Fracking 'unlikely to give UK cheap gas', report says

Cross-party group pours cold water on Osborne's hopes shale gas will solve energy problems
Jag's Vauxhall Ampera gives excellent fuel economy and low emissions

Motoring: Everton's Phil Jagielka scores a nice little green number

What sort of tasteless motor would you expect a top footballer to be cruising around in? A camouflage Bentley Continental GT like Mario Balotelli maybe, or perhaps a gold-plated Cadillac Escalade like El-Hadji Diouf? One thing is certain; you wouldn’t expect a top-flight star to be seen dead pootling around in an ultra-low emissions Vauxhall Ampera electric car.

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Earth Hour 'switch-off' darkens monuments around globe

The seventh annual Earth Hour saw many parts of the world plunged into darkness for an hour yesterday evening to mark environmental concern over climate change and fossil fuel emissions.

Return to the trees: growing electricity

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The Cuadrilla Resources shale fracking facility near Blackpool

Budget 2013: Energy - Cash for fracking: George Osborne's offer to local communities

Local communities whose lives are disrupted by the coming new industry of fracking – the extraction of shale gas – may be compensated with substantial financial grants, Mr Osborne indicated.

Will Coldwell and a Bamboo bicycle

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A wooden bike you have to build yourself? Will Coldwell signs up with the Bamboo Bicycle Club

Britain opposes EU pesticide ban on neonicotinoid pesticides blamed for bee deaths around the world.

Extraordinary steps were taken by the British Government last night to head off a proposed EU ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been widely blamed for bee deaths around the world.

Saving Yasuni: Can a revolutionary plan protect the rainforest from commercial exploitation?

Ecuador's Yasuni National Park is not only one of the world's most biodiverse places. It is also home to up to five billion barrels of oil.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) says it is already moving to curb the overcapacity threat for incinerators

UK incinerator plans? They're just rubbish

As garbage-burning plants proliferate, Britain could end up with too little waste to put in them

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Forks: Carbon
Chainset: SRAM
Stockists: www.eastwaybikes.co.uk

Chen Zuqian shows his injuries after the attack. His protest was to highlight the state of China’s rivers, above – one-fifth of which are so polluted the water is too poisonous for human contact

Chinese farmer beaten for daring official to swim in filthy river

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