Country diary: this lofty tree is a pandemic survivor

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The wych elm, Ulmus glabra, tall as a two-storey house, arching over the lane, had been hiding in plain sight. We must have walked...

‘Like a spiral UFO’: world’s longest animal discovered in Australian waters

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Scientists exploring the deep sea off Australia's coast have discovered as many as 30 new marine species - and what may be the longest...

Strengthen worldwide climate commitments to improve economy, study finds

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Every country in the world would be economically better off if all could agree to strengthen their commitments on the climate crisis through international...

Ocean Photography Awards – in pictures

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A majestic whale shark is bathed in brilliant light rays as it cruises in search of food off Isla Mujeres, Mexico Photograph: Shawn Heinrichs Thousands of...

Tackling climate change is vital for the strongest economic recovery after...

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Recovery from coronavirus must reckon with climate change. The current and urgent focus properly needs to be flattening the curve and saving lives. Yet even...

Ukraine: wildfires draw dangerously close to Chernobyl site

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Wildfires in Ukraine have spread to just over a mile from the defunct Chernobyl nuclear power plant and a disposal site for radioactive waste,...

Olive oil industry under increasing threat from ‘olive leprosy’

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One of southern Europe's most important staples, olive oil, is under pressure from a potentially deadly disease that new research shows could infect nearly...

Single-use plastic’s life-saving role | Brief letters

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I note that Dr Matheson, having difficulty volunteering to rejoin the NHS, writes from Dumfries (Letters, 10 April). The organisation in which I work,...

Locals celebrate as waters of Murray-Darling rivers join for first time...

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Play Video 0:56 In a milestone for drought-stricken communities in New South Wales, the waters of the Murray River and the Darling River in NSW have...

Country diary: there’s a buzzard in the air

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Look up, we're told. When confined by walls, fences, buildings, when confounded by civilisation, look up and feel your heart lift. The other day I...

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NGOs demand action not promises as EU accused of ‘failing to protect seas’

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Chris Packham: ‘People saw a different side to me’

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The Arctic heatwave: here’s what we know | Tamsin Edwards

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