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Full scale of plastic in the world's oceans revealed for first time

Over five trillion pieces of plastic are floating in our oceans says most comprehensive study to date on plastic pollution around the world<p>• Microplastic deposits found deep in world’s oceans<p>More than five trillion pieces of plastic, collectively weighing nearly 269,000 tonnes, are floating in the …

Apple Campus 2: the greenest building on the planet?

Apple claims its new California campus will be the ‘greenest building on the planet’, but the performance data doesn’t stack up<p>10 places vying for the title of greenest building on the planet<p>Jerry Yudelson, president of the Portland, Oregon-based Green Building Initiative, likens sustainable …

Philippines Typhoon Hagupit makes landfall as thousands flee

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1129000/1129756_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1525080245_57d81c77473e674f7ca991b333a14fa2<p><b>Typhoon Hagupit has made landfall in the town of Dolores in the eastern Philippines, the country's weather agency says.</b><p>The storm knocked out …

Natural Disasters

1,400 flood defence projects in England to receive funding

More than 1,400 flood defence projects are to receive funding to provide better protection from flooding for hundreds of thousands of homes.<p>The Treasury is detailing projects that will receive a share of the £2.3bn already earmarked for capital spending on flood defences over the next six years to …

Young Londoners flee capital for the regions

Ambitious thirtysomethings are leaving London in droves. Record numbers are turning their backs on the capital and flocking to England’s regional cities, according to an analysis of official data that suggests a significant exodus from London is under way.<p>Figures released by the Office for National …

Renewable energy overtakes nuclear as Scotland's top power source

Renewable energy in Scotland from wind farms, hydro power plants and other clean technologies provided the single largest source of electricity to the country for the first time, in the first half of 2014, new industry figures will show on Thursday.<p>Analysis by the trade body Scottish Renewables …

The $50 earthquake alarm that could save thousands of lives

<b>STORY HIGHLIGHTS</b><p>Grillo is a device that aims to bring a low-cost earthquake warning system to the masses in Mexico<br>• A number of major fault lines are situated along Mexico's Pacific Coast<br>• Some say a widespread program of public education is required so people know what to do when seismic activity …

Flood warnings as snow set to melt in north-eastern US

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1126000/1126225_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1525080244_284b96223bb6d407e4f475041128d97a<p><b>Snowfall in the north-east of the US has subsided, forecasters say, but there are now warnings of flooding as the snow melts.</b><p>Officials in New York state …

Weather

Are our buildings prepared for natural disasters bigger than hurricane Sandy?

When hurricane Sandy came to town, it blew through a slew of cracks in New York’s building infrastructure. Millions of people sat in the dark for days, many unable to wash their hands or flush their toilets. Backup generators, which sat in flooding basements, broke before they had a chance to help. …

Apocalypse now: horrifying scenes from our ravaged planet

Nightmare droughts, landfill in unimaginably idyllic places, and rivers suffocating with sewage. Six photographers have taken on the theme of scarcity or waste for the Syngenta photography award – and their results are chilling

Growth: the destructive God that can never be appeased

The blind pursuit of economic expansion stokes a cycle of financial crisis, and is wrecking our world. Time for an alternative<p>Another crash is coming. We all know it, now even David Cameron acknowledges it. The only questions are what the immediate catalyst will be, and when it begins.<p>You can take …

Giant batteries connected to the grid: the future of energy storage?

Across the world, efforts are underway to improve the way we store and distribute energy, as we move towards more sustainable but intermittent forms of energy generation, such as wind and solar power.<p>Improving the way we store energy is important for the UK’s energy security, as it will allow us to …

What's the environmental impact of modern war?

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has called on nations to do more to protect the environment from the devastation of war.<p>“The environment has long been a silent casualty of war and armed conflict. From the contamination of land and the destruction of forests to the plunder of natural resources and …

Catalan leader to step up independence push as 80% vote to split from Spain

Catalan leader Artur Mas vowed to step up the push for independence after early results from Sunday’s symbolic vote showed that four out of five voters in the region backed breaking away from Spain.<p>With more than 2m votes cast, Mas called the symbolic referendum a “lesson in democracy, spelled out …

Sea giants need urgent protection

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/1121000/1121078_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524789784_a9ded6d97d52b820384bba2cd194968b<p><b>The great predators of Britain's seas need protection from over-fishing, pollution, boat traffic and marine development, a report …

Marine Mammals

People living near windfarms to be offered stakes from £5 to counter opposition

People living near new windfarms will be able to buy a stake in them for as little as £5 under new plans, as part of a fightback by industry to win over opponents of wind turbines.<p>In a report produced for the Liberal Democrat energy and climate secretary, Ed Davey, renewable energy trade bodies, …

The 10 greatest changes of the past 1,000 years

In Europe, the last millennium has been shaped by successive waves of change, but which shifts, in which centuries, have really shaped the modern world? Historian Ian Mortimer identifies the 10 leading drivers of change<p>Ten of the worst years in British history<p>11th century: Castles<p>Most people think …

This politics of denial over immigration is feeding a growing inhumanity

We are indeed swamped. By stories about immigration. Someone somehow has decided that stories about immigrants are top of every news agenda at every hour.<p>We are under siege from great hordes of immigrants as we wave around our “lavish” benefits. They climb over huge fences erected to protect …

Earth, as Seen by Chris Hadfield

The retired astronaut presents the best snapshots he captured of our planet from space.<p>On Christmas Eve in 1968, the astronauts of Apollo 8 saw a sight hitherto unseen by human eyes: the Earth rising over the horizon of the moon. The photo that lunar module pilot William Anders took that day became …

How bad is the California drought?

A three-year drought has left the Golden State parched and brown, and scientists say it's only going to get worse<p>Across California, from the manicured lawns of Beverly Hills to sun-baked farmers' fields, they are praying for rain this winter.<p>But "El Nino," the weather phenomenon which sometimes …

Water

Child poverty up in more than half of developed world since 2008

Child poverty has increased in 23 countries in the developed world since the start of the global recession in 2008, potentially trapping a generation in a life of material deprivation and reduced prospects.<p>A report by Unicef says the number of children entering poverty during the recession is 2.6 …

While Didcot B burned, renewable energy powered on

Renewable energy, such as wind and solar power, is frequently criticised for being “unreliable”. But the major fire at RWE’s Didcot gas-fired power station on Sunday evening shows that traditional energy generation is also intermittent. Moreover, accidents at coal, gas and nuclear plants frequently …

Owen Paterson in 'lights out' warning over emissions target

<b>The government's energy policy will "fail to keep the lights on", the former environment secretary has said.</b><p>Owen Paterson also said climate change forecasts had been "consistently and wildly exaggerated".<p>The Conservative MP, replaced in July's ministerial reshuffle, criticised "blind adhesion" to …

Wind Power

Don't shy away from British values in schools - Morgan

<b>Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has told MPs that schools should not shy away from promoting "fundamental British values" to their pupils.</b><p>People with "different ideologies" would otherwise get theirs across, she told the Commons education committee.<p>In evidence on the Trojan Horse affair and …

United Kingdom

A Beautiful Map Of Tokyo's Extremely Complex Subway And Railway System

This one-eyed spaghetti monster is not the official map of the Tokyo, but one designed by Korean design studio Zeroperzero. It not only shows the …

China pollution levels hit 20 times safe limit

Visibility dropped dramatically as small pollutant particles reached dangerous levels in northern China’s Hebei province<p>Days of heavy smog shrouding swathes of northern China pushed pollution to more than 20 times safe levels on Friday, despite government promises to tackle environmental …

Earthquake hits south-west China

A strong earthquake has shaken south-west China, killing at least one person, damaging buildings and prompting thousands to camp outside as aftershocks continued to strike the area, officials have said.<p>The earthquake with a magnitude of at least 6.0 hit the Weiyuan city area of Yunnan province at …

China's one-child policy: the only child's view - in pictures

Reuters photographer Carlos Barria shot a series of portraits in Shanghai of people born since China’s one-child policy has been in existence and asked them if they would have like to have siblings.

Fracking: Gas leaks from faulty wells linked to contamination in some groundwater

A study has pinpointed the likely source of most natural gas contamination in drinking-water wells associated with hydraulic fracturing, and it's not …