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The British Isles are packed with natural landmarks that serve as iconic references for national tourism campaigns and picturesque settings for feature films, none more so than our stunning chalk landscapes, says Keith Wilson
The prestigious photography awards to go on display in some of the world’s top-ranked hotels
The discovery of a slow-motion earthquake near Istanbul, which took place in 2016, raises the question of how these lesser-known events interact with more deadly natural disasters
The 2014 to 2016 marine heatwave, which took place off the coast of California, saw an unprecedented number of southern tropical species migrate north
Marco Magrini discovers that hydrogen is back, but hopefully not with a bang
 A ten-year analysis of chimpanzees has revealed that the presence of humans diminishes behavioural diversity, leading to calls for a new approach to conservation
The return of the pine marten to UK forests has been celebrated as a win for the red squirrel, but some scientists advise caution
A project in Orkney is converting excess wind energy into hydrogen to address a country-wide problem
Mountains provide a dramatic sight at the best of times, and no time is better than early spring, says Keith Wilson
A surge in reports of dead hares has resulted in the discovery of a hidden disease in UK populations
Four scientists have banded together to make the case against the farming of octopuses, arguing that these intelligent cephalopods are wholly unsuited to life in captivity
As planetary oil consumption hits the 100-million-barrel mark Marco Magrini looks at an industry that is still thriving due to high demand
A ship that ran aground early in February has been leaking oil into the water surrounding a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Solomon Islands for more than a month
Two whale populations on either side of the African continent have been found to share passages of song

The ideas of March

March traditionally heralds the beginning of spring, a time of great change in the natural world, and great opportunities for the budding nature photographer, says Keith Wilson
An innovative project to utilise Laos’ elephant experts in service of protecting the country’s natural treasures is waiting on just one thing – government approval
Despite common belief that Antarctica is vastly uninhabited, humans are now taking up so much space on the continent that they are beginning to pose threats to wildlife and nature
Javan rhinos survived the recent Krakatoa tsunami, but the species might not be so lucky next time

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