Once a staple of the Ukrainian landscape, Carpathian water buffalo populations in southern Europe dwindled over the last century. In this final instalment of our second season of audio shorts, Kitty Horlick tracks down Michel Jacobi - a self-sustaining farmer coaxing the species back to life - to find out more about his extraordinary vision.
In his Modern Nature diaries, filmmaker and writer Derek Jarman recorded his cultivation of a garden at a desolate, shingle beach at Dungeness, on the UK’s South Coast. When the garden was threatened by private development in 2020, Alexander Harris turned to Jarman’s works, and found a polymath guerrilla gardener who challenged a traditional treatment of England’s ecology, championing ‘deliberate living’ in the face of climate inertia.
Lebanon’s political landscape is dominated by sects of many colours – all vying to expand their power bases. In this article, Ibrahim Kombarji looks at the way that these sects have championed environmental projects as a guise for reinforcing loyalty, establishing extractive economic monopolies and to further increase their geographic influence. In the process, he argues, Lebanon’s landscape has been fragmented into a series of increasingly degraded ‘sectarian ecologies.’