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

'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'

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Climate risk to polar bear habitats

Climate change is set to drive a dramatic reduction in polar bear habitats in coming decades, conservationists warned today as they called for action to help the species.

Marvellous Marvel wins St Leger

If you want a St Leger won, it seems, you must turn to the men whose specialist subject it clearly is. Masked Marvel gave trainer John Gosden his third in five years yesterday, and rider William Buick his second in a row. And, to boot, the colt recorded a course record time as he forged three lengths clear of Brown Panther through the final two furlongs.

Arctic oil spill plan condemned

Environmental campaigners today accused a UK oil company of "breathtaking irresponsibility" over its plans for clearing up a possible spill in the Arctic.

Audley Travel eyes stake sale

The founders of Audley Travel, the upmarket holiday company, have appointed corporate finance advisers to sell a stake in the business that could value it at more than £100m.

Rowers reach 'impossible' North Pole, thanks to global warming

Six British adventurers were "on top of the world" yesterday after they became the first team to row to the magnetic North Pole.

British team are the first to row to the North Pole

A team of British adventurers was poised last night to become the first to row to the 1996 magnetic North Pole.

Last Night's TV: Harry's Arctic Heroes/BBC1<br />Random/Channel 4

You don't get to meet people like this very often," said Harry Wales, describing the four disabled Afghanistan veterans whose trek to the North Pole he was briefly going to join. Well, I don't, Harry, I thought... but surely it can't be that much of a rarity for you? It goes with the job really, doesn't it? All those hospital visits and hearts-and-minds tours, all those occasions when a royal handshake is assumed to be a sovereign remedy for the riot-struck and the dispossessed. It's partly what a prince is for these days. The old role, of being inaccessibly distant and more special than anyone around them, lingers on. But to it has been added the new duty of being ostentatiously less special than certain commoners. Prince Harry – regal rugger bugger and honorary squaddie – is actually quite good at this. As he said in Harry's Arctic Heroes: "I like to think I'm just one of the lads, whether I am or not."

Robert Headland: It's not totally safe, it's not inevitably a disaster &ndash; the truth lies in between

A lot of people are economical with the truth when they talk about the consequences of drilling for oil.

An audacious goal leaves no room for quitting

Helena Pozniak talks to Rona Cant about challenges she&rsquo;s endured and the lessons they taught her

Moscow applies to extend Arctic border

Russia says it will formally submit an application to the United Nations next year to redraw the map of the Arctic, giving itself a bigger share of the resource-rich territory.

Flybe pulls out of dive as passenger numbers pick up

Flybe has slumped to a loss in maiden annual results but said bookings had improved in recent weeks.

Sir Bill named chairman in Cairn board shake-up

Sir Bill Gammell, the founder of Cairn Energy, is to swap the chief executive's role for the chairman's as part a boardroom shake-up at the FTSE 100-listed oil company.

David Prosser: The stakes in Russia get ever higher for BP and its boss

Outlook When BP and Rosneft abandoned their attempt a few weeks back to agree a tie-up that would see the two companies swap their shares and explore the Arctic Ocean together, the message was that talks would nonetheless continue. The sticking point, of course, is the position of TNK-BP, BP's existing Russian venture, because AAR, its 50/50 partner, is deeply unhappy about the Rosneft deal. BP's line on that problem was that an accommodation could still be reached with AAR, particularly without the pressure of a deadline hanging over everyone's heads.

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