George Monbiot

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 Bumblebee on flower

For those who think there’s still time to save what’s left of the planet’s natural world, a 600-page report commissioned in the UK by Her Majesty’s Tr(...)

Sports Direct announced all its stores would remain closed after it faced a backlash to its earlier plan to keep them open despite a government order to shut all “non-essential shops”.  Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA

Sports Direct announced all its stores would remain closed after it faced a backlash to its earlier plan to keep them open despite a government order (...)

Wind-blown sheep. Illustration: Michael Viney

Looking out at blackface ewes caught in the squalls, tails to the wind, hailstones sequinned on their fleeces, it has been hard to grudge them their s(...)

Climate activist Greta Thunberg outside the US Supreme Court on Wednesday. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

More than 800 rallies are due to take place across the 50 states of the US on Friday as pressure mounts on Donald Trump’s administration to change pol(...)

500 billion disposable coffee cups  end up in landfill sites globally every year

We bin an estimated 22,000 single-use coffee cups every hour in Ireland. Once seen as the ultimate lifestyle accessory – back in the late 1990s – thes(...)

Quorn, in common with other fake meats, is incontestably ultra-processed – this appeals less to those who prefer to base their meals on natural, minimally processed ingredients that they can easily recognise as food. Photograph: Getty Images

What exactly is Quorn? I have been asked that question regularly for more than 30 years. This may be a reflection of the general population’s scientif(...)

The house in Bluebell, Dublin, where the bodies of brothers  Daniel and William McCarthy, who were deaf, were discovered.  Although many deaf people are well integrated into their communities, it can be a very isolating disability.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

William McCarthy (also known as Liam) died a very lonely death in his home with his brother Daniel, who had already died. Predictably, it raises quest(...)

An Irish  householder mops up flood water in his kitchen. Serious floods on the scale experienced over the weekend in places such as the west of Ireland  were once budgeted for once in a hundred years  - now they’re happening much more frequently. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The massive floods that have caused such devastation in the west of Ireland - and even more so in northwest England - are not the first such “extreme (...)

Carbon footprint: Ireland’s herd size is set to grow. Illustration: Michael Viney

Cattle are scarce on a hillside full of sheep, so I pause on the boreen to exchange gazes with a little suckler herd, so clean and amiable in their ta(...)

Ivan Yates: ‘The psychological damage to yesteryear’s boarding-school pupils is worthy of thought.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In all the scrutiny given to the historical institutionalisation of children in Ireland, no consideration has been given to the legacy of boarding (...)

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