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Country diary: gateway to a winter’s trail

Aberystwyth, Ceredigion: Change, slow but significant, is evident along the path that zigzags across a windless winter landscapeThe hills in the distance were still banked with snow, but on the narrow path above the village,...

Green shoots: Spanish firm tackles plastic waste from shotgun cartridges

One day a little over 12 years ago a Spanish entrepreneur, Enrique Lopez-Pozas, was playing Airsoft when he was struck not by an opponent's shot but by an equally uncomfortable realisation.What, he wondered, would become...

‘I almost cracked’: 16-month artistic performance of mass extinction comes to a close

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart is filled with people waiting for the swift parrot to disappear.Hobart artist Lucienne Rickard has spent five weeks drawing a large-scale pencil sketch of the critically endangered...

Helping poorest tackle climate crisis will boost global growth, says IMF head

Kristalina Georgieva says investing to create resilient economies is a ‘win-win-win-win’ scenarioHelping the most vulnerable people to cope with the climate crisis can boost the global economy during the Covid crisis and governments should make...

Permanent PJs and pivoting designers: how the pandemic hit the fashion world

Our fashion editor on a year in which sweatpants soared, masks went designer, Topshop tumbled – and a pause fuelled hopes of a resetI was on the Eurostar, somewhere between St Pancras and Paris, when...

Swathes of England’s vital flood defences ‘almost useless’

Thousands of England's vital flood defences were in such a state of ruin last year they would fail to protect communities from extreme weather, an investigation has found. More than 3,400 of England's "high consequence" flood...