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Bramble Cay melomys is the first mammalian species declared extinct because of human-caused climate change. As of February 2019, the Australian government has officially moved this rodent, an inhabitant of a small sand island near the coast of Papua New Guinea, from the endangered list to extinct.

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According to NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), last year was the fourth hottest year on record since 1880 when the independent recording of temperatures first started. This makes the last five consecutive years, from 2014- 2018, the warmest period in the modern history.

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This week, in our combined environmental and research news round-up, we cover Stella McCartney's UN Sustainable Fashion Charter, beached whales in New Zealand and new moth species.

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Two thirds of pumpkins in UK wasted every Halloween, Hawaiian island swallowed up by intense hurricane and Cuadrilla fracking forced to stop after creating several earthquakes in our Environmental News of the Week.

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Investigations on corruption in the plastic recycling industry now ongoing, Italian fishery exposed of suffocating fish to death in filming and First Antarctic wildlife reserve backed by the UK government in our Environment News of the Week.

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Snowstorm in Nepal kills nine people on mountain expedition, fracking company Cuadrilla restarted fracking motions in Lancashire and new study suggests Western countries must reduce meat consumption by 90% to salvage climate change in our Environment News of the Week.

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Concern from conservationists as National Parks targeted for nuclear waste burial site, previously jailed anti-fracking activists fight back with a protest video and earthquake and tsunami hits Indonesia, leaving hundreds dead in our Environment News of the Week.

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Chris Packham’s initiative the People’s Walk for Wildlife was held over the weekend; several reports on the concerns of air pollution were released; market leaders such as Lidl and Co-op are changing their use of plastic bags; and other news concerns in Frontier's environmental news of the week.

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El Nino will be round again El Niño, the natural cyclical weather event, may be coming around again. This week, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) announced that there is a 70% chance of another El Niño by the end of 2018.

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Recent research has found that consumers are more concerned about the amount of plastic food packaging on products than how much they cost.

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