Category archives: environment and the natural world

A Vision for Nature

As governments tear down the rules that defend our wildlife from extinction,  here’s a positive attempt to stop the wreckage. Read more.

Cat Flap in Paris

The mythical tiger pursued by helicopters and armed gendarmes speaks volumes about what is missing from our lives. Read more.

Ripping Yarns

Only 0.01% of our seas are protected, and even the top conservation sites are up for grabs. Read more.

The Kink in the Human Brain

Pointless, joyless consumption is destroying our world of wonders. Read more.

Political Straightjacket

If the ozone hole had been discovered ten years later, governments are likely to have done nothing. Read more.

The British Thermopylae

And the case for reintroducing big cats. A weird and wonderful tale. Read more.

The Pricing of Everything

The Natural Capital Agenda looks like an answer to the environmental crisis. But it’s a delusion. Read more.

Bone China Tea Party

Get ready for a radical rightwing insurgency that could be stirring within the Conservative Party. Read more.

A One Way Street to Oblivion

As soon as an animal becomes extinct, a new bill proposes, it will be classified as “non-native”. Read more.

Another Silent Spring?

Neonicotinoids appear to have devastating effects across the natural world: we need a global moratorium. Read more.

Beaver Baiters

The government’s decision to capture England’s only free-living population is unjustified and irrational. Read more.

An Ounce of Hope is Worth a Ton of Despair

We cannot reach people by terrifying them; there has to be a positive agenda. Read more.

Ripping Apart the Fabric of the Nation

In an extraordinary coup, farmers’ unions and the UK government have torpedoed the European Soil Framework Directive Read more.

The Impossibility of Growth

Why collapse and salvation are hard to distinguish from each other. Read more.

Are We Bothered?

The more we consume, the less we care about the living planet. Read more.

Brilliance and Bunkum

The terrible howlers in James Lovelock’s new book show that genius is no defence against being wrong. Read more.

Reframing the Planet

People who think they are protecting nature by costing it are stepping straight into the destroyers’ trap. Read more.

Like a Demon from a Mediaeval Manuscript

Some speculations about one of the most extraordinary mammals to have roamed the Earth. Read more.

Destroyer of Worlds

New research suggests there was no state of grace: for two million years humankind has been the natural world’s nemesis. Read more.

The Benefits Claimants the Government Loves

Corrupt, irrational, destructive, counter-productive: this scarcely begins to describe our farming policy. Read more.