GM crops: UK scientists call for new trials
The controversy over genetically modifying plants is riddled with contradictions.
Take the European Union. Its internal politics have caused a logjam in approvals but the EU science budget is also funding some of Britain's research.
Europe grows very few GM plants but most of its imported animal feed is genetically modified.
It was America's agricultural giants whose hard sell of GM put off so many European consumers but it is also US science that provides the evidence, gathered over the past two decades, that supports the assurance that GM plants and food are safe.
And while Britain's leading plant scientists appeal to the prime minister to help foster this new technology, its leading supermarket chains avoid stocking GM products because no-one is asking for them.
Costly plan to reduce Somerset floods
Efforts to help one of Britain's most flood-prone regions will cost "tens of millions of pounds", according to the Environment Agency.
A plan to safeguard the Somerset Levels is due to be unveiled tomorrow amid concerns about the funding needed to implement it.
UK site ready to destroy chemical weapons
Preparations are under way in Britain to destroy key components of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal.
A waste handling site in Ellesmere Port is on standby to receive 150 tonnes of chemicals from Damascus.
Winter wettest on record - Met Office
A winter that can generate no fewer than five new records for rainfall before it's even over is certainly exceptional and may prove to be unprecedented.
The Met Office's map is startling for two reasons: the intensity of the dark blue marking the areas hit with rainfall that was more than twice the seasonal average and the sheer size of the regions affected.
Earthquake confirmed in Bristol Channel
We rarely think of Britain as vulnerable to earthquakes but its geology is surprisingly volatile.
Today's quake of 4.1 is not all that unusual. According to the British Geological Survey, quakes of magnitude 4 are felt roughly every two years. Stronger tremors of magnitude 5 strike every 10-20 years.
British sinkhole spike prompts warning
Britain is likely to face the strange and disturbing threat of more sinkholes opening up in the weeks and months ahead.
The warning comes from the British Geological Survey (BGS), which has been studying a recent spate of collapses across the country.
Barrage over climate change link to floods
As the barrage of bad weather eases, another kind of turbulence is brewing over one of the potential causes.
Listen to some environmental campaigners and you might think that there is total certainty that global warming led to the recent rain; listen to some climate sceptics and there is absolutely no connection at all.
Will we ever learn lessons from flooding?
As the winds accelerate and the rivers rise, many are asking if we ever learn the lessons of previous floods.
After the severe inundations of 2007, Sir Michael Pitt was asked to head an independent review.
UK floods: Homes evacuated as swollen Thames keeps rising
At the heart of this blame game is the difficult question of who gets defended and who does not.
The blunt truth is the budget has never been big enough to help everyone, so awkward decisions have to be made. The priority is to save people and property.