The Complexo do Alemao favela in Rio de Janeiro is a good example of urban planning, says a leading scientist

Could this favela be the blueprint for how our cities should look by 2050?

Leading environmental scientist tells Jay Merrick why mediaeval towns and Brazilian slums can improve urban living

The rolling hills of the South Downs National Park near to Brighton, Sussex. Residents of the South Downs National Park have accused the Government of attempting to drive through road development proposals in sensitive areas along the South Coast without properly consulting the public

Road expansion planned for South Downs National Park ‘ignoring local views’

Meanwhile another southern coastal route identified as most persistently dangerous highway in Britain

Natalie Bennett: ‘People are giving up their old loyalties’

Green Party shuns Lib Dem pact over environment policy

Nick Clegg and his ministers now 'discredited' by support for fracking and nuclear power
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
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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
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
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

Price: £5,200
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Brakes: Shimano disc brakes (mechanical)
Wheels: DT Swiss X-1900 Spline

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
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Immigration: Obama's final frontier

The President is ready to press ahead with the long-promised plan to overhaul America's 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?
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Bill Cosby rape allegations explained

Why are these allegations coming out now? Why has nobody taken legal action? And what happens next for the man once thought of as 'America's Dad'
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Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain
Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?

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Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?
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Paul Scholes column: England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil

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England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil
Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win says defender as he prepares to return with Hull

Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win

Hull defender faces his struggling former club on Sunday ready to show what they are missing. But he says he will always be grateful to Tottenham
Frank Warren column: Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game

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Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game
Synagogue attack: Fear unites both sides of Jerusalem as minister warns restoring quiet could take 'months'

Terror unites Jerusalem after synagogue attack

Rising violence and increased police patrols have left residents of all faiths looking over their shoulders
Medecins sans Frontieres: The Ebola crisis has them in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa

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The Ebola crisis has Medecins sans Frontieres in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa
Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Residents in what was Iraq’s safest city fear an increase in jihadist attacks, reports Patrick Cockburn
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Sir John Major hits out at theatres

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