Environment

New studies show what experts say is the direct consequence of global warming on Magellanic penguins in South America

Video: Royal Wedding penguin born

A penguin born at London Zoo on Easter Sunday is to be named after Kate Middleton or Prince William, depending on its sex.

Professor Geoffrey Bownas: Eminent scholar who pioneered Japanese studies in the UK

Geoffrey Bownas was a distinguished Japanese linguist and scholar, and a pioneering Japanologist in the UK. But he also fostered business links between the UK and Japan, and his unfailing desire over nearly 70 years to promote goodwill between the two countries was recognised first by the Japanese government, with the award of the Order of the Sacred Treasure in 1999, and then by Britain, with a CBE in 2003 for services to Japanese studies and Anglo-Japanese relations.

Shipwreck threatens island's rare penguins

A wrecked ship is threatening to cause an environmental disaster on an island which is home to endangered penguins, conservationists warned yesterday.

Shipwreck threatens island penguins

A wrecked ship is threatening to cause an environmental disaster on an island which is home to endangered penguins, conservationists warned today.

Look, there's our nest... Google Street View comes to Antarctica

If Sir David Attenborough and his camera crews weren't already intrusive enough, the seals and penguins of Antarctica now face having their privacy invaded by the billions of internet users, as Google brings its controversial Street View mapping service to the world's southernmost continent.

Proms 72/73: BBCSO/Belohlavek; Penguin Cafe/Tickell, Royal Albert Hall (4/5, 4/5)

How should we listen to a complicated piece of new music? The premiere of Tansy Davies’s ‘Wild Card’ raised this simple-seeming question – to which the correct answer is not ‘let it wash over you’ – in a particularly pointed way.

Album: Music from the Penguin Cafe, Live at the Royal Albert Hall (Editions Penguin Cafe)

There's always been something quintessentially English about the Penguin Café Orchestra, despite the incorporation of such "foreign" elements as cuatro guitar, ukulele and harmonium into their folksy palm-court orchestra textures, and the hints of minimalist and avant-garde experimentation which colour their pastoral studies.

New wetsuit protects bald penguin from sunburn

A bald penguin has been kitted out today in a new "comfier and snazzier" wetsuit to help prevent it from getting sunburnt this summer.

Puffin marks 70 years of design

Puffin, Penguin’s children’s imprint, is 70 years old and, as part of the celebrations, we have a history of Puffin book design over the decades, Puffin By Design – essentially a companion to Penguin By Design, which did the same job for Puffin’s big brother five years ago.

Teach Yourself to Think, By Edward de Bono

I have never known what to make of Edward de Bono. There must be some explanation for his success, but I don't know what it is. This reissue (published by Penguin along with the rest of his oeuvre) hardly clarifies matters.

The Original of Laura, By Vladimir Nabokov

If only this had been burnt, as the author had ordered

Ready to Wear: 'My son dresses with practicality in mind; his penguin pal's style is a different story'

The magnificence of fashion reveals itself in myriad and often quite mysterious ways and this applies particularly where the tastes of children are concerned.

So Bright and Delicate, By John Keats

Following the opening earlier this month of Bright Star, Jane Campion's film about the love affair between John Keats and Fanny Brawne, Penguin has clearly decided to target young, love-sick girls, which inevitably means lots of flowers on the cover of this collection of letters and poems from Keats to his neighbour. Yet I'm not sure those girls will find what they're looking for in this book: the bulk is about the misery and pain of the reality of love, not its joys.

One Minute With: Marian Keyes

The Penguin History of Modern Russia, By Robert Service

For the greatest drama of the 20th century, no country comes close to Russia. Oxford's Professor of Russian History tells this epic story with clarity and objectivity. He starts by toppling the revolution's protagonists. "Lenin believed that overkilling was better... than being overthrown."

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