An artist’s impression of TuNur solar farm in the Sahara desert

Saharan sun could provide energy for UK homes in £8bn plan to build 100 sq km solar farm - and a very long power cable

Proposed TuNur farm would host thousands of computer-controlled mirrors that track the sun and reflect the light back towards a central tower

The attempt to force Britain’s Big Five banks into ending their £66bn involvement with 'dirty' energy marks a new direction for the growing divestment campaign, as part of which this month the University of Glasgow pledged to stop investing in fossil fuels

Divestment campaign urges customers to boycott banks which support fracking and fossil-fuel industry

Customers concerned about global warming are being urged to write to the banks threatening to withdraw their money

The Scout Moor wind farm in the South Pennines

Eric Pickles accused of 'rejecting wind farms to win votes'

The Communities Secretary blocks nearly nine out of 10 applications
Austrialian-born Natalie Bennett was elected leader of the Green Party in September 2012

Natalie Bennett: Green on the outside but red in the centre

The leader of the Green Party is happy to be called a watermelon. Just don't mention Nigel Farage
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Campaign to put ecocide on a par with genocide in attempt to curb environmental destruction

Grassroots movement wants the International Criminal Court to prosecute offenders
A sewage treatment facility in Slough. Water firms are preparing to pipe a continuous supply of biomethane gas directly from sewage-treatment plants into the National Grid

Water firms to pipe biomethane gas generated at sewage-treatment works into Britain's homes

Cooking with 'poo-power' could hold substantial environmental benefits
A protest sign pleads ‘No new open-pit mines!’

Green village to be bulldozed and mined for lignite in Germany's quest for non-nuclear fuel

More than 800 residents including some 400 from a neighbouring village will be resettled

BMC GF01 Ultegra Disc Road Bike, review: Road bike brakes are going through a revolution

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There are no fungicides for vegetables although there are for fruit and flowers

Gardeners lose the plot as summer weather leads to mildew attack

Alert from Royal Horticultural Society over disease which could damage or kill fruit and veg

Much loved: The North York Moors are meant to be protected

Fracking fears for the North York Moors after oil company gains permission to drill for gas

Environmental campaigners suspect full-scale extraction could follow
The first system of its kind in the Thames provides hot water for 150 homes and a large hotel in Richmond Park

Heat from rivers could supply energy to thousands of homes

Department of Energy wants rapid development of pumps that could help provide low-carbon power
The monster yew-tree hedge on the Bathurst Estate, in Cirencester

The clippings of a 300-year-old, 150ft yew hedge can save the lives of cancer patients

The green giant is on the Bathurst Estate in Cirencester and its clippings are sold to pharmaceutical firms as a key ingredient of docetaxel, a chemotherapy drug
Tyred out: should fair weather cyclists have a separate slow lane?

Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
The Cuadrilla exploration drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex. The latest bidding process for shale companies seeking licences to explore for oil and gas has opened

‘Public interest’ will allow fracking on World Heritage sites

Government draws up guidelines for energy companies wanting to frack in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, World Heritage sites and National Parks

Douglas McMaster says the food industry is ‘traumatised’

First zero-waste restaurant to open in Brighton

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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

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Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album