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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.

Video: First images of unseen Amazonian tribe

The very first pictures have emerged of a new tribe spotted in Brazil. This is a hidden world that has never been seen before.

On the trail of the unexpected in the land of the giants

World-class wildlife, swathes of untouched rainforest and historic cities. Donald Greig finds much to recommend about a trip to Guyana and Suriname

Peru accused of plotting to allow exploitation of ancient tribe's land

Community that lived in seclusion for millennia faces threat to survival

State of Wonder, By Ann Patchett

This modern-day 'Heart of Darkness' investigates the activity of pharmaceutical companies in the Amazon rainforest

Forests fight back all over the world

Woodland density is going up after decades of decline, but concerns about deforestation remain. Andrew Marszal reports on the Great Reversal

A (big) river runs through it

A new luxury cruise offers the chance to explore the wonders of the Peruvian Amazon in style

Slash and burn: Brazil shreds laws protecting its rainforests

The new bill relaxes laws on the deforestation of hilltops and the amount of vegetation farmers must preserve. Partial amnesties will also be offered for previous fines

Johann Hari: A turning-point we miss at our peril

We have the choice of burning all the oil left and hacking down all the remaining rainforests - or saving humanity

Brazil sets up crisis centre for rainforest

Brazil has set up a crisis centre to combat increased deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, the nation's environmental minister said yesterday.

A day or two here and you'll be humming 'Circle of Life'

It's said to be one of the world's most sustainable economies. Richard Johnson visited two resorts in Costa Rica that try to practise the eco ethos

Album: Antonio Carlos Jobim, Heitor Villa-Losbos, Brasilia, Sinfonia De Alvorada; Floresta Do Amazonas (él)

Commissioned by President Juscelino Kubitschek in 1958 for the opening ceremony of his planned new city of Brasilia, Antonio Carlos Jobim's Brasilia, Sinfonia De Alvorada is a curious piece, with orchestration akin to a Latin American Aaron Copland celebrating another Big Country, punctuated with sundry bird-noises and its five sections alternating with the sententious declamation of Vinicius De Moraes's narrative about man's taming of the Amazon.

Album: K T Tunstall, The Scarlet Tulip EP (www.kttunstall.com)

Available only via download and the merchandise stall of her imminent US tour, The Scarlet Tulip finds K T Tunstall taking a step back from the modernist rapprochements of last year's Tiger Suit, abandoning even her familiar chunky rhythm-guitar loops for seven delicately fingerpicked folk songs featuring just her voice and acoustic guitar.

Dom Joly: My daughter played a tree, but she was really wooden

I've been sitting at home, desperately trying to polish off the rough script for my upcoming UK tour. It's got to the stage where I really can't do much more until I give it a trial run in this week's London warm-up. I really needed to think about something else for a while.

Tasmania's rainforest at risk from mining

Green campaigners want the Tarkine Wilderness to be given World Heritage status, but the government isn't listening

50 years of the WWF

As the World Wide Fund for Nature reaches its half-century, the Royal Mail marks the anniversary with a special series of stamps
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