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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.

Cold snap bites into Britain's gas reserves

People turning up the heating to cope with freezing temperatures sent the gas market into a spin yesterday.

North Sea oil rig deal will create 1,000 Tyneside jobs

A £150m oil rig deal between US oil group Apache and engineering contractor Offshore Group Newcastle (OGN) will create 1,000 jobs in the North-east over the next 20 months.

Review of North Sea safety expected

A radical shake-up of the UK's North Sea oil industry is expected next year.

North Sea fisheries madness

Outcry grows at 'ridiculous' waste of fishing catch

Greenpeace move to stop new drilling

Greenpeace has launched legal action to try to halt deepwater oil drilling off the UK.

Bridge closed as strong winds batter Britain

Britain was battered by strong winds and heavy rain today as storms broke over the country.

Small Talk: Smallcap oil and gas explorers scoop North Sea licences

It has been a busy week for small-cap oil exploration and production (E&P) companies with an interest in the North Sea. The Government's 26th offshore licensing round – postponed from early 2009 on account of the financial crisis – finally concluded. And out of 2,818 possible blocks on offer, a thoroughly healthy 114 licences covering 268 blocks have been awarded, with another 90 still undergoing environmental assessment which may yet turn into licences.

Fuel leak halted after ships collide

A Greek tanker collided with a container ship 20 miles (30km) off the Dutch coast today and briefly leaked jet fuel into the North Sea, a Coast Guard spokesman said.

Storm chaser who swapped North-east for the Midwest

Roger Coulam tells Jonathan Brown how tornadoes pulled him out of Sunderland

Four hundred jobs at wind farm factory

Up to 400 new jobs are to be created at a factory building foundations for offshore wind farms, it was announced today.

I was devastated by Deepwater disaster, BP chief tells MPs

The outgoing BP chief executive Tony Hayward yesterday described the fatal Deepwater Horizon disaster that unleashed the biggest oil slick in history as personally "devastating" because of his commitment to safety as the company's number one priority.

Miliband accuses coalition of 'greenwash' over North Sea oil

Leadership hopeful attacks Government over deep-sea drilling off Shetlands

Dana reports 274% jump in profits as it prepares to fend off KNOC's $1.9bn bid

Dana Petroleum announced a 274 per cent increase in half-year profits yesterday and urged investors to take no action on a £1.87bn hostile bid from the Korea National Oil Company (Knoc) until it had set out its defence on 8 September.

Telefonica takes charge in Round Britain race

After a high speed dash up the North Sea the leaders in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race had covered 440 miles in the first 24 hours after leaving Cowes on the Isle of Wight and were heading for an attack on the Shetland Islands before turning left and west to skirt Scotland.

Scots guard: James Robertson has dedicated himself to preserving the native culture and language north of the border

The doyen of the Scottish literary scene steers Doug Johnstone through his dizzying new grand opus, tracing half a century of life north of the border
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