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Wildlife 
Salmon
Extinction fears as salmon disappear
Atlantic salmon that travel thousands of miles to swim up a West river could become extinct there within three years, environmentalists have warned.
Charity appeal to help our partridges survive
A Fordingbridge conservation charity is issuing a seasonal appeal for landowners to create insect habitats to save the grey partridge.
Finches feeding on kitchen scraps
As the old year gives way to the new, a sudden frost grips the land, coating every surface with a thin layer of white.
'Elusive' brainless fish discovered in waters off Scotland
A brainless and faceless fish was one of 15 rare species discovered during a series of marine surveys this year.
British Isles
Anger after four out of five major wind farms approved by ministers
Campaigners say they have little faith in the Scottish Government listening to local opinion after figures showed only five major wind farm applications have been turned down in the last four years.
Huge new wind turbine planned that will "ruin view of Severn"
Controversial proposals could bring a huge wind turbine to the mouth of the Severn estuary.
UK issues offshore drilling licences
The UK government has awarded 46 new exploratory drilling licences to firms, including Shell and Centrica, looking for oil and gas.
Volunteers give £1m to the Trust
The National Trust for Scotland has announced that its army of more than 3000 volunteers have made a contribution of more than £1 million this year.
University to cut 'unique' degree
Conservationists have criticised plans by the University of Birmingham to cut one of the only courses of its kind in the country.
Global

Amazon
Amazon rainforest imperiled in gold rush

Record gold prices are claiming an unlikely victim: the lush, spectacularly biodiverse rainforests of the Peruvian Amazon.
‘Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg regions seriously impacted by mining, power projects'
The Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP) has called for a “careful cumulative impact analysis of various development activities” in the plains and coastal regions of Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts of Maharashtra.
Timor Bush-warbler rediscovered
There had been no confirmed field observations of Timor Bush-warbler Bradypterus timorensis since two specimens were collected on Mount Mutis, West Timor, in 1932.
New horned viper found in "secret" spot
Matilda's horned viper, a new snake species, regards the camera with a steady stare.
Climate
UK investment in green energy stagnates at £2.5bn
UK investment in green energy failed to pick up significantly in 2011, reflecting difficult economic circumstances and uncertainty over government policy.
Plants show effects of climate change
The effects of climate change are now becoming commonplace and it is amazing how quickly we come to accept them.
Greener energy will cost £4,600 each a year
The Coalition's plans to convert Britain to green energy would cost the country the equivalent of £4,600 per person a year, according to official forecasts.
Airlines face EU pollution bill from New Year
Airlines will have to buy pollution permits to fly in Europe from January 1 under a disputed EU system to fight climate change, but slumping carbon market prices could make the bill less painful.
US sets extreme weather records in 2011
Extreme weather cut a path of destruction across the United States in 2011.