Republicans become climate change believers, unwelcome polar houseguests and the octogenarian Octopus Whisperer...
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Research suggests the majority of Republicans (64%) now believe in man-made climate change – a 15-point jump from 2015. Article
Polar bears are becoming unwelcome houseguests in Russia as they are pushed further south due to melting sea ice. Article
Flies and cockroaches are likely to surge in number as other bugs die off due to climate change, pesticide use and other factors. Article
If you think Brexit stinks, consider the effects of a No-Deal Brexit on the management of domestic and animal waste. Article
Namibian lions have adapted to hunting seals and seabirds. Article
Belgian kids march against climate change – why don't ours, ask Dutch. Article
And in facepalm news, an author asks why his book called ‘No. More. Plastic’ was wrapped in plastic. Article
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A Voice Above Nature: visualisation of humpback whale calls and the impact of noise pollution. Video
Species in pieces. Website
Bear or spiders? Video
"Deer find their way into a home to escape a storm..." Image
"I didn’t know moose got that big" Video
Theatrical hognose snake feigns death. Image
Chris Packham and Joe Harkness talk about the consolations of nature and it’s effect on mental health. Video
An oystercatcher helping its chick feed. Video
Cownose ray migration. Video
Balancing bird. Video
Very cute Pallas’ cat and kittens. Video
Animal penis bones. Thread
The Octopus Whisperer. Article
Should we eradicate mosquitos if we could? Article
The female Kenyan politicians who instated a national plastic bag ban. Podcast
The world through the eyes of an intensively farmed pig. Video
Twitter threats, abuse, murder: what women face defending the environment. Article
Embracing open data on plastic pollution. Article
End the Cage Age of intensively farmed animals. Petition
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Mysterious orcas found, long-lost large bee rediscovered, and wolves air-dropped for special mission...
School strike rolls on, wolf comeback stories, and what's a numbat? (Photo: Reddit)
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