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Scotland's only resident killer whale colony faces extinction due to illegal chemicals in the sea

Scotland's unique resident pod of killer whales will become extinct within two decades as they cannot reproduce due to high levels of illegal chemicals found in the waters along the west coast, scientists have revealed.

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Scientists, conservationists: Give Nobel Peace Prize to Jane Goodall

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Largely banned industrial chemicals could wipe out killer whales, study warns

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Great Barrier Reef scientists told to focus on projects to make government look good

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All hype, no help: B.C. draws ire from scientists over caribou plan

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