Repairing or improving flood defences is so expensive that areas of countryside which are still under water could be deserted, says Environment Agency
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Friday 20 April 2012
Giants walk the streets of Liverpool today, as an estimated 250,000 people line the streets for puppet theatre on a grand scale.
Sunday 15 April 2012
Cruise ship passengers and crew have said prayers at the spot in the North Atlantic where the Titanic sank 100 years ago with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.
Wednesday 21 March 2012
Failing to tackle climate change will damage the world's oceans to the tune of £270 billion a year by mid-century, researchers warned today.
Friday 16 March 2012
Scattered across 650 miles of the Indian Ocean, these tropical islands offer superb beaches, dramatic scenery and a benign climate.
Thursday 15 March 2012
An exploration company has struck oil and discovered the first commercial well off the Irish coast.
Sunday 11 March 2012
The populations of almost half of the world's seabirds are thought to be in decline, according to a study published in Bird Conservation International.
Friday 09 March 2012
I first heard about Karl Ove Knausgaard's six torrential volumes of autobiographical fiction in the cosy book-lined cabin where Per Petterson writes, just next to his farmhouse in eastern Norway. The author of Out Stealing Horses – a much less prolix kind of writer – gestured to a line of matching spines and told me with admiration about the 3,000-page deluge of confessional writing that had set the country talking and arguing after the first episode appeared in 2009. As if Knausgaard's sustained assault on every conventional divide between the novel and memoir were not enough, he had called his epic sequence "My Struggle". In Norwegian, that's Min Kamp. You can see that Karl Ove does not exactly shun controversy.
Saturday 03 March 2012
Rising levels of carbon dioxide are threatening to bring mass extinction to fragile eco-systems
Sunday 26 February 2012
The waterman constable and the bogeyman
Thursday 23 February 2012
With each soaring, emotive note, Hayley Mary makes up for Australian rock’s long-standing lack of strong female singers. Despite her pixie dimensions, The Jezabels’ vocalist commands the stage with an easy authority. No wonder they have the confidence to play by their own rules.
Tuesday 21 February 2012
Large regions of the open ocean are being starved of oxygen because of warmer sea temperatures according to studies showing that fish and other marine creatures are moving into narrower habitats to avoid suffocation.
Monday 13 February 2012
The Government may face a legal challenge to its £33 billion HS2 high-speed rail project, it was revealed today.
Monday 13 February 2012
Underwater pumping operations began yesterday to remove some of the 500,000 gallons of fuel on the Costa Concordia.
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
Friday 03 February 2012
Seventy years ago, the British merchant ship the SS Port Nicholson was sunk by U Boats off the coast of Cape Cod. According to the British Government its cargo amounted to little more than machinery and military stores bound for allies in the United States.
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