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The week in wildlife – in pictures

Firebugs in Russia, monkeys in India and penguin visitors in a New Zealand sushi shop

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Why we're tackling the Etape du Tour despite our breast cancer

Our conditions have forced us to temper our expectations, but my friend and I won’t let them stop us pursuing what we love

A breakaway is a cycling term that refers to an individual or a small group of cyclists who have successfully opened a gap ahead of the peloton, the main group of cyclists. On 21 July, two of us are plotting a breakaway from the disease that hangs over our daily lives by tackling one of the most challenging amateur cycling events.

The Etape du Tour, which has been running since 1993, is a chance for amateur cyclists to test their mettle on a stage of the Tour de France, riding on the same routes and under the same conditions as the professionals.

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Carbon calculator: how taking one flight emits as much as many people do in a year

Even short-haul flights produce huge amounts of CO2, figures show

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Britons urged to help record influx of painted lady butterflies

High numbers have reached UK in past six weeks and many of their offspring will emerge during Big Butterfly Count

Wildlife lovers are being urged to help record the greatest influx of painted lady butterflies for a decade as part of the world’s largest butterfly survey.

Unusually high numbers of the migratory butterfly have flown into Britain from continental Europe in the last six weeks and some of their offspring will emerge during the Big Butterfly Count, which starts on Friday.

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Great Barrier Reef authority urges 'fastest possible action' on emissions

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority says ‘further loss of coral is inevitable’

The federal agency that manages the Great Barrier Reef has made an unprecedented call for urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, warning only the “strongest and fastest possible action” will reduce the risks to the natural wonder.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has published a climate position statement that says the reef is already damaged from warming oceans and it is “critical” global temperature rises remain within 1.5 degrees.

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