Branson and O'Leary 'were wrong' to deny ash-cloud risk

Air traffic controllers were right to close European airspace last year over fears of the ash plume from an erupting Icelandic volcano, a study has found.

Video: Philippines volcano to erupt

Residents in Batangas in the Philippines are being urged to evacuate as Volcano Taal looks set to erupt.

Video: Easyjet pushes ash cloud plans

There are calls to speed up plans to install a pioneering ash detection system on aircraft in order to avoid future travel chaos.

Ryanair blames EU for new charge

Ryanair will add €2 (£1.76) per passenger to all bookings from Monday to pay for the cost of flight cancellations and delays in "force majeure" events.

Video: Volcano may erupt after Japan disaster

A volcano on the border of North Korea and China could erupt in the next few years, after being stimulated by the Japanese earthquake.

Volcanoes' role in origins of life found after 50 years lost in a lab

An experiment carried out more than 50 years ago has revealed that volcanoes may have played a crucial role in the formation of the first organic building blocks of life, which led to the first replicating lifeforms on earth about 4.5 billion years ago.

Kite surfing: Prepare to realise Da Vinci's dream

The warm waters and strong winds of Costa Rica's Bahia Salinas makes it the perfect location to learn to fly.

Indonesia volcano erupts

One of Indonesia's most active volcanos has erupted, sending lava and searing gas clouds tumbling down its slopes.

Tourists warned as Hawaiian volcano erupts

Scientists are closely monitoring heightened activity at Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, after a fissure sent lava spewing 20m (65ft) in the air. No homes were threatened and no one was injured, but park rangers cautioned visitors to keep their distance from the volcano.

New vent opens in Kilauea volcano

A new vent opened at Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, sending lava shooting up to 65ft, scientists said.

Pompeii: Life and death in the shadow of Vesuvius

A blockbuster exhibition of artefacts salvaged from the volcanic eruption that decimated the Roman city of Pompeii 2,000 years ago opens in New York today.

Government failed to act on volcanic ash threat, say MPs

The Government failed to plan for a possible volcanic eruption in Iceland that paralysed air traffic in the UK and caused hundreds of millions of pounds worth of disruption despite being warned of the threat, an official investigation into national emergencies has found.

Hundreds of Filipinos flee erupting volcano

Hundreds of people have fled their homes in central Philippines after a volcano spewed a 1.2-mile-high column of ash, blanketing several villages.

Video: Amazing volcanic lightning

Volcanic rocks clash as Mount Shinmoe continues to erupt in Japan.

Japan volcano erupts again

A volcano in southern Japan erupted today with its biggest explosion yet, shooting out a huge plume of gas, boulders and ash and breaking windows five miles away.

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