News Supply and demand: White rhinos at the Entabeni Safari Conservancy, Limpopo, South Africa

Gone are the days when a “Save the Rhino” advert was enough. Only about 25,000 rhinos are left in the wild, and thanks to poaching the species is critically endangered. Now, in an effort to drive down demand, conservationists are working on campaigns to understand what makes rhino horn consumers tick.

Environment: World suffers the worst year ever for forest fires

A leading conservation group claims that this year has seen the most destructive forest fires in recorded history. Nicholas Schoon explains the claim from the World Wide Fund for Nature.

Elephant ivory seizure wins prize for customs officer

One of Britain's largest seizures of smuggled elephant ivory came to light yesterday when Charles Mackay, a customs officer, was awarded a wildlife law enforcement prize by the conservation charity WWF.

Red alert

A report from the World Wildlife Fund highlights the fact that slack management of deer is resulting in the destruction of acres of Scotland's forests. But that is not the only bad news: the now rutting red deer is diluting itself, reports Daniel Butler.

Earth has lost two-thirds of its forests

Despite a quarter-century of intensive campaigning, the world's forests are shrinking more quickly than ever. Nicholas Schoon, Environment Correspondent, looks at the latest attempt to sum up the destruction.

Self-chill can on ice until safer gas is found

Geoffrey Lean tells how a looming environmental disaster was averted

Politically correct tourism displaces the world's most endangered people

World conservation groups accused of putting people last in rush to preserve endangered plant and animal species

Lynx killing draws WWF protest

A game warden has killed a rare lynx with government approval because it was believed to have killed 13 sheep in recent days, officials said last night.

Consumers can soon sign up for green electricity

Britain's consumers will be offered the chance to buy green, non- polluting electricity from early next year.

The world according to fair trading

Third World producers are starting to get a fairer deal, says Meg Carter

ICI becomes the butterflies' friend

The chemicals giant ICI yesterday became the first corporate sponsor of two highly endangered British butterfly species under an initiative to rescue 116 threatened native plant and animal species.

Call of the wolf chills Scotland

Wilderness campaigners who want the howl of the wolf to be heard again in the highlands of Scotland were yesterday warned of the high price that might have to be paid in sheeps' lives and lawsuits.

Nigeria pressed over jailed Briton

Diplomatic pressure was growing on Nigeria last night over the detention of a Briton held without charge in the West African state for almost seven weeks. Officials earlier branded as "wholly unacceptable" the detention of 42-year-old Bruce Henderson, who was detained by the authorities in the sensitive Bakassi Peninsula while working on a World Wildlife Fund rain forest project.

Animals in crisis

Martin Wright reports on how the WWF's flagship species have faired in the past 35 years

Balancing the planet's resources

Oliver Tickell reports on WWF's history; WWF has 5 million members and an income of $270 million a year

Global warming engulfs the world

Nicholas Schoon says the 'greenhouse effect' issue is not all hot air; Scientists predict a 2.5 degree centigrade increase in average temperatures by 2100
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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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