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Selection of contributed material   Why are orang-utans orange? The long, shaggy bright orange body hair of the orang-utan is immediately striking and unmistakable. Variation between individuals is great and may change with age, from bright orange in infants to auburn and deep burgundy in adults. But why is the ‘red ape’ so vividly coloured? […]

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Borneo ablaze

View the article in its original format here.     Forest fires threaten world’s largest remaining population of orangutans Raging fires have broken out in the peat-swamp forests of Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, threatening the largest population of orangutans in the world. The fires were started by people but have spread uncontrollably due to the […]

Published in the Ecologist, August 2012. To view this article in its original format, click here. A new wave of hydropower projects is under way in the quest for clean renewable energy but tribal and indigenous peoples continue to be ignored by those pushing through the plans. The rising number of hydroelectric dams under construction […]

View the article in its original format here In the second in our series examining REDD we report how ambiguous forest definitions are putting the future success of forest protection schemes in doubt and allowing logging companies to destroy biodiverse habitats. The current lack of a working definition of what degraded forest or land is […]

View the article in its original format here.   Sarawak, land of mystery, legend, and remote upriver tribes. Paradise of lush rainforest and colossal bat-filled caves. Home to unique and bizarre wildlife including flying lemurs, bearcats, orang-utans and rat-eating plants. Center of heavy industry and powerhouse of Southeast Asia. Come again? This jarring image could […]

View the article in its original format here Indonesian government unable to stop the burning as peat-swamp forests are taken out. Raging fires have broken out in the peat-swamp forests of Central Kalimantan in Indonesian Borneo, threatening endangered wildlife including the world’s largest population of orangutans. According to conservationists working in the area, the fires […]

Non-fiction Borneo, Tamara Thiessen, Bradt Travel Guides, 2008 (Contributing Editor) Britain From the Rails, Benedict le Vay, Bradt Travel Guides, 2009 Iran (3rd ed.), Patricia Baker & Hilary Smith, Bradt Travel Guides, 2009 Sudan (2nd ed.), Paul Clammer, Bradt Travel Guides, 2009 Tipping: The Bradt Guide, Reg Butler & Carole French, Bradt Travel Guides, 2009 […]

A selection of my published work: Books Madagascar, (10th ed.), Bradt Travel Guides, 2011 (Contributor) Primates of the World, New Holland, 2008 (Major Contributor) Borneo, Bradt Travel Guides, 2008 (Contributing Editor) Articles published online News analysis, comment and features It’s Happening: 2016 is the year of climate disobedience (Red Pepper, June 2016) Heathrow13: Why I risked jail for my […]