A tree.
Our ash trees are dying, but don't despair: catastrophes are natural events in the lives of trees
By Richard Mabey - 07 June 12:44

Dutch elm disease is a tragic thing to watch, but we shouldn't be too gloomy. Woody vegetation responds, adapts, regroups. What emerges in its recovery stage may not be the same as before, but it will always be a vital, dynamic, arboreal community.

Woodland near Cheddar Gorge in Somerset.
Holloway by Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood and Dan Richards: Where does all this rhapsodising over badgers and briar get us?
By Alice O'Keeffe - 30 May 12:39

Since Roger Deakin and Robert Macfarlane's success, it is now even possible to take an MA in “wild writing” at the University of Essex. Along with Mumford & Sons, The Great British Bake Off and real-ale microbreweries in Shoreditch, it feels like a sympto

Hope is a thing with feathers
By Ruth Padel - 30 May 11:23

Birds are all around us. They appear and disappear; they go between worlds as we never can.

Leader: The silence of the bees
By New Statesman - 30 May 8:32

We should fight for the honeybee's survival.

The tree of secrets, shadows and scents
By John Burnside - 26 March 14:58

In praise of the magnolia.

To see a live flamingo is to understand elegance
By John Burnside - 14 March 8:00

Gravity is not just a limitation, but a potential partner in exploring the world.

Crufts: Making dogs suffer for "beauty"
By Mimi Bekhechi - 06 March 14:21

Competitions like Crufts encourage breeders to manipulate dogs' bodies as if they were modelling clay. Even dogs who will never set foot in a show ring suffer because of it.

Reviewed: Field Notes from a Hidden City by Esther Woolfson
By Richard Mabey - 28 February 12:46

Where the wild things are.

Learning not to despair when the rot sets in
By Alice Oswald - 20 February 7:52

What's the difference between rot and decay?

China uses half the world's coal, but we still need to lead on climate change
By Alex Hern - 01 February 13:04

It's no use waiting for developing nations to make the first move. We'll fiddle while Rome drowns.

Don’t be afraid of the big, bad wolf
By John Burnside - 31 January 11:09

We are living without the sense of the shamanic and the transformational that our forebears found vital for survival.

Why waste oil burning it when we can use it to make things?
By Alex Hern - 31 January 10:59

The cost of <em>not</em> switching to renewables.

Tewkesbury is submerged in receding flood waters of the River Severn and Avon
The drowned world
By Edward Platt - 03 January 6:27

As the planet warms, extreme weather is becoming a part of our daily life, but Britain is still ill-equipped to cope with the floods.

Sixty years of Attenborough through the eyes of the New Statesman
By Philip Maughan - 19 December 9:18

For more than half a century, the magazine has followed the broadcaster's work.

David Attenborough: A life measured in heartbeats
By Brian Cox and Robin Ince - 18 December 15:02

For 60 years, David Attenborough has brought the wonders of the world around us to TV viewers hungry for science and natural history. In an exclusive interview with Brian Cox and Robin Ince, he talks about the BBC, Darwin and what keeps him moving.

Children play on a fence where goats are tied together for sale
Humans don’t make the world go round
By John Burnside - 29 November 8:27

As long as we remain anthropocentric, we harm other animals.

Conquering coal – A tale in two countries
By Guppi Bola and Chaitanya Kumar - 15 November 17:29

It's not just the west which is fighting investment in coal – grassroots campaigns in India are also calling for cleaner energy, write Guppi Bola and Chaitanya Kumar.

Ash trees in Pound Farm Woodland
The pointless, self-defeating burning of ash trees could have been avoided
By Michael Brooks - 13 November 9:00

If it hadn't been for a name-related confusion, the government might have imposed a ban on imports of ash and ash products years ago.

A traditional reedcutter at work on the Norfolk Broads
The frisson of autumn on the Norfolk Broads
By Richard Mabey - 25 October 12:06

A reminder is that we share a habitat and a common experience with other creatures.

New Statesman
Tangled up in green
By John Burnside - 11 October 7:37

We seem resigned to losing our green world.

A spider in its web.
Cradles of jewels, spun in an hour
By Alice Oswald - 20 September 9:14

Most spiders eat and remake their webs every day.

Bridgewater Foundry
Nature: Dark satanic mills
By John Burnside - 29 August 15:29

John Burnside's nature column.

Neanderthal sex and lesbian albatrosses: the perils of populist science
By Michael Brooks - 23 August 7:45

Michael Brooks on the misinterpretation of eye-catching research.

A fallow deer buck rests in the long grass in Richmond Park
Celebrating the animal encounter in poetry
By John Burnside - 15 August 12:30

There is a long tradition of poets celebrating chance encounters with animals, but such meetings are becoming increasingly rare.

A mushroom sprouts in a Berlin garden
Don’t say goodbye to wild wasteland Berlin
By John Burnside - 08 August 14:12

The city remains, for the moment, admirably wild.

Amanda Feilding
Amanda Feilding: "Tobacco kills 100,000 a year - cannabis a handful throughout history"
By Helen Lewis - 08 August 12:25

The campaigner on what's wrong with our drug laws - and how magic mushrooms might help treat depression.

A breeding pair of king vultures are displayed at the London Zoo
Tale of a city: Dancing beak to beak
By Ruth Padel - 25 July 17:28

Ruth Padel argues that London Zoo is a place of respite and renewal.

Slicker city
By Leo Hollis - 25 July 17:26

London is hoping to transform itself from Victorian capital to futuristic metropolis, but reality seems to be getting in the way.

Lightning is even cooler than you think
By Alex Hern - 20 July 13:50

Just like an iceberg, the visible part of a lightning strike is just a tiny fraction of the whole.