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Ewe view: Sheep in the Cumbrian uplands - but not for long if George Monbiot has his way

Like a lamb to the slaughter: Environmentalist attacks 'ecological disaster' of sheep-rearing at hill farmers' meeting – and is met with stony silence

George Monbiot wants 'a change in incentives to encourage wildlife and allow biodiversity to recover'

Pea soupers: locals on Redcar beach in the shadow of the Corus Steelworks in Teesside

Citizen clean: Campaigners frustrated with the Government's failure to cut the amount of air pollution are uniting to tackle 'invisible killer'

If you live within earshot of the M1 in Sheffield, don't be alarmed if you spot a furtive character attaching small plastic tubes to lamp posts and garden fences across the neighbourhood. It's probably just Neil Parry, a clean air campaigner, and he's not up to anything sinister, unless you are a developer trying to build a new road or a supermarket planning a lorry-filled depot.

Ed Davey fights back amid row over clean-up of Sellafield nuclear site

Controversial consortium was ‘put through its paces’ before getting contract extension

The turbine sails of the Scout Moor Wind Farm in the Pennines dominate the skyline

Power from the people to the people: Local communities can benefit from generating their own electricity

From solar, wind and hydro power – to one potential fracking project, Tom Bawden reports on schemes that earn their keep

Camelina sativa plants are engineered with synthetic omega-3 genes that trigger the production of the 'fish oil' in the seeds of the harvested crop

First nutrient-enriched GM crops could be grown in the UK within months

Scientists have applied for formal permission to grow plants containing omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil

Nadhim Zahawi (right) is an adviser to the Prime Minister

Coalition policy causing 'physical harm' to countryside, claims Tory MP

Nadhim Zahawi says 'massive, irreversible damage' is being caused

Companies such as Coca-Cola should take a lead in establishing measures to ‘capture the value of water’, the expert says

Exclusive: Make food and drink corporations ‘account for water usage’, says scientist

Food production’s effect on water supplies must be investigated and properly recorded, warns Professor Tony Allan

Gate keepers: Jim Arnold, Owenstown trust chair (left), with Bill Nicol, project director, on site

Dreams of utopia in a potato patch: Young families rush to be part of proposed 'co-operative' town with low-cost, low-carbon homes

Owenstown, in Lanarkshire's Douglas Valley, could become Britain's first new garden city for nearly a century

The conversation: Environmental activist Laurens de Groot on running from seal clubbers and why you don't mess with Russia

Sea Shepherd would aim to scupper missions by any means, whether it was throwing foul-smelling acid or sinking ships. At what point did you join?

Green day: the answer for investors may be blowing in the wind as renewable energy projects look for fresh funds

Put some green in your portfolio

Renewable energy can be a good option for investors as subsidies wind down and fundraising cranks up. By Sarah Davidson

Seeing how the land lies: a survey of field margins at Hope Farm

The birds and the subsidies: What is the right balance?

In an agricultural reform due this week, the Government must decide how much funding to transfer from farmers to green schemes

Fracking opponents were quick to criticise the plans

Government to make 40 per cent of Britain available for fracking

Coalition forges ahead with licences

Tesco said customers avoided ugly or misshapen fruit, meaning it ended up going to waste

Tesco to combat fussy customers with discounts on ‘ugly’ fruit and veg

Supermarket tells MPs people must be ‘educated’ about waste and fresh food

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