Robin Newman

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Migration from EU to UK lowest for four years, ONS figures show

<b>The number of people moving to the UK from EU countries was the lowest it has been for nearly four years in 2017.</b><p>But there was a rise in those coming from outside the EU, the Office for National Statistics said, with net migration the highest since 2011.<p>Overall net migration, the difference between …

Human Geography

Huge iceberg threatens Greenland village

<b>A huge iceberg has drifted close to a village in western Greenland, prompting a partial evacuation in case it splits and the resulting wave swamps homes.</b><p>The iceberg is looming over houses on a promontory in the Innaarsuit village but is grounded and did not move overnight, local media say.<p>Local …

Global Warming

Japan floods: Military airlift people to safety from flood waters

Parts of western Japan hit by deadly floods and landslides face unprecedented danger, officials warn, with more downpours expected.<p>Scores of people have died, while about 1.5 million people have been ordered to leave their homes and three million more advised to do so.<p>Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says …

Floods

Japan floods: At least 60 killed in deluges and landslides

<b>Flooding and landslides have killed at least 60 people and left dozens missing in western areas of Japan.</b><p>Most of the deaths have occurred in Hiroshima prefecture, which has been hit by torrential rain since Thursday. Hundreds of homes have been damaged.<p>About 1.5 million people have been ordered to …

Natural Disasters

Military called in to tackle fire near Saddleworth Moor

<b>The military has been called in to help battle a huge moorlands fire which has been raging for three days.</b><p>The blaze covers 3.7miles (6km) of moorland above Stalybridge and prompted the evacuation of up to 100 homes.<p>Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) confirmed it had asked for …

England

Marine plastic: Hundreds of fragments in dead seabirds

<b>New footage of the devastating impact of plastic pollution on wildlife has been captured by a BBC team.</b><p>Seabirds are starving to death on the remote Lord Howe Island, a crew filming for the BBC One documentary Drowning in Plastic has revealed.<p>Their stomachs were so full of plastic there was no room …

Pollution

The UK's rapid return to city centre living

<b>A generation ago many UK city centres were dreary and dilapidated places, with a reputation for crime. Now, they are among the most desirable areas of the country to live. What's changed?</b><p>Take a walk through the centre of cities like Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham and you will see smart new …

Housing

Antarctica loses three trillion tonnes of ice in 25 years

<b>Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate.</b><p>Satellites monitoring the state of the White Continent indicate some 200 billion tonnes a year are now being lost to the ocean as a result of melting.<p>This is pushing up global sea levels by 0.6mm annually - a three-fold increase since 2012 when the …

Earthquake near Hull and Grimsby 'felt 100km away'

<b>A 3.9-magnitude earthquake centred in north-east Lincolnshire has reportedly been felt up to 60 miles (100km) away.</b><p>The British Geological Survey (BGS) said it happened at 23:14 BST on Saturday with the epicentre in Grimsby at a depth of 11 miles (18km).<p>It was felt mainly in Lincolnshire, and Hull, …

Guatemala volcano: Dozens die as Fuego volcano erupts

<b>Guatemala's most violent volcanic eruption in more than a century has killed at least 25 people.</b><p>Another 46 people are missing, the country's disaster agency says.<p>Villages on the slopes of Fuego volcano were buried in volcanic ash, mud and rocks as the volcano erupted for 16 and a half hours on …

Plastic pollution: 'Scourge' of debris on beaches tackled

<b>The Environment Agency (EA) has started checking more than 500 beaches weekly as part of a government pledge to eradicate avoidable plastics by 2042.</b><p>EA officers are carrying out the monitoring alongside their water quality sampling.<p>The agency said the checks would "give another level of detail" on …

Plastic pollution: Images of a global problem

<b>In its June issue, National Geographic magazine has published a selection of startling photos highlighting the vast amounts of discarded plastic choking the world's oceans, shorelines and rivers.</b><p>Wildlife, particularly marine animals, are at risk when they become entangled in plastic waste, or …

Hawaii's Kilauea: Explosive eruption at volcano

<b>An explosive eruption at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has sent ash 30,000ft (9,100m) into the sky.</b><p>The eruption took place at 04:15 local time (14:15 GMT) on Thursday, and scientists say further activity is likely in the near future.<p>Staff at the volcano observatory and the national park had been …

Kilauea: Hawaii volcano destroys dozens of homes

<b>The eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has destroyed 26 homes and is threatening hundreds more, with new fissures opening overnight on Sunday.</b><p>Nearly 2,000 people have so far been evacuated. Some residents were allowed home to rescue pets, but authorities said it was not safe to stay.<p>New …

India cities dominate world air pollution list

<b>Fourteen Indian cities are among the world's 20 most polluted, according to World Health Organization (WHO) data.</b><p>BBC analysis of the study shows the northern city of Kanpur tops the list of world cities with the highest PM2.5 levels in 2016.<p>PM2.5 are tiny but deadly air particles, which can …

Kilauea: Fresh eruptions from Hawaii volcano

<b>Fresh eruptions sending fountains of lava 30m (100ft) out of the ground have taken place on Hawaii's Big Island, destroying several homes.</b><p>The Civil Defense Agency said there were fissures on three streets and told any remaining residents to evacuate.<p>It said there were deadly levels of dangerous …

India dust storms: More than 125 killed as storms continue

<b>At least 125 people are now reported to have died in fierce dust storms in northern India, with officials warning of more bad weather to come.</b><p>High-speed winds and lightning devastated many villages, bringing down walls and leaving dozens injured.<p>An Uttar Pradesh relief commissioner's office …

Mount Kilauea: Hawaii emergency declared over volcano eruption

<b>The Mount Kilauea volcano has erupted near a residential area on the largest island of Hawaii,</b><p>prompting a local state of emergency and mandatory evacuation for local residents.<p>One witness said lava had burst across a road like a curtain of fire. He said he could smell sulphur and burning trees.<p>The …

Record concentration of microplastics found in Arctic

<b>Record levels of microplastics have been found trapped inside sea ice floating in the Arctic.</b><p>Ice cores gathered across the Arctic Ocean reveal microplastics at concentrations two to three times higher than previously recorded.<p>As sea ice melts with climate change, the plastic will be released back …

Britain powers on without coal for three days

<b>Britain has not generated electricity from coal for more than three days - the longest streak since the 1880s.</b><p>The new record comes just days after the last record of 55 hours was set, National Grid said.<p>The coal-free period began on Saturday at 1000 BST and has continued into Tuesday …

UK temperatures top 29C in hottest April day since 1949

<b>Temperatures have soared to over 29C in parts of London, making it the warmest April day for nearly 70 years.</b><p>The unusually warm weather across the UK is the result of low pressure over the Atlantic and high pressure over western Europe drawing in warm air.<p>Thursday's high of 29.1C was recorded at St …

Recycling hope for plastic-hungry enzyme

<b>Scientists have improved a naturally occurring enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics.</b><p>PET, the strong plastic commonly used in bottles, takes hundreds of years to break down in the environment.<p>The modified enzyme, known as PETase, can start breaking down the same …

Global shipping in 'historic' climate deal

<b>The global shipping industry has for the first time agreed to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases.</b><p>The move comes after talks all week at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London.<p>Shippings has previously been excluded from climate agreements, but under the deal, emissions will be …

Australia bushfire threatens Sydney suburbs homes

<b>Hundreds of Australian firefighters are tackling a large bushfire that has reportedly affected homes in the southern suburbs of Sydney.</b><p>The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) said it was concerned that flying embers could spark new blazes ahead of the advancing fire front.<p>Some residents have …

75% of Earth's Land Areas Are Degraded

MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA<p>A new report warns that environmental damage threatens the well-being of 3.2 billion people. Yet solutions are within reach.<p>More than 75 percent of Earth’s land areas are substantially degraded, undermining the well-being of 3.2 billion people, according to the world’s first …

Ecology

A crack that opened up in Kenya’s Rift Valley, damaging a section of the Narok-Nairobi highway, is still growing...🇰🇪 https://t.co/Uzjs3H8Lp2

Ocean plastic could triple in decade

<b>The amount of plastic in the ocean is set to triple in a decade unless litter is curbed, a major report has warned.</b><p>Plastics is just one issue facing the world's seas, along with rising sea levels, warming oceans, and pollution, it says.<p>But the Foresight Future of the Sea Report for the UK …

Hemsby cliff-top homes remain in 'precarious position'

<b>Cliff-top homes in danger of collapsing into the sea off the Norfolk coast remain in a "precarious position", a council leader has said.</b><p>Great Yarmouth Borough Council leader Graham Plant said it was "too dangerous" for residents of 13 chalets close to the cliff edge to return.<p>The Coastguard said a …

DW Africa

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Hemsby cliff-top homes 'perilously close' to edge

<b>Residents of 10 seaside chalets "perilously close" to the edge of cliffs have been evacuated as high winds and waves threaten their homes.</b><p>Norfolk Police said earlier that six of the properties at Hemsby had "a very good chance" of going into the sea.<p>In 2013, tidal storms saw three homes in the …