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Youth trapped on ice floe forced to shoot polar bear

A teenager spent two nights adrift on an ice floe in the Canadian Arctic with three polar bears for company before being dramatically rescued, it emerged today.

Climate change will melt snows of Kilimanjaro 'within 20 years'

Ice on Africa's highest peak is vanishing at fastest rate for 100 years

Guy Adams: 'The glaciers seemed remote and shrivelled'

According to the guide who took me up Africa's tallest mountain, the name "Kilimanjaro" comes from two words. The first, "Kilima" is Swahili for "hill". The second, "Njaro", can mean "white", or "shiny", or even, depending on both the vigour with which it's pronounced and the imagination of the listener, "shimmering".

Ski touring: Going up in the world

Ski touring takes the sport back to its roots – off piste and away from the crowds – and it can be a real test of endurance. Leslie Woit tries it out in Switzerland

Ancient glaciers are disappearing faster than ever

Satellite laser measurements show change in environment for the first time

It's getting hot up here: Why Greenland sees global warming as a way to gain independence...and make money

Could global warming have an upside? Greenlanders seem to think so: the ice that surrounds them is melting to reveal vast mineral resources. Now all they must do is gain independence, cash in... and cope with their guilt

Magazine, Royal Festival Hall, London

As Paul Smith of Maximo Park recently explained on the pages of The Independent, decay is all around in the world of the post-punk icon and Magazine frontman Howard Devoto. Having ended a 28-year hiatus to regroup this year for a partial comeback, after Devoto spent much of the interim managing the archives of a photography agency, ageing was obviously in evidence at tonight's performance; but luckily the band's material sounded as bold and revolutionary as ever.

Trail of the Unexpected: The essence of Switzerland is captured in Luzern

You'd expect Luzern, being right in the heart of Switzerland, somehow to encapsulate the Swiss essence. And this little city does not disappoint. It is exceptionally neat and clean; even the cobbles of the old town look polished. The transport is well organised. There are a host of conventional tourist attractions including the medieval half-timbered and painted houses, art museums and upmarket shops, as well as excursions into the lakes and mountains that surround the city. But Luzern is not just a pretty face: there's also an eccentricity and creativity which seems, at first sight, out of keeping with the comfortable demeanour. And it can be easily enjoyed on a short stroll through the city centre.

Michael McCarthy: Don't be fooled by this winter's powder. The Alpine snow line is already in retreat

Did you ski in the Alps last winter? Or do you have friends who did? All they could talk about, remember, was the snow, how terrific it was, the fantastic dry powder, tons of the stuff, the best snow for years.

Climate change has little impact on Indian polls

India's main parties are offering environment plans in their manifestos for the first time, but the chances of climate policies to limit emissions after the election are slim because of low public awareness.

Hundreds of miles of ice drop from Antarctic shelf

New satellite images from the European Space Agency show massive amounts of ice are breaking away from a shelf on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula, researchers said today.

New York-sized ice shelf collapses off Antarctica

An area of an Antarctic ice shelf almost the size of New York City has broken into icebergs this month after the collapse of an ice bridge widely blamed on global warming, a scientist said today.

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