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Germaine Greer planting some trees, is there a whole book in that? The answer is a resounding “yes” after reading this heartfelt, sharp and meticulously researched account of the author’s decade-long efforts to rebuild a small corner of rainforest in her home country of Australia.

Leading article: A new model for green politics

Going green never quite loses its capacity to surprise. Things that once seemed obvious turn out not to be. Once, we took it for granted that nuclear power was an environmental disaster story. Once, we thought windmills were a picturesque feature of a fairy-tale Middle Ages. Once, we thought British politics would never be the same because the Green Party won 15 per cent of the vote in the European Parliament elections of 1989.

The God Species, By Mark Lynas

Take off the green hair shirt – it doesn't suit anyone

Kronos Quartet/Trinity Laban Chamber Choir, Hackney Empire/Barbican (4/5, 2/5)

No chamber group has done more to change the musical landscape than the Kronos Quartet, and its short Barbican residency bade fair to reinforce the point.

Canary Wharf spreads its wings to grow by a third

The landlord of Canary Wharf ushered in a new phase in the evolution of its sprawling estate today with a land deal which could eventually bring another 20,000 workers to London's Docklands.

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Who'd be a wise man? Gold's gone through the roof, frankincense is 'doomed', and as for myrrh...

They journeyed from the East to pay homage to the boy king bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. But they would struggle to complete the feat today. Times for wise men have never been tougher. Gold prices are soaring on commodity markets, myrrh crops have been hit by drought – and now frankincense could soon be no more.

Norwegian beauty queen begins a new life as face of France's green party

Eva Joly is about to complete one of the most extraordinary CVs in world politics. At the age of 18, she was a Norwegian beauty queen. At 20, she was an au pair in France. At 37, she was a feared French investigative magistrate.

Protest over Olympic equestrian venue

Protesters gathered at Greenwich Park at a dry run for Olympic equestrian sports yesterday. They object to parts of the Royal Park being closed to the public for the 2012 Games, and say it will harm the ecology. Forty of the world's top riders took part in the dressage at the temporary arena.

Climate change puts the heat on Darwin's Chillingham cattle

The blast furnaces that powered the Industrial Revolution had only just begun belching clouds of carbon into the sky when, in 1860, Charles Darwin encouraged a Victorian nobleman to maintain accurate data on an intriguing herd of cattle living feral in the grounds of his medieval castle.

Pesticide linked to bee deaths should be suspended, MPs told

A new generation of pesticides is implicated in the widespread deaths of bees and other pollinators and should be suspended in Britain while the Government reviews new scientific evidence about their effects, MPs were told yesterday.

Michael McCarthy: The ecological risks of clean energy's 'dirty little secret'

Producing rare-earth metals carries considerable environmental risks, not least because the ores in which they are found often contain thorium, radium and uranium, which are radioactive. Add to that the toxic acids involved in the refining process, and the "tailings", or waste sludge, from the mine can be very unpleasant indeed. Rare earths, which are widely used in such green energy applications as electric cars and wind turbines, have been referred to as "clean energy's dirty little secret".

How the demise of the dinosaurs led to super-sized mammals

The demise of the dinosaurs created the ecological opportunity for the diminutive prehistoric mammals of the time to become the largest creatures on Earth today, scientists have demonstrated conclusively for the first time.

Greens and ex-Red fail to gel in France's newest political party

France will gain a new political party this weekend which could, it believes, instantly become an important player in the country's future.

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England's wildlife 'needs £1bn protection fund'

The losses to England's wildlife and the threat of climate change are now so serious that a new strategy worth £1bn a year is needed to tackle the problems, a report warns today.

Village fights back by killing and eating its alien invaders

Diners in Surrey are enjoying the fruits of a battle to save a fragile ecosystem from unwelcome interlopers.
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