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Is the Schengen zone under threat?

Greece has been given three months to fix its border controls, in a move that could allow other Schengen zone states to maintain internal border controls.<p>It is under huge pressure from EU partners to stop the daily flow of thousands of migrants north through the Balkans. Many are Syrian …

Climate change explained in six graphics - BBC News

1. What is the problem?<p>The world is getting warmer<p>The average temperature of the Earth's surface has increased by about 0.85°C (1.4F) in the last 100 years. Up until 2015, 13 of the 14 warmest years had been recorded in the 21st Century. 2015 then became the hottest year on record, but was …

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Gender pay gap 'may take 118 years to close' - World Economic Forum

<b>The World Economic Forum believes it will take another 118 years - or until 2133 - until the global pay gap between men and women is finally closed.</b><p>Women are only now earning the amount that men did in 2006, data from the WEF's Global Gender Gap report says.<p>It says progress on closing the gap has …

Urgent coastal protection needed, says National Trust

<b>As parts of the UK face the first of the wet winter weather, the National Trust wants action to manage threats to our storm-battered coastline.</b><p>In a new report, the Trust says the UK is "ignoring known risks of flood and erosion at the coast".<p>In England, just one in three coastal local authorities …

Five numbers that sum up China's one-child policy

<b>China has announced it's abolishing its one-child policy, which was introduced to limit the birth rate, amid concerns that the country's population is ageing too quickly. What difference has it made, statistically speaking?</b><p>400 million births prevented<p>China's government says the one-child policy, …

Migrant crisis: The lifejacket 'mountains' of Lesbos

Tens of thousands of lifejackets abandoned on the Greek island of Lesbos by migrants have been described as an "ecological timebomb".<p>Authorities on the island say they do not have the capacity to dispose of the safety vests while local fisherman say they cannot fish because of the pollution.<p>More …

COP 21: UN climate change conference | Paris,Climate change,Environment,Greenhouse gas emissions,Global climate talks,World news<p>Analysis of plans put forward by nearly 150 countries suggests temperatures will reach just under 3C by the end of the century rather than 2C target

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Carbon map – which countries are responsible for climate change?

Nelson Mandela’s widow Graça Machel speaks of global leaders’ failure to rise to environmental challenge after day of impassioned speeches<p>Published: 24 Sep 2014<p>Pledge comes on a day of impassioned speeches from some 120 world leaders – as well as a cameo from Leonardo DiCaprio<p>Published: 23 Sep …

Migrant crisis: Balkan states threaten border closures

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1202000/1202814_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524691812_bd7d2ad6712b1aa51be7cc3dbeedc208<p><b>Balkan countries at the front line of the migrant crisis say they could close their borders to avoid becoming buffer zones for new arrivals.</b><p>Bulgaria …

Face to face with migrant traffickers in Libya

More than 600,000 refugees and migrants have made the journey to Europe this year in search of a better life.<p>The majority go via the eastern Mediterranean from Greece to Turkey and through the Balkans.<p>More than 130,000 people took the most dangerous route of all across the Mediterranean, leaving …

English plastic bag use... in numbers

As a new 5p charge on plastic bags rolls out in English supermarkets, BBC News takes a look at the numbers behind plastic bag use in England.<p>You can learn more about the new law and recycling efforts here.<p>Video journalist: <i>Dougal Shaw</i><p><i>Figures from WRAP which has collected and analysed plastic bag use</i> …

Can the world get richer for ever?

<b>Since the dawn of the industrial age, the world has been steadily getting wealthier, despite setbacks such as the Great Depression and the more recent global financial crisis.</b><p>We make more, sell more and consume more than ever before.<p>Yet, according to the United Nations, nearly three billion people …

World Bank: Extreme poverty 'to fall below 10%'

<b>The World Bank has said that for the first time less than 10% of the world's population will be living in extreme poverty by the end of 2015.</b><p>The bank said it was using a new income figure of $1.90 per day to define extreme poverty, up from $1.25.<p>It forecasts that the proportion of the world's …

How plastics in the ocean get into food chain

In a bid to reduce waste, England has introduced a 5p charge on plastic bags.<p>Scientists studying the impact of plastic waste on the marine environment have warned contamination could be passing up the food chain to humans.<p>They've found tiny pieces of plastic inside the guts of zooplankton - the …

Migrant crisis: Middle classes on the move

<b>It is still startling to see the human river now coursing across Europe, streaming through fields, surging over borders or halting at formidable metal barriers.</b><p>It is still shocking to see thousands of exhausted travellers sleeping rough, on roadsides or railway tracks, or spread across grassy …

More neighbours make more fences

EUROPE will soon have more physical barriers on its national borders than it did during the Cold War. The ongoing refugee crisis, combined with …

Why are migrants fleeing Middle East now?

As European countries continue to argue over a solution to the migrant crisis, thousands of people continue to cross the EU's southern borders.<p>On the Greek island of Lesbos, large numbers of refugees are gathered, hoping to travel to Athens and then on to northern and western Europe.<p>Many of them …

Five new reflections on Europe's migrant crisis

<b>I'm just back from reporting on the European migration crisis in Berlin. In my last blog I offered some initial impressions from my time there. Here are a few more.</b><p>Syrians are a small minority of those seeking refuge in Germany<p>While the tragedy of those fleeing Syria's terrible civil war has caught …

Migrant crisis: How is haulage industry affected?

The Calais migrant crisis is costing the road haulage industry £750,000 per day, with delays and queues holding up the flow of traffic.<p>Many lorry drivers say they are also increasingly concerned for their safety, facing threats from smuggling gangs, migrants trying to break into their trucks and …

Migrant crisis: Why do politicians seem unable to act?

<b>"We can't cope!" is the collective cry from across Europe, as the huddled masses spill onto its shores and scramble over hastily-assembled razor wire fences.</b><p>"The numbers are too great. It's biblical!"<p>A little perspective, however, would not go amiss.<p>This may be Europe's biggest migration crisis …

Humans are 'unique super-predator'

<b>Humans' status as a unique super-predator is laid bare in a new study published in Science magazine.</b><p>The analysis of global data details the ruthlessness of our hunting practices and the impacts we have on prey.<p>It shows how humans typically take out adult fish populations at 14 times the rate that …

Chief executives earn '183 times more than workers'

<b>FTSE 100 chief executives (CEO) earn on average 183 times more than a full-time worker, research suggests.</b><p>A report by the High Pay Centre, a think tank which monitors income distribution, shows that top bosses earned on average £4.964m in 2014.<p>That compares to £27,195 median pay for a full-time …

What do Calais migrants know about the UK?

<b>Every night hundreds of migrants risk their lives to reach the UK via trains and ferries from Calais. Some say new security measures mean it is now too dangerous - though most still harbour hopes of crossing. But what do they know about the country many are so desperate to reach?</b><p>"I'm chasing my …

Global international migration flows | Wittgenstein Centre

How to read the plot<p>Origins and destinations are represented by the circle’s segments. Each region/country is assigned a colour. Flows have the same …

Five peace plans—and counting

IT SAYS much about Libya’s faltering peace talks that the country’s rival political factions negotiated face to face for the first time only in June, …

The problem with the skyscraper wind effect

<b>The City of London is promising that high-rise buildings will be monitored to ensure they don't make conditions unbearably windy in surrounding streets. But why do skyscrapers have this effect and what can be done to alleviate it?</b><p>Anyone who has ever walked near a very tall building in the middle of …

Would Calais migrants really be better off in the UK?

<b>Around 3,000 migrants are camped around Calais in northern France. Many of them think life will be better in the UK than France - or many other EU countries - but are they right?</b><p>Scenes of immigrants trying to storm the Channel Tunnel, or climbing aboard lorries, show how desperate those who have …

The hollowing out of London: how poverty patterns are changing

The largest falls in the proportions of households that are neither wealthy or poor has been in outer boroughs of London.<p>Today in England over a …

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