Guardian Environment

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    New aerial footage from Kosciuszko national park reveals horrific fire damage to the landscape. There are also fears that the huge number of feral horses that remain are pushing bushfire-affected threatened species closer to extinction. 'The horses are destroying the refuges of the endangered plants and animals in the mountains', says Prof Jamie Pittock from […]
  • by Payal Parekh
    It’s time to turn away from the World Economic Forum and its mass-polluting ‘affiliates’. We need new, radical solutions• Payal Parekh is an international climate activistThis week, among the private chalets and deep snow of Davos, the world’s leading politicians and businesspeople have been spending their time at the World Economic Forum (WEF), and they’ve […]
  • by Eric Hilaire
    The pick of the best flora and fauna photos from around the world, including white-tailed eagles and a detained lion cub Continue reading…
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    Huge locust swarms in east Africa are the result of extreme weather swings and could prove catastrophic for a region still reeling from drought and deadly floods. Dense clouds of the ravenous insects have spread from Ethiopia and Somalia into Kenya, in the region’s worse infestation in decades Continue reading…
  • by Bibi van der Zee
    Regulation breaches and fewer, larger slaughterhouses have led to growing numbers of animals travelling further to slaughterHigh risk of injuries in Denmark’s live piglet export trade, audit warnsThe live animal export trade has ballooned in Europe while the commission fails to enforce its own regulations, MEPs have told the Guardian.A second attempt to set up […]
  • by Bibi van der Zee and Wojciech Kość
    Cheaper labour and welfare costs have driven animal exports from Denmark to Poland, but critics fear corners are being cut‘Something is wrong’: MEPs say EU is failing to regulate live animal exportsThe Danish government has been labelled “unsatisfactory” and “ineffective” in an audit of its ballooning piglet trade published today. In 2008 3.2 million live […]
  • by Patrick Barkham
    Brown ants herd and milk pale giant oak aphids, building barns for them from moss and beetle exoskeletonBritain has a new farmed animal, which is kept in barns, milked and moved between high and low pastures – but not by humans.The pale giant oak aphid, Stomaphis wojciechowskii, has lived undiscovered for thousands of years on […]
  • by Harriet Sherwood
    General Synod to debate motion that could radically change energy use in church buildingsThe Church of England is expected to take steps to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2045, including making radical changes to the way it heats its 40,000 buildings, among them vast medieval cathedrals.There could be heated cushions in pews aimed at […]
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    Greta Thunberg says the World Economic Forum has completely ignored the climate movement’s demands on fossil fuel divestment this week. The 17-year-old activist also said that Steven Mnuchin’s comments that she should go to college and study economics had 'no effect' on her Continue reading…
  • by John Crace
    Greta Thunberg was invited to talk about climate change, but no one appeared to be listening anywayMondayThere are many landmarks that signify you are getting on a bit. Some more unexpected than others. It had never occurred to me that one day my youngest child would call me for help filling in his first ever […]