Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy, formerly the Independent’s longstanding Environment Editor, now its Environment Columnist, is one of Britain’s leading writers on the environment and the natural world. He has won a string of awards for his work, including Environment Journalist of the Year (three times) and Specialist Writer of the Year in the British Press Awards in 2001. In 2007 he was awarded the Medal of the RSPB for “Outstanding Services to Conservation,” in 2010 he was awarded the Silver Medal of the Zoological Society of London, and in 2011 the Dilys Breeze Medal of the British Trust for Ornithology. In 2009 McCarthy published Say Goodbye To The Cuckoo (John Murray), a study of Britain’s declining migrant birds.

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The decline and fall of the Peak District wallabies

This alien species was a little bit of Australia in Staffordshire

A laboratory assistant prepares a meat sample of lasagna for a DNA test

Horsemeat scandal suspect sold products unfit for consumption in 2004

One of the key people embroiled in the horsemeat scandal, who is now under investigation by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), has a long history of wrongdoing which was first exposed by a television “sting” operation nine years ago, it was claimed tonight.

UN says fertiliser crisis is damaging the planet

Mass application of nutrients causes pollution in some areas while under-use hampers food production in others

Horses are pictured in a field beside the Peter Boddy slaughterhouse in Todmorden, north-west England

Bute painkiller in food chain 'for some time' - but you'd have to eat 500 horsemeat burgers a day to be affected

The horse painkiller bute, which is potentially harmful to humans, may have been entering the human food chain for some time through horsemeat produced in Britain, according to the head of the Food Standards Agency.

Our most common bird: the tiny wren

Reading a scientific paper estimating the number of wild birds in Britain, our Environment Editor made a charming discovery

Rescue teams find body of missing Cairngorms walker

Mountain rescue teams recovered the body of a missing hillwalker in the Cairngorms today after five companions, who had also gone missing in “hellish” conditions on the mountains, were located and airlifted to safety.

Why we all love Attenborough

There are people in whose company, because of a million tiny signals, we quickly feel at ease; I would submit that Attenborough has that effect on the whole nation

Bright in winter's depths: why the flawless flower of Candlemas is a joy forever

Our Environment Editor on the enduring beauty of Snowdrops

Government to ignore European ban on neonicotinoid pesticides

The British Government is completely free to ignore recommendations from European safety regulators that controversial nerve-agent pesticides should not be used on crops visited by bees, MPs were told.

The marsh fritillary butterfly is returning to parts of the West Country

Budget cuts may trigger 'perfect storm' of threats to UK wildlife

Conservationists voice concern as environmental policy faces massive shake-up

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