Environment

Upstream struggle: we are running out of time to save Britain’s salmon

23 January 2020 3:00 pm

In a few years’ time, there could be no more wild salmon in Britain

Fight fire with fire: controlled burning could have protected Australia

11 January 2020 9:00 am

 Sydney By modern standards, my grandfather would probably be considered an environmental criminal. To clear land for his farmhouse in…

Our tree-planting obsession may do more harm than good

7 December 2019 9:00 am

‘Four beef burgers is the same as flying to New York and back! FOUR BURGERS!’ When I arrived at the…

Let’s give Extinction Rebellion protestors what they want

7 October 2019 11:25 pm

Extinction Rebellion’s leaders have arrived in London by fossil-powered train, car and bus – brandishing their mobile phones full of…

Young recycling zealots are talking rubbish

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Church attendances may be falling, but there’s a new religion in town: recycling. Its followers are devout and full of…

A modern-day El Dorado: the Serra Pelada gold mine, Brazil, 1986

Sebastiao Salgado – master of monochrome, chronicler of the depths of human barbarity

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Occasionally, we encounter an image that seems so ludicrously out of kilter with the modern world that we can only…

By taking on grouse-shooting, Labour is risking rural jobs

17 August 2019 9:00 am

The Glorious Twelfth this year, signalling the start of the grouse-shooting season, was overshadowed by a Labour party press release…

In praise of the bands that said no to Greta Thunberg

13 August 2019 8:41 pm

My faith in rock music has been temporarily restored. According to the manager of The 1975, the execrable essay/song that…

Were the US shootings racially motivated?

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Who wrote ‘Our lifestyle is destroying the environment of our country … creating a massive burden for future generations. Corporations…

Pure hagiography – the BBC’s Extinction Rebellion: Last Chance To Save The World?

20 July 2019 9:00 am

I’m beginning to feel like Donald Sutherland in Invasion of the Body Snatchers: almost the last person on Earth who…

Re-wilders forget that humans are nature too

6 July 2019 9:00 am

‘Life pours back in.’ A score of us, listening to Charlie Burrell at the Knepp estate ten days ago, will…

Greenwashed: The strange triumph of eco-Toryism

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Even before the government this week announced a legally binding target to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by…

Plastic fantastic: British Industried Fair, 1948

How plastic saved the elephant and tortoise

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Plastics — even venerable, historically eloquent plastics — hardly draw the eye. As this show’s insightful accompanying publication (a snip…

The truth about air quality? It’s the best (and cleanest) in living memory

18 May 2019 9:00 am

We are, of course, in the midst of an air pollution crisis which, like every other threat to our health…

The trouble with Greta Thunberg

23 April 2019 11:20 pm

In popular mythology Greta Thunberg is a one-girl revolution who has inspired millions of young people into action by being…

Will no one ever take on the Green Blob?

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Gosh it hurts when your little corner of paradise is destroyed by a few idiots’ ignorance and greed. This is…

I had no idea how fascinating rubbish could be: The Secret Life of Landfill reviewed

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Not the most beguiling of titles, I admit, but The Secret Life of Landfill: A Rubbish History (BBC4, Thursday) was…

Plywood at its most curvaceous, acceptable and collectible: Alvar Aalto armchair, 1930 (left), and moulded plywood chair by Grete Jalk, 1963

Grain of truth

8 July 2017 9:00 am

We routinely feel emotional about materials — often subliminally. Which is why new substances and techniques for manufacturing have provoked…

Ocean acidification: yet another wobbly pillar of climate alarmism

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Another pillar of climate alarmism is looking distinctly wobbly

It starts with tidying your sock drawer. It ends with emptying your mind

16 April 2016 9:00 am

It starts with tidying your sock drawer. It ends with emptying your mind

Justin Trudeau has his mother’s looks – and his father’s dodgy economics

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Justin Trudeau has his mother’s good looks – and his father’s dodgy economics

How humanity learned to love whales (and what they taught us in return)

13 February 2016 9:00 am

How humanity learned to love them – and what we learned about ourselves in the process

Are we at peak ‘peak’ yet?

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Near Victoria Station in London they began to build a tower-block advertised as ‘The Peak’. I expected it to resemble…

Zac Goldsmith: the London race will be tough for me – and the Conservative Party

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Zac Goldsmith explains how he will sell himself to a city that’s now solidly Labour

A Supreme Court justice and the scary plan to outlaw climate change

10 October 2015 9:00 am

How do you make an imaginary problem so painfully real that everyone suffers? It’s an odd question to ask, you…