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  • April 12, 2021

A bug’s life: how a volunteer army is putting Britain’s wildlife on the record

Amateur nature recorders are providing vital data on beetles, soldierflies and a host of lesser-known insects Ashleigh Whiffin’s day job as assistant curator of entomology is to look after National…

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  • April 12, 2021

Sunflowers: a feast for your eyes, and for pollinators | Alys Fowler

Now’s the time to sow these jolly giants, our gardening expert says, but beware: bigger isn’t always better The annual sunflower needs no introduction; it is a thing full of…

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  • April 12, 2021

Privatising the wilderness: the Tasmanian project that could become a national park test case

Conservationists say newly released documents call into question the government’s policy of backing tourism developments on protected public land Halls Island, on Lake Malbena in the Walls of Jerusalem national…

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  • April 12, 2021

Bees bounce back after Australia’s black summer: ‘Any life is good life’

Australia’s bushfires were devastating for bee populations. But steady rain and community efforts are seeing the return of the pollinators You could say that Adrian Iodice is something of a…

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  • April 12, 2021

‘Negotiating with your worst enemy’: Biden in risky talks to pay Brazil to save Amazon

Activists fear billion-dollar climate deal will bolster Bolsonaro and reward illegal forest clearance – but US says action can’t wait The US is negotiating a multi-billion dollar climate deal with…

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  • April 12, 2021

Rare European vultures being poisoned by livestock drug

Diclofenac was approved in Spain and Italy despite being banned in Asia after it had wiped out millions of birds A recently approved veterinary drug has been confirmed as the…

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  • April 12, 2021

‘No community should suffer this’: Florida’s toxic breach was decades in the making

A leak at an abandoned fertilizer plant is just the latest development at a site that has polluted the area since it was built It’s been a week since a…

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  • April 12, 2021

The solution to California’s rampant sea urchin problem is to eat them. I gave it a try

Biologists and chefs are urging people to chow down on the purple sea urchins that are destroying California’s vital kelp forests. Could I catch and cook my own? “Babe! I…

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  • April 12, 2021

Country diary: a telltale sign of the elusive woodcock

Allendale, Northumberland: This tail feather, with its delicate shades of peaty brown, silver and muted orange, is one of the few clues of this secretive, nocturnal bird breeding here in…

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  • April 12, 2021

‘Aphrodisiac’ of the ocean: how sea cucumbers became gold for organised crime

Overfishing and smuggling of this crucial animal are affecting biodiversity and the livelihood of local fishers in Sri Lanka It’s after sunset in Jaffna when Anthony Vigrado dives into the…

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