Brazil has been experiencing its lowest rainfall since 1930 (AFP)

Brazil drought: It's a really dry January in the South American country, with rainfall is at its lowest level since 1930

Minister claims: 'God is Brazilian. He will make it rain' as rationing and power cuts hit south-eastern states

The Great Barrier Reef was about to be put on a UN danger list

Australia bans waste dumping near Great Barrier Reef after Unesco threat to put it on danger list

Conservationists say the practice smothers coral and exposes it to high levels of nutrients and poisons

Number so freshwater mussels in Cumbria have plummeted from up to three million in the 20th century to 500,000

Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

The river Ehen is home to England's last viable population of the bivalve, but numbers have plummeted since the last century. Now, a unique collaboration is allowing them to thrive again

Fishermen operating vessels less than 10 metres long are only allocated 4 per cent of the UK’s fishing quota

Greenpeace comes to the aid of Britain's small fishing vessels

Environmental pressure group says the government has awarded too great a share of the UK's fishing quota to less sustainable, industrial craft

Frilled shark: Australian fishermen capture terrifying shark from the deep

Local fishermen were left scratching their heads at the sight of the two metre long creature

Namibia auctions five rhino hunting permits a year, specifying a particular animal

Dallas Safari Club abandons auction of elephant hunt

Several African countries have introduced hunting quotas, selling licences to support conservation

Actress Maisie Williams in Trafalgar Square on Sunday (Micha Theiner)

Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams joins march to protest against 'disgusting' Japanese dolphin cull

Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark in the TV series, joined thousands demonstrating in Trafalgar Square

Pigeons fly outside St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna

Does a truck carrying birds get lighter when they take off? New bird measuring kit solves physics riddle

Previous tests showed that the weight would stay the same — but new precise measurements show that it would actually fluctuate

A thresher shark gives birth off the Philippines

Rare shark birth photographed for the first time

The picture was taken during a research dive in the Philippines in 2013

Trunk and disorderly: The elephant attacked several cars in behaviour blamed on the mating season

Thailand's Khao Yai national park facing jumbo-size traffic problem after elephants attack cars

The aggressive behaviour is a result of the mating season

The Antarctic has a population of 4,000 - but what does it take to work in a wilderness of 70-knot winds and marauding penguins?

A century after Shackleton set out to conquer the Antarctic, thousands of people call the seventh continent home over its summer months, from sailors to scientists and conservationists to climbing instructors
The New Forest; it is feared that Britain’s forests could suffer a similar fate to woodlands in much of the US, where vast stands of trees have been wiped out by beetles

Trees under threat: The oak, beech and birch could be lost if Britain does not act quickly

They help define our landscape, but it could be radically altered over the next century unless steps are taken to stop the onslaught of pests
Conservation groups have appealed for cotton mittens for koalas

Conservation groups appeals for mittens for koalas with burned paws

Conservation groups have appealed for people to make cotton mittens for koalas whose paws were burned in major wildfires in Australia.

Dozens of Pikachu characters parade at the Landmark Plaza shopping mall Tokyo on 14 August, 2014

China faces criticism from conservation scientists for attempts to exterminate real-life 'Pikachu' with mass poisoning

Ecologists hit out at classification of the mouse-like 'pika' as a pest – and say policy-makers are ignoring all the evidence in their favour

If you upturn a tortoise, it will find its feet again, thanks to a clever combination of shell shape and leg and neck manoeuvres

The topsy-turvy world of the tortoise: a smaller shell helps them to walk tall

Larger specimens are less adept at righting themselves when they are flipped on to their backs, study finds
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Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
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Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
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French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
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Young carers to make dance debut

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The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

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George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

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