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Are you afraid of the cold? Winter Wild Camping is the cure, Notebook

Are you afraid of the cold? Winter Wild Camping is the cure

In a fug after too many hours in centrally-heated, artificially-lit, torpor? My self-prescribed cure is to go wild camping.
Just me and the dog, no tent, pretty basic, to the windy, beautiful Gower peninsula in south Wales. I’ve slept without a tent before, but only in the summer, and not on my own. This was a step up.

By | Notebook | Friday, 10 January 2014 at 4:41 pm

Saving the natural world: Why we need more conservationists, Notebook

Saving the natural world: Why we need more conservationists

It’s been nearly three months since wildlife conservation in the UK was told ‘it wasn’t really working.’ If I had a pound for every time I’ve read the depressing statistic, in the ‘State of Nature’ report, that “60 per cent of Britain’s wildlife is in decline, with 32 per cent dramatically so” I’d probably have enough money to resolve all of our country’s biodiversity declines at once.

By | Notebook | Monday, 2 September 2013 at 4:00 am

Where foraging’s concerned, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, Battle of Ideas

Where foraging’s concerned, there’s no such thing as a free lunch

Ripping up clumps of wild plants to eat is not getting in touch with nature – it’s vandalism.

By | Battle of Ideas, Eagle Eye | Friday, 21 June 2013 at 4:21 pm

Where are the young naturalists these days? The next generation of conservationists, Notebook

Where are the young naturalists these days? The next generation of conservationists

Where are the young naturalists these days? Their scarcity has become increasingly apparent in recent years, and so worrying that the National Trust published a paper focused entirely on the issue, and was discussed in grave concern by both Sir David Attenborough and Chris Packham.

By | Notebook, Opinion, Science & Technology | Friday, 28 December 2012 at 4:00 am

Are Coral Reefs really doomed?, Notebook

Are Coral Reefs really doomed?

Earlier this month the New York Times published an op-ed by Australian ecologist Roger Bradbury entitled “A World Without Coral Reefs.” Bradbury’s article makes a frightening claim: the planet’s reefs are doomed, sentenced to death by overfishing, pollution, and acidification caused by the ocean’s absorption of carbon dioxide.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 31 July 2012 at 6:02 am

We shouldn’t simply try to change people’s values when it comes to the environment, Notebook

We shouldn’t simply try to change people’s values when it comes to the environment

For more than four decades the front lines of environmental campaigning have been located in the worlds of politics and technology.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 23 July 2012 at 1:00 am

Women in Science: Unexpected aliens, Notebook

Women in Science: Unexpected aliens

For those of you who have watched James Cameron’s Avatar, if you cast your mind back you might remember that in this film a well-informed fantastical ecology was created, with many of its constituent animals and plants showing utterly alien traits, such as six-legged elephant-horses, and bizarre iridescent blue plants.

By | Notebook, Science & Technology | Saturday, 14 July 2012 at 4:00 am

Spain burns as global temperatures rise, Notebook

Spain burns as global temperatures rise

The Spanish city of Valencia sits under a blanket of ash, as two converging fires continue to devour the eastern coast of the country. Since the blaze ignited last week, more than 45,000 hectares of land have been destroyed, forcing upwards of 2,000 people to flee their homes.

By | Notebook, Opinion, Science & Technology | Tuesday, 3 July 2012 at 6:29 pm

Reduce and reuse – have we come full cycle?, Notebook

Reduce and reuse – have we come full cycle?

London residents alone throw away 20 million tonnes of waste each year according to the London Community Resource Network, which estimates that recycling or reusing these resources could stop 150 million tonnes of annual carbon emissions.

By | Notebook, Opinion, Science & Technology | Friday, 15 June 2012 at 4:00 am

The Green Movement at 50: What next?, Notebook

The Green Movement at 50: What next?

The modern age of environmentalism is about half a century old. During that time awareness has grown, our knowledge of the challenges has increased while important practical progress has been made, for example in reducing some kinds of pollution and in the establishment of protected areas. We are, however, still very far from reconciling the demands of people with what our planet can sustainably provide.

By | Notebook, Opinion, Science & Technology | Friday, 15 June 2012 at 1:00 am

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