Rare Albino Squirrel Killed after Being Run over in Busy Street

Children were left in tears after an ultra-rare albino squirrel - said to be one of just 25 in the country - was mown down.
Locals have voiced their heartbreak following the animal's demise in Edinburgh.
The distinctive squirrel was well known in the area, The Scotsman reports.
But albino squirrels are believed to have sight and hearing problems, which can make them vulnerable to hazards.
One local told The Scotsman: "Our white squirrels have become quite famous, and people are always amazed to see them.

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'Biodegradeable' Plastic Balloons Are Killing Wildlife, Campaigners Warn

Plastic advertising balloons that blow away to sea are killing seabirds, seals and other wildlife, campaigners have warned.
Despite being sold as "biodegradable", the freebies handed out at local fetes and by big restaurant brands are often blown away miles to the coast.
"Dolphins, whales, turtles, seabirds and other animals have been killed by balloons," a Marine Conservation Society spokesman told Sky News.
"Animals swallow the balloons which can block their gut, causing them to starve.

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UK Government Urged Not to Bury Nuclear Waste under National Parks

The National Trust and 18 other conservation groups have urged ministers to rule out burying nuclear waste below national parks as fears grow that the Lake District is being eyed as a potential site.
In January, the government restarted its attempt to find a community willing to host such a facility after a previous search collapsed five years ago. Ministers have refused to exclude national parks from the process.
The green groups argued putting a nuclear dump under a national park would threaten the £6bn spent by millions of visitors.

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New research shows the world’s ice is doing something not seen before

In this warming world, some parts of the planet are warming much faster than others.  The warming is causing large ice bodies to start to melt and move rapidly, in some cases sliding into the ocean. 

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Pret a Manger sued in US for labelling products containing pesticides as 'natural'

Two lawsuits have been filed against the sandwich company Pret a Manger in the US, claiming it deceptively labelled and marketed breads as “natural” when they contained glyphosate.
The “false and misleading” practice suits come after it emerged that a teenager who was severely allergic to sesame died at London’s Heathrow airport in 2016, after eating an unlabelled Pret sandwich that contained the ingredient.

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'Horned Beast' Antelope ESCAPES from Brit Zoo – Police Issue 'Danger to Public Warning

The female mountain-dwelling West Caucasian tur broke free from Paignton Zoo earlier today.
Cops and zoological workers are hunting for the "horned beast".
Staff have warned the animal is probably "pretty stressed" and should not be approached by members of public.
It is reported the creature cleared a fence, left a quarry area and headed into nearby woodland.
It is believe the animal is in Clennan Woods at Goodrington behind the zoo in south Devon after it was spotted by zookeepers.

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Seabirds found with more than 250 pieces of plastic lodged in their stomachs

Scientists examining the devastating impact plastics are having on the world's oceans have identified seabirds with more than 250 man made objects lodged in their stomachs.
From bottle tops to pen lids, the flesh footed shearwaters are thought to consume more plastic than any other marine animal.
Often mistaking plastic objects floating in the sea for food, the adult birds pick them up and then feed them to their young, with disastrous consequences.

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Thousands March on Whitehall to Call for End to 'War on Wildlife'

Thousands of people marched to Whitehall on Saturday to demand the government invests in wildlife-friendly policies and swiftly reverses the decline of British ecosystems.
Protesters including Billy Bragg delivered a radical manifesto, co-edited by the broadcaster Chris Packham, to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The manifesto called for an end to the “war on wildlife” following the decline of more than half of British species in recent decades.

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Conservationists Warn UK Faces 'Ecological Apocalypse' as Native Species Go Extinct

Launching a People's Manifesto for Wildlife, broadcaster Chris Packham said the UK is witnessing a "mass extinction in our own backyards" due to a lack of regard for the environment - such as building roads and houses through natural habitats and using pesticides in farming.
A staggering 38,000 mountain hares have been killed on hunting estates across Scotland, and the manifesto warns the animals could become extinct in our lifetime.

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Florence Plows Inland, Leaving Five Dead, States Flooded

Florence plowed into the Carolinas and lumbered slowly inland on Friday, knocking down trees, gorging rivers, dumping sheets of rain and leaving five people dead before it was downgraded to a tropical storm still capable of wreaking havoc.
Though Florence’s shrieking winds diminished from hurricane force as it came ashore, forecasters said the sheer size of the 350-mile-wide storm and its painfully slow progress across North and South Carolina in the coming days could leave much of the region under water.

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