Environment

Fuel protest, Danish spying and living to 150
An oil rig
Podcast

Fuel protest, Danish spying and living to 150

How are oil shareholders changing the climate debate? Is Copenhagen a US stooge? And could we really double human lifespans?
4 Jun 2021
A week that shook Big Oil
Environmentalists celebrate in The Hague
Why we’re talking about . . .

A week that shook Big Oil

Big Oil has been forced to listen on climate change. But what difference will it actually make?
4 Jun 2021
Best shots: Nature TTL Photographer of the Year Awards 2021
orangutan
In pictures

Best shots: Nature TTL Photographer of the Year Awards 2021

Photographers explore ocean depths and wild terrains in 2021 awards
3 Jun 2021
What is ecocide?
Woman hugging a tree
Getting to grips with . . .

What is ecocide?

Campaigners call for environmental destruction to be viewed as legally akin to war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity
2 Jun 2021
Climate change: what is ‘the point of no return’?
COP25
In Depth

Climate change: what is ‘the point of no return’?

UK preparing to host COP26 as scientists warn of need for urgent intervention
1 Jun 2021
Fashion for rent, a chip shortage and euthanasia
A selection of microchips
Podcast

Fashion for rent, a chip shortage and euthanasia

Will we start borrowing clothes instead of buying them? Why has the world’s supply of microchips dried up? And has the tide turned on assisted dying?
28 May 2021
Toxins, abortions and rectal breathing
A baby breastfeeding
Podcast

Toxins, abortions and rectal breathing

What should we know about ‘forever chemicals’? Are abortion rights at risk in Northern Ireland? And can we breathe through our bottoms?
21 May 2021

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Catfishing, malaria and timelessness
Deep Time project
Podcast

Catfishing, malaria and timelessness

Why are dating scams on the rise? Have scientists made a breakthrough in the battle against malaria? And can humans live without a sense of time?
30 Apr 2021
Greens, investments and space privateers
Investment chart
Podcast

Greens, investments and space privateers

Are the world’s environmentalists about to take power? Is financial advice getting cheaper? And why are private citizens leading the space race?
23 Apr 2021
How realistic are the UK’s new greenhouse gas emissions targets?
A British Airways flight takes off
Today’s big question

How realistic are the UK’s new greenhouse gas emissions targets?

Boris Johnson is set to announce ‘world-leading’ climate commitments
20 Apr 2021
Human rights, Russian troops and rude town names
A protester is confronted by police
Podcast

Human rights, Russian troops and rude town names

Are human rights going backwards? Is Russia squaring up to Ukraine again? And why are we censoring maps?
16 Apr 2021
What is COP26 and what are its aims?
A climate change protest outside the Palace of Westminster
Fact file

What is COP26 and what are its aims?

UK to play host to UN Climate Change Conference in November
14 Apr 2021
Rare earths, Jordan and dishonour
Greenland
Podcast

Rare earths, Jordan and dishonour

What has Greenland’s general election got to do with China? Why has Jordan’s royal family split? And who has been stripped of their honours in secret?
9 Apr 2021
The pros and cons of the UK’s long lockdowns
West End
In Depth

The pros and cons of the UK’s long lockdowns

Boris Johnson is facing criticism from his own MPs, who say the lockdown is not being eased quickly enough amid the successful vaccine campaign
25 Mar 2021
First new UK coal mine for 30 years in doubt
A coal miner inspects a piece of coal.
Getting to grips with . . .

First new UK coal mine for 30 years in doubt

Cumbria council to review plans after opposition from climate change campaigners
10 Feb 2021
Forced labour, virtual bailiffs and Cumbrian coal
Coal-miner
Podcast

Forced labour, virtual bailiffs and Cumbrian coal

Are British companies doing enough about modern slavery? How can we regulate digital repossessions? And why are we still opening new coal mines?
22 Jan 2021
Floating igloos offer hope for threatened penguins
Penguins diving into the Arctic Ocean
Stranger than fiction

Floating igloos offer hope for threatened penguins

Creator of new ‘Penguin Protection System’ says the structures protect endangered species while combating climate change
5 Jan 2021
2020 Quiz of the Year
Quiz of the year
In Brief

2020 Quiz of the Year

Have you been paying attention to the year’s biggest events?
26 Dec 2020
China to end import of world’s rubbish
Two scrap collectors work at a plastics recycling mill in Wuhan, China
In Brief

China to end import of world’s rubbish

Veto on accepting overseas junk marks culmination of three-year reduction policy
2 Dec 2020
Phrasebook helped English converse with Welsh ‘peasants’
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In Brief

Phrasebook helped English converse with Welsh ‘peasants’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
24 Nov 2020
Iceberg collision in British territory threatens penguins
A Magellanic Penguin on the shores of Chile, one of the several penguin species found on South Georgia
In Brief

Iceberg collision in British territory threatens penguins

Several species face starvation if the icy giant blocks access to feeding grounds
5 Nov 2020
Instant Opinion: Donald Trump ‘sealed his fate with women’
Donald Trump speaks during a Make America Great Again rally at Phoenix Goodyear Airport
In Depth

Instant Opinion: Donald Trump ‘sealed his fate with women’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Thursday 29 October
29 Oct 2020
Climate experts fly more than fellow scientists, study finds
A fleet of British Airway planes sit on the runway at Glasgow Airport as an EasyJet plane takes off.
In Brief

Climate experts fly more than fellow scientists, study finds

Study results trigger calls for environmentalists to ‘look in the mirror’
20 Oct 2020
Instant Opinion: Brexit Britain built on ‘Microsoft model’
Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures after giving a speech outside 10 Downing Street in London.
In Depth

Instant Opinion: Brexit Britain built on ‘Microsoft model’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 20 October
20 Oct 2020
Instant Opinion: the rise of the ‘vaccine sceptic’
Covid protest
In Depth

Instant Opinion: the rise of the ‘vaccine sceptic’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 12 October
12 Oct 2020
Instant Opinion: can we ‘survive’ four more years of Trump?
Donald Trump at the G7
In Depth

Instant Opinion: can we ‘survive’ four more years of Trump?

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Friday 9 October
9 Oct 2020
What exactly are Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s policies?
Trump vs. Biden
In Depth

What exactly are Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s policies?

The two candidates are pushing radically different agendas amid all the name-calling and campaign chaos
9 Oct 2020
Millions of migrating birds dropping dead from skies over US
New Mexico Bird migration
In Brief

Millions of migrating birds dropping dead from skies over US

Some experts believe the West Coast wildfires may be to blame for ‘unprecedented’ mass bird deaths in New Mexico
17 Sep 2020
Can the UK decarbonise without nuclear power?
Hitachi Wales
In Depth

Can the UK decarbonise without nuclear power?

Cancellation of Hitachi nuclear plant in Wales threatens to derail Downing Street’s plans for eliminating CO2
16 Sep 2020
What the Spalte glacier tells us about climate change
Greenland
In Depth

What the Spalte glacier tells us about climate change

Scientists warn that calving of largest remaining Arctic ice shelf could be ‘major centre of action for the deglaciation of Greenland’
14 Sep 2020
Debate: should XR be classed as ‘criminal gang’?
Extinction Rebellion
In Depth

Debate: should XR be classed as ‘criminal gang’?

Home secretary proposes reclassification that could see XR activists facing jail terms of up to five years
7 Sep 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Singing dogs, plastic and Covid tech
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In Depth

The Week Unwrapped: Singing dogs, plastic and Covid tech

Where have New Guinea’s dogs been hiding? Is Africa being targeted by Big Plastic? And what will coronavirus do to gadgets?
4 Sep 2020
Stressed zoo elephants to be given cannabis in new trial
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In Brief

Stressed zoo elephants to be given cannabis in new trial

And other stories from the stranger side of life
27 Aug 2020
Fact Check: what are microplastics and are they dangerous?
Scientists have accidentally created an enzyme capable of eating plastic
In Brief

Fact Check: what are microplastics and are they dangerous?

12-21 million tons of microplastics floating in top layers of Atlantic Ocean, new study finds
19 Aug 2020