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Oil price plunge 'will lead to £1bn burden on taxpayers'

George Osborne introduces budget measures to help North Sea industry which is forecast to make losses until at least 2021<p>The North Sea oil industry, once a huge moneyspinner for the Treasury, is set to become a £1bn burden for the taxpayer next year as the plunging crude price hits …

Meet the 92-Year Old Recording History in the Himalayas

Adventure<p>The most intimidating person in Himalayan mountaineering is a 92-year-old American woman with a walker. Elizabeth Hawley (most often addressed as Miss Hawley) has lived in Kathmandu for nearly as long as Nepal has been open to foreigners. She was the first to keep good records of Himalayan …

CO2 data is 'wake-up call' for Paris climate deal

<b>Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere grew more in past 12 months than at any time in the past 56 years.</b><p>Measurements at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii went up by more than three parts per million(ppm) in 2015.<p>Scientists say the spike is due to a combination of human activities and the El …

Climate Change

10 Inspirational Female Travellers Pushing Life to the Max

In honour of International Women's Day, the most bombastic, encouraging day of the year for all you ladies out there, here's 10 Travelling …

More than half a million could die as climate change impacts diet – report

New research shows global warming’s effect on the quality of food available could kill more than 500,000 people a year around the world by 2050<p>Climate change could kill more than 500,000 people a year globally by 2050 by making their diets less healthy, according to new research published in the …

Climate Change

UK consumes far less than a decade ago – 'peak stuff' or something else?

From crops to energy and metals, average material consumption fell from 15 tonnes in 2001 to just over 10 tonnes in 2013<p>The amount of “stuff” used in the UK – including food, fuel, metals and building materials – has fallen dramatically since 2001, according to official government figures.<p>The …

Switching to low-carbon fuels - Committee on Climate Change

There are many opportunities to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. We can increase the amount of electricity generated through low-carbon …

Fossil Fuels

Annette Kellerman: Hollywood's first nude star

<b>It's 100 years since Annette Kellerman became the first person to appear nude in a Hollywood film. But this was just one of many remarkable events in her life.</b><p>She sat naked on a tree branch, her arms stretched upwards, but her hair largely covered her breasts.<p>It might not seem very risque today, …

Scientists are floored by what’s happening in the Arctic right now

By Chris Mooney<p>, Reporter<p>New data from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration suggest that January of 2016 was, for the globe, a truly extraordinary month. Coming off the hottest year ever recorded (2015), January saw the greatest departure from average of any month on record, …

Global Warming

New gay travel firm increases holiday choice for LGBT travellers

The LGBT market is worth £6bn in the UK and $85bn in the US, yet few mainstream holiday companies cater properly to gay travellers. Specialist agency OutOfOffice hopes to set a new example<p>It was personal experience that drove Darren Burn to launch LGBT travel specialist OutOfOffice.com. “I went to …

Why can’t poor countries access the climate finance they were promised?

As some of the least developed nations claim they can’t access the Green Climate Fund, NGOs help with the ‘excruciatingly painful’ accreditation process<p>When the Green Climate Fund (GCF) was announced at COP16 in 2010, the intention was to give small, developing countries direct access to finance to …

Europe's climate change goals 'need profound lifestyle changes'

Leaked European commission document calls for wide-ranging debate on how to keep global warming to 1.5C<p>European countries should prepare for a far-reaching debate on the “profound lifestyle changes” required to limit climate change, according to a leaked European commission document.<p>The commission …

Europe

Four billion people face severe water scarcity, new research finds

Water shortages affecting two-thirds of world’s population for a month every year and the crisis is far worse than previously thought<p>At least two-thirds of the global population, over 4 billion people, live with severe water scarcity for at least one month every year, according to a major new …

Bristol Whales willow sculpture dives into nature reserve home

<b>Two life-size whale sculptures made out of willow have re-surfaced at a nature reserve.</b><p>The artwork, named The Bristol Whales, was installed in the city centre last summer to mark Bristol's status as European Green Capital.<p>A head of a humpback whale and tail of a blue whale are depicted by the …

Whales

Massive Tree Farms May Be a Really Bad Climate Idea

World-wide tree plantations, soil modification or bioenergy crops could add to the planetary harm of global warming, scientist warns.<p>To meet the Paris climate deal's goal of deep greenhouse gas cuts, nations appear to be relying on costly, possibly harmful large-scale projects to suck carbon …

Home of UK 'patron saint of conservation' opening to public

£4.4m lottery grant will see opening of the Slimbridge home of Sir Peter Scott, who designed the panda logo for conservation group WWF<p>The home of the “patron saint of conservation” is to open its doors to the public for the first time after being awarded a £4.4m grant.<p>Sir Peter Scott, son of …

'Wrong type of trees' in Europe increased global warming

<b>The assumption that planting new forests helps limit climate change has been challenged by a new study.</b><p>Researchers found that in Europe, trees grown since 1750 have actually increased global warming.<p>The scientists believe that replacing broadleaved species with conifers is a key reason for the …

Conifers

Where to Backpack in 2016

Our editors have scoured the globe to bring you the top destinations to visit with a backpack in tow. Whether you're hoping to get the biggest bang for your travel buck or just looking for an epic adventure, we've got you covered.

How Good Is Your Product? Use This Product Design Test To Find Out

(If you’ve read the 7-Step-Paul-Rand-Logo Test, then this will feel familiar)<p>While many companies are founded on principles such as <i>value</i>, <i>quality,</i> or</i> …

How the Isle of Skye Is Becoming an Emblem of a New Scotland

I have long been fascinated by maps of islands. An island will forever be bounded by its shores; because of these inherent limits, it offers the …

Scotland

South Pole Explorer Dies in Record Attempt

Adventure<p><b>The British ex-army officer was evacuated 30 miles short of his goal.</b><br>Henry Worsley, a 55-year-old British ex-army officer and veteran polar explorer, has died in his attempt to become the first person in history to cross the Antarctic continent solo, unsupported, and unaided. Worsley was …

‘Motivated, creative and passionate’ – the words that kill your CV | Stefan Stern

CVs have become meaningless bingo cards. Job hunters would be better off losing the buzzwords and sticking to truthful statements<p>It starts early these days – the boosterism, the upbeat personal statements. University applicants have to sell themselves on their Ucas forms. Social media accounts are …

Piers Corbyn: the other rebel in the family

Like his brother, physicist and meteorologist Piers Corbyn is a man of revolutionary zeal. His own battle, however, is against all this ‘climate-change nonsense’…<p>When Jeremy Corbyn won the leadership of the Labour party in September he celebrated in a pub up the road from the Houses of Parliament …

Great Britain

Floating sea bin sucks rubbish from the ocean - CBBC Newsround

Eight million tonnes of plastic rubbish is dumped into the ocean every year, but this new invention might help to clean it up.<p>Pete and Andrew both love to surf, but got fed up of sharing the ocean with tonnes of rubbish.<p>They decided it was time for a clean-up, and have invented a 'sea bin' which is …

New African Wildlife Foundation app highlights conservation work

News<p>New African Wildlife Foundation app highlights conservation work<p>January 20, 2016<p>One of WildCRU’s partners, the African Wildlife Foundation, has …

Ponies aid Brean Down grassland conservation work

<b>A string of Dartmoor ponies have been moved to Brean Down to protect the grassland by grazing on scrub.</b><p>The 65-hectare site is the furthest tip of the Mendip Hills and overlooks the North Somerset coastline.<p>National Trust area manager Simon Hill said: "These limestone grasslands that we have on …

Conservation

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Truckers rescued from flash flooding<p>11 children rescued from compound<p>Attempted assassination using drones?<p>Venezuelan President targeted in apparent …

Nicolás Maduro

Experts Agree: Climate Change Is The Most Serious Of All The Threats Facing The Planet

One reason climate change figures strongly is that it feeds into other problems. “Climate change is exacerbating more risks than ever before in terms …

Climate Change

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