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Contrails: the jet streams wrapped around the planet are broad rivers of wind often thousands of kilometres long, shifting between north and south as seasons change. Illustration: Michael Viney

This atmospheric wind powers so much of our cloudscape – and is bringing extreme weather to both sides of the Atlantic Ocean

Delightfully alternative: Carabus problematicus, widespread on Ireland’s mountain heaths and moraines. Illustration: Michael Viney

Beetles are farmers’ friends, a sign of insect diversity and great recyclers of nutrients

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Still frozen: the fjord at Klaegbugt, in Germania Land, in northeastern Greenland. Illustration: Michael Viney

Meltwater lakes are forming beneath ice as global warming accelerates

The stoat: distinctly Irish. Illustration: Michael Viney

DNA evidence indicated array of animals now recognised as distinctly Irish

Goldcrest: unafraid when picked up
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Pea thief: a slippery-sided bucket will foil the wood mouse. Illustration: Michael Viney

I’ve rushed the spring a little, but how good it feels to be surrounded by green again

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