CLIMATE CHANGE: two words that evoke a sense of trepidation. But here are two more words that counteract this fear: resilience and adaptability. Nature has resilience built into its own defences: what we perceive as devastating forest fires can bring in their wake such diverse species germination that the regenerating forest is often more resilient than its predecessor. Likewise, many species have managed to adapt and thrive despite human impact on the environment – take as an example the herring gull’s exodus to landfill sites to feed on the detritus of our wasteful society.

However, humanity’s ...


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