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February 12 headlines
Sochi Winter Olympics on track to be warmest ever
The Sochi games are on course to be the warmest winter Olympics in history and, as the mercury rises in both the coastal and mountain clusters, the temperature is starting to have a serious effect on the competition. Guardian.
Study shows urbanisation’s impact on biodiversity
A dataset, described as the largest of its kind to date, has assessed the impact of urbanisation on biodiversity levels around the globe. It found that cities supported far fewer species of birds and planted compared with similar areas of undeveloped land. BBC.
OECD admits it overlooked risk of weak banks
Europe’s asperity drive has caused less of a shock to growth than the spill over effects from broken banks and restrictive regulation, a study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has found. Telegraph.
Rail service could take months to return to normal after storm damage
Damage caused by wind, rain and floods that disrupted rail services in the south and west of England could take weeks or even months to repair, Network Rail has warned. A estimated £100 million of damage has been caused to the railway so far. Guardian.
Sellafield £70bn clean-up costs ‘astonishing’, MPs say
The estimated cost of cleaning up the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site in Cumbria has risen by almost £2.5 billion in a year, a report has said. The report added that progress had been “poor” and targets had been missed. BBC.
The facts behind flood spending – Financial Times
Climate change is making the world sick – Ecologist