Chantal Lyons
Interested in anything concerning the environment or social justice, especially when the two come hand in hand. A graduate of the University of Nottingham with a degree in Politics and currently a postgraduate at University College London studying for an MSc in Environment, Science and Society.

Chantal has previously worked for Voluntary Action within Kent, and interned for Green Alliance, the country's leading environmental think-tank.

At night she can be found working on her YA environmental fantasy, with the ambition of progressing from writer to author.

Entries by Chantal Lyons

Looking Good for the Apocalypse

(2) Comments | Posted 25 August 2015 | (00:00)

There are so many different things we're killing the planet and our own future for, and while some of them are going to be difficult - perhaps ultimately impossible - to stop doing, some are simple. Throw-away fashion is one of the latter.

You can probably guess what I mean...

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Are We Ready to Let the Wild Back In?

(0) Comments | Posted 10 June 2015 | (11:06)

Rewilding. Most people haven't heard of it yet, but you'd have had to be a hermit not to notice the announcement of the ambitious plan to bring back lynx to the UK. Reintroducing previously-extinct big mammals isn't the only way to rewild - planting a wildflower meadow or...

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Gambling on Our Future: Overpopulation and Overconsumption

(1) Comments | Posted 5 October 2013 | (15:53)

Last month, Matt Ridley writing in The Times said:

there is almost a perfect correlation between the severity of conservation problems and poverty, because the richer people get, the less they try to live off the land and compete with nature -- the less they seek bushmeat and...
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Killing in the Name of Sport

(7) Comments | Posted 30 May 2013 | (00:00)

In 2011, fishing lake owners and anglers called for a change to the protected status of otters so that anglers could legally shoot any otter believed to be threatening fish.

Earlier this year, the government wildlife conservation agency Natural England allowed the destruction of four...

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Time to Legalise the Trade in Rhino Horn?

(23) Comments | Posted 5 March 2013 | (23:00)

This is one argument that simply won't go away. Environmental researchers writing in the Science journal want the trade in rhino horn to be legalised, by selling shavings harvested from the horns of live rhinos in the hope that poachers won't just hack their faces off instead.

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Is Mass Extinction the End of the World?

(2) Comments | Posted 20 February 2013 | (21:49)

The Natural History Museum is currently running a rather interesting-looking exhibition. It's called Extinction: Not the End of the World? and according to this review it asks questions that might make the average conservationist squirm: are we merely hastening the demise of already-doomed species, and how...

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The Injustice of Overpopulation

(37) Comments | Posted 10 February 2013 | (23:00)

A few weeks ago, a coalition of charities launched the Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign. Its ambition is to eliminate global hunger. It names the four issues which it believes to be the keystones of this ambition: Aid, Tax, Land and Transparency. But I was astonished that...

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