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All the world's a stage – and all the men and women merely environmentalists who hate BP

RSC hit by string of theatrical protests over sponsorship deal with British oil giant

Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron at The Independent/RSA fringe meeting in Brighton

Osborne 'runs scared from the Clarkson tendency'

George Osborne is putting off "green" development because he is trying to appeal to the "Jeremy Clarkson tendency", the president of the Liberal Democrats said yesterday.

Majority back 5p carrier bag move

The majority of people think a 5p charge on single-use carrier bags should be introduced in England to cut litter and waste, a poll suggested today.

'Arctic oil spill could take six months to cap,' says cross-party committee

Oil companies are failing to safeguard the Arctic against a "catastrophic" spill and should halt drilling operations, a cross-party committee of MPs has said.

Energy help scheme has £50m to burn

As households face up to a winter with even higher energy bills, the government scheme set up to help the UK's poorest avoid crippling costs is underspending by £50m.

Don't get angry, get more energy smart

Gas and electricity charges are set to rise again, but you may be able to beat the energy companies at their own game, reports Chiara Cavaglieri
Ed Davey proposes offering financial benefits to communities that agree to host new wind turbines

Davey takes on Osborne over wind farms

Lib Dem Secretary of State launches green initiative, while Chancellor pushes on fossil fuels

Planning minister's think-tank calls for millions of homes on Green Belt

The Government should build on Green Belt land to address Britain's housing shortage, according to a think-tank founded by the new Planning minister, Nick Boles.

A trial cull is due to begin in the West Country later this month

Anti-badger cull activists accused of 'campaign of intimidation' against ministers

Anti-badger cull activists have been accused of an “organised campaign of intimidation” by the Government after the home address of the new environment minister was published on a website.

No ban on pesticides despite links to sharp declines in bees

Nerve-agent pesticides should not be banned in Britain despite four separate scientific studies strongly linking them to sharp declines in bees around the world, Government scientists have advised.

Green bank ready to commit £3bn to environmental firms

The Government's £3bn flagship scheme to encourage private sector money into low carbon technology and green initiatives is on the hunt for projects with which to formally launch in October.

World's biggest offshore wind farm planned

Plans for the world's largest offshore wind farm have been submitted to the Scottish Government. The £4.5bn scheme, which could be built by 2020, would see 339 turbines stationed in the Moray Firth, 13 miles off Caithness.

Protesters gathered outside Vedanta's AGM in London yesterday

Mining giant's AGM under siege over rights abuses

Institutional investors in Vedanta echoed concerns of environmental activists outside

A rendering of the new African biosphere at Chester Zoo. The approved redevelopment within the green belt includes a hotel

Dozens of developments pose threat to sanctity of green belt

Developments to help 'revive the economy' risk destroying countryside, campaigners say

George Osborne is said to want homes to be built on protected land to boost the economy

Ministers get ready to go for green-belt grab

Conservationists urge the Treasury to rethink, as villages will suffer for no economic benefit

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