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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.

Christina Patterson: What I learnt from Prince Charles

I can’t stand white people with dreadlocks, who can’tbe bothered to wash... I can’t stand clothing ranges or spas, or anything that insists on appropriating the prefix 'eco’

Save the tiger and make a killing, UN tells the world

Biodiversity report hopes to persuade nations that protecting species is a money-spinner

Traveller's Guide To: Panama

The nation that unites the Americas and the oceans has much to explore, from empty beaches to dense forests.

Mozambique: Park life returns to Gorongosa

Despite the destruction caused by the country's long civil war, there is new hope for this stunning natural haven in central Mozambique

Leading article: Green and growing

It looks extremely promising that the Green Party did so well in the Brazilian presidential elections. The Greens had been expected to get around 14 per cent of the vote but got 19 per cent, denying the favourite an outright victory. Brazil is the guardian of the Amazon which is vital to a world haunted by global warming. But the rainforest continues to shrink at the hands of a powerful agribusiness community. The economic future of Brazil, which is predicted to grow by 7 per cent next year, must not be bought at the cost of the environment.

$5,000,000,000,000: The cost each year of vanishing rainforest

British researchers set out the economic impact of species destruction - and their findings are changing world's approach to global warming

Harriet Walker: Imagine: our chance to get it right next time

Stories about potentially habitable planets reduce grown men to excitable boys wearing colanders on their heads and pretending the sofa is a spaceship. It's just the sort of pioneer spirit you don't get very often these days, now that we know so much about our own planet (except how to stop it self-destructing under the weight of our existence).

Fifth of world's plant species 'at risk of extinction'

More than a fifth of the world's plant species are under threat of extinction, a global assessment reveals today.

The Eden Project? No, it's Chester Zoo

Visitors to £67m biodome will be able to experience life in a Congolese rainforest

Bliss, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh<br/>Euridice/La bohème, Peacock Theatre, London

Opera Australia's zingy staging of a Peter Carey novel cheerfully quotes from Stravinsky, Puccini, Beethoven and Wagner

Pina Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal, Playhouse, Edinburgh

The choreographer Pina Bausch made her name with darker works, taking a confessional look at frantic needs. Later in life, she lightened up. In Agua, her 2001 celebration of Brazil, Bausch luxuriates in images of palm trees, twinkling fairy lights, days and nights at the beach. Her characters still have issues, but they're having a much better time.

The Natural World: On the trail of the Vietnamese snail

I'm scrabbling through the soil, picking through the vegetation and scouring beneath the rocks for snails. As curator of molluscs this isn't unusual, but this time I'm in the middle of a tropical rainforest in northern Vietnam, 120km south-west of Hanoi. It is over 30C, humid, and I'm pretty sure I've just been bitten by another blood-sucking leech – but I think I have the best job in the world.

From source to mouth of the Amazon &ndash; on foot

Adventurer risked death by disease and machete on epic journey

Cleric battling to save rainforest from loggers fights expulsion

Hero to Amazon tribes is ordered out after 20 years of campaigning against oil giants

Album: Cibelle, Las Venus Resort Palace Hotel, (Crammed Discs)

Cibelle Cavalli, reputedly stellar in her native Brazil, now resides in London's Shoreditch where she is a purveyor of "tropical punk" (her term).

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