Voices elephants in rain

Protecting habitat and engaging the local community are crucial for both rhinos and elephants, says Christian Lambrechts, the managing director of Rhino Ark

Penis size DOES matter (according to female golden moles, at least)

The deepest fears of male humans Hottentot golden moles have been confirmed by a new study, which reveals that penis length is a significant factor when females select partners for sex.

Horses are pictured in a field beside the Peter Boddy slaughterhouse in Todmorden, north-west England

Bute painkiller in food chain 'for some time' - but you'd have to eat 500 horsemeat burgers a day to be affected

The horse painkiller bute, which is potentially harmful to humans, may have been entering the human food chain for some time through horsemeat produced in Britain, according to the head of the Food Standards Agency.

The Water Discus Hotel

Plans afoot for Dubai's first underwater hotel

Dubai is no stranger to breaking records. First, they built the world's largest mall, then they built the world's tallest building...  And now, if plans come to fruition, the emirate could become home to the world's largest underwater hotel.

Fracking expansion in UK would leave Coalition's green credentials 'in tatters', say campaigners

Anti-fracking campaigners will deliver a letter to 10 Downing Street as protests take place in London today.

London's technology industry has highest proportion of women entrepreneurs in Europe

London’s technology sector has the highest proportion of women entrepreneurs in Europe, according to a global study of 50,000 start-ups.

The Great Barrier Reef has lost more than half of its cover since 1985 according to a new study

Great Barrier Reef has 'lost half its coral since 1985'

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has lost more than half its coral cover since 1985, according to a new study. The loss has been spurred by a combination of factors including hurricanes, coral-eating starfish and coral bleaching.

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The return of the wolf

Scientists prove carnivore extinction theory

The extinction of a carnivore could lead to other predatory species dying out, according to new research.

Slowly Does It:
The death of
Lonesome
George
highlights the
fragile ecosystem
of the
Galápagos

Street lighting is changing insect ecosystems, study claims

Street lighting is changing insect ecosystems in towns and cities, a study has found.

Martin Hickman: Short-term drive for profit is behind this travesty

Teeming with rare mammals, the Tripa swamp is an orangutan stronghold and vital carbon store in north-western Sumatra, an island larger than the UK whose natural wealth for decades has been relentlessly stripped by Indonesia's corrupt rulers. Nearly half its forest was burnt or chainsawed between 1985 and 2007, proportionally more than neighbouring Borneo, which is shared between Indonesia and the more orderly Malaysia and Brunei.

Animals can't keep up with climate change

Study of 11,000 bird and butterfly species shows many are at risk

Words fail her: 'Hot Gossip' host Claudia Winkleman is scraping the barrel

The Week In Radio: I'm sorry, but the celebrity satirists haven't got a clue

Radio 2's Hot Gossip is a panel show hosted by Claudia Winkleman about celebrity tittle-tattle, but not in the shameless we-don't-care-if-you-think-we're-shallow sense. It is, in fact, propelled by shame.

How the hunt for seafood is ravaging a tropical island

Poorly controlled shrimp farms are causing widespread damage

Warning on loss of world's top predators

The dramatic decline of the world's top predators, from wolves and lions to sharks and tuna fish, represents one of the most destructive human influences on the natural world, a group of leading biologists has found.

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