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Nick Marx leads the project at Angkor Wat

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Polar bear Giovanna and her twin polar bears Nela and Nobby eat an ice cake with fresh fruit and cream to celebrate the cub's first birthday

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A grey seal swims underwater by the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast, northern England

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El Niño is a cyclical weather pattern that occurs every three to seven years mostly on the Pacific coast of South America

El Niño storms blamed for stunting growth in Peruvian children

Those born during or immediately after a severe event were 4cm shorter on average, study finds

The newly-born will now be cared for by its mother for a period of 14 weeks

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The baby Gentoo hatched after 34 days of incubation

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New York snowstorm: What is 'lake-effect' snow and how does it form?

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Japanese Knotweed: Government to issue Asbos to those who fail to deal with invasive plant

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