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 (...)

Wing and a prayer: treating an injured pigeon. Photograph: Himanshu Vyas/Getty

A couple of weeks ago, a feral pigeon arrived on my doorstep, and forced me to reconsider some cherished preconceptions.   It had been attacked,(...)

Florida Everglades

“There are no other Everglades in the world,” writes Marjory Stoneman Douglas in the opening of The Everglades: River of Grass, her very readable 1947(...)

Irish landscape: looking towards Brandon, near Cloghane in Co Kerry. Photograph courtesy of Robert Thompson

“It is essential to live in harmony with nature and mother earth as a fundamental condition for the well-being of all life, which depends on the conse(...)

A winter scene in the Phoenix Park, Dublin,  as visitors and deer meet  – but 14 degrees early on a December morning? Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A late sunrise slides up from behind a cloudbank over Dublin’s spires and office blocks and sets the few remaining golden leaves on the silver birche(...)

Forest restoration in Brazil: The New York Declaration on Forests  in 2014  targeted  restoring 350 million hectares of forest by 2030 – that’s about half the current forest cover of north and central America. Photograph: Pedro Brancalion

On paper, but perhaps only on paper, the prospects for restoring the environmental health and diversity of our planet can look quite bright. Consider(...)

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