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Europe's winter warmth puts nature in tailspin

BORDEAUX/ ROME (AFP) - The daffodils are out in London, plum trees are blossoming in Milan and asparagus tips are pushing through the soil in eastern France. Across Europe, unseasonably warm winter weather has left the natural world in a spin with plants, insects and animals convinced spring must be just around the corner. The disruption of established weather patterns has put strawberries on festive menus in France, ensured an abundance of game in Germany's woodlands and seen tomatoes ripen for an exceptional third time this year on Italian balconies. With grass still growing in the north of Scotland well into December, the famous Royal Dornoch links put the traditional switch to winter greens on hold and kept its mowers buzzing into the final days of 2015. But alongside the serendipitous consequences for gourmets and golfers, unusual climatic conditions have also been li...

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