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Red tape halts mosquito wonder spray

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Grace Boyle: Climate change in Kerala

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Dom Joly: Crawling through Canada in a snail on wheels

I am writing this in an RV park somewhere in the middle of the Canadian Rockies.

Malaria: The holiday bug with a lethal sting

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The cause

Help the National Trust preserve the Giant's Causeway, off the coast of Northern Ireland, for future generations. The new appeal hopes to raise more than £2m towards its upkeep. To donate or adopt a virtual stone, go to agiantcause.com.

Mosquito evolves into threat to Galapagos wildlife

Fears that insect could spread disease to islands' rare indigenous animals

Breakthrough in fight against malaria

Killer bites are caused by older insects – so scientists have developed a pesticide that attacks only them

The Dolphin People, By Torsten Krol

The Dolphin People is a great big tidal wave of a book that will pick you up and whisk you along for the two or three days that it takes to read. You'll read it in bed, at breakfast and on the bus.

Dengue fever epidemic hits Queensland resort

The popular holiday destination of north Queensland has been gripped by an epidemic of dengue fever, the debilitating and sometimes fatal disease more usually associated with Third World countries.

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