Category: environment and the natural world

Black Box

Unesco’s tragicomic aversion to public engagement.

A Plant in Government

Another deadly tree disease threatens these islands, but the government will do nothing to keep it out.

 Space Savers

We have enough physical and ecological space for public luxury for all. But not enough for private luxury for all.

Fell Purpose

The attempt to turn the Lake District into a World Heritage site would be a disaster

The Destructive Party

Those who claim to be “conservatives” would shred the very fabric of the nation.

Circle of Life

By reframing the economy, Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics changes our view of who we are and where we stand.

Primal Thrill

Kayaking with basking sharks provides a glimpse of the wonders we could experience if our seas are rewilded.

Disposable Planet

Consumerism occupies a sacred and inviolable space, while the wonders of the living world are dispensable.

Punishment Posting

Want to cast someone into the outer darkness? Then give them the environment department, that should be the most important portfolio of all.

Bonfire of the Verities

Academic standards go up in smoke in a wildly biased paper on burning in the British uplands.

Rare Specimen

My interview, in his 90th year, with Sir David Attenborough

Going Downhill Fast

How public money and crazy policies speed water off the land and into our homes

Life and Death

The remarkable decline in violence between humans suggests that we could also restrain our violence against the planet.

A Storm of Ignorance

Censoring official advice, stripping the hills and rivers, the government ensures that disasters like the Cumbria floods will keep recurring.

Putting the Con into Consultation

An online tool that changes your answers is not the only problem with this attempt to fake public consent for dredging a dolphin reserve.

False Promise

The belief that economic growth can be detached from destruction appears to be based on a simple accounting mistake.