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The ‘forgotten’ people picking your Brazil nuts – for a fraction of the price

On a steamy March morning, Edivan Kaxarari walks with a few other villagers in single file down a trail in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil's Rondonia state, near the border with Bolivia.His sister-in-law Cleiciana carries...

The rice of the sea: how a tiny grain could change the way humanity eats

Growing up in southern Spain, Angel Leon paid little attention to the meadows of seagrass that fringed the turquoise waters near his home, their slender blades grazing him as he swam in the Bay of...

Aviation shutdown shows we can clean up our air

In 2010, the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano affected many Easter holidays. The closure of European airspace left many people stranded but millions enjoyed a break from aircraft noise and could look up at brilliant...

Country diary: it’s breeding season for this sparrow colony

With almost clockwork regularity, little heads of house sparrows pop in and out of the holes like a wind-up toy. Sometimes they turn, quizzically, to look around, then vanish again, or rest on the perch...

Lemurs and giant tortoises among species at risk if global warming reaches 3C

Unique island species including lemurs and the Galapagos giant tortoise could be at high risk of extinction if the planet warms by more than 3C above pre-industrial levels, new research warns.Analysis of 270 biodiversity hotspots...

16 of Britain’s top 20 garden birds have declined in number, annual survey finds

The house sparrow remains the most frequently spotted garden bird, but 16 of the top 20 species have declined in number since last year, according to the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch.More than a million people...