John Vidal

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.

Shell ‘lied’ about oil spill

Amnesty International has reported that Shell lied about the magnitude of an oil spill in the Niger Delta.

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.

Durban deal on climate change isn’t enough, lament scientists

Scientists have warned that global leaders will need to commit to slashing carbon emissions drastically, despite the agreement reached in Durban.

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.

Wacky weather is new normal

We've always had El Niños and La Niñas but the greenhouse gas build-up is making them worse.

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.

Activists occupy oil rig in fight to prevent Arctic drilling

Environmental groups fear oil industry is not prepared for potentially catastrophic impact of oil spills in the Arctic.

Bolivia to pass radical ecolaws

Bolivia is set to pass the world's first laws granting nature equal rights with humans.

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