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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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project