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Puan, oldest known Sumatran orangutan, dies in Australia

The world’s oldest known Sumatran orangutan has died in an Australian zoo aged 62, leaving behind 54 descendants. Puan, described as the “grand old lady” of Perth Zoo, was euthanised on Monday due to age-related complications. She had been at the zoo since 1968, and was officially recognised by Guinness …

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‘It would leave one speechless…it is appalling’ – Undercover filming reveals evidence of long-term illegal dumping at huge facility

An undercover investigation into illegal dumping across Ireland has revealed that huge amounts of waste have been left in authorised sites. During the six month research, RTE Investigates found that the country’s waste industry is policed by an inadequate regulatory regime. The Western Seaboard and the route of the Wild …

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Three dead and more than 200 reported injured in Japan earthquake

Three killed in Japan by falling walls, furniture in 6.1 quake No irregularities reported at nuclear plants Panasonic, Daihatsu halted production at factories TV footage shows house on fire, burst water mains A magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook Osaka, Japan’s second-biggest metropolis, early on Monday morning, killing three people, halting factory …

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One in five UK mammals at risk of extinction

  The red squirrel, the wildcat, and the grey long-eared bat are all facing severe threats to their survival, according to new research. They are among 12 species that have been put on the first “red list” for wild mammals in the UK. The Mammal Society and Natural England study …

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ESB plots massive Scottish windfarm

The ESB has unveiled plans for a massive 91 megawatt windfarm in Scotland. The State-owned electricity business has formed a partnership with wind developer Coriolis Energy and the companies are working on a number of projects in that country. Renewables trade publication ‘ReNews’ said the ESB has kicked off a …

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What do slugs hate? Home remedies put to the test

Home remedies used by gardeners to deter slugs and snails are to be tested scientifically for the first time. Researchers at the Royal Horticultural Society are investigating whether the likes of egg shells and copper have any effect in keeping slugs away. The RHS is starting scientific trials of five …

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