Month: September 2020

How clean are England’s rivers? The latest report makes for uncomfortable reading | Rachel Salvidge

How clean are England’s rivers? The latest report makes for uncomfortable reading | Rachel Salvidge

England, 2020. Every single river and lake is polluted beyond legal limits. Not one is free from toxic chemicals from..

‘Money is worth nothing now’: how Lebanon is finding a future in farming

‘Money is worth nothing now’: how Lebanon is finding a future in farming

On the side of the Baanoub valley in southern Lebanon, half an hour’s drive from the coast, Yasmina Zahar stands..

Country diary: tufts of grass hide tiny breeding chambers

Country diary: tufts of grass hide tiny breeding chambers

I’ll never look at a tussock of grass in the same way again. Hidden within this one was a ball..

Tragedy in Tasmania: what are pilot whales, and why do they strand themselves?

Tragedy in Tasmania: what are pilot whales, and why do they strand themselves?

About 380 pilot whales have died in Tasmania in one of the biggest mass strandings of the marine mammals on..

Pollutionwatch: red sky spells warning when the cause is fire and wood burning

Pollutionwatch: red sky spells warning when the cause is fire and wood burning

Red sky at dawn and dusk is part of weather lore and apparently a cause for delight or warning among..

Chad halts lake’s world heritage status request over oil exploration

Chad halts lake’s world heritage status request over oil exploration

Chad has asked to suspend an application for world heritage site status for Lake Chad to explore oil and mining..

Crisps, chocolate and cheese worst offenders for recycling, report says

Crisps, chocolate and cheese worst offenders for recycling, report says

Crisps, chocolate and cheese are among the worst foods for packaging recyclability, with big brands such as Pringles, KitKat and..

It’s time to get serious about food waste in fight against global heating | Dave Lewis

It’s time to get serious about food waste in fight against global heating | Dave Lewis

As a society, we are converting more and more land to food production, with massive consequences for wildlife, water and..

What is carbon capture, usage and storage – and can it trap emissions?

What is carbon capture, usage and storage – and can it trap emissions?

Technology that can keep carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere and stoking global heating will be essential to tackle..

Country diary: rich purple heather marks a year on the island

Country diary: rich purple heather marks a year on the island

Just as the low-lying pastures of the west mainland are starting to look a little tired and washed out, Orkney’s..