Met Office reveals last decade was the hottest ever recorded

Data show that Earth is not cooling as some sceptics had claimed, but is hotter now than at any point since 1860

Stephen King: How China is putting the skids under Western economic revival

Outlook: In the absence of a collapse in commodity prices, the US and the UK are struggling

Cameron hit by Tory backlash on environment

David Davis condemns flagship green policies as senior Tory MPs question climate change consensus

Air pollution link to appendicitis

Air pollution may trigger appendicitis, research suggests.

Excessive bonuses to be banned in war on greed

Chancellor to bring in legislation within weeks designed to curb culture of risk that precipitated global financial meltdown

Eliot Whittington: Polluters must pay

Those who warmed up the planet must pay to cool it down

Micro-breweries prove a big pull in Britain

Britain has the greatest number of small breweries of any major industrialised nation, with 71 starting up in the last year alone, according to the Good Beer Guide.

Japan plans 25 per cent cut in emissions

Japan's Prime Minister-elect says his government will follow through on a campaign pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 per cent by 2020. It is a more aggressive goal than the previous administration's, which would have cut emissions by only 8 per cent from 1990 levels.

World economy stabilising says Krugman

The world economy has avoided "utter catastrophe" and industrialised countries could register growth this year, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman said on Monday.

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails & online postings (21 March 2009)

At last we're beginning to grasp the true dimensions of the apocalyptic crisis we have generated and now have to confront ("Water scarcity now bigger threat than financial crisis", 15 March). I work in Nicaragua alongside people who've been working for years to combat the devastating effects of our "developed" countries' practices. To sustain the unsustainable, this small should-be paradise has been systematically stripped of its phenomenal natural wealth and human potential. Among its remaining treasures is one of the world's largest deposits of fresh water. Given the vicious history of the US and European imperial powers towards Latin America, Nicaraguans are increasingly nervous that the industrialised nations will invade for water just as surely as they did for oil. Wars over water will make wars over oil look like children's games.

Ten ways to save the world

We get the message. The planet's doomed unless we get our act together PDQ. We even know some of the measures needed to give ourselves a chance. But which less orthodox proposals could stave off disastrous climate change? Environment editor Geoffrey Lean has a cunning plan

PM: I won't apologise for economic crisis

Brown resists pressure from close allies to sound more contrite note

Brown rejects calls to apologise for recession

Gordon Brown has rejected calls from close allies to apologise for playing any part in triggering Britain's slide into recession when he addresses the two Houses of Congress today.

France hit by nationwide strike

Hundreds of thousands of French workers staged a nationwide strike today to try to force President Nicolas Sarkozy and business leaders to do more to protect jobs and wages during the economic crisis.

Mary Robinson: Climate change is an issue of human rights

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