The UK's barn owls are growing in number – and for once it's thanks to humans

Up to 80% of these distinctive birds now nest in man-made boxes, though encouraging them to set up home takes time, finds one Guardian writer My mum fist-pumped when I told her I had seen a barn owl using a nest box on our farm. She has been trying to…

'I raised hell': how people worldwide answered the call of World Oceans Day

From protecting fishing communities to regrowing coral reefs, Guardian readers and environmentalists share how they’re working to defend the oceanWorld Oceans Day, which took place on Monday, is marked by hundreds of beach cleans and events globally. Despite Covid-19 restrictions, environmentalists and readers from around the world shared how they are…

Coronavirus live news: US cases pass 2 million as Mexico confirms record daily infections

Brazil deaths near 40,000; Pence claims protests have not increased cases; Belgian Prince fined for going to party; Follow the latest updates US cases near 2 million Mexico confirms 4,883 coronavirus cases in new one-day record Global report: EU nations continue steady exits from lockdown Australia coronavirus updates – live…

US producers 'in tears' at having to cull livestock on their farms

With slaughterhouse capacity in crisis due to Covid-19, one farmer believes he has developed a more humane way of ‘depopulating’ animals Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs traumatised US farmers continue to cull their animals in response to the slaughterhouse crisis, an Iowan pig producer has developed an on-farm method which he…

Coronavirus live news: Argentina records more than 1,000 daily cases for first time

WHO official walks back asymptomatic transmission comments; world faces worst food crisis in 50 years; UK NHS waiting list could hit 10m Fauci: coronavirus pandemic that ‘took over the planet’ is far from over Burundi president dies of illness suspected to be coronavirus Argentina confirms more than 1,000 new cases…

England's 2 metre distancing rule still 'under review'

No change announced by Alok Sharma at No 10 briefing despite Boris Johnson’s desire to loosen rule Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The business secretary, Alok Sharma, has said the 2 metre distancing rule remains under review in England, despite the prime minister’s hope that his…

Bristol zoo warns it may never recover from coronavirus impact

Zoo is among many appealing to government to allow them to reopen as lockdown eases Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOne of the world’s oldest zoos has said it may never recover from the impact of the UK government’s decision not to allow it and other zoos to…

World faces worst food crisis for at least 50 years, UN warns

Governments urged to act to avoid disaster from recession caused by coronavirus Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe world stands on the brink of a food crisis worse than any seen for at least 50 years, the UN has warned as it urged governments to act swiftly to…

China raises protection for pangolins by removing scales from medicine list

Campaigners hope the move will help end global trade in the scaly anteater, identified as a possible host for Covid-19Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePangolin scales have been removed from an official 2020 listing of ingredients approved for use in traditional Chinese medicine in a move lauded by…

'She still lives!' Famed Yellowstone bear emerges from winter – with cubs

‘399’, at 24 one of the oldest grizzlies living outside a zoo, becomes symbol of bears’ recovery in Yellowstone ecosystemA few weeks ago, a nature photographer who lives near Yellowstone national park sent a four-word text message to Dr Jane Goodall, the British primatologist.“Miraculously, she still lives!” Continue reading… Source…

Coronavirus live news: lockdowns reduced infection rate by 81%, research shows

Study shows impact of restrictions; New Zealand has zero active cases; global cases pass 7 million, deaths pass 400,000 New Zealand declares it has no remaining coronavirus cases UK quarantine rules: ‘They didn’t even check my temperature’ Brazil stops releasing Covid-19 death toll and wipes data from official site After…

'More masks than jellyfish': coronavirus waste ends up in ocean

A glut of discarded single-use masks and gloves is washing up on shorelines and littering the seabedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageConservationists have warned that the coronavirus pandemic could spark a surge in ocean pollution – adding to a glut of plastic waste that already threatens marine life…

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