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Hurricane Gonzalo seen from space, the storm will have lost most of its power by the time it reaches the other side of the Atlantic

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Invasive species impact on the biodiversity of Britain by eating native species as well as affecting human health and the economy

Root cause: Isaac Newton’s inspiring apple tree in Lincolnshire

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Professor Andrew Parker from the Natural History Museum has cultured cells from a blue morpho butterfly’s wing

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35,000 Pacific walruses came ashore, unable to find sea ice

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The number of vertebrates, which make up the bulk of Earth’s visible animals, has dived by 52 per cent over the past 40 years.

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