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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This frozen spring has cost us the buzz of the English bumblebee

As you may have noticed, it's far too cold for our beloved bumblebees, but here's what to do while we wait...

Man is fallen and will destroy the Earth – but at least we greens made him wait

This will be my last week as Environment Editor after 15 years at The Independent.
It has been a privilege to work for a newspaper which puts the environment first

This Easter, don’t forget that resurrection is for flowers too

This marks the waking of the natural world after winter’s deadness

A chalkhill blue butterfly sits next to a wheat field in Dover

British butterfly species facing extinction after wettest summer

The weather created disastrous conditions for species such as fritillaries

Bukavu, Africa’s forgotten art deco jewel

Hercule Poirot would love the Art Deco buildings in the DRC city of Bukavu. He might be less keen on the gorillas

The existing Hinkley Point B's reactor near Bridgwater

Hinkley Point: Britain's second nuclear age given green light as planning permission is approved for first of new generation atomic power stations

Plant would have two nuclear reactors capable of producing seven per cent of the UK's electricity

Britain opposes EU pesticide ban on neonicotinoid pesticides blamed for bee deaths around the world.

Extraordinary steps were taken by the British Government last night to head off a proposed EU ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been widely blamed for bee deaths around the world.

Neonicotinoids, the pesticides blamed for declines in bee numbers across the world, can continue to be used in Europe for the time being

Britain helps prevent ban on pesticides linked to bee decline

Failed vote means substances can continue to be used despite  campaigners’ concerns

Council will fight to build on nightingales' nesting ground

The case of a major new housing development being threatened by a population of nightingales, reported in The Independent on Thursday, is to become a legal battle.

Part of the Lodge Hill region of Chattenden Wood

Nightingales prompt legal battle from Kent council over blocked housing development

Medway District Council will mount a formal challenge to Natural England's decision to declare proposed site for 5,000 homes a protected area

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Homeless Veterans appeal

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The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
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