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

Individuals could be fined up to £2,500

David Hockney had 600,000 visitors flock to his 2012 Royal Academy Show

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The controversial method used to extract gas and oil from the ground has been the target of several environmental campaigns

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Endangered species: Food and fuel pursuit pushing animals to extinction — especially fish

The authoritative Red List says mankind's "growing appetite for resources" is devastating global biodiversity

Albunea groeningi: A pale yellow sand crab named after the Simpsons creator Matt Groening

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I have not fully recovered from the discovery that the proper Latin name of the western lowland gorilla is 'Gorilla gorilla gorilla'. Here are 10 more, inspired by 'The Naming of the Shrew: A Curious History of Latin Names' by John Wright, published this month by Bloomsbury.

Vigilant Charity founder Virginia McKenna

Born Free Foundation outwits the poachers, crusading to remove snares in Kenya

Virginia McKenna's legendary wildlife charity marks its 30th anniversary with a new scheme in Kenya, as she explains to Jamie Merrill

Why Richard Dawkins 'is not a scientist', the survival of the least selfish, and what ants tell us about humans - EO Wilson on his new book

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A murmuration of starlings comes in to settle on the legs of Aberystwyth Pier

Hundreds of millions of birds have disappeared in 30 years

Growth of agriculture and urbanisation has cut suitable habitat

South Africa arrests two men with 41kg of rhino-horn in anti-poaching operation

This 41 kg of rhino-horns is the largest amount ever seized in South Africa

Sir David Attenborough and gorillas in Rwanda, 1979

Sir David Attenborough facing new battle to save the gorillas

An oil company's alleged interest in primates' habitat sparks outrage

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The eight-year-old whale Zhuo Ya, had been carrying the calf for nearly 15 months

Here are the top 10 trees nominated for 'tree of the year'

Boy these are some nice trees here

Reticulated python Thelma gave birth without contact with a male

World’s largest snake species has 'virgin birth'

A python named Thelma hatched six offspring - without contact with a male

Ailanthus altissima has been dubbed the “tree of heaven” for its eagerness to reach up to the sky

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Conservationists want an outright ban, but garden centres are reluctant to drop the fast grower

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Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. Gillian Orr charts the other species on the brink
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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
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Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
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Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
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Comedians share stories of depression

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Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee