West Antarctic warming TWICE as fast as previously thought: Study raises the alarm over rise in sea levels


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West Antarctic warming TWICE as fast as previously thought: Study raises new alarm over rise in sea levelsAverage temperatures have risen 2.4C since the Fifties, study showsWest Antarctic ice sheet contains enough water to raise sea by 3.3m Sea levels have risen by about 20cm (8in) over the past century By Damien Gayle PUBLISHED: 10:13 GMT, 24 December 2012 | UPDATED: 10:13 GMT, 24 December 2012 West Antarctica is warming almost twice as fast as previously believed, a new study shows, heightening fears of a catastrophic thaw that raise water levels from San Francisco to Shanghai.

Bust-up in Commons Tea Room between Tory MPs as gay marriage rift threatens to tear party apart


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Bust-up in Commons Tea Room between Tory MPs as gay marriage rift threatens to tear party apart Supporter Gavin Barwell clashed with anti-gay marriage Sir Gerald HowarthRow comes as Cameron accused of 'not listening' to the party over the issueMore than 100 MPs expected to rebel in vote expected next month | UPDATED: 23:50 GMT, 22 December 2012 David Cameron was last night battling to contain his party split over gay marriage after a delegation of senior MPs urged him to reconsider the plans – and two Tories had a ‘toxic’ public argument in the Commons over the issue. The confrontation between fiercely anti-gay marriage MP Sir Gerald Howarth and rising star Gavin Barwell took place in front of shocked colleagues in the Commons Tea Room. One onlooker told The Mail on Sunday that ‘offensive words relating to sexual orientation’ were used – although this aspect of the exchange is denied by the men.

Generation of OAPs happy to keep working: Over-65s with jobs up by 124,000 in a year


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Generation of OAPs happy to keep working: Over-65s with jobs up by 124,000 in a yearThose aged over 65 who have jobs also benefit from the 'feel-good factor'They enjoy higher standard of living, better health and longer life expectancy | UPDATED: 23:04 GMT, 16 December 2012 Pensioners facing higher costs of living are working in ever greater numbers, according to a report yesterday. The number of those aged 65 or over who are still in work soared by 124,000 over the past year.

Anger at climate aid "blank cheque" as ministers agree global deal to repair "loss and damage"

Anger at climate aid ‘blank cheque’: Ministers accused after agreeing global deal to repair ‘loss and damage’ caused by extreme weatherEnergy Secretary Ed Davey pledged to help people in poor countries 'who will be underwater' due to rising sea-levels and melting glaciers In a deal signed by 193 nations, rich countries accepted responsibility for the consequences of rising temperatures | UPDATED: 10:28 GMT, 10 December 2012 Deal: Energy secretary Ed Davey pledged to help those in poor countries who 'will be underwater' due to rising sea-levels Ministers were accused of ‘signing a blank cheque’ for climate aid to the third world as Britain agreed a global deal to repair ‘loss and damage’ caused by extreme weather.

Best served chilled: Grapes harvested in temperatures of -12C for ice wine


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Best served chilled: Grapes harvested in temperatures of -12C for ice wine | UPDATED: 18:58 GMT, 9 December 2012 The night is still dark over the vineyards of the Czech Republic as the workers gather for the annual grape harvest.