Environment Secretary Paterson backs GM crops

Fear and suspicion about genetically modified food amongst the public is "complete nonsense" and the result of "humbugs" with misplaced preconceptions, the Environment Secretary has claimed.

Alan Titchmarsh is 'a complete muppet,' says Cabinet minister

Celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh was yesterday branded "a complete muppet" by a Cabinet minister, for criticising the Government's policies on the countryside.

Turbines of the new Burbo Bank off shore wind farm lay in the wake of a maintenance boat in the mouth of the River Mersey off Liverpool, England

British economy would be £20bn-a-year better off with focus on wind power, says think tank

Britain’s “dash-for-gas” strategy has been undermined just a day before chancellor George Osborne is set to place the fossil fuel at the heart of UK energy policy, as a new report finds the economy would be better off harnessing offshore wind instead.

His Tatton seat is ripe for fracking, but his constituents may not share George Osborne’s enthusiasm for the drill

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The Chancellor's Tatton seat is ripe for fracking – but his constituents may not share their MP's enthusiasm for the drill

Investment in renewable energy has halved in just three years, says alarming research

Fundamental ideological disagreements within the government about renewable energy have turned away droves of potential investors in crucial new green electricity generators, according to damning new research.

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Uncertainty over nuclear clean-up

Sellafield's plans to replace ageing nuclear waste facilities posing "significant risks" to the population face "considerable" uncertainty, a public spending watchdog warns.

Energy Minister John Hayes (left) said: 'enough is enough' on windfarms, earning him a public rebuke from his boss Energy Secretary Ed Davey

The Energy Secretary is in favour of wind farms. The Energy Minister is against them. So who will win the fuel fight?

The Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary Ed Davey was today forced to publically rebuke his Conservative deputy for claiming that the Government would veto the development of more on-shore windfarms.

Environmental Arsenal let the plane take the strain on a 15-minute flight to Norwich

The 'Environment and Regeneration' page on Arsenal's website may boast about the club's use of waterless urinals and biodegradable plastic bags in the club's retail stores, but the Gunners have found themselves in globally warmed waters this week with the news that the team flew to Norwich for their 1-0 defeat on Saturday.

Green groups hit out at Osborne's 'Taliban' tag

Four of Britain's largest green groups challenged George Osborne last night over his slighting reference to climate change campaigners as the "environmental Taliban".

Four power stations' worth of locally-owned renewable schemes could be installed by 2020

Four power stations' worth of locally-owned renewable schemes could be installed by 2020 if the Government supports community energy, it was claimed today.

Global recession halts decades of steady progress in reducing world hunger

Two decades of steady progress in reducing world hunger have come to a stop with the recession of the last four years, new figures from the United Nations reveal.

The Greenwire scheme would generate wind power in Ireland and export it via cables to Wales

UK to outflank objectors with wind farms in Ireland

Ministers are investigating a proposal to outsource the production of wind power to Ireland.

The Chancellor has dismayed climate
campaigners by backing the
controversial fossil fuel

Osborne offers tax breaks for shale gas

Britain will seek to open up its potential reserves of the emerging but controversial fuel, shale gas, with a "generous new tax regime", the Chancellor has revealed, in a promise which has dismayed environmentalists.

Job losses threat over carbon targets

Seven of the world's biggest energy companies have written to the Government threatening to withdraw hundreds of millions of pounds of investment – with the potential loss of "tens of thousands of new jobs" – because of a lack of commitment to carbon reduction.

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