David Cameron visited Hinkley Point B in Somerset after confirming a £16bn project to build Britain's first new nuclear power station in a generation

Britain signs deal with EDF for new reactors: Nuclear power deal ‘is vital to keeping the lights on’, says Ed Davey

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Greenpeace’s UK executive director John Sauven says half of the world’s oil spills happen in Russia

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Greenpeace chief is leading efforts to free 30 activists held for boarding Arctic oil rig

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The Green Deal Finance Company offer up to £10,000 to cover the cost of the work which is then paid back over 20 years through energy bills

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Just £3.4m of the initial £244m in funding has been allocated as take-up numbers disappoint

Sea change: A Russian coastguard approaches activists

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Almost 30 Greenpeace activists face up to 15 years in a Russian prison after protesting at an Arctic oil drilling rig. Others brought a Champions League match in Switzerland to a standstill, dropping down on ropes from a stadium roof before unfurling a banner critical of the Russian oil giant Gazprom. Still more activists scaled the Shard in central London, western Europe's largest building, to object to Shell's oil exploration at the top of the world.

Albarn and Law protest outside the Russian embassy

Embassy rally by A-listers for Greenpeace Six

Families and friends of detained activists joined by celebrities at Russian embassy in London

The developed world’s growing sweet tooth has increased global land deals to make way for lucrative sugar crops

Oxfam accuses Coke and Pepsi of taking land from the poor

Communities from Brazil to Cambodia are losing homes to make room for sugar crops, it is claimed

Burbo Bank off shore wind farm in the mouth of the River Mersey

Tory donor knocks wind out of Coalition green energy ‘sales’

Supporter says the Government is missing huge investment opportunities due to its ‘misleading’ eco policies

Deputy PM Nick Clegg, pictured here in the run-up to the 2010 Election, has been accused of betraying voters over Lib Dem support for fracking

Failure to stop Chancellor from undermining efforts to cut carbon pollution and support for fracking means Lib Dems are no longer green, say charities

A coalition of environmental charities has launched a strongly-worded attack on the Liberal Democrats, accusing it of rapidly losing its identity as the mainstream green party.

Meat-loving Germany disliked the Green ‘veggie day’ idea

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From 1998 until 2005, they ruled in coalition with the Social Democrats

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Special floor tiles produce sustainable energy when pupils pound them

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Biofuel project funded by UK ‘leaves Africans without food’

DfID accused of assisting land grab in Sierra Leone by providing aid for European energy business

Nearly a fifth of British adults never venture more than 500 metres from their car

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Damning National Trust report shows people are getting out and about much less than previous generations

Plans for future wind farms in Britain could be in jeopardy

Exclusive: UN ruling puts future of UK wind farms in jeopardy

Tribunal warns that the Government acted illegally by denying public participation

Anti-fracking protesters set up camp in Balcombe

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