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Storm Brian to bring strong winds and heavy rain to UK and Ireland

Met Office issues yellow warning for strong winds as ‘weather bomb’ develops over Atlantic

A “weather bomb” that is forecast to form over the Atlantic on Thursday and bring wind and heavy rain to the UK on Saturday has become the second named storm of the season.

Storm Brian is forecast to bring strong winds over Wales, north-west England, and most of southern England on the first day of many pupils’ half-term holidays.

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Your best pictures of insects around the world

After a new study showed an alarming decline in insect populations we asked you to share your pictures of the creatures, in celebration of all they do for global ecosystems. Here are some of our favourites

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Wild in Walthamstow: Europe’s biggest urban wetlands opens

Europe’s biggest urban wetlands open on Friday. Few locals knew of it before but now they, and nature lovers everywhere, can enjoy this amazing bird reserve for free

Plus: Five great UK birdwatching sites

We’re strolling along Songbird Walk, beneath a row of waterside poplars very like ones Monet painted in Normandy. The October sky is grey but the footpath is lined with wildflowers: yellow gorse, purple knapweed, white campion. With a liquid twittering, a flock of goldfinches swoop overhead, then a clear, penetrating song bursts from the bushes to one side. “Ooh, a Cetti’s warbler,” says wetlands director Veronica Chrisp.

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Tesco stocks green satsumas in drive to reduce food waste

Supermarket says easy-peelers are ripe and edible but failed to turn usual orange colour due to hotter weather in Spain

Tesco has started selling “green” satsumas and clementines after relaxing its quality specifications in its latest attempt to reduce food waste.

The flesh inside is orange, ripe and edible, but as a result of recent warm weather in Spain the skins have failed to turn the normal colour.

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Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say

The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists.

Insects are an integral part of life on Earth as both pollinators and prey for other wildlife and it was known that some species such as butterflies were declining. But the newly revealed scale of the losses to all insects has prompted warnings that the world is “on course for ecological Armageddon”, with profound impacts on human society.

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