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COP21: Climate deal 'final draft' reached in Paris

<b>Organisers of the climate talks in Paris say a final draft text has been reached after nearly two weeks of intensive negotiations.</b><p>An official in the office of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told the AFP news agency the draft would be presented to ministers at 10:30 GMT.<p>No details of the …

COP21: Carbon emissions 'to stall or even decline' this year

<b>Global emissions of carbon dioxide are likely to stall and even decline slightly this year, new data suggests.</b><p>Researchers say it is the first time this has happened while the global economy has continued to grow.<p>The fall-off is due to reduced coal use in China, as well as faster uptake of …

Is there an economic case for tackling climate change?

<b>What is the economic case for tackling climate change? And if that case can be made, what's the best way of going about it?</b><p>And, yes, this is all based on the assumptions that policy makers are taking with them to the Paris conference: that the climate is warming due at least partly to human …

David Cameron condemns Russia's strikes in Syria

<b>Russia's military intervention in Syria is helping to support the "butcher" President Bashar al-Assad, David Cameron has said.</b><p>The prime minister said Russian forces were not discriminating between Islamic State militants and others fighting the Syrian president.<p>Earlier, Defence Secretary Michael …

Delay for Swansea's £1bn tidal energy lagoon

Work to build a £1bn tidal energy lagoon in Swansea Bay has been delayed until 2017 as negotiations over the level of UK government funding for the project continue.<p>The Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP) project received backing from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in June.<p>TLP said it had …

Guatemala mudslide leaves hundreds missing

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Hurricane Joaquin strengthens as it nears Bahamas

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Jaywick and Middlesbrough most deprived areas in England

<b>A seaside village in Essex is the most deprived neighbourhood in England, government figures show.</b><p>Jaywick, near Clacton, was found to be the country's most deprived area, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has reported.<p>It found the Middlesbrough council area had the highest …

Plastic in fish highlights need for cleaner Thames

<b>Up to three-quarters of fish sampled from the River Thames have been found to have plastic fibres in their gut.</b><p>The Royal Holloway study was small and looked at just two species - but it highlights, say scientists, the pressing issue of plastic waste in London's great waterway.<p>The Port of London …

The Big One more likely, earthquake forecast indicates

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Scientists have come up with a new forecast estimating the chances of earthquakes in California, and they say the probability of a strong magnitude-8 quake has grown since the last assessment seven years ago.<p>Researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey and other organizations …

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Antarctic ice kept with chips and peas in Bourne

<b>How does Antarctic ice destined for vital climate research end up in a massive fridge in Lincolnshire - next to bags of frozen peas and oven chips?</b><p>Scientists at the Cambridge-based British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have been shipping back samples from the Antarctic Peninsula for 35 years, but with …

Some sections of the San Andreas Fault system in San Francisco Bay Area are locked, overdue

Four urban sections of the San Andreas Fault system in Northern California have stored enough energy to produce major earthquakes, according to a new …

Germany dominance over as demographic crunch worsens

Germany's workforce will shrink by 6m over the next 15 years, declining even faster than Japan's<p>Germany’s birth rate has collapsed to the lowest level in the world and its workforce will start plunging at a faster rate than Japan's by the early 2020s, seriously threatening the long-term viability …

Most glaciers in Mount Everest area will disappear with climate change – study

About 5,500 glaciers could disappear or drastically retreat by the end of the century with severe impacts on farming and hydropower, say scientists<p>Most of the glaciers in the Mount Everest region will disappear or drastically retreat as temperatures increase with climate change over the next …

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Himalayan 'drop after Nepal quake'

<b>The height of a swathe of the Himalayas has dropped by around one metre as a result of the devastating Nepal earthquake, scientists say.</b><p>But they add that the drop will roughly be balanced by slow uplift due to tectonic activity.<p>And they have yet to analyse satellite images of the region in which …

Thailand flood threat inspires rising house idea

With many scientists predicting a rise in sea and river levels due to climate change, many areas previously thought safe from flooding are now under threat.<p>In Thailand, floods four years ago caused billions of dollars of damage and left more than 360 people dead.<p>But one Thai architect believes he …

Nepal quake: Why are some tremors so deadly?

<b>On 1 April, 2014, a Magnitude 8.2 earthquake rocked northern Chile. Six people died, 2,500 homes were damaged and 80,000 people were displaced. Just over one year later, a M7.8 earthquake strikes Nepal. Over 6,200 people (and counting) have been killed, entire towns and villages flattened and</b> …

Chile's Calbuco volcano erupts for third time in eight days

Calbuco volcano in southern Chile has erupted for a third time in eight days, after 54 years of inactivity.<p>The latest eruption has led to the evacuation of 2,500 people, some of whom had just returned to their homes following the previous eruptions.<p>Gideon Long reports.

Nepal earthquake: 'Shattered bodies and communities'

One of the biggest challenges facing relief agencies in Nepal is how to get help and supplies to those most in need.<p>The Nepalese government has been criticised for its lack of organisation in distributing the aid.<p>Many rescue and medical teams have been frustrated at the chaos and confusion.<p>Justin …

Why Nepal is so vulnerable to quakes

<b>The pictures emerging from the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, are shocking.</b><p>Durbar square, a Unesco World Heritage Site, has been reduced to rubble. The famous Dharahara Tower has been toppled to leave just a stump.<p>Nepal is used to quakes – this is one of the most seismically active regions in the …

The Ruins of Nepal

Nepalis started fleeing their devastated capital of Kathmandu on April 27 after Saturday's earthquake killed more than 3,700 people and toppled entire city blocks. The United Nations has launched a massive aid operation, but severed communications and landslides in the Himalayan nation pose …

Nepal earthquake: 'Nine out of 10 soldiers' in rescue mission

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Timeline: Nepal earthquakes

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UK weather: 'Polar plume' set to blow in from the Arctic

Forecasters warn overnight temperatures will plunge below freezing, bringing snow, hail and gale force winds to Britain<p>Britain is set to be battered by hail, snow and gale force winds as a “Polar plume” blows in from the North Pole this week, putting Spring firmly on hold.<p>Last week’s balmy …

Aftershocks hinder rescue efforts as Nepal quake death toll passes 2,500

Photograph: Manish Swarup/AP<p>A Chinese rescue team with sniffer dogs wait at the site of a building damaged in Saturday’s earthquake in Kathmandu.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/4/26/1430053768096/e90633b1-9c61-48a5-8845-9fa58abfebc7-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: …

Nepal earthquake: Death toll passes 1,000

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Nepal earthquake: Hundreds die, many feared trapped

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Why we shouldn’t judge a country by its GDP

Gross Domestic Product has become the yardstick by which we measure a country’s success. But, says Michael Green, GDP isn’t the best way to measure a …

Volcano Erupts in Chile: Pictures

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Japanese population falls to 15-year low

The total has shrunk for the fourth year running, falling back to a level it was last at in 2000, with more than one in four people now aged 65 or older<p>Japan’s population has shrunk for the fourth year running, falling back to a level it was last at in 2000, the government said. More than one in …