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

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

‘Moore’s law’ for carbon would defeat global warming

A plan to halve carbon emissions every decade, while green energy continues to double every five years, provides a simple but rigorous roadmap to tackle climate change, scientists say

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

Tipping point: revealing the cities where exercise does more harm than good

In at least 15 cities, air pollution has now become so bad that the danger to health of just 30 minutes of cycling each way outweighs the benefits of exercise altogether, according to new research

Arctic oil rush: Nenets’ livelihood and habitat at risk from oil spills

An oil terminal to be built in northern Russia where the river Yenisei meets the Arctic Ocean lacks the technology to deal with oil spills, say environmentalists