Much of the United States is currently in the grip of a polar vortex, a system of dense air producing plummeting temperatures and swathes of freezing weather, bringing some parts of the country to a halt and causing chaos in others.
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Friday 26 October 2012
The UK handed out 167 new licences to drill for oil and gas in the North Sea yesterday, with BP, Shell, Centrica and France's Total among the biggest recipients.
Monday 22 October 2012
An investigation is underway after 19 people were today rescued when a helicopter carrying oil workers made a “controlled ditching” in the North Sea.
Tuesday 28 August 2012
Scientists warn that neither the cause nor the consequence of today’s new record retreat for Arctic sea ice should be ignored. But with drilling opportunities at stake, which interest will prevail?
Friday 22 June 2012
It is just beginning to become clear that an ominous new age is dawning for Arctic, one of the world most unspoiled ecosystems: a stampede for the region’s minerals and other natural resources, oil and gas above all, as the exploitation of them is being made possible by the rapid melting of the Arctic Ice by the warming climate.
Friday 22 June 2012
Environmental group launches campaign to establish global sanctuary free from oil drilling
Tuesday 08 May 2012
Prince Harry has paid tribute to a team of injured servicemen whose attempt to climb Mount Everest has been abandoned because of safety concerns.
Friday 04 May 2012
A team of injured soldiers scaling Everest, including a man from Wiltshire, was stranded at camp as the mountain was battered by high speed winds.
Thursday 26 April 2012
Sailing beyond the Arctic Circle is one of the few fast-growing sectors of the cruise industry. More ships are based at UK ports for the summer than ever, with many venturing to Norway, the Faroe Islands, Iceland and beyond. A voyage to the far north is immensely appealing. In one sense an Arctic adventure is the ultimate day trip, because the summer sun will not fall beneath the horizon all summer. And a thousand miles beyond the tree line, tourists can confront some of the world's rawest edges from the comfort of a cruise-ship cocoon. Mountains that no human has ever climbed soar from the ocean. Thick veins of snow trickle from the peaks and fuel the glaciers that gouge through the rock in geology's perpetual power struggle.
Sunday 19 February 2012
Matt Dickinson, 46
Saturday 04 February 2012
A loss of sea ice could be a cause of the bitter winds that have swept across the UK in the past week, weather experts say
Sunday 11 December 2011
Could the British still summon the stoicism of Captain Scott, asks Harry Mount
Saturday 10 December 2011
From requests for Lego and leg warmers to a popcorn maker and a Puffle, letters to Santa are an art form in themselves. Clare Dwyer Hogg delves into the world of children's wishlists.
Saturday 10 December 2011
It is certainly a house, its wooden frame, painted in soft hues of white and blue, perched prettily in its waterside setting. But I am not convinced, as I open its creaking front door, that it was ever a home – at least, not in the idea of a welcoming shelter from the storm.
Saturday 27 August 2011
Six British adventurers were "on top of the world" yesterday after they became the first team to row to the magnetic North Pole.
Friday 26 August 2011
A team of British adventurers was poised last night to become the first to row to the 1996 magnetic North Pole.
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