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British adventurer and extreme athlete Ash Dykes, from North Wales, has just arrived at his first major milestone during Mission Yangtze, his third world-first record attempt to walk the entire 4,000 mile length of the Yangtze river in China - one the world’s genuine and last remaining world-firsts.

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A new report has pointed to a bleak future for many of the world’s killer whales (orcas). In fact, it says that at least half of the world’s population are likely to become extinct because polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are still leaking into the world’s oceans, despite having been banned by the US in 1978 and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants in 2001.

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Nearly 50 streets in London will be reclaimed for play and for encouraging stronger communities on World Car Free Day tomorrow. Air pollution is now a major problem in the world's cities. In the UK alone, poor air quality is a factor in over 40,000 premature deaths each year.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday proposed doubling the 5p charge on plastic bags to 10p. She also suggested that the charge should be extended to all shops, rather than just the larger stores (companies that have 250 or more employees) that currently have to charge for bags. Several of the large supermarket chains have already moved over to only offering 10p ‘bags for life’, rather than 5p single use bags.

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The first ever systematic analysis of the impacts of humans on our oceans has discovered that a maximum of just 13% can still truly be called ‘wilderness’ areas. The report from the University of Queensland, Australia and the Wildlife Conservation Society has found that almost all of the areas that are still free from the damaging impacts of human beings are at the Poles and in the most remote parts of the Pacific Ocean.

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There’s no doubt about it, it’s hot out there! We are likely to see the hottest temperature of 2018 so far somewhere in the UK later this week. There is even talk of the hottest ever UK temperature being recorded in the coming weeks, beating Faversham, Kent’s 2003 record of 38.5℃ (101.3℉). June 2018 was among the top five hottest and driest ever seen in the UK, with provisional data showing that some counties may have had their driest June ever recorded: Dorset 2.0mm (4% of average), Essex 1.7mm (4% of average) and Middlesex just 0.7mm (2% of average). Our normally green countryside is turning to shades of yellow and brown as we roast in the summer heatwave.

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Recent research in which over 10,000 drivers were polled by UK motoring organisation the AA has found that half of 25-34 year-olds would like to own an electric car. 40% of those aged 18-24 and 35-44 agree with them. This figure dropped to just 25% among the over 65s. Overall, 31% of those questioned said they would like to own an electric vehicle.

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