People pay tribute on Friday, outside the Liceu theatre in Barcelona, to victims of Thursday’s attack. Photograph: Quique Garcia/EPA

It’s a cliche, simply because it’s important truth, that one’s first thoughts about a terrorist act should always be with the victims, to make some ef(...)

Shared airspace: wetland birds fly over the Llobregat wetlands; Barcelona airport is in the background. Photograph: Juan Ramón Lucena Santacreu

A black-winged stilt is high-stepping daintily through shallow water. Its almost absurdly long legs flash vivid red, scattering silver droplets in the(...)

Our Amazon: ecologist and Abbeyleix Bog Project volunteer Fiona McGowan guides President Michael D Higgins along the bog boardwalk built by the group. Pic Credit Alf Harvey. Photograph: Alf Harvey

We live at a moment when the president of another country mangles the English language in the early hours of almost every morning, and has displayed i(...)

River Barrow trail: “The grassy towpath is the green frame for the river,” according to Olivia O’Leary River Barrow trail: “The grassy towpath is the green frame for the river,” according to Olivia O’Leary. Photograph: Paddy Woodworth

“Step out on the grassy way which is the Barrow towpath and you have stepped into another world. You can walk along the river for miles without hearin(...)

All along the banks of the Royal Canal: a small tortoiseshell butterfly. Photograph: Bart Busschots

The last refuge of nature in our overcrowded world is often, ironically enough, to be found in obsolete remnants of human industry.  Our canal s(...)

A Cambodian soldier guards timber close to Khmer Rouge lines in Koh Kong province in southwest Cambodia. Photograph: Global Witness

It’s not a very comfortable or comforting experience, talking with Patrick Alley about the state of our world. Global Witness, the organisation he co-(...)

Spring flowers, especially bluebells, in Wytham Woods, near Oxford. Photograph: courtesy of University of Oxford  

Why did the woodmouse cross the road? Nigel Fisher, conservator of Wytham Woods, still doesn’t know why; for the moment, he can only surmise that the(...)

 US president Donald Trump: What is his plan for Syria? Photograph:  Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

What is President Trump’s plan for Syria? That’s the million-dollar question, says Washington Correspondent Suzanne Lynch in the latest episode of the(...)

Basque Separatists ETA members announcing a ‘permanent, verifiable ceasefire’ in 2011. Photograph: Alfredo Aldai/EPA

Basque militant group Eta has handed a list of eight arms caches to the French police through intermediaries, sources close to the matter told Re(...)

River walk by the Clashawley river at Fethard, Co. Tipperary, with Watergate Bridge and medieval town walls in the background

“A river,” says Terry Cunningham of Fethard Historical Society, “is not just a big drain.” How we manage our rivers depends to a considerable degree (...)

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