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Ash tree disease puts wildlife at risk

A disease severely threatening millions of Britain’s ash trees could have significant knock-on effects on wildlife, from moths to wood mice, it emerged yesterday.

Two pesticides 'causing decline of bumblebees'

The combination of two pesticides commonly used on UK fields can have damaging effects on the behaviour of bumblebees and cause their colonies to collapse, new research by British scientists has found.

Double dose of pesticide poses new danger for bumblebees

Government study suggests long-term exposure to chemicals can destroy colonies

Revealed: The secrets of UK's migrating painted lady butterfly population

The secrets of the UK's migrating painted lady butterfly population have been revealed by scientists who have discovered where they go in autumn.

Collected Poems, By Vladimir Nabokov. Penguin Classics, £20

In his wonderful autobiography Speak, Memory, Vladimir Nabokov looks to the summer of 1914 and records that it was at this moment that "the numb fury of verse-making came over me". "A moment later", he writes, "my first poem began." It does seem to be true that the summer of 1914 marked the inaugural moment of Nabokov's poetic career – a career occluded by the shining heights of his fiction. It flickered into life with the shimmering poem "Music", published in this elegant volume for the first time, and now we have his earliest works.

The Unfinished Swan – Review

Fifty shades of black and white.
Pringles has released a triumvirate of festive flavours in the US

US cinnamon addiction claims a new victim

Pringles has released a triumvirate of festive flavours in the US. This Christmas there will be pumpkin pie, white chocolate and peppermint – and sugar and sodding cinnamon.

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Taj opens its newest Vivanta resort in Kerala tomorrow. Madikeri Coorg, in the Western Ghats, is close to nature walks, an elephant sanctuary and monastery. Vivantabytaj.comVivantabytaj.com

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Malaria kills zoo penguins

Six Humboldt penguins died in an outbreak of malaria at London Zoo, it was revealed yesterday. The birds contracted the avian strain of the disease from mosquitoes in August.

Man dies after eating dozens of bugs and worms in a live cockroach-eating contest

A man has died after winning a live cockroach-eating competition in Florida.

Man dies after bug-eating contest

A 32 year-old man crunched dozens of cockroaches and worms as part of a bug-eating contest, then collapsed and died minutes later, CNN reports.

Soggy summer hits Sinclair

Record downpours that kept green-fingered enthusiasts out of the garden this summer have sent demand for compost plunging and triggered a profit warning from the horticultural specialist William Sinclair.

Facing disaster: the little things that rule the world

A startling 20 per cent of world's invertebrates, including insects and worms, are now endangered

Alan Bissett: The Red Hourglass, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Here's a Spider-Man reboot with a difference. Over the course of a hypnotic hour, Scottish Writer of the Year Alan Bissett weaves together a series of compelling, odd little monologues, performed in character as various species of spider.

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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

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And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

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The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
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Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn