Environment The Nathusius’ pipistrelle weighs just 7.6g and is the size of a human thumb

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.

Members of the Serpentine Swimming Club take the plunge in London’s Hyde Park

Balmy Britain is warmer than Athens and Barcelona

Unseasonably mild weather dashed hopes of a White Christmas yesterday.

Hurricane causes £100m blow to economy

The single day of hurricane-force winds that battered Scotland could cost the country's economy around £100 million, business experts have warned.

Barra beach airport tops poll of best places to land

An airport at the edge of the Atlantic, where planes touch down on the beach, has been named the world's most spectacular place to land.

North braced for wintry blast

Parts of Britain are braced for more snow, sleet and hail today as the winter cold snap continues to bite.

BP faces challenge to Shetland drilling

BP's "public consultation" over its plan for a controversial deepwater oil well off the coast of Shetland, closed this month, has been reopened by Chris Huhne, for further comments.

Exclusive: BP to risk worst ever oil spill in Shetlands drilling

Internal report warns of ecological disaster if new well bursts

Michael McCarthy: BP is turning a beautiful ocean into a factory

We know all too well what crude oil can do to the incomparably rich avifauna of Shetland: in 1993 the tanker Braer ran aground there, spilled its cargo, and in the next few weeks more than 1,500 dead birds were picked up on Shetland beaches – a figure thought to be but a fraction of the true death toll.

MPs threaten rebellion over new electoral boundaries

When MPs return to Westminster from their extended summer break today, one subject will preoccupy their thoughts. It will not be the downfall of Muammar Gaddafi's regime, the plans to reform the NHS or the changes to abortion law, all of which are on this week's Commons agenda.

Seabirds in danger from new oil exploration, RSPB warns

Conservationists are calling on the Government to revoke dozens of new licences for oil and gas exploration in UK waters, fearing hundreds of thousands of seabirds could be at risk if they are granted.

Shell locates secondary oil leak

Shell said today it is working to stop a secondary flow of oil spilling into the North Sea from beneath an offshore platform.

BP struggles to recruit engineers

A shortage of skilled engineers is threatening to hamper efforts by BP to boost production in the North Sea, a senior executive has said.

Hackers steal US police data

Anonymous, the online activism group, said yesterday it had hacked into 70 law enforcement websites in the US in retaliation for the arrests of supporters in Britain and the US.

Teenager bailed on hacking charges

A teenager appeared in court today charged with hacking into websites, including that of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).

Suspected Anonymous member arrested in hacking probe

A 19-year-old man suspected of being a prominent member of the cyber-hacking groups Anonymous and LulzSec, responsible for attacks on corporate targets ranging from Visa and Mastercard to Sony and The Sun, has been arrested in a raid in the Shetland Isles.

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