Environment

New studies show what experts say is the direct consequence of global warming on Magellanic penguins in South America

Happy days: David Cameron in Svalbard, Norway on a 2006 trip designed to expound his green credentials

Cameron is at a turning point on climate change

Either he stands with sceptics in his own party, or sides with the the scientific community

Scientists are more certain than they have ever been that humans are causing climate change

Climate change: Size of Arctic ice caps increases

Growth follows record low Arctic ice coverage last year

Water vole numbers are down by more than a third in the past three years

Save our voles: Water vole numbers down a fifth in just three years

Experts say more must be done to secure the future of the 'charismatic species'

Candide

Theatre review: Candide, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Voltaire's 1759 novella satirises the theological optimism of Leibniz as it is encapsulated and travestied in the deterministically upbeat mantra of the hero's tutor Dr Pangloss who cannot be budged from the belief that “all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds”.  It's a creed that the ingenuous young Candide comes to view as a method of self-deceiving, heartless insulation from the wretchedness of existence in the course of a pithy, picaresque narrative that pullulates with natural calamities (including the 1755 Lisbon earthquake) and instances of human barbarism that richly refute this philosophical position. 

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson

Owen Paterson echoes David Cameron’s claim that fracking boom can bring down energy bills

Respected economist dismissed similar comment by PM as 'baseless economics'

Numerous new pests have already landed on UK shores and prospered in recent decades

Britain’s crops brace for invasion by hundreds of exotic pests and pathogens

Britain should expect “many hundreds” more pests and pathogens to invade the country in the coming years, endangering vast volumes of food production, the author of a new report has warned.

A sunrise over the Pacific Ocean at Turtle Bay

How the Pacific has put global warming on hold (but not for long)

Although temperatures on Earth are higher than ever, the ocean is playing a major role in absorbing excess heat, a new study suggests

Puffin: Suffering as their main food source, the sand eel, moves away in search of cooler water

Warm weather could destroy Britain’s coastal wildlife: Puffins, Cliff Tiger Beetles and Little Terns among those in danger becoming extinct

Puffins, Cliff Tiger Beetles and Little Terns are among dozens of coastal species that are in danger becoming extinct in the UK in the coming decades, as rising sea levels and warmer water destroy their habitat, according to the National Trust.

Sir Bernard Ingham accused campaigners of hypocrisy

Anti-fracking protests ‘totalitarian’, says Sir Bernard Ingham

It was always unlikely that Sir Bernard Ingham, Margaret Thatcher’s press secretary, would express his unwavering support for the anti-fracking protesters at Balcombe in West Sussex.

The News Matrix: Thursday 22 August 2013

Badger cull set to begin on Monday

Uncertainty in climate change report should not be taken as a reason for political inaction

The latest and most definitive report of the international body set up to review the scientific evidence on climate change will be littered with the language of uncertainty. But the overall message is clear enough: the global climate is changing and human activity is largely responsible.

Scientists are more certain than they have ever been that humans are causing climate change

Scientists ‘95 per cent certain’ that climate change is man-made

UN panel estimates sea levels could rise by 2ft 8in by the end of the century in latest draft report

Flooding of major coastal cities could cost the world economy more than £600bn a year by 2050, say scientists

Coastal city flooding ‘could cost more than £600bn a year’

Miami, New York and New Orleans in the United States, and Guangzhou in China are together expected to shoulder 43 per cent of the burden

Solution to flood insurance problem 'doesn't hold water'

The Government's solution to the problem of insuring homes with a high risk of flooding may not be sustainable because it fails to take account of the likely costs associated with climate change, a new policy paper warned today.

Editorial: Turning the oceans green

The inadequate labelling of fish is more important than the scandal over horsemeat
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