The week in wildlife – in pictures

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A flock of starlings fly in the light of the setting sun in the village of Popielarze, near Warsaw, Poland. Photograph: Janek Skarzynski/AFP via Getty...

Environment Agency chief supports plan to weaken river pollution rules

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The head of the Environment Agency has endorsed a proposal to weaken laws on cleanliness of polluted rivers, lakes and coastlines after Brexit. Campaigners say...

The week in wildlife – in pictures

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A water rail at Northumberland Park in North Tyneside Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA An adder, Vipera berus, just out of hibernation basking in the morning sunshine Photograph: Sandra Standbridge/Alamy A...

Lockdown is nothing new. We’ve been kept off the land for...

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The best of new sustainable design – in pictures

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Jumeirah sideboard, GBP599, Atkin and Thyme Rose gold rug, GBP79, limitedabode.co.uk Bilot side table by Porada at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, London (020 3155 3065); dcch.co.uk/ Couro...

We should stop buying fish until the industry stops slaughtering dolphins...

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How many people want dolphins killed? Apart from the psychopath shooting them in Florida, and the Japanese hunters slaughtering them every year in Taiji...

The week in wildlife – in pictures

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Igneada Floodplain Forests national park in western Turkey is home to a wide variety of ecosystems and animal habitats. Photograph: Ozgun Tiran/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images An Egyptian...

The climate crisis will deepen coronavirus. A green stimulus plan can...

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The Covid-19 epidemic is ravaging our tattered healthcare system and shredding our economy. In the past month, over 22 million Americans filed for unemployment...

Animals Farmed: Meat plant virus outbreaks, China’s cattle imports and Amazon...

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News from around the worldUS senators have called for pork producers to be given financial assistance to ensure the "humane euthanization and disposal" of...

Animals Farmed: pig virus, wildlife trade in China, and the ‘poultry...

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News from around the world Pigs and poultry are likely to be safe from Covid-19, according to German scientists, whose study showed that while fruit...

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