Bear witness: the 2003 portrait of Bao Bao hints at man’s enduring debt to nature. Photo: © Alexander von Reiswitz. Courtesy Museum fur Naturkunde Berlin
Why do we fight so hard to save the giant panda?
By John Burnside - 21 May 13:11

Given how reluctant pandas are to breed, it may seem misguided to fund their conservation. But there's a reason we spend so much money.

A man collects plastic bottles to sell for recycling, in a landfill of Managua, Nicaragua, on January 11, 2013. Photo: Getty Images
Scientists buried biodegradeable plastics for three years, found it doesn't degrade
By Ian Steadman - 31 March 15:43

Common method of making plastic "biodegradeable" seems to be useless, in some types.

Fish swimming through the coral on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Photo: Getty Images
Coral reefs are an irreplaceable environmental and economic treasure, in need of help
By Tosin Thompson - 26 March 16:23

"Losing the world's coral reefs would be like burning every Impressionist painting - you won't get them back." A new exhibiton at the Natural History Museum shows just what a tragedy these natural wonders' loss would be.

Wind turbines in Boulogne-sur-mer, France. Photo: Getty Images
The UK is one of the worst nations in the EU for renewable energy
By Tosin Thompson - 12 March 17:25

The latest figures on the progress EU nations are making towards reducing their use of non-renewable energy show the UK scraping in near the bottom of the class.

The coal-burning Clinch River Power Plant, one of the largest air polluters in Virginia. Photo: Matt Wasson/Flickr
Hacking the climate instead of reducing emissions is “irrational and irresponsible”, report finds
By Tosin Thompson - 12 February 17:42

A major new study of geoengineering techniques finds them an unrealistic distraction from more immediate action to tackle climate change.

French Guiana's Amazonia region. What happens here affects the climate of the entire world. Photo: Jody Amiet/AFP/Getty
Martin Rees: The world in 2050 and beyond
By Martin Rees - 26 November 11:22

In today’s runaway world, we can’t aspire to leave a monument lasting 1,000 years, but it would surely be shameful if we persisted in policies that denied future generations a fair inheritance and left them with a more depleted and more hazardous world.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott(L) and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper laugh as they address the media during a joint press conference in Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canda on June 9, 2014. Photo: Getty Images
The world's worst climate change villains? Step forward, prime ministers of Australia and Canada
By Rebecca Leber - 21 October 15:08

These two world leaders are laughing while the world burns up - and they don't look like stopping any time soon.

A picture taken on August 17, 2013 shows the Cattenom nuclear power plant in Cattenom, northeastern France. Photo: AFP Photo/Jean-Christophe Verhaegen
Environmentalists must stop ignoring the needs of poor nations when combating global warming
By Amartya Sen - 25 August 12:23

Campaigns against pollution that causes climate change often focus on reducing energy usage, when poor countries desperately need that energy to give their citizens freer and fuller lives. A new ethical framework for evaluating environmental issues is needed.

A vendor displays on a stall freshly caught local mullet fish on August 1, 2014 at the main fish market in Kuwait City. Photo: YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images
Ocean and fish mercury levels have soared as a result of human activity, study finds
By Fiona Rutherford - 08 August 12:08

According to scientists, some fish could contain at least three times more mercury than 150 years ago due to pollution caused by human activity – the researchers hope that these findings will increase awareness of the harmful effects of mercury pollution.

A London Underground train enters Oxford Street station, below a realtime indicator giving passengers information about delays or cancellations. Photo: Getty Images
Public transport bodies: producing lots of data, not necessarily making the most of it
By Ian Steadman - 21 July 14:06

The trend over the last few years has been for public transport authorities to accept that their data should be made public - while at the same time letting the private sector absorb the cost of making use of it.

Flattened mountains, poisoned rivers: China's engineers face off against engineer-created problems
By Ajit Niranjan - 18 July 16:29

China's rapid industrialisation has not been accompanied by a respect for the natural environment - but, as pollution problems become so severe that they can no longer be ignored, engineers are beginning to dream up ambitious solutions to problems created by ambitious modernity.

Naomi Klein: How science is telling us all to revolt
By Naomi Klein - 29 October 10:00

Is our relentless quest for economic growth killing the planet? Climate scientists have seen the data – and they are coming to some incendiary conclusions.

Agriculture companies are turning to big data to profit from climate change
By Jo Bates - 25 October 15:06

Monsanto has made its first acquisition of big data technology with the purchase of Climate Corporation.

No, climate change will not be good for the world
By Duncan Geere - 17 October 11:41

While there are benefits to higher global temperatures, they are vastly outweighed by the costs to human life.

We can thank our clouds for saving us from a fate worse than Venus's
By Michael Brooks - 15 August 8:30

Clouds are essential as they reflect and scatter sunlight back into space - but nobody knows how hot the planet can become before the clouds no longer help us.

Would you swim in China's rivers?
By Sam Geall - 24 June 12:15

A burgeoning popular interest in China's ecological problems has led to citizens trying to win greater oversight of environmental decision-making.

How two farm-boys-done-good could change the world
By Michael Brooks - 17 May 14:24

While everyone loves Commander Chris Hadfield, it's Iowan James Hansen who really needs the attention.

EU cap-and-trade system left to die by EU parliament
By Alex Hern - 19 April 9:02

The ETS is dead, long live climate change.

Biosecurity agency cut by Labour experiences 1000 per cent increase in workload
By Alex Hern - 25 February 10:29

The Tree Health Diagnostic and Advisory Service has experienced over 4000 calls in the last six months about the chalara outbreak.

EU carbon permit scheme gets a sticking-plaster fix
By Alex Hern - 20 February 9:40

Permits to be backloaded, constraining supply.

New York Times hits back at Tesla Motors over fakery accusations
By Alex Hern - 15 February 10:23

"His broadest charge is that I consciously set out to sabotage the test. That is not so."

The United Nations doesn't understand Venn diagrams
By Alex Hern - 13 February 17:40

The UN has been making "venn diagrams". Oh dear.

The Clothier Electrical Testing Laboratory has been cabandoned since 2011.
Urban explorers highlight the decay of the highest voltage lab in the world
By Marie Le Conte - 05 February 17:50

A group of urban explorers broke into the disused National Renewable Energy Centre, near Newcastle.

Wind farm nimbyism means 10,000 jobs just went to Ireland
By Reg Platt - 25 January 14:33

We're saving money, but Ireland is getting the work.

Should New Zealanders kill their kittens to save their native birds?
By Alex Hern - 22 January 12:59

Domestic cats are furry murderers, argues a New Zealand businessman who is spearheading a campaign to get his fellow Kiwis to give them up.

New Statesman
Was there ANYTHING in James Delingpole's Daily Mail piece which was true?
By Alex Hern - 10 January 15:58

Yes: the Met Office really is quite good at its job.

Shale gas in the UK: it’s not all about the science
By Richard Davies - 06 January 10:11

The gas is there, but companies in the UK need more support to get it.

Wind farms and abuse of statistics: bird edition
By Alex Hern - 04 January 15:42

When "wind farms are dangerous" really just means "there are a lot of birds".

Resource security isn't achieved by locking up commodities
By Dustin Benton - 02 January 12:36

We must strike at the root of resource insecurity, by demateralising our economy where we can.

While the Government delays, cities are taking radical steps to cut carbon
By Alastair Harper - 13 December 17:05

Cities are where the biggest experiments can take place; look to them to see the future of the UK.