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Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Lee were falling in southern Louisiana and pelting the US Gulf Coast yesterday as the storm's centre trudged slowly towards land, where businesses were already beginning to suffer on what would normally be a bustling holiday weekend. With floods from the storms of last weekend's Hurricane Irene still evident in New England, Lee could bring up to 20 inches of rain to some areas.
American endurance swimmer Diana Nyad has begun her attempt to become the first person to swim the shark-filled Florida Straits without the aid of a safety cage.
Undeterred by the prospect of hungry sharks, hurricane-season storms, and the dysfunctional state of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba, a 61-year-old woman was paddling through calm seas today as she attempted to become the first person to swim unaided across the Straits of Florida.
The keys to vast reserves of oil off the coast of Alaska may have been handed to Shell this week after President Barack Obama's administration granted it provisional permission to drill exploration wells in the Beaufort Sea's frigid waters despite fierce opposition from environmentalists.
A fish with arm-like fins; a two-inch leech with oversized jaws found living in a man's nose and a type of rust-eating microbe making a slow meal of the wreck of the Titanic are among the "top 10 new species" discovered in 2010, scientists announced yesterday.
Oil on troubled waters
When BP's Deepwater Horizon exploded last April, the world feared the worst. But it has not come to pass, says David Usborne, and what's more, money is proving a more corrosive force than the oil
Scores of people plan to protest today at the oil firm's AGM
Environmentalists are angry at the energy giant's plans to drill for oil in a remote region of the Arctic
Why do the Tories think timber companies want to buy the forests? To abandon the work they do and become druids?
Economies and short cuts by BP and other firms contributed to last year's disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a damning official inquiry has found.
Still in deep, deep water
Shareholders may be about to see some dividend after oil giant returns to profit
Profits at Royal Dutch Shell soared by 18 per cent to $3.5bn (£2.2bn) in the third quarter thanks to rising production and sharp rises in the oil price.
Dividends are growing for the first time in more than a year, Capita Registrars will reveal today. The 1.6 per cent rise in the third quarter of 2010 follows five consecutive quarters of decline, the firm's dividend monitor has found.
The clean-up bill for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has risen to 11.2 billion US dollars (£7.1 billion), BP said today as new boss Bob Dudley officially takes up the reins.