Sport Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean will return to Sarajevo to repeat their gold-medal winning routine

The Olympic Hall Juan Antonio Samaranch has been rebuilt having been destroyed in the Bosnian War and Torvill and Dean will return to the scene of their greatest success

Glaciergate part II: climate chief reheats Himalayas row

Head of IPCC's claim of meltdown caused outcry two years ago – now he's repeated the warning

Titanic leaves Belfast for sea trials before her disastrous maiden voyage

Titanic: Still making waves after 100 years

Christmas books of the year

Climate change melting polar regions faster than ever before

One of the clearest signs of climate change is the loss of floating sea ice in the Arctic

The changing face of Andean glaciers

To the untrained eye, the view from the Yanapaqcha glacier, some 17,000ft above sea level in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, represents nature at her most sublime.

Parents speak of their 'fearless' adventurer son

As tributes are paid to the young man killed by a polar bear in Norway, questions are asked about the system supposed to prevent such attacks

Plug that gap with an awesome adventure

With A-level results and university fees to fret about, teenagers are shortening their gap year to a month, says Lucy Grewcock

Melting of the Arctic 'will accelerate climate change within 20 years'

An irreversible climate "tipping point" could occur within the next 20 years as a result of the release of huge quantities of organic carbon locked away as frozen plant matter in the vast permafrost region of the Arctic, scientists have found.

Steve Connor: Greenhouse gas emission targets could be undermined

One of the great unknowns of climate science is predicting the effect of "feedbacks". As carbon dioxide levels and temperatures increase, will other parts of the global climate begin to be perturbed in a way that affects the direction or speed of global warming?

Steve Connor: Larger ash particles will mean less chaos

Although it is the biggest volcanic eruption in Iceland for 50 years – bigger than the one that caused air travel chaos this time last year – experts believe the Grímsvötn disturbance is unlikely to cause the widespread closure of airports.

Flights stopped as Icelandic volcano erupts

Iceland closed its main international airport and canceled domestic flights today as a powerful volcanic eruption sent a plume of ash, smoke and steam 12 miles into the air.

Glaciers melting at fastest rate in 350 years, study finds

Some mountain glaciers are melting up to 100 times faster than at any time in the past 350 years.

The desert city in serious danger of running dry

Peru's arid capital faces a crisis as glaciers and rainfall dwindle. Simeon Tegel reports

New Zealand: The power of nature on South Island

Despite the tragedy of last month's catastrophic earthquake, New Zealand still delivers sublime travel experiences, writes Chris Leadbeater

On the shoulders of Polar giants

One hundred years ago, the great explorers raced to conquer Antarctica. Adrian Mourby follows their trail

Descendants of Shackleton's team go as far as explorer... and then on to South Pole

A coincidence of genes led to an epic and often gruelling voyage, writes Luke Blackall
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there