Environment

Scientists say a group living in the Araguaia River, Brazil has been isolated from other varieties for more than two million years

Greenpeace makes legal bid to stop UK offshore drilling

Greenpeace has launched legal action in a bid to stop UK offshore drilling in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Pietersen wants to make most of South Africa stint

Kevin Pietersen is hoping to make the most of his brief stint with South African side the Dolphins ahead of what he expects to be a very tough winter.

The Week Ahead: Imperial Tobacco to stem the flow of bad news

Imperial Tobacco is due to post a full-year trading statement on Wednesday and, ahead of the update, investors must be hoping that this week's update helps turn the tide for the cigarette maker's shares.

Pietersen cleared to play in South Africa

Cricket South Africa has approved a request from the Dolphins for Kevin Pietersen to play two games for his former team next month.

Fine is imposed after Whale killed trainer

The US federal job safety agency fined SeaWorld Orlando 75,000 US dollars for three violations uncovered while investigating the February death of a trainer who was grabbed by a killer whale and dragged underwater.

Leading article: Up close

No one who saw it will ever forget the sequence in David Attenborough's The Trials Of Life where a killer whale, a terrifying six-tonne monster, bursts out of the sea on to a beach in Patagonia to grab a lounging, unsuspecting sea-lion pup. If that pup was shocked, so were we. A killer whale! On dry land! It was an image to stamp indelibly on our minds the wonder of the natural world.

Japan show 'The Cove' after protests delay

"The Cove," an Oscar-winning film about a Japanese dolphin-hunting village, opened today around Japan after protests by angry nationalists pressured cinemas to cancel earlier showings.

'Superpod' of 1,000 dolphins spotted off Skye

A group of wildlife spotters taking a boat trip off the north coast of Skye encountered an enormous "superpod" of 1,000 dolphins.

Right-wing Japanese protesters banned from film of dolphin cull

A Japanese court has issued a rare ban against demonstrators who have hounded screenings of an Oscar-winning documentary exposing the country's infamous annual dolphin cull.

BP repairs cap after oil gushes again

Oil had spewed uncontrolled into the Gulf of Mexico for much of the day yesterday before engineers reattached a cap being used to contain the gusher and direct some of the crude to a surface ship.

Protest votes speak volumes for Bercow

Although Ukip's Nigel Farage remained in hospital after the light-aircraft crash that almost killed him on polling day, scenes at the Buckingham count, where he stood for Parliament, remained decidedly colourful.

Best film: The End Of The Line

It's a low-budget film, but it's made by people who are clearly very well informed. It was conceived by the environmental writer Charles Clover; you can feel, as you watch, that this is someone who's been intrepid in his research. It's a bit like a thriller.

Lib Dem MPs ordered to apologise over homes cash

Four Liberal Democrat MPs were ordered today to apologise to the House of Commons and repay money after an inquiry into cash they received from the landlord of taxpayer-funded second homes in Westminster.

Dolphins are stressed out by tourist boats

Wild dolphins are suffering at the hands of well-meaning tourists, say British experts.

Dolphin cull film 'lies', says Japan

Pro-whaling officials have reacted angrily to news that a documentary about a gruesome annual dolphin cull in a remote Japanese fishing town has bagged an Academy Award.

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