Scientists track global statistics and conclude past events are not reliable predictors for future risk Aftermath of flooding inside the Glenridding Hotel caused by Storm Desmond in December 2015. Photograph: McCaren/LNP/REX/ShutterstockFor the inhabitants of the Cumbrian village of Glenridding, the winter of 2015/16 was a miserable one.
New search for communities willing to host underground site for thousands of years An underground nuclear waste storage site under construction at Meuse in France. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesLocal communities around England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be offered £1m a year to volunteer to host an
It was midday, but already the sun was low to the alder-fringed ridge of Dryhowe Pasture. A buzzard passed above the skyline, its underwings and tail stained like December’s landscape: peat-dark, and the paler patches like snow-remnants on winter bracken. A kestrel swerved elegantly into view, then