Why rivers shouldn't look like this

The quintessential image of a river you might recognise from post cards and paintings – nice and straight with a tidy riverbank – is not actually how it is supposed to look. It's the result of centuries of industrial and agricultural development. And it's become a problem, exacerbating the impact of both extreme flooding and extreme drought. Josh Toussaint-Strauss looks into how so many rivers ended up this way, and how river restoration is helping to reestablish biodiversity and combat some of the effects of the climate crisis
‘This is what a river should look like’: Dutch rewilding project turns back the clock 500 years
‘We make nature here’: pioneering Dutch project repairs image after outcry over starving animals

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