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

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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

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

Dallas Safari Club abandons auction of elephant hunt

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

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Rare shark birth photographed for the first time

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

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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
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