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A tiny bat the size of a human thumb has become the first to be recorded crossing the North Sea from Britain to mainland Europe – before meeting an untimely end in the Netherlands.

Britain is heading towards a historic triple dip recession

Britain is tumbling towards a historic triple dip recession, official figures revealed today.

You call this snow?: The Coldest Winters in British History

Snow, snow and more snow.  The latest weather forecasts predict the temperature in Britain won't rise much about 0 for the next week, making this the coldest winter the country has seen for some time. But as cold as the winter of 2013 is turning out, it's a beach holiday in the Bahamas compared to the British winters of yesteryear.

North Sea oil and gas wells leap fuelled by tax breaks

Drilling for North Sea oil and gas took off last year, as a resurgence in the UK continental shelf pushed up the number of new exploration and appraisal wells by a third.

Spotlight on: Algy Cluff, Serial oil and gas entrepreneur

He sounds like something out of a PG Wodehouse novel.

North Sea set to create 50,000 new jobs as investment soars

North Sea employment is set to boom this year. Up to 50,000 new jobs are expected in Britain's oil and gas industry, according to analysis by a leading industry headhunter.

£1bn North Sea oil fields project approved

A £1 billion project to develop two oil fields in the North Sea has been given the go-ahead.

BG's new boss 'breached safety rules at Shell in the North Sea'

Oil & gas giant BG Group has asked a former Shell executive who was once accused of dangerous health and safety breaches in the North Sea to be its new boss.

The cold weather is likely to break on Friday, leading to a warmer but wetter weekend

Wintry showers set to return to the UK as December freeze continues

Some parts of the country will struggle to get above freezing on Wednesday and Thursday

Drops in production and higher spending on offshore fields are blamed for falling projected tax receipts from North Sea oil and gas

Fall in North Sea revenue is £8bn blow for SNP

Independence plans for Scotland rely heavily on gas and oil revenue

Ian Williams loses three of his four matches at Monsoon Cup finale

A reverse in fortunes saw defending world match racing champion Ian Williams lose three of his four matches at the Monsoon Cup finale of the World Match Racing Championship in Malaysia.

Oil wouldn't save independent Scotland, warns IFS

An independent Scotland could face deeper cuts to public spending than the rest of the UK, despite North Sea oil and gas revenues, the widely respected Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has concluded.

BG Group shares sink 14 per cent as output forecast gives causes for alarm

Shares in BG Group fell by 14 per cent to hit a two-year low yesterday after the gas producer that was spun out of British Gas admitted that its 2013 production forecasts were wrong and told the City not to expect any growth next year.

Britain's new licences for North Sea drilling

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.

Shell fired up for Fram gas boost

Shell said that its Fram field in the North Sea would be up and running within three years and will provide 5 per cent of Britain's gas at peak production, after winning government approval for the project.

19 people rescued from North Sea as helicopter carrying oil workers makes 'controlled ditching'

An investigation is underway after 19 people were today rescued when a helicopter carrying oil workers made a “controlled ditching” in the North Sea.

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