After a rather shaky start, the old Tempelhof Airport has come to be considered one of Berlin’s greatest success stories; it is certainly an inspiring example of direct democracy in action.
According to new research, city-dwelling spiders are larger and more fertile than their rural-dwelling relatives.
Rewilding means the mass restoration of damaged ecosystems. It involves letting trees return and allowing parts of the seabed to recover. Above all, it means bringing back missing species.
Britain’s avian population is the most watched in the world – but new studies show nature in retreat.
Breeding pandas in captivity is notoriously difficult. A scientist who worked on getting Tian Tian, a panda at Edinburgh Zoo, pregnant explains how you go about it.
Ah – the internet. One minute in which to arm myself with an encyclopaedic knowledge about frogs.
People have been wondering what stuff is made of since the beginning of time. Antelopes, by contrast, haven’t, writes John Lloyd.
Fossilised guides to what the earth was like millions of years ago are rare, and understanding water tracks can make a difference.
Given we had bought the house from friends, I consigned the pampas “fact” to a small compartment at the back of my mind…
Beavers are the new badgers as the government's decision to trap England's wild beavers causes outrage among wildlife lovers.
The tiny pieces of plastic that we throw away every year are forming a new layer of sedentary rock across the planet - just another sign of our careless attitude to waste.
For generations, people on the periphery have watched their ways of life – often informed by deep wisdom and ancient traditions – being sacrificed for “resources” for those in central nations.
Nothing we can engineer has come close to replicating the placenta’s ability to act as the kidney, lungs, hormone source, nutrition channel and waste disposal unit for a growing foetus.
New research suggests that the human impact coincided with a natural decrease in population size.
The most recent snakebite death in the UK was in 1975. If only that were true elsewhere: snakebites kill up to 94,000 people and necessitate hundreds of thousands of amputations every year.
Don’t be fooled by its seas of scented acid-yellow blooms, the plant otherwise known as canola is one of the world’s most unethical crops.
An organised cull of grey squirrels could also be a culinary opportunity.
Nowadays, the area of study called “earth systems science” uses many ideas originally championed by Lovelock, though people are still allergic to the name Gaia.
The poet Jen Hadfield describes foraging for clams, cockles and mussels in spring on the Shetland shores.
The numbers of monarch butterflies are at a record low and a large part of this is because of the disappearance of the milkweed plant, eaten by caterpillars.
The author Katherine Swift gives us her reflection on spring, a time of the returning sun and fresh life in the garden.
As Jane Goodall turns 80, Henry Nicholls talks to her about her remarkable career studying chimpanzee behaviour, her animal welfare activism, and accusations of plagiarism in her latest book.
Notes by the former Gardeners’ Question Time chairman Stefan Buczacki.
From sacred symbolism in ancient mythology to paeans by 20th-century naturalists, hawks and eagles have always been lauded in art and literature.
The mutations of canine transmissible venereal tumour (CTVT) promises to show how the tumours develop and respond to environmental pressures.
Green spaces, biodiversity and real lawns have all been shown to boost mental wellbeing.
CT scans and 3D printers are making it possible to see fossils that were previously inaccessible inside rock.
Scientists have discovered a preserved mosquito like the one from that dinosaur film for the first time, but alas, dino-cloning will still be impossible.
High Alpine meadows, like their near relatives prairie and wetland, teach us to consider the world from a fresh perspective.
Caroline Crampton talks to the polar explorer and climate scientist Felicity Aston, who in 2012 became the first woman to ski alone across Antarctica.