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The Conservative manifesto could include pledges to cap the number of wind farms

David Cameron ‘wants to rid countryside of unsightly wind farms’

Prime Minister could make the issue an election promise

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New report outlines the need for more green spaces as the number of humans living in ubran environments continues to rocket upwards

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When did it all start to go downhill for mountain biking?

Two decades ago, mountain bikes ruled the road. Now, they're a hidden cult. So where did it start going downhill for the craze that kept British cycling rolling? And could there be a way back up? Knobbly-tyre fan Andy Waterman reports

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The rise of the female cyclist: From the medal-winning track-speedsters to school-run mums

Sexism, apathy, injury, death… From city commuters to elite professionals, women in the saddle have had it too tough for too long. Finally, female cycling is about to step up a gear

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