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Fast-moving wildfire near Big Sur spreads as more people are evacuated

Blaze grew overnight as more than 5,000 firefighters battle the wildfire Deadly fire has destroyed 57 homes and has prompted the evacuation of 300<p>Crews continued on Sunday to battle a massive wildfire near California’s Big Sur that is threatening thousands of homes, as another one broke out in …

San Francisco

The first ever FGM figures show nearly 6,000 new cases in England

By Lindsay Brown <i>Newsbeat reporter</i><p><b>The first ever recorded figures for female genital mutilation (FGM) show that between April 2015 and March 2016 there were 5,702 new cases in England.</b><p>The data was recorded by doctors and nurses who have been obliged to do so since July 2015.<p>Most of the women and …

Gender

Drought 'shuts down Amazon carbon sink'

<b>A recent drought shut down the Amazon Basin's carbon sink by killing trees and slowing trees' growth rates, a study has shown.</b><p>The term carbon sink refers to the ability of a natural zone to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere.<p>In the first basin-wide study of the impacts of the 2010 drought, data showed …

Climate Change

Share Take Care

Online security expert<p>Web sleuth Tom Ilube sprung a surprise on two mother and daughter pairs each with a passion for using social media. He caused a few raised eyebrows when he shared the information he gleaned from their online activity in just a couple of hours.<p>To make sure you don't share too …

Social Media

The Kenyan girls who fled their families to escape FGM

At least 200 million girls and women worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation, a practice which is now described by the UN as child abuse.<p>Kenya is one of the countries most affected one in five between the ages of 14 and 49 have been cut.<p>The BBC's Tulip Mazumdar visited the country to see …

Africa

FGM: 'More community funding needed' to maintain progress

<b>Community groups involved in an initiative to tackle female genital mutilation in England and Wales have warned that future progress could be threatened by a lack of local funding.</b><p>Over six years, the Tackling FGM Initiative has given £2.8m of funding to community-based prevention schemes.<p>It said in …

Female Genital Mutilation

Maasai cricketer kicks Kenya tradition to fight FGM

<b>A team of traditional Maasai cricketers in Kenya has broken with tradition to fight against female genital mutilation (FGM).</b><p>Some Maasai communities still believe that FGM - when parts of a girl's genitals are removed - should be continued as some see it as a cultural rite of passage marking when a …

Africa

FGM is child abuse, says UN Population Fund chief

<b>The head of the United Nations Population Fund has, for the first time, described female genital mutilation as "child abuse".</b><p>Dr Babatunde Osotimehin told the BBC that the custom was a human rights abuse and needed to end immediately.<p>More than 200 million women and girls around the world have …

Human Rights

Written Ministerial Statement by Edward Davey: Exploration for shale gas

13 December 2012<p>Shale gas development has been of increasing importance in the US for some years, but exploration has only just begun in the UK. The …

Government trying to fast-track fracking without public consent

The Government is attempting to fast-track fracking by doing away with the need for the public to be consulted before test drilling goes ahead.<p>The …

Government response: DECC responds to recent coverage on shale regulation

Over the last couple of days, some newspapers have been misreporting the regulation of the potential shale reserves that could play a key role in …

Oil & Gas Industry

Comments sought on recommendations from independent experts on shale gas and fracking

17 April 2012<p>DECC will today publish an independent expert report recommending measures to mitigate the risks of seismic tremors from hydraulic …

Official Statistics: Public Attitudes Tracking Survey: Wave 16

The sixteenth wave of data was collected between 9 December 2015 and 13 December 2015 using face-to-face in-home interviews with a representative …

Renewable Energy

Guidance: About shale gas and hydraulic fracturing (fracking)

<i>Updated:</i> Inforgaphic showing what approval checks would need to take place before a company can explore for shale gas.Shale gas activity in the UK is …

Oil & Gas Industry

Harnessing the potential of the UK’s natural resources: a fiscal regime for shale gas

As announced at Budget 2013, the government has published a consultation paper on proposals for a tax regime for shale gas. The shale gas industry is …

The Myths and Realities of Shale Gas Exploration

Introduction<p>It’s an honour to be here at the Royal Society today.<p>For over 350 years, the Society has served the common good.<p>Your Charter, updated and …

Davey: UK shale gas development will not be at expense of climate change targets

Secretary of State, Edward Davey, today made the case for the safe and responsible exploration of shale gas in the UK, in line with the UK’s climate …

Policy paper: 2010 to 2015 government policy: energy industry and infrastructure licensing and regulation

This policy paper shows the policy of the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government.Find out about the current government’s …

Press release: Government invests £25 million in game-changing green technologies

Windows that act as solar panels, an engine which runs on landfill emissions and Europe’s biggest battery are all a step closer to reality after …

Northern Ireland

Outcome of the strategic environmental assessment

I am pleased to inform the House of the outcome of the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) which has been conducted for further onshore …

Next steps for shale gas production

Large scale shale gas production by the 2020s could boost the UK’s energy security, contribute to economic growth, create thousands of jobs and …

All you need to know about Hinkley Point

<b>Hinkley Point is a sleeping giant of a project. And it has now been confirmed that a project announced nearly eight years ago will continue to sleep just a little longer.</b><p>At £24bn, it's the biggest and riskiest energy infrastructure project in British history and the decision as to whether it goes …

Liberal Democrats

Fracking adversaries gear up for the next round

<b>Lancashire County Council versus Downing Street hardly seems like a fair fight.</b><p>But these are the two protagonists in the next battle over fracking in the UK. There can only be one winner.<p>Earlier this year, councillors in Lancashire rejected Cuadrilla's application to drill a handful of shale gas …

Oil & Gas Industry

Diesel cars: Is it time to switch to a cleaner fuel?

<b>In the 1920s, pregnant women were encouraged to drink Guinness to increase their iron intake.</b><p>For decades we were all told to avoid fatty butter and eat synthetic margarine. Both pieces of health advice have since been discredited.<p>We are now learning that millions of motorists who've bought diesel …

World Health Organization

Is gas a weapon in the fight against climate change?

<b>The bosses of the four biggest polluting companies in history talking about how they can help solve global warming may seem like the height of hypocrisy.</b><p>Chevron, Exxon Mobil, BP and Shell are responsible for more than 10% of all greenhouse gases emitted since the industrial revolution, and yet here …

World Health Organization

UK energy mix: Where does our power come from?

<b>The energy we produce underpins pretty much everything we do.</b><p>Without it, there would be no artificial light, no long-distance communication, no mass transport or large-scale manufacturing. Facebook and Twitter would not even exist.<p>But how much of it do we use, and where does it come from?<p>In fact, …

North Sea

Understanding: Fracking

I’ve been seeing an increase of stories in the news recently about ordinary people rising up, and standing up against plans for fracking in their …

Dick Selley: A Short History Of Shale Gas | The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF)

<b>The UK’s first well to encounter shale gas was drilled in 1875 by the Subwealden Exploration Company. According to Sir Andrew Ramsay, then Director</b> …

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