Country diary: boulderers make the most of the rocky terrain

Country diary: boulderers make the most of the rocky terrain

Llanberis, Gwynedd: They felt at the initial holds, arms taking their weight, toes stabbing at edges and pockets that might afford some lift Driving up the Llanberis Pass on a grey afternoon, my eye was caught by a group of young people gazing intently at one of the huge roadside …

Butterflywatch: is UK experiencing a clouded yellow autumn?

Butterflywatch: is UK experiencing a clouded yellow autumn?

The dynamic migratory butterfly looks to be sticking around beyond the summer I was strolling across a field near the Dorset coast on a cool, blustery day recently when I caught sight of a speck of gold in the wind. Flying with its characteristic indomitable vigour was a clouded yellow, …

A Joe Biden victory could push Scott Morrison – and the world – on climate change

A Joe Biden victory could push Scott Morrison – and the world – on climate change

International action on emissions reduction will get a huge shot in the arm if the US election goes to the Democratic leader I’m a deeply superstitious person, so I can barely bring myself to utter the words “if Joe Biden wins the American presidency next week”, but for the purposes …

Net zero: what if Australia misses the moment on climate action?

Net zero: what if Australia misses the moment on climate action?

Three of Australia’s biggest trading partners have recently committed to go ‘carbon-neutral’. Experts say it’s the greatest shift in climate politics since the Paris agreement For a national leader who had just been told up to $80bn in fossil fuel export industries were on the chopping block, Scott Morrison seemed …

‘No predators, plenty to eat’: New Zealand struggles with plague of peacocks

‘No predators, plenty to eat’: New Zealand struggles with plague of peacocks

Farmers complain feral birds eat pasture their livestock depend on, and their numbers are increasing thanks to hunting of stoats and possums A bird renowned around the world for its beauty has showed its ugly side by causing havoc on farms in New Zealand; eating crops, evading control efforts and …

US and UK citizens are world’s biggest sources of plastic waste – study

US and UK citizens are world’s biggest sources of plastic waste – study

US population may also be third-largest producer of marine plastic pollution The US and UK produce more plastic waste per person than any other major countries, according to new research. The analysis also shows the US produces the most plastic waste in total and that its citizens may rank as …

FTSE 100 ends flat, Wall Street takes a beating amid coronavirus fears

FTSE 100 ends flat, Wall Street takes a beating amid coronavirus fears

FTSE 100 index down 4 points Tech stocks drag Wall Street lower UK blue-chips have lost over 5% of their value this week 5pm: FTSE 100 flattish at week’s end London’s leading index finished riday down just 4 points, less than 0.1%, at 5,577.3. The FTSE 250 fared better, improving just …