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2021 was in the top seven hottest years on record, data show (Jane Barlow/PA)
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2021 one of seven warmest years on record despite La Nina’s cooling effect

Experts say collation of six major datasets shows 2021 was seventh year in a row with temperatures more than 1C above pre-industrial times.
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Sturgeon announces Omicron restrictions to be lifted in Scotland from Monday

The First Minister said recent figures ‘gives us confidence that we have turned the corner’.
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Hundreds more trains axed over staff shortages

Four operators are introducing emergency timetables from Monday

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Vigils held for Ashling Murphy as murder investigation continues

Irish police are continuing to hunt for the killer of Ms Murphy, who was found dead after going for a run along the Grand Canal in Tullamore.
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Serial killer Peter Tobin taken to hospital from jail

He is serving three life sentences at HMP Edinburgh for the murders of Angelika Kluk, Vicky Hamilton and Dinah McNicol.
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Sir David Attenborough joins Hey Duggee to sing the praises of plants

The Green Planet Badge episode will debut online on Sunday.
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Thundersnow forecast as Met Office warns homes could lose power supplies

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for much of the UK as winter starts to bite.
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Rail disruption on first morning commute of 2022

Operators across Britain suffered delays and cancellations on Tuesday morning due to a combination of faults and staff shortages.
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Unseen paintings from pre-fame days to feature in Jack Vettriano exhibition

The show in Kirkcaldy will include pieces signed with his birth name Jack Hoggan.
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PM urged to make New Year’s resolutions to tackle nature and climate crises

Leading conservation organisations have called for a series of environment measures in a letter to Boris Johnson.
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Britain breaks New Year’s Eve record with mild temperatures

The record-breaking temperatures on New Year’s Eve followed a ‘much milder’ December than usual.
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Train timetables slashed due to pandemic staff shortages

At least eight operators have either already reduced frequencies on many routes or will do so in the coming days.
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Widower calls on health boards to ban insulin pump over fears it killed husband

Paul McNairney, 39, died after the Omnipod delivered four days’ worth of insulin in less than an hour, according to data obtained by a legal firm.
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In Pictures: Cop26, Covid-19 and flying canines during 2021 in Scotland

A colourful round-up of the year’s major events in pictures.
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Labour accuses Government of ‘complacency’ over vaccine misinformation online

The party has called for emergency legislation to criminalise platforms that do not act to stamp out anti-vaccination content.
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Sturgeon accused of ‘indecision’ over isolation as Scotland hits new Covid high

The First Minister confirmed that Scotland had recorded a record-high 15,849 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.
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‘Eye-watering’ costs of 2021’s climate-related storms and floods revealed

Christian Aid highlighted 15 of the worst extreme events around the world this year, including 10 disasters which each cost £1.1 billion or more.
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Snow arrives on Boxing Day after Met Office issued weather warning

The white Christmas continued after a Met Office weather warning of snow was issued on Saturday.
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Snow forecast from Derbyshire to Scotland as white Christmas continues

One of the Met Office’s yellow warnings was expanded to include an area from the Scottish Borders to Derbyshire.
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Mild and wet Christmas expected across UK with slim chance of snow

The Met Office said specific locations for a potential white Christmas cannot yet be forecast.
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Extinction Rebellion activists block Home Office building in Glasgow

The demonstration is in response to Home Secretary Priti Patel’s Nationality and Borders Bill passing through the House Of Commons.
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Salad bar chain Choppaluna to open 10 sites next year in growth plan

It said the expansion will start with another London restaurant in High Holborn in the first quarter of next year.
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Schools ban glitter and cut back on Christmas decorations to be eco-friendly

Eco-conscious pupils, parents and teachers are demanding more action on the climate crisis during the festive season.
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Deacon Blue’s Ricky Ross hits out at lack of guidance as band cancels gigs

The band’s frontman said he was ‘disappointed authorities didn’t make any decision regarding live concerts in the wake of Omicron’.
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The UK’s changing climate revealed with 60 years of Met Office data

Hull has been warmer on average than Heathrow used to be, while Argyll and Bute has seen the biggest increase in rainfall.
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Cop26 summit likely to have had ‘little impact’ on Covid cases in Scotland

Public Health Scotland published its final report looking at the impact the climate change conference had on the pandemic in Scotland.
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Porsche drivers sentenced for speeding at more than 100mph in YouTube video

David Murray and Timur Khayrov, both 30, were given suspended jail terms.
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Developer pauses work on Cambo oilfield

Siccar Point Energy said it would now ‘evaluate next steps’.
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Kate Forbes seeks to tackle child poverty and climate change in 2022-23 Budget

The Scottish Finance Secretary unveiled her draft tax and spending plans to MSPs at Holyrood.
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Power station chimney demolished in ‘milestone’ for journey to net-zero

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon pressed the button to start the controlled explosion at Longannet in Fife.
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Manchester crowned UK’s most generous area in 2021 by GoFundMe

The report also revealed that the UK was the fourth most generous nation in the world.
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Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall to house new TV studio

Culture Secretary Angus Robertson visited the site with BBC director general Tim Davie.
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Alok Sharma: UK must push forward on climate action like other countries

‘Delivery is an issue for absolutely every single country’, Cop26 President says.
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We’re a long way from where we need to be on climate change, expert says

Peter Betts spoke after receiving a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) for his services to international climate change agreements.
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UK should be ‘ambitious on climate regardless of action by other countries’

A survey found nearly two-thirds of people think the UK should be one of the most ambitious countries when it comes to tackling climate change.
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Businesses, unions and green groups call for action on Glasgow climate pact

The pact, secured at the UN talks in the UK last month, calls on countries to accelerate climate policies and strengthen national plans up to 2030.
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Review ordered after woman’s body lays in mortuary for six weeks

Charlene McGregor, 41, was being treated for a cyst when she died at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.
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Sturgeon urges vaccine uptake as she gets booster jag

Scotland has recorded 14 Covid-linked deaths in 24 hours and one new Omicron case, taking the total to 30.
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Romance fraudster targeted dying woman

Osagie Aigbonohan, 40, originally from Lagos, Nigeria, used a number of aliases to contact women online through dating and social media sites.
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Omicron cases in Scotland up to 29 as Steps gig linked to new variant outbreak

Scotland’s First Minister said the variant is spreading in the community and cases may rise ‘significantly’.
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British Airways will be first airline to use UK-produced sustainable fuel

The carrier announced it will fly planes using the lower carbon fuel from early next year.
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Shell pulls out of Cambo oil field development

The decision has been welcomed by environmental groups.
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Man convicted of glorifying terrorist actions jailed for seven-and-a-half years

Sam Imrie was also convicted of possessing extreme pornography, including indecent images of children.