pollution

Why fungi might solve the world’s problems

12 September 2020 9:00 am

The biologist Merlin Sheldrake is an intriguing character. In a video promoting the publication of his book Entangled Life, which…

The strange case of the everlasting bonfire

21 December 2019 9:00 am

The bonfire burned and burned, choking out black smoke, and when my headache got so bad I could barely see…

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…

Gulls, once unknown inland, are no longer ‘seagulls’ but have taken to nesting on rooftops in city centres.

Will seagulls become as scary as Hitchcock’s The Birds?

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Little Toller Books, in Dorset, aims to publish old and new writing on nature by the very best writers and…

The modern Behemoth, smiting a few mortals for the sake of the many

Think of five things you use daily that weren’t made in a factory

31 March 2018 9:00 am

Industrial factories huddle at the very edge of our world view. Most of us have never visited one, but we…

Ikea’s founder was a billionaire skinflint – but others were even worse

3 February 2018 9:00 am

Tight money Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Ikea, was worth an estimated £40 billion. Yet the eighth richest man in…

Watergate

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Enough has been written about a Conservative government that knows its electoral success depends on Britain remaining a property-owning democracy,…

Creature comforts

9 September 2017 9:00 am

As naturalist, educator and writer, John Lister-Kaye was for many years a voice in the wilderness. In 1976, when nature…

Nautilus

The toughest, smartest, strangest creatures ever to evolve are nearing the end of their continental shelf life

23 May 2015 9:00 am

The rich, strange, finely balanced ecosystems of the oceans — on which our lives depend — are profoundly threatened, says Rose George

A dreadful warning: a fisherman paddles through a tide of toxic waste on the Yamuna river, against a backdrop of smog and high-rise construction

Lawlessness, corruption, poverty and pollution: the city where we're all headed

15 March 2014 9:00 am

India’s vast polluted capital, where brutality, corruption and ruthless self-seeking are endemic, could be the blueprint of the future, says Peter Parker

Barometer: Storm waves? It could be three times worse

11 January 2014 9:00 am

The test of a wave Waves measuring 27ft from peak to trough were seen off Land’s End as the stormy…

Does Xi Jinping really want reform? If so, he would unravel China

9 November 2013 9:00 am

For all its bombast and success, the Chinese Communist party faces a host of looming problems – and a big decision