Category: Long read essays

Aarey Forest – victory for art, music and rhythm?

This week, an obscure institution known as the Aarey Dairy Development Corporation handed over 812 acres of forested land wedged between inner-city Mumbai and the hills of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) to the state forest department. If it was not the end of the battle to save Mumbai’s ‘green lung’, it may at least be the beginning of the end.

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The countdown has begun… [updated]

With five months to go before the most important wildlife summit in history, Secretary of State for the Environment George Eustice has signalled his intent, announcing ambitious-sounding plans to restore biodiversity, making it illegal to fail. EXCEPT ....

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If I could have one wish…

…as we continue the countdown to Kunming, it would be for the UK governments to sign up to 30x30… AND REALLY MEAN IT

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How radical do we need to be?

Reflections on recent developments that point to some new thinking on nature.

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Lockdown Spring

In the latest in my long-read essay series, a look back to the lockdown spring of 2020, and forward to a season of renewed hope: the unique season that is the British springtime.

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Nature’s New Year (2)

Part 2 of my long-read essay on thoughts about the new year: new years in general and this one in particular.

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Nature’s New Year (1)

At two minutes past ten in the morning, on Monday 21 December, the sun's solstice will occur. A traditional turning of the new year, and a welcome moment at which to turn thoughts towards 2021.

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Extinction – who cares?

To mark the publication on Monday of Framing Nature - conservation and culture, this long-read essay compiles edited excerpts on the subject of extinction and loss

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Vulture Awareness Day

To commemorate Vulture Awareness Day and to mark the launch later this month of my next book, I am starting a new occasional series of essays. This one focuses on the vulture crisis that began in India and now threatens entire populations of vultures across Asia, Africa and Europe.

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