Bright ideas: Volvo’s Life Paint was originally developed in Sweden partly to help farmers find their sheep during short winter days

Volvo's new hi-vis paint helps riders and bikes stand out - but not everyone is happy

Hi-vis clothing doesn't have to be a fluoro yellow thanks to a raft of companies that are making safety gear cool. But as Volvo creates a paint that lights up bikes, critics claim that it's tantamount to victim shaming, reports Simon Usborne
Fracking poses a risk to breweries and beer quality through the potential pollution of its key ingredient, water

Beer drinkers join the fight against fracking with claims it poses a 'substantial threat to the quality of real ale'

Now the pint becomes political, as Camra warns the gas extraction technique could poison water

Don’t believe the wipe: wet wipes don’t break down as easily as paper, so they end up clogging sewers and causing floods

Soaring sales of wet wipes have contributed to increase in debris on beaches and 'fatbergs'

Simon Usborne investigates why we've become so obsessed with the moist squares of pseudo cloth, and what impact they are having on our environment

Shine on: a ‘Liter of Light’ plastic bottle provides illumination in the Granizal area of Antioquia, Colombia

Liter of Light's solar-powered, DIY lamp made from a plastic bottle is transforming lives

The charity has pledged to create a million green, off-the-power-grid lights in 2015 using an ingenious design
Jamie Merrill recharging a VW e-Golf at Warwick services on the M40 before setting off to Wigan

Are e-cars the future of motoring? Find out on a long, but not long enough, drive up the Electric Highway

Despite scoffs and derision, Jamie Merrill has always felt e-cars were the way forward. Now that battery technology has caught up with him, he takes a charge and heads for Glasgow to make a point. But...
Among EA pension-fund investments, described by campaigners as ‘astonishing’, are stakes in firms linked to fracking

Environment Agency investing pension fund in industries it regulates is 'clear conflict of interest'

Green watchdog accused over 'shocking' investment portfolio that includes fracking
Pollution in UK cities contributes to thousands of deaths a year

Stop building schools, hospitals and care homes near air pollution blackspots, say MPs

Damning report stresses that 29,000 deaths a year are attributed to air pollution, and that over a thousand schools are only 150 metres away from major roads

Third Energy has applied to drill for gas inside the North York Moors National Park

Fracking firm's plans to look for gas in North Yorkshire criticised by environmental groups

Campaigners claim proposal could cause catastrophic pollution of drinking water
Stefan Gates with some mince flies

Watch shoppers sample insect mince pies in London

People in Borough Market challenged their preconceptions by tucking into some festive insect-based treats

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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Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

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Homeless people keep mobile phones

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