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Global warming 'will last centuries'

GLOBAL warming has already begun in earnest and is certain to continue for centuries, the world's leading experts have concluded, writes Geoffrey Lean. After years of caution, they have decided that pollution is at least partly to blame for an unprecedented heating of the world's climate over the past century, and that it will get even hotter as emissions build up.

Global warming is leading to climatic upheaval, say scientists

Experts have reached consensus after years of disagreement, reports Geoffrey Lean

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Back from holiday, and you've got flu ... or is it?

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A longer life for all? A better life? Can medicine keep one step ahead of disease? And can we afford it? n

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THEATRE : The art of dirty fighting

THE National Theatre scored a deserved hit last year with Katie Mitchell's revival of Githa Sowerby's Rutherford and Son. But South Bank audiences only saw that play thanks to its rediscovery by two fringe companies in the 1980s; and Sowerby, hav ing hadher moment, was likely to have finished on the shelf as a one-play author. Fortunately, the fringe - in the shape of Bristol's Show of Strength company - has now returned to the Sowerby archive and come up with another remarkable piece.

HEALTH / Second Opinion

AROUND the world most people, including children, cannot drink as much as half a pint of milk without feeling unwell. The belief that raw milk is a natural part of the diet is limited to northern Europeans (and their descendants in North America). For most of the world's population, milk is for babies.

Travel Departures: Malaria in India

The plague scare in western India has receded, but a new threat has emerged: cerebral malaria. According to some reports, a strain of this mosquito-borne disease (Plasmodium falciparum) has killed more than 2,000 people in Rajasthan. Hundreds of deaths have also been attributed to malaria in the states of Manipur, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Malaria deaths are linked to genetic traits

PEOPLE may die from infectious disease not because the infection is particularly virulent, but because their own genes have marked them down.

Letter: Epidemic disease under control

Sir: In your article about the present outbreak of cases of plague in India and other epidemic diseases ('Bugs from the past that pose threat to the future', 1 October), Liz Hunt claims that 'leprosy will cripple six million people this year'. The total estimated number of leprosy patients (not new patients in a year) in the world is about six million and less than half of these are crippled.

Bugs from past that pose threat to the future

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