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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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Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

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Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

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Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

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The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
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Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

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Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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