Bright Green

Concreting over the countryside

‘The reality is that, under this government’s stewardship, a plethora of damaging developments have been unleashed in the countryside. Historic hedgerows are being grubbed up. Ancient woodlands are being bulldozed’

The lockdown litterbugs

‘The enduring images etched in my mind after lockdown are not of nature nurtured but nature trashed, suffocating under mountains of litter’

Thousands of new French windfarms — but no reduction in carbon emissions

‘Wind and solar power make it impossible for France to close down its remaining fossil fuel power stations’

Will the green agenda be killed off by the pandemic?

‘Will the green agenda be killed off by the longer-term coronavirus recovery? Or might the closure of so much business, and the cleaner air that results from planes not flying and factories not working, give us extra years to gain control of our environment?’

Britain is becoming a wet desert

‘Two-fifths of our rivers are man-made canals: dug down, dredged, and separated from their flood plains’

The promise of protein from the seas

'Forget sponges, corals, sea fans, and sea weed: ancient, blossoming sea forests and coral reefs are now Flanders trenches’

What we owe to insects

‘Entangled with their host plants, insects are helpless as we fragment and destroy their habitats’

Carbon carnage: the real cost of grouse-shooting

‘Grouse moors are burnt and drained. Regenerating native trees are rooted out. Bogs and mires, wet miracles of carbon capture, are trashed by fire, ditches, vehicles, access roads, and trampling deer and sheep’

Empty labels

'To eat less soya, eat more of it. The paradox bites only on those who are unaware of how much soya is contained in the meat they eat'

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"
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