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A landfill site in Canterbury has started processing a 36 foot (11metre) juvenile fin whale that was washed up on the Kent shoreline this month.

Marine worms living in acidic conditions, set to increase with climate change, are more protective of their offspring than others who leave them to fend for themselves - and offer a glimpse into future ecological arrays as carbon's impact increases.

New research from the University of Southampton and international partners has uncovered the mystery of why large Triassic dinosaurs took more than 30 million years to populate the tropics.

Hydroelectric dams have been found to drastically reduce tropical forest biodiversity, despite being hailed as 'green' sources of renewable energy, research in Amazonia discovers.

New research by scientists in England has shown British frogs are not being infected with a deadly fungus carried by exposure to diseased colonies of feral African clawed frogs, until recently used worldwide to detect pregnancy in women.

Nearly 700 species of marine animal have been recorded as having encountered man-made debris such as plastic and glass according to the most comprehensive impact study in more than a decade.

Clinton Devon Estates, the biggest landowner on the lower River Otter, says it welcomes the awarding of license by Natural England to Devon Wildlife Trust for a five year trial reintroduction of beavers - returning to England after an absence since the 1700s. However, it says that the long-term success of the project will depend on landowners, local authorities and communities agreeing details of how their population and activities will need to be managed in the future.

A formerly blind Sumatran orangutan from a degraded forest surrounded by inhospitable palm oil plantations has just been returned to the wild after undergoing surgery, and giving birth to twins from a shotgun victim blind father at an orangutan care centre.

Scientists have discovered that mussels' shells could become more fragile as climate change causes oceans to become increasingly acidic, with disastrous results for both human fisheries and marine ecology.

The cycle of deforestation following slash and burn in tropical mountain rainforests can be halted, but the abandoned farmland needs to be brought back into use and backed by local farmers with a forestry and pasture combination, researchers based in Ecuador have discovered.

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