Drought

Diviner intervention: French geologist has the Moses touch

Having found an underground lake the size of Windermere in Kenya, Alain Gachet tells John Lichfield how his radar scanning technique can reveal immense reservoirs of water under the most barren and impoverished territories on Earth

Snooker: John Higgins' Masters plan is to prove he remains a threat

John Higgins, the four-times world champion, is no stranger to success. But even Higgins, regarded as one of snooker's greatest ever players, has found silverware hard to come by in recent times. Since winning the World Championship at the beginning of May 2011, the 37-year-old has failed to win any of snooker's three major titles – the World, UK Championship or Masters.

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Revealed: Climate change led to decline of Maya civilisation

One of the world’s great civilisations was forced into terminal decline by successive dry periods culminating in a prolonged drought, according to a study that throws fresh light on the mysterious disappearance of the Maya in Central America around 1,100AD.