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A former oil refinery at Shell Haven in Thurrock, Essex, could be the site of the UK's largest container port. Plans unveiled by P&O and Shell will create 16,500 jobs, with the 2.3km long quay capable of handling 3.5M containers a year.

Parts of the west Antarctic ice sheet are getting thicker, according to a study that casts doubt on one of the greatest fears surrounding global warming. The study found that rather than losing about 21bn t of ice a year, west Antarctica is accumulating nearly 27bn t.

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