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In pictures: Child migrants on Lampedusa

<b>At huge personal risk, migrants from North Africa continue to cross the Mediterranean to try to reach Europe. Ten died earlier this week when their boat capsized.</b><p>Among those travelling are children, many of whom make the journey alone. The charity Save the Children has been documenting a group who …

Migrants die of hypothermia after Lampedusa boat rescue

<b>At least 27 migrants have died of hypothermia after being picked up near the island of Lampedusa, the Italian coast guard has said.</b><p>They were part of a group of 105 people found on board an inflatable boat about 160km (100 miles) from the Italian territory.<p>The migrants had summoned help via …

Lampedusa boat tragedy: a survivor's story

At 2am on 3 October last year, an overcrowded fishing boat drifted less than half a mile off the Italian island of Lampedusa. For the 518 people packed on board, the twinkling lights of the island signified the end of a long and difficult journey. Each had paid $1,600 (£964) to make the …

Tiny Italian island becomes symbol of Europe’s migrant crisis

LAMPEDUSA, Italy — This tiny speck of an island — much closer to the North African coast than to Sicily and the rest of Italy — has taken on an …

Germany split over policy on migrants

<b>To the east of Berlin, there's a bleak clearing surrounded by concrete high-rise apartment blocks.</b><p>And behind a few windswept pine trees and a wire fence, is a three-storey metal building.<p>This is one of several "container cities" hurriedly erected to house the hundreds of thousands of refugees …

World's first lagoon power plants unveiled in UK

<b>Plans to generate electricity from the world's first series of tidal lagoons have been unveiled in the UK.</b><p>The six lagoons - four in Wales and one each in Somerset and Cumbria - will capture incoming and outgoing tides behind giant sea walls, and use the weight of the water to power turbines.<p>A £1bn …

The Saudi project, part two

STAGE one of Saudi Arabia’s plan—or perhaps hope—to restructure the oil market is taking longer than expected. By refusing to rein in production …

Oil

Mardi Gras Oil and Gas Transportation System - Offshore Technology

The Mardi Gras system lies in the Mississippi Canyon and Green Canyon areas of the Gulf of Mexico. In the southern Green Canyon area, pipelines are …

Can Europe stop migrants dying in the Mediterranean?

<b>More than 3,000 people are estimated to have died in the Mediterranean Sea last year. The Pope has warned the waters are in danger of becoming "a vast cemetery".</b><p>People smugglers have been described as the most ruthless travel agents on the planet and the Italian Navy rescue mission has been …

Headline numbers: Is fracking viable at current prices?

<b>Has the decision by Lancashire County Council on whether to allow Cuadrilla Resources to conduct exploratory fracking been overtaken by events, given that oil has fallen below $50 a barrel?</b><p>On Wednesday, the council agreed to a two-month delay to the decision after Cuadrilla submitted additional …

First Hybrid-Electric Airplane Uses 30% Less Fuel

<b>Published on</b> January 4th, 2015 | <i>by Zachary Shahan</i><p>17<p>January 4th, 2015 by <b>Zachary Shahan</b><p>Originally published on <i>Sustainnovate</i>.<p>Reportedly the first hybrid …

Scotland could be fossil fuel-free by 2030, says report

Planned renewable energy projects combined with energy savings could decarbonise the country’s power sector, claims WWF-back study<p>A fossil fuel-free Scotland is not only technically achievable but could prove a cheaper and safer option than pursuing fossil fuel-based development, according to a new …

36 Maps That Explain The Entire World

Whether they depict oil flows, internet cables, or migration patterns, a good map can explain a concept in a way that no other visualization can.<p>They may be even better than charts.<p>We've compiled 36 cartographic visualizations that depict the state of the world in 2013, and how we got there.

SCIENCE & ENVIRONMENT

Don’t Panic – The Facts About Population

The world might not be as bad as you might believe!<p>“Don’t Panic” is a one-hour long documentary produced by Wingspan Productions and broadcasted on …

Global Perspectives

Immigration system in intensive care, warns Keith Vaz

<b>The UK's immigration system is in "intensive care", the chair of a parliamentary committee has warned.</b><p>Keith Vaz criticised ministers over exit checks, missing migrants and the use of a single immigration target.<p>The Home Affairs Select Committee report on UK immigration directorates raised "serious …

District heating: a hot idea whose time has come

Switching on the central heating, as I did last night, is always tense. Will the radiator valves start leaking? Will the boiler balk at heating my flat as well as my hot water? What’s the cost/benefit difference between raising my gas bill versus investing in more thermal underwear?<p>But in many …

'Solar tree' to replace real tree in Bristol city centre

<b>A 4m (13ft) tall "solar tree" is set to be installed in the centre of Bristol.</b><p>The steel tree, covered in 36 solar panel "leaves", will replace a real tree due to be removed due to old age in Millennium Square.<p>Embedded with solar-powered phone charging points, the "wind blown" sculpture will also …

UK's first 'poo bus' goes into service between Bristol and Bath

<b>The UK's first bus powered entirely by human and food waste has gone into service between Bristol and Bath.</b><p>The 40-seat "Bio-Bus" runs on biomethane gas generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste.<p>The eco-friendly vehicle can travel up to 300km (186 miles) on one tank of gas, which …

Britain’s greying population

<b>What’s the challenge?</b><p>Britain’s population is ageing. Adapting to this trend poses economic, social and political challenges and increases the …

Central line

<b>Central line</b> or <b>Central Line</b> may refer to:<p>Central Line (Cape Town), a commuter rail service in Cape Town, South Africa<br>• Central line (London …

Monday night lecture: London's gentrification game

Gentrification

Urban regeneration

<b>Regeneration:</b> In biological terms it means to recreate lost or damaged tissues. In geographical terms it means improving an area that has been …

EU 'benefit tourism' court ruling is common sense, says Cameron

<b>A European Court of Justice ruling backing Germany's attempts to restrict unemployed migrants' rights to welfare has been welcomed by David Cameron.</b><p>The UK prime minister said the decision on so-called "benefit tourism", which could set a precedent for other EU nations, was "simple common sense".<p>It …

US oil boom: Can the industry survive falling prices? - BBC News

Searing temperatures fan Australia wildfires

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/942000/942556_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524665770_93e52c62a79f011f9fe57a44f6919db0<p><b>High winds and record temperatures fanned fires in south-east Australia, after the prime minister warned of a "very dangerous day".</b><p>More than 130 fires …

Flood defending 'insufficient', NAO warns

<b>Spending on flood protection in England is "insufficient" to maintain defences, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.</b><p>It said half of the country's defences were being maintained to a "minimal level", and were likely to "deteriorate faster".<p>The NAO also said spending on them had been cut in …

Superstorm Sandy: Facts About the Frankenstorm

Hurricane Sandy, a late-season post-tropical cyclone, swept through the Caribbean and up the East Coast of the United States in late October 2012. …