Mohammed Ali used to boast that when boxing, he would float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. So it is with Germiane Greer. She writes lightly, gracefully even when agitating for a cause. But the words still sting. And unsettle. Here she consciously creates a quasi-religious epic out of a part of her remarkable life when she decided to restore a small, wrecked rainforest in Australia, her homeland. The tone is apocalyptic, themes existential and critical: (wo)man not against, but ardently for wondrous, pitiless and predatory nature. She, the Lionheart, is awed, meets devastation, fears cataclysms, intuits prophecies, bears historical and biological guilt, seeks redemption and takes stupendous, fervent action. It really is some story.
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Tuesday 11 December 2012
Director hits back after being sued for massive slice of $3bn profits from hit movie
Sunday 21 October 2012
Why go in 2013? A world of wild wonders
Saturday 20 October 2012
Sting has moved the location of his "Back to Bass Tour" concert in the Philippines following a petition by environmentalists who said the original venue is owned by a conglomerate that plans to uproot 182 trees
for a parking lot and mall expansion in a northern mountain city.
Friday 31 August 2012
Your chance to enter the UK's biggest amateur travel photography competition
Wednesday 29 August 2012
Aquarium staff have installed CCTV after they say a visitor attempted to make off with a stingray.
Friday 27 July 2012
Outside destruction is threatening lush reserves designed to protect world's richest biodiversity
Travel Agenda: Gaya Island Resort; Cornwall; National Football Museum; Thailand; Arctic adventures; Roche Castle
Friday 29 June 2012
Thursday 14 June 2012
If you've ever seen large-scale deforestation, especially of the rainforest, and seen it close up when it's just happened, you feel you're in the aftermath of an armoured battle. The scale of the destruction stuns you: cleared ground which seems to be everywhere smoking, burning tree stumps flickering like huge candles. It feels as if some giant beast has torn off a great lump of the landscape and savagely consumed it, leaving bits of it bleeding behind.
Thursday 14 June 2012
In the fourth part of our series marking 50 years of the green movement, Michael McCarthy looks at the areas where environmental activism has failed
Tuesday 12 June 2012
It has been part-religion and part socio-political crusade, has penetrated all corners of the globe and on Saturday it is 50 years old. But how much of a difference has the modern environment movement really made?
Wednesday 06 June 2012
Tesco has been accused of fuelling the destruction of the Amazon rainforest by selling beef from cattle reared on land stolen from the jungle.
Monday 04 June 2012
Tim Smit, the maverick behind Cornwall's indoor rainforests, now has an even grander project: shaking up Britain's blue-collar workforce. Michael McCarthy meets him
Wednesday 25 April 2012
Take a trip to the urban rainforest in the boots of Crysis 3's Prophet.
Tuesday 17 April 2012
Former Orange Prize winner Ann Patchett could pick up the prestigious literary prize for a second time after she was nominated again 10 years after she first won.
Friday 13 April 2012
Terrorist group kidnaps 40 workers less than a week after Peru's President said it had been 'totally defeated'
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
- 2 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 3 Watch: Man takes selfie every mile of 2,600 mile hike, creates amazing timelapse video
- 4 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
- 5 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories