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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.

UCAS- Focus on Environmental Studies: Take a holistic view of the world

Environmental studies deals with the big picture: humans and their relationship with the natural world, as Simon Midgley discovered

Whitehall's top GM man quits

MINISTERS HAVE suffered a setback to the controversial farm trials of genetically-modified crops with the unexpected resignation of the senior civil servant responsible for the experiments.

Science: How a squirrel susses a rattlesnake

If ground squirrels are terrified of snakes, why do they tease them?

City Life Moscow: Ecology cops tackle wild-eyed axeman

THE SERGEANT adjusted his bullet-proof vest so he could comfortably kneel down for a good long look at the carnage. After a moment or two, he picked up the evidence in his hand, smelt it carefully and rubbed it against his cheek. It was still warm.

Global warming lures butterflies to north wards migrating to the warmer north

BUTTERFLIES ARE flying farther north for summer in response to a warmer climate, according to the biggest study yet of these Cinderellas of the insect world.

Wednesday Book: The chaos of Los Angeles

Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster

Letter: Food common sense

Sir: Anyone investigating whether any food is harmful to humans has to give one of only two answers: either potential harm has been found, or it has not been found.

Cashpoints: Five-year escalator with a 10% prize at the top

The Leeds & Holbeck building society has launched a five-year escalator bond, with rates rising every year and a guaranteed 10 per cent interest rate in year five. The bond goes on sale tomorrow with a minimum opening balance of pounds 500 (maximum pounds 250,000). Interest in the first four years rises from 4 per cent to 5.25 per cent. There are stiff penalties for withdrawals in the early years, starting with 180 days' interest during the first year. For more details call Leeds & Holbeck Direct Investments on 0500 225777.

GM crop trials go ahead

THE GOVERNMENT refused to back down yesterday on its plans for "farm-scale" trials of genetically modified (GM) crops, despite evidence released this week that the plants' pollen can travel further than thought - 2.5 miles.

PARLIAMENT: ENVIRONMENT: English Nature calls for GM ban

ENGLISH NATURE yesterday reiterated its call for a five-year ban on the commercial release of genetically modified crops to allow more research on their impact on the environment.

Investing For Income: A profit can be found in morality

THE IDEA of avoiding harm and doing good with our money is appealing and explains the success of ethical and ecological funds in attracting cash from investors at twice the rate of rival sectors.

Letter: GM testing time

Sir: Discussions about the safety of cloning and of GM food always sound like two blind people arguing whether it is safe to cross the road. One of them is saying, "There is no evidence that there is any traffic, and there is a big reward on the other side". The other replies, "There may be traffic coming, and the only way to know is to step out and see if we get hit - I'm staying here". The first responds, "I'm prepared to take the risk, and if I go, we both go."

GM food advisers shake-up planned

SWEEPING CHANGES to the controversial committee that approves trials of genetically modified (GM) crops are being planned by the Environment minister, Michael Meacher.

Essay: Bad dreams in City of Angels

Los Angeles is not so much a city as a work of the imagination. And it's a horror story.

American Association: Ecology - Corals being killed by fungus disease

THE DESTRUCTION of the coral reefs is being caused by a fungus, normally only found on land, which is being washed out to sea by soil erosion.
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