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Country diary: why do birdwatchers prize the ring ouzel so much?

For the tenth time this spring, I've come here to catch sight of migrating ring ouzels. I suspect that of all the species that trigger impassioned responses among birdwatchers, this is the bird least known...

Fabled land or false narrative: what is the modern outback?

One of the world’s last great untamed areas needs protection. In Guardian Australia’s new series, we examine the challenges it faces and meet those caring for it Read more of our Modern Outback series hereSign...

Critics of UK low-traffic schemes told that 25,000 filters already existed

Researchers find road blocks that we’d already accepted before introduction of divisive low-traffic neighbourhoodsAt least 25,000 traffic filters similar to those found in low-traffic neighbourhoods already exist across the UK, research has shown, with campaigners...

Half of emissions cuts will come from future tech, says John Kerry

US climate envoy says people will not have to give up quality of life to achieve some of net zero goalsThe US climate envoy, John Kerry, has said 50% of the carbon reductions needed to...

Why the landmark Bretton Woods deal is as relevant today as in 1944 | Larry Elliott

Countries came together early and decisively to fix a broken global system. The same ambition is needed todayWar was still raging in Europe and Asia when delegates from 44 countries met at Bretton Woods in...

Free solo … with a permit: will Yosemite’s new rules put a damper on climbing culture?

The national park is instituting a permitting system for overnight rock climbers. Many see it as inevitable as the sport gets more popularFor years, rock climbers Graham Ottley and Keith Bouma-Gregson dreamed of scaling the...