Environment Scientists have found that temperatures are rising faster in the Arctic than in the rest of the world, and two and a half times faster than in previous estimates

It was the evidence that climate change sceptics loved to cite. While the scientific community’s warnings about global warming had become ever more convincing, the critics pointed time and again to graphs showing the rise in the world’s average surface temperatures has slowed down since 1998 – a fact extensively interpreted by many vocal opponents as a fundamental failure in the basic science of climate change.

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You write the reviews: Puccini's La BohEme: Live from the Met, Little Theatre Cinema, Bath

It's unlikely that I will visit New York's Metropolitan Opera House, so I jumped at the chance to experience a live performance at my local arts cinema of Puccini's La Bohème and hear the wonderful voices of the soprano Angela Gheorghiu and the tenor Ramon Vargas in the lead roles of Mimi and Rodolfo. Maybe it was the thrill of knowing that it was a live link-up and I was experiencing unedited real-time performances and, albeit simulated, real human feelings, but I wasn't expecting it to be such an emotional and uplifting experience, more so than other productions I've seen or heard before.

Frank Guarrera: Stylish operatic baritone

The American baritone Frank Guarrera sang for 28 seasons at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. His large repertory was mainly Italian, though his most popular role, Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen, was French and he was also a notable Valentine in Gounod's Faust during the early years of his career. He sang frequently in San Francisco, Philadelphia and other US cities, including Seattle and Los Angeles. His summers were spent at Cincinnati Summer Opera and Colorado Central City. Though his voice was not huge, it was well-focused and always stylishly used, while with the years he became a very good actor.

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Six months before Andy Warhol died of a heart attack, he finished painting his last series of self-portraits. They differed dramatically from anything he had previously produced.

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The bosses of Enron, the energy company whose collapse came to define an era of corporate excess, face the rest of their lives behind bars after a jury decided fraud at the company went right to the top.

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The leg-pull theory of history explained

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How We Met: Terry Callier & Beth Orton

Terry Callier, 54, grew up in the same Chicago area as Curtis Mayfield. He began recording in 1963 and became known for merging soul, jazz and folk. In the Eighties he turned to computer programming to support his daughter, but in 1991 his music was rediscovered by the acid jazz scene and he returned to the studio. Divorced, he lives in Chicago

Captain Moonlight: What ho, chums, a letter from HM!

WHOOP, WHOOP! Yes, it's your Captain speaking, here once again with my bracing weekly prescription of fun, frolic and good cheer! Sorry? August, rain, disaster, gloom, A-level results, the Earl of Wessex making a loss for the sixth year running, Britain bottom in European quality of life survey, those wonderful Planet Hollywood burger restaurants in a spot of bother, it just gets worse and worse? Dear. Just pull yourself together. Count your blessings. Here are the Captain's More Than Nine Reasons To Smile: 1) Tony will be back soon! 2) The Prince of Wales is already back! 3) Scientists from the University of East Anglia have identified a new striped rabbit in South-east Asia. 4) Roger Moore has clinched the role as the new Charlie in the new Charlie's Angels. 5) The Edinburgh Festival is nearly over. 6) The chances of your being killed by a falling vending machine are about 4,000,000:1. 7) Chris Evans is going to be very rich after floating his company. 8) Beer is much more expensive in Norway, I can tell you. 9) Not long to go to the Millennium celebrations now. 10) Every Sunday, here, in this very spot, you have the chance to win an exclusive black and silver enamel-effect Moonlight Badge. Now read on. And don't forget, smile and the world smiles with you, but cry ... Next!

Still small voice of calm

No thundering Wotan here... John Tomlinson is back. And this time it's stately.

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How We Met: Alan Parker & Gray Jolliffe

Alan Parker, 56, is a film director, writer and producer whose many film include `The Commitments' and `Evita'. His latest film, `Angela's Ashes', will be released in the autumn. He recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Directors' Guild of Great Britain, and is chairman of the British Film Institute. He lives in London

How We Met: Richard Dreyfuss; & Marsha Mason

Richard Dreyfuss, 51, was born in Brooklyn, New York. His acting career has spanned 30 years and his film credits include American Graffiti, Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. He won an Academy Award for his role in the 1977 film The Goodbye Girl which co-starred Marsha Mason. Dreyfuss lives in New York and LA with his fiancee, Janelle
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