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Legal experts worldwide draw up ‘historic’ definition of ecocide

Draft law is intended to prosecute offences against the environmentLegal experts from across the globe have drawn up a “historic” definition of ecocide, intended to be adopted by the international criminal court to prosecute the...

Unesco recommends Great Barrier Reef world heritage site should be listed as ‘in danger’

Australian government ‘stunned’ by recommendation and will strongly oppose draft decision, environment minister Sussan Ley saysTimeline: decades of damage and Australia’s fight to stop ‘in danger’ listingComment: The Australian government wants to avoid reef being...

Welsh government to suspend all future road-building plans

Deputy minister for climate change will announce move as part of plans to reach net zero emissions by 2050The Labour-led Welsh government is to freeze new road-building projects as part of its plans to tackle...

Why do some birds’ heads not rock forwards and backwards when they walk?

The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific and philosophical conceptsWhen most birds walk, their heads snap backwards and forwards – pigeons...

Activists fear Biden’s climate pledges are falling apart: ‘We aren’t seeing grit’

The president took swift action upon entering the White House, but recent developments raise concern his agenda has stalledOn his first day at the White House, Joe Biden earned praise for following through on several...

New bill aims to force Canada to tackle ‘systemic’ environmental racism

C-230 would require government to study effect of pollution and industry on marginalized people but conservatives could sink planFor generations, marginalized communities in Canada have feared that heavy industry is slowly poisoning their air, land...