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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.

Spain puts cost of oil spill at £27m

Area declared emergency zone as second black tide threatens inlets - home to the most important mussel beds in Europe

King of the jungle

Thabo Mbeki: To survive, we need to co-operate

From the speech by the South African president at the opening of the Earth Summit in Johannesburg

Pollution is a sin, say church leaders at sea

John Paul II to join Orthodox church's 'Green Pope' at the end of his Mediterranean voyage to protect Mother Earth

Pollution is a sin, say church leaders at sea

John Paul II to join Orthodox church's 'Green Pope' at the end of his Mediterranean voyage to protect Mother Earth

Letter: Cat out of the bag

Sir: The recent arguments in your letters page concerning the ecological damage caused by domestic cats shouldn't centre on whether humans or cats are the more destructive. Of course humans are, but keeping these animals is yet another way in which some people affect the environment for the worse.

Monday Book: American Indians were no friend of the buffalo

The Ecological Indian: Myth and History by Shepard Krech III, (WW Norton, pounds 21)

GM giant's plan to cash in on world water crisis

MONSANTO, the genetically modified food giant, drew up plans to make billions of dollars out of the world's water crisis, confidential company documents reveal. The documents, seen by the Independent on Sunday, identify a "vast economic opportunity" for the company in impending global shortages of resources such as water.

Personal Finance: Let your conscience be your financial guide

Companies with a sound ethical and ecological policy are succeeding in attracting new investment at twice the rate of rival firms

Green allies of Schroder in bitter civil war

SOMEHOW, THINGS are going from bad to worse for Gerhard Schroder's administration. His own party stood united yesterday, shocked into silence by their worst battering from the German voters since the war, and still his government was falling apart.

Letter: Darwin's survival

Sir: Steve Connor's article promoting Charles Darwin as man of the millennium (24 August) is dead on track and would be an intellectual triumph if we could pull it off, particularly in this country where Homo religiosus still largely rules the roost, and evolution by natural selection is considered the work of the devil.

Letter: Case for GM trials

Sir: I have been away from the UK and have only just received a copy of Natasha Walter's article "In the fields of conflict" (2 August). Ms Walter criticises the government-funded experiments that will study the environmental consequences of field-scale cultivation of herbicide- tolerant GM crops. She accuse them of being unscientific because they do not include baseline measurements of diversity and because the sites are open to long-range movements of organisms between the GM and control fields.
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The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits