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Shale gas stirs ecology fears in South Africa's KarooReuters | 08 Apr 2011
South Africa's Karoo, a vast arid wilderness, may contain gas reserves that could solve the country's energy problems -- but only through an extraction process called fracking that has greens seeing red.
Osprey webcam thrills bird lovers as Lady of the Loch awaits mateGuardian Unlimited | 02 Apr 2011
Thousands log on worldwide to watch oldest breeding osprey keep vigil beside Scottish loch. Inside a wooden hide at the edge of a Perthshire loch, there is a flurry of excitement and a crackling of waterproof clothing. Binoculars are raised and whispered instructions exchanged. But hopes quickly...
What's the greenest way to feed the birds?Guardian Unlimited | 20 Mar 2011
From growing your own seeds to making your own fat balls, it's time to take bird feeding seriouslyConcern over both eating and serving the right thing is endemic in today's society. It extends to birds. A reader, Kathy, contacts me. "I do love having the little birds coming to feed in my garden, but where does all that seed come from? And what about all those peanuts?"
Illegal trawlers are Bethune's new targetGuardian Unlimited | 16 Mar 2011
Pete Bethune spent four months in a Japanese jail for action against whalers. Now he has new targets in his sights "Don't make me out to be violent, or some kind of cowboy," says Pete Bethune, as he holds me in his steady, brown-eyed gaze. Seven months on from his release from a Japanese prison, after being convicted for taking direct action against whaling ships and crew, we've met in a south London pub to discuss his new campaign group, Earthrace Conservation.
Wales to press ahead with badger cullGuardian Unlimited | 09 Mar 2011
Welsh rural affairs minister Elin Jones gives go ahead to much-delayed move intended to control bovine tuberculosis. A badger cull in Wales to curb tuberculosis in cattle could finally be launched, just weeks after the Welsh assembly government said the necessary powers would come into force from...
The week in wildlifeGuardian Unlimited | 18 Feb 2011
A cold cabybara has a warm shower, a black bear is disturbed from hibernation and a displaced orangutan explores a fresh clearing for a palm oil plantation.
Growing Valentine's Day roses harming Kenya's ecological siteGuardian Unlimited | 14 Feb 2011
Supermarkets eager to meet demand for cheap flowers urged to show more concern for the environment. Consumer appetite for cut-price Kenyan roses for Valentine's Day is "bleeding the country dry" by threatening the region's precarious ecology. University of Leicester ecology and conservation...
The world's rarest bird photo competitionGuardian Unlimited | 14 Feb 2011
A flightless parrot and a red-crowned crane are among the winning entries in an international competition to photograph the 566 most threatened birds on Earth
Why this crane is dancingGuardian Unlimited | 26 Jan 2011
Cranes are not just beautiful - they could also give the Strictly Come Dancing competitors a run for their money. But this red-crowned crane, captured for a competition to photograph the world's rarest birds, isn't dancing for fun, but to forge bonds with its mate before they settle down to breed. And breed they must, for there are fewer than 2,000 left, due to the draining of wetlands on their breeding grounds in China and wintering areas in Japan.
Birdwatch: Black redstartGuardian Unlimited | 24 Jan 2011
We birders get to visit some beautiful places, but Hinkley Point nuclear power station in Somerset certainly isn't one of them. Nevertheless, on my "Big Winter's Day" at the start of the new year, it proved surprisingly productive for birds. The rising tide was pushing little flocks of waders up the beach, including oystercatchers, redshanks and turnstones, the latter beautifully camouflaged as they fed on the exposed rocks.
Great bustard project gets EU funding boostGuardian Unlimited | 19 Jan 2011
Scheme to reintroduce the world's heaviest flying bird to the UK has received £1.8m from the European Union. Efforts to reintroduce the world's heaviest flying bird to the UK have received a £1.8m boost from the European Union. The project to bring the great bustard back to Salisbury Plain has been bringing chicks from Russia to the UK for release since 2004.
Giant pandas come to BritainGuardian Unlimited | 10 Jan 2011
Giant pandas are to return to the UK for the first time in 17 years after an agreement was signed with China today. The pair of seven-year-old pandas, Tian Tian and Yangguang, will arrive at Edinburgh zoo this year, marking "the culmination of five years of political and diplomatic negotiation at...
Biodiversity: Boundless, priceless - and threatenedGuardian Unlimited | 01 Jan 2011
Biodiversity is all we have, so the case for conservation ought to be obvious - but change remains blighted by several obstacles. Continental Europe is home to more than 125,000 known species of terrestrial and freshwater animal, and each year another 700 newly described species join the list. That...
2010: The year in environmentGuardian Unlimited | 31 Dec 2010
The BP oil spill, climate science under the spotlight, soaring global temperatures and UN climate talks - the stories of 2010 in pictures.
Over-fished cod get some reprieve in EU quota dealReuters | 15 Dec 2010
Europe's conservation-minded fishing chief won a partial victory on Wednesday, convincing fishing nations to forego some short-term profits in 2011 to help rehabilitate over-exploited species such as cod. But Britain appeared to have succeeded in diluting plans to halve the catch of cod in Scottish waters, possibly weakening efforts to protect the main species used in the traditional fish and chips meal.
Scientists investigate new lemur speciesGuardian Unlimited | 13 Dec 2010
Genetic analysis will determine whether a new species of fork-marked lemur has been discovered in Madagascar. The animal's unique, feathery structure under its tongue - that may be used to gather nectar – distinguishes it as a new species, researchers say. They are waiting for the results of a...
MP calls for ban on hunting of 'majestic' lionsEpolitix.com | 17 Nov 2010
Andrew Turner MP calls for an international ban on the hunting of lions ahead of his Westminster Hall debate on government policy on lion trophies and the protection of lions.
National parks safeGuardian Unlimited | 16 Nov 2010
The suggestion that housing estates and business parks will suddenly appear in England's national parks is absolutely ludicrous (Conservationists warn of threat to national parks, 12 November). The national parks are some of our finest natural treasures. The conservation and recreation they provide...