News Houses next to the River Thames in Henley-on-Thames, Berkshire are flooded after the river burst its banks

Labour minister claims Environment Secretary has failed to protect UK's defences against storms

The UK is ‘committed to increasing renewables’ says Ed Davey

Britain calls for EU target to halve emissions by 2030

Britain has challenged Europe to sign up to an ambitious target of cutting carbon emissions by 50 per cent by 2030.

After the flood: From Haiti to Britain, one man has captured the devastation of our increasingly deluged lands

Photographer Gideon Mendel's series, Drowning World, not only shows the effect of flooding on communities, but also encompasses traditional portraiture, and explores the often striking visuals such huge influxes of water produce.

Ben Moxham, David Cameron's adviser on energy and the environment, has quit No 10 after reportedly becoming frustrated at the slow pace of progress

Coalition faces an exodus of energy experts as funding for renewables is held up on grounds of cost

Blow to fight against climate change as CO2 in the atmosphere hits record high

Top energy adviser walks out over 'Treasury meddling'

The essential overhaul of Britain’s energy system has been thrown into disarray by the resignation of one of its architects – just as Energy Secretary Ed Davey prepares to escalate his drive to stamp out doubts about the existence of climate change.

It's crunch time for a climate change deal - and the UK is pushing hard to seal one

An agreement can be reached but it requires strong political will, says the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Letter from the editor: Goodbye to Michael McCarthy, the man who made nature sing in the pages of The Independent

Apiece of Fleet Street folklore departed The Independent this week. Michael McCarthy finally hung up his binoculars as the paper's Environment Editor.

Climate change will bring greater extremes in weather, warns Government's chief scientific adviser

Climate change will bring greater extremes in weather, the Government's outgoing chief scientific adviser has warned as he called for urgent action to tackle global warming.

Gas reserves were reportedly down to 1.4 days’ supply on Friday

Don't panic, UK told, as gas pipeline shuts off and wholesale prices hit a record high

A former energy minister warned against "national panic", after a major gas pipeline unexpectedly shut down, gas prices soared and energy advisers suggested dwindling supplies could lead to rationing for the first time.

Resistance to antibiotics is 'ticking time bomb' - stark warning from Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies

Britain's health system could slip back by 200 years unless the "catastrophic threat" of antibiotic resistance is successfully tackled, the Government's Chief Medical Officer warns today.

Amoxicillin, the commonest antibiotic prescribed by GPs

Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies: Resistance to antibiotics risks health 'catastrophe' to rank with terrorism and climate change

Britain's health system could slip back by 200 years unless the "catastrophic threat" of antibiotic resistance is successfully tackled, the Government's Chief Medical Officer warns today.

Cracked earth of the drought-stricken Portodemouros reservoir in northern Spain. Worldwide concerns about climate change have dropped dramatically since 2009

Green fatigue sets in: the world cools on global warming

Worldwide concerns about climate change have dropped dramatically since 2009

Clayton: he was outspoken, and a dynamic and inspirational leader

Professor Keith Clayton: Pioneering environmental scientist

In 1967 we didn't know that man-made chemicals could hole the stratospheric ozone layer. The term "global warming" had not been coined, and the link between climate change and human activities was not well-made. Some scientists thought a new ice age was approaching in the coming decades, not believing that polar and glacier ice would be melting at record rates, leading to unprecedented rates of rises in sea level.

Editorial: Of cats, dogs and convection

One of the more widespread urban myths whose veracity is disputed is that the Inuit peoples have scores, even hundreds, of different words for snow. Whatever the precise truth, it is certainly the case that those who live in the Far North have more snow-words than those in the temperate latitudes, with the implication, of course, of many different kinds of snow.

Editorial: The unaffordable cost of climate change delay

If there was ever a case of fiddling while Rome burns, then the sadly dilatory global response to the threat from climate change is surely it. Even as weather patterns become measurably more extreme the world over; even as the polar ice caps melt back ever further each summer, opening up newly navigable shipping lanes; even as average global temperatures continue their inexorable rise; still, attempts to forge an international consensus make only glacially slow progress. Yet as research published in this newspaper today makes clear, the longer we take to act, the more unaffordable remedial action becomes.

An attempt by climate sceptics to hijack the latest UN report on global warming by selectively leaking claims that it is caused by sunspots rather than man-made emissions of carbon dioxide has backfired

Bid to heap blame on sunspots for climate change has backfired

An attempt by climate sceptics to hijack the latest UN report on global warming by selectively leaking claims that it is caused by sunspots rather than man-made emissions of carbon dioxide has backfired.

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