News Temperatures have plunged to -13C in the town of Hell, Michigan

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

The information board reads: ‘The Six Nations committee will reschedule the match, keep your tickets’ at the Stade de France on Saturday

Supporters livid as cold snap leads to cancellation at the Stade de Farce

Shambolic scenes in Paris where match with evening start was always likely to be in danger

The big freeze continues as PM backs Heathrow's decision to cancel flights

Forecasters issue snow warnings as sub-zero temperatures and ice spread westwards

London freezes yesterday

Science behind the big freeze: is climate change bringing the Arctic to Europe?

A loss of sea ice could be a cause of the bitter winds that have swept across the UK in the past week, weather experts say

Double-dip recession fears as UK economy shrinks 0.2 per cent

The UK was staring down the barrel of another recession today after the economy shrank more than expected at the end of last year.

Cairn calls up Statoil for Arctic quest

Cairn Energy, the explorer whose bid to find commercial quantities of oil in Greenland has been a consistent disappointment, has brought in Norway's Statoil as a partner to help with the next phase of Arctic exploration.

Art collective Liberate Tate uses Arctic ice to protest at gallery's BP sponsorship

An art collective protesting against the Tate Modern's partnership with oil giant BP used a block of Arctic ice to express their grievances this weekend.

Mixed Christmas fortunes for retail

Christmas has emerged as a divisive season for the retail sector, with some players turning in a better-than-expected performance - while others moved closer to the edge.

Last Night's Viewing: Earthflight, BBC1<br />Coronation Street, ITV1

Given the hysterical simple-mindedness that has recently surrounded some aspects of BBC Natural History filming, you half wonder whether the opening promise of Earthflight – that we would be given a "bird's-eye view" of the natural world – needed to be accompanied by an on-screen disclaimer. "Note: Not actually recorded using a real bird's eye. Microlights used in the filming of this series. Engine noise has been removed from some footage and replaced with the sound of rushing wind and flapping wings. Feather noises may derive from a species not shown on screen." That said, the question of exactly how they did capture these images will be a live one even for viewers not intent on BBC-baiting, because they are remarkable. The camera appears to fly alongside a snow goose, peering up into its wingpit as it languidly beats its way northwards. Or it perches on a bald eagle's ruffed shoulder as the bird itself swoops over the rim of the Grand Canyon, whistling within inches of a pine tree's tip. Or watches brown pelicans as they turn themselves from broken umbrellas into neatly furled ones, spearing into the water to catch fish. Apparently, episode six will reveal all, but in the meantime we'll just have to marvel at what they've managed to achieve.

The 12 most-read 2011 articles in Environment

The environment section covers issues which raise debate such as those concerning climate change, green living and nature. Here we take a look at the most popular articles of the year followed by an insight from our environment editor as he chooses his favourite story.

Herding Cats, Hampstead Theatre, London

Lucinda Coxon's play may be set in the run-up to Christmas but don't go expecting feel-good Yule-tide fare.

Reindeer spotting

Ella's excellent adventures in Lululand

There's reindeer poo, dog sleds – and lots of snow. Sarah Barrell takes her daughter to a wild and wonderful corner of Lapland

Vast methane 'plumes' seen in Arctic ocean as sea ice retreats

Russian research team astonished after finding 'fountains' of methane bubbling to surface

'In two more months, polar bear families will emerge on to the snowy slopes all round the Arctic. But for now they lie protected within their icy cocoons'

BBC denies 'fake' polar bear scene was misleading

The BBC moved yesterday to protect one of its most valuable brands, amid claims that scenes shown on Sir David Attenborough's acclaimed series Frozen Planet were filmed in a Dutch animal park and not in the wild.

Vast methane 'plumes' seen in Arctic ocean as sea ice retreats

Dramatic and unprecedented plumes of methane - a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide - have been seen bubbling to the surface of the Arctic Ocean by scientists undertaking an extensive survey of the region.

John Nissen: It may already be too late to deal with this terrifying leak

There are two critical problems: the rapid loss of sea ice and the emergence of methane from a thawing seabed

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The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
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Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

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Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

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Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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