John Vida

Water scarcity ‘could force worldwide vegetarianism’

Water scientists say mankind may have to switch almost completely to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid catastrophic shortages.

George never came out of his shell

Lonesome George inspired scientists who want to conserve the planet's biodiversity, writes John Vidal.

Topsy turvy weather chaos storms into 2012

With unusual weather in Europe and the Americas, low Arctic ice, droughts in Africa and Latin America, 2012 picks up where 2011 left off.

New ‘whale’ war set to kick off

Captain Paul Watson is sending three ships to intercept, chase and harass the Japanese -- he promises "aggressive non-violence".

Maathai: ‘My heart is in the land and women I came from’

Her solution, to work with the most vulnerable women to repair their own degraded environments and empower themselves, proved inspirational.

Dialogue of the deaf

Christine Lagarde's appointment to the IMF has reopened calls for greater representivity at the United Nations.

US universities in Africa ‘land grab’

Institutions including Harvard and Vanderbilt reportedly use hedge funds to buy land in deals that may force African farmers off their land.

Blueprint for green living

Abu Dhabi shows the way forward.

… And how the West was lost

Two new books examine the negative impact of the West, and suggest alternatives to the status quo.

The politics of food

Small NGO takes on giant multinational over its attempts to control SA seed market

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