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UK flood warnings in place across Britain after further rainfall

Environment Agency posts 147 warnings in England and Wales after heavy downpours

Almost 150 flood warnings remain in place across Britain after more heavy rain fell overnight.

While the Met Office has forecast the heavy downpours will ease on Friday, wet weather on Thursday night has increased the number of flood warnings.

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Plastic substitute from fish waste hauls in Dyson award for UK designer

Lucy Hughes, 24, wins £30,000 international prize for compostable MarinaTex

A bioplastic made of organic fish waste that would otherwise end up in landfill – with the potential to replace plastic in food and drink packaging – has landed its UK designer a prestigious international award and £30,000 prize.

Lucy Hughes, 24, a graduate in product design from the University of Sussex, scooped the James Dyson award for her biodegradable and compostable material known as MarinaTex.

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Nature photographer of the year 2019 - in pictures

From mystical woodlands to majestic whales, here are the winners and runners-up of this year’s competition. They were recently announced at the Nature Talks photo festival in the Netherlands

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Climate crisis will affect lifelong health of young, warn doctors

Lancet Countdown tracks impacts of global heating covering disease, wildfires and malnutrition

The climate crisis will determine the lifelong health of today’s children, doctors have warned, noting that global heating was already causing harm.

Children are especially vulnerable and the global team of researchers say rising temperatures mean the bacteria causing deadly diarrhoea will thrive while poorer crop yields could lead to more malnutrition.

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'An apocalypse happened': Venice counts cost of devastating floods

Businesses and residents say they feel helpless as they brace for next high tides

As tourists posed for selfies at St Mark’s Square on Wednesday evening, shop owners mopped the floors of their premises and cleared debris while assessing the cost of the damage caused by record high tides.

“An apocalypse happened,” said Antonella Rossi, who owns a handmade jewellery shop under the portico that surrounds the square.

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