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The extreme weather in the US has got so cold that even Hell has frozen over.

Met Office holds emergency meeting to discuss Britain's increasingly unpredictable weather patterns

It follows the coldest spring in more than 50 years

Harriet Walker: It may sound trite, but sun and smiles are natural partners

Spring – and the advent of the wedding season – and such a fluttering of new feeling that I hardly know what I'm about any more. Now that I regain consciousness to Radio 4 in the morning rather than the American high-school guitar strains which used to permeate slumber when I was about 16, getting up rarely feels like a scene in the film of my life any more. But when the rays filter through the curtains, they can't but make waking up a bit more special.

Shell executive responsible for controversial Arctic campaign to step down

Campaigners hope move heralds end of programme

The Business Matrix: Monday 18 March 2013

Late payers to face interest charges

US Interior Secretary accuses Shell of 'screwing up' Arctic oil drilling

Shell's beleaguered campaign to produce oil in the Arctic has suffered a further setback after the US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the company "screwed up" its attempt to drill in Alaska last year.

The Business Matrix: Saturday 16 March 2013

Eurotunnel disputes ruling

Arctic ice-melt will bring frosty relations as nations navigate across North Pole

The loss if sea ice in the Arctic will allow ships to navigate freely across the North Pole by the middle of the century and could lead to unprecedented geo-political tensions between countries that have territorial claims in the region, scientists said.

Debenhams sent alarm bells ringing across the High Street

Debenhams shares crash as department store giant blames snow for profit warning

Retailer says like-for-like sales slumped by 10% during the 'snow-affected period'

Editorial: No excuse for dithering on energy

Higher prices for gas and electricity are inevitable over the next 10 years, according to the outgoing energy regulator. Alistair Buchanan delivered a stark warning about Britain's looming energy gap.

<p>Sir David Attenborough meets a three month old blind black rhino at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya. </p>

'Disputable' climate change comment removed from David Attenborough's Africa

The BBC has re-edited the final episode of Sir David Attenborough's nature series Africa over a "disputable" comment regarding climate change.

Shell sets its sights on a leading role in fracking

Oil giant posts profit slide, reveals $90m Arctic rig hit and confirms its interest in UK shale gas deal
Ice floes off the coast of Greenland. The floes are frozen masses of seawater (saltwater) that float on the surface of the sea. The tracking of ice floes is important to both understanding critical environmental issues such as global warming, and to aid in Arctic navigation. Taken with a Canon EOS-1D X and EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens set to 16mm, exposure was 1/160sec at f/16, ISO400

WWF Arctic conservation expedition gallery

Professional photographer for Canon Europe, Thorsten Milse, recently accompanied the WWF's conservation sailing expedition to the Arctic as part of the WWF Last Ice Area Project.

MPs attack Government 'hypocrisy' over refusal to ban Arctic drilling

An influential cross-party committee of MPs accused the Government of environmental hypocrisy for refusing to push for a moratorium on drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic.

Shell faces fresh scrutiny over Alaskan drilling

The pressure is mounting on Shell to abandon its quest for Arctic oil after the US government ordered two reviews into the company's activities off the Alaskan coast that could halt its planned drilling campaign.

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