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Wildlife 
Freshwater pearl mussels
Mussels colony wiped out after Delphi Bridge Repairs
Ireland's largest colony of rare freshwater pearl mussels, in the Bundorragh River in County Mayo, may have been destroyed because of repair works on a bridge near Delphi Bridge, a well known fishing retreat.
Salmon and trout stocks in rivers ‘almost gone’
Salmon and trout stocks in West Cork rivers "are almost gone" due to fish farming around Bantry Bay, according to a former National Parks and Wildlife Services manager.
Badger culling to continue despite low TB rate
The culling of badgers to combat bovine TB is to continue even though the numbers getting the disease are at their lowest since the eradication programme began in the 1950s, said Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney.
Listowel's wildlife gets on the map
Listowel Tidy Towns group plans to identify and map the wildlife and biodiversity of the town and its environs as part of an effort to raise the awareness and appreciation of local natural amenities.
Deer night-vision cameras in Welsh forests as culling increases
The number of wild deer being culled in Wales has doubled in the past five years, according to officials.
High noon for mackerel talks
The Scottish Government is billing tomorrow’s talks as the last chance to secure international agreement for the sustainable fishing of the North East Atlantic mackerel stock during 2012.
White-tailed sea eagles 'teachers' appointed
RSPB Scotland has made appointments to two new posts it has created to improve knowledge in schools of white-tailed sea eagles.
Feeding study could save wild birds
Research at farms, including one in East Yorkshire, could pave the way for farmers to be paid for feeding starving wild birds.
British Isles
Planning reforms would not promote growth
Proposals to reform Britain's planning system would have little or no impact in promoting economic growth and could undermine public well-being, a report commissioned by conservation charities claims today.
Big Society could threaten biodiversity conservation
Plans to devolve central government responsibilities could put biodiversity conservation at risk, according to new research.
National Trust comes out against 'public menace' of wind farms
The National Trust is now "deeply sceptical" of wind power, its chairman said as he launched an outspoken attack on the "public menace" of turbines destroying the countryside.
HS2 rail scheme protest group warns of legal action
Protest groups against the HS2 rail project have sent the government a formal letter warning they will take legal action unless it is stopped.
Stream project to help boost wildlife
The path of a stream that runs through a nature reserve in Old Basing could be diverted as part of a £26,000 improvement scheme.
Urgent funding is required to prevent flood 'catastrophe' in Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire's coastline is under threat – so much so that flooding poses the second largest risk to the entire country.
Ed Davey throws weight behind green energy by opening giant UK windfarm
The new energy secretary, Lib Dem MP Ed Davey, will face down the growing army of renewable power critics inside the coalition by making his first major outing a visit to a wind project.
Grant for marine education scheme on the South coast
Two wildlife trusts on the South coast have been awarded a grant of £412,400 to educate the public about the diversity of natural marine habitats.
Marram grass grown at North Burlingham is heading north to Tyneside dunes
About 268,000 hardy grass plants cultivated outside Norwich will soon be replanted 300 miles away to help bolster coastal dunes on Tyneside.
Global
Monsanto
Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning in France
A French court on Monday declared U.S. biotech giant Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer, a judgment that could lend weight to other health claims against pesticides.
Overfishing 'costs EU £2.7bn each year'
Overfishing of EU fisheries is costing £2.7bn (3.2bn euros) a year and 100,000 jobs, a report has said.
'Extinct' wallaby goes back on show
A wallaby species classed as extinct in the Australian wild until recently has been reintroduced and put back on public show.
Honeybees tell hornet predators to buzz off
Asian honeybees signal to their enemies - bee-eating hornets - to let them know they have been spotted.
The great South Georgia rat crisis
'Wanted: one Pied Piper for mass rat-luring operation. Must like travel."
Hurricanes deliver fatal blows to wind turbines
Gone with the wind? Hurricanes could destroy the offshore wind farms the US is planning to build in the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico.
Whales not slaves because they are not people
A US federal judge has thrown out an animal rights group's lawsuit accusing SeaWorld of enslaving captive killer whales, ruling that orcas have no standing to seek the same constitutional rights as people.
Greens call for whaling spy boat
A federal government vessel would be sent to spy on foreign whaling ships that enter Australian waters, under a private bill from Greens leader Bob Brown.
Rare slender-billed vulture sighted in Terai
A slender-billed vulture, which is on the verge of extinction, has been sighted by ornithologists in Terai area of Kheri.
Climate
Soil erosion increasing global warming threat: UNEP
Global warming will get worse as agricultural methods accelerate the rate of soil erosion, which depletes the amount of carbon the soil is able to store, a United Nations' Environment Programme report said on Monday.
Fish of Antarctica threatened by climate change
A Yale-led study of the evolutionary history of Antarctic fish and their "anti-freeze" proteins illustrates how tens of millions of years ago a lineage of fish adapted to newly formed polar conditions -- and how today they are endangered by a rapid rise in ocean temperatures.
EU open to negotiations but won’t scrap airline carbon emissions tax
Europe is willing to discuss its new carbon emissions tax for airlines with disgruntled governments but has no plans to scrap the levy, top EU officials said Monday.
Carbon capture to net €1bn of infrastructure funds
Experimental technology to capture, store and bury carbon emissions in geological formations is in line to receive a payout of as much as €1.37 billion from the EU’s energy infrastructure package, EurActiv has learned.
Grid blackout threat weighs on renewables take up
After years of trying to persuade sceptics, the renewable energy industry continues to face an uphill battle in convincing power producers that integrating more renewable energies like wind and solar will not put the electricity grid in jeopardy.
UK wants sustained cuts to solar panel tariffs
The UK government on Thursday recommended slashing subsidies for solar panels on homes from July 1 after a boom in installations last year nearly exhausted its support budget.
Scientists melt mystery over icecaps and sea levels
U.S. scientists using satellite data have established a more accurate figure of the amount of annual sea level rise from melting glaciers and ice caps which should aid studies on how quickly coastal areas may flood as global warming gathers pace.
Melting glaciers on the Himalayas not contributing to sea level rise
The Himalayas has lost no significant ice over the past decade, according to a new study, that found melting ice from glaciers is having a much smaller effect on sea levels than previously thought.