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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.

Hoil (NC)

Hot on the heels of Dirty Oil comes another doc about the despoliation of Canada and its ecology by oil-drilling profiteers, sanctioned by a government eager to maintain economic prosperity.

The chance discovery that averted ecological disaster

Steve Connor on how the hole in the ozone layer was discovered by UK scientists a quarter of a century ago

Ponyo (U)

Hayao Miyazaki, Japanese legend of handmade animation, recasts the story of The Little Mermaid, as a five-year-old boy discovers a goldfish named Ponyo that metamorphoses into a girl.

Boyd Tonkin: Apocalypse now – and again, and again

The week in books

Knut Hamsun: Dreamer and Dissenter, By Ingar Sletten Kolloen

The novelist, the Führer - and the missing pea

Do morals or money rule investments?

Can ethical investments really offer decent returns?

Why the Nasca's big mistake was to cut down the huarango tree

Clearing key trees left pre-Inca culture exposed to floods and drought

Gordon Brown: We have fewer than fifty days to save our planet from catastrophe

In every era there are only one or two moments when nations come together and reach agreements that make history because they change the course of history. Copenhagen must be such a time.

How you can make your mortgage go green

While more people are now recycling their waste or shopping ethically, ecological considerations have not made much progress in mortgages. The average lender pays little more than lip service to green issues and, sometimes, not even that.

Rockford's Rock Opera: Chapter Six



The Independent presents a unique audio adventure for children (especially 5-11 year olds) and adults.

Rockford's Rock Opera: Chapter Five



The Independent presents a unique audio adventure for children (especially 5-11 year olds) and adults.

Rockford's Rock Opera: Chapter Four



The Independent presents a unique audio adventure for children (especially 5-11 year olds) and adults.

Rockford's Rock Opera: Chapter Three



The Independent presents a unique audio adventure for children (especially 5-11 year olds) and adults.

Rockford's Rock Opera: Chapter Two



The Independent presents a unique audio adventure for children (especially 5-11 year olds) and adults.

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