Fishing for plastic: the Amsterdam canal tour with a difference

A trip with Plastic Whale isn’t about sightseeing. Inspired by the plastics crisis, it offers the chance to help clean the city’s waterways, in a boat made from recycled material

Chadar, India: The end of the Ice Road – in pictures

A project to document communities undergoing irreversible change took these authors to the frozen Zanskar river, which connects Ladakh and Zanskar in northern India.

South Australia to get $1bn solar farm and world’s biggest battery

System will include 3.4m solar panels and 1.1m batteries, with operations set to begin by end of 2017

El Salvador makes history as first nation to impose blanket ban on metal mining

Campaigners celebrate victory for ‘water over gold’ after country unaninmously ushers through historic bill to end all forms of metal mining

Murder in Pondoland: how a proposed mine brought conflict to South Africa

The death of activist Sikhosiphi Rhadebe in the Eastern Cape has not stopped local communities opposing plans for a titanium mine that threatens important lands and a way of life, reports Yale Environment 360

A Brittany eco-home with extra gîte and yurt – in pictures

A geobiologist has built this complex of buildings out of eco-friendly materials around a wooden main house, with scope for tourist rentals