate matter and ozone highest in poor eastern European states, says study Europe’s poorest, least educated and most jobless regions are bearing the brunt of the air pollution crisis, according to the first official stocktake of its kind. Nearly half of London’s most deprived n...

View Article 04-02-2019

Government's fracking policy will cause energy crisis, says UK's richest man


Ministers are playing politics with the country’s future, says Ineos boss Sir Jim Ratcliffe The UK’s richest person has launched an attack on the government’s fracking rules, accusing ministers of policies that will cause an “energy crisis” and “irreparable damage” to the economy. Sir Jim Ratcli...

View Article 04-02-2019

The shutdown is over. Can Joshua Tree recover?


Off-road drivers and vandals damaged the fragile ecosystem, prompting fears it could take ‘300 years’ to bounce back As Ethan Peck’s boots crunch through the desert sands, he stops to point out tracks on the side of the trail: not coyote or other wildlife, but dog prints. “It’s just sad that peo...

View Article 04-02-2019

Swansea tidal lagoon plan revived – without government funding


Firm hopes to build scheme within six years after ministers rejected it for being too costly The backers of a pioneering project to harness energy from the tides off the Welsh coast have rebooted the scheme and believe they can build it without the help of government. With the recent failure of ...

View Article 04-02-2019

Rising temperatures to make oceans bluer and greener


Scientists say effects of global warming on ‘phytoplankton’ will intensify the colours The blues and greens of the ocean will become even bluer and greener by the end of the century as a result of global warming, scientists have found. Researchers say the colour changes are down to the effect o...

View Article 04-02-2019

‘The devastation of human life is in view’: what a burning world tells us about climate change


I was wilfully deluded until I began covering global warming, says David Wallace-Wells. But extreme heat could transform the planet by 2100 I have never been an environmentalist. I don’t even think of myself as a nature person. I’ve lived my whole life in cities, enjoying gadgets built by indust...

View Article 02-02-2019

Officials warn of putrefying piles of rubbish after no-deal Brexit


Exclusive: leaked emails show officials planning crisis centres to manage halt in waste exports to EU Government officials are preparing to deal with “putrefying stockpiles” of rubbish in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to documents leaked to the Guardian. If the UK leaves the EU withou...

View Article 01-02-2019

‘Sick cow’ meat scandal in Poland: fears raised over other slaughterhouses


After secret footage of animals raises health fears across Europe, reporter says tip-offs suggest scandal was not isolated incident The practice of smuggling sick cows into the meat chain is feared to be more widespread in Poland than previously believed, according to the investigative reporter ...

View Article 01-02-2019

Boom in cruise holidays intensifies concern over 'emissions dodging'


Many cruise ships use seawater to ‘wash’ dirty fuel to meet targets but dump washwater back in ocean A boom in cruise liner holidays is raising concerns over the widespread use of “emissions dodging” by global shipping to meet tough new dirty fuel rules next year. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd rev...

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Scrapped HS2 bike path could have reaped five times more than HS2 itself


Campaigners argue that the business case for the project was a ‘no-brainer’ A scrapped “emerald necklace” cycleway up the spine of the country alongside HS2 would have reaped up to five times greater return on investment than the rail project itself, an FoI request has revealed – but neither the...

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US academics feel the invisible hand of politicians and big agriculture


As universities rely more on industry for funds, researchers taking a stand on health or environment say they’re sidelined In a windowless conference room epidemiologist Steve Wing was frantically blacking out chunks of his own research. Wing had been working on a study looking into the impacts ...

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Industrial fishing ushers the albatross closer to extinction, say researchers


Satellite data suggests protection measures are being ignored as huge fishing lines snare endangered seabirds Industrial fishing vessels that accidentally kill tens of thousands of albatrosses each year routinely ignore regulations designed to save the birds from extinction, according to researc...

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UK fish and chip shops are selling endangered sharks, DNA tests prove


People buying generic fish such as rock could in fact be eating a range of shark species Fish and chip shops and fishmongers are selling endangered sharks to an unwitting public, according to researchers who used DNA barcoding to identify species on sale. Most chip shop fish sold under generic n...

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Monarch butterfly population wintering in Mexico increases 144%


Monarch production will not be replicated next year, experts warn, as above average temperatures will cause problems The population of monarch butterflies wintering in central Mexico is up 144% over last year, according to new research. Related: 'It's a sad reality': a troubling trend sees a 97...

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When farmers go vegan: the science behind changing your mind


A farmer recently took his lambs to a sanctuary instead of the slaughter – and these sudden turnarounds are not uncommon A farmer was recently on the road to the abattoir when he changed direction and drove his trailer full of lambs 200 miles to an animal sanctuary instead. Sivalingam Vasanthaku...

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Cosy up: winter essentials to keep the chills away


Take a first line of defence against the cold with these coats and accessories to keep you feeling toasty Continue reading...

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Growing up in dirty air 'quadruples chances of developing depression'


Young people more likely to have depression at 18 if exposed to dirtier air at age 12 Children who lived in areas with higher air pollution when younger are significantly more likely to have developed major depression by the age of 18, according to research. In the first analysis of how common a...

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