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Officials have begun the delicate task of recovering a stolen shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60 abandoned in a field in central Mexico.

Farmers in this village in Sierra Leone say they didn't know what they were getting into when they leased their land for a biofuel crop they fear threatens their food harvests

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

Aid minister Justine Greening to Tory critics: our budget serves British interests

Minister says tackling poverty will eventually benefit the UK through increased trade

'Limp-wristed and lettuce-like': MP attacks inquiry into BP and Shell petrol price-fixing allegations

Oil giants targeted by European Commission in probe into suspected market manipulation

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Finance chiefs see clouds lifting

Prince Charles plans to open a renewable energy plant on his Duchy of Cornwall estate

'Gasman' Charles unveils plans to take on the Big Six

Prince Charles is to provide an unlikely challenge to the “Big Six” energy companies as he prepares to open a renewable energy plant on his Duchy of Cornwall estate that could, if successful, be the blueprint for further power generation on the land.

Splat! How paintball could save the Earth

Graduate’s unorthodox plan to deflect asteroid wins prize

Police warn of M20 airgun attacks

Police are urging motorists to be vigilant after three cars were hit by airgun pellets while travelling at speed on a busy motorway.

This is the worst time in history for a bad harvest

The UK's disastrous wheat harvest, the worst for at least 20 years, comes at a bad time for the global food chain. For more than a decade we have been net exporters of wheat – last year we exported 250,000 tons to the US for animal feed – but this year we will be scrambling for imported supplies.

Birds still at risk from lead poisoning despite shotgun laws

Lead poisoning is still a major cause of death among swans, ducks and other waterfowl despite legislation aimed at restricting the use of toxic lead pellets by shotgun owners, a study has found.

A bee can absorb pesticides from plants and carry the poison back to its hive

The French beekeepers and the mystery of the blue honey

Beekeepers in northeastern France are all abuzz after their bees started producing blue honey.

Felda Global flourishes in flotation

The Malaysian palm oil firm, Felda Global, surged 20 per cent in its trading debut in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, as investors cheered on the world's second-largest initial public offering (IPO) after Facebook's botched float and the company pledged stronger profits in the coming months.

Specs appeal: 'I just thought acting would be better than working' says Nighy

Suits you sir: Bill Nighy talks politics and sartorial style

He avoids Shakespeare at all costs, almost killed Judi Dench in his latest film, and only steps out in the sharpest jacket and tie... Tim Walker meets the irrepressible Bill Nighy.

New car sales up slightly last month

New car sales edged up a fraction last month, official figures showed today.

The rebel leader hero who has 'betrayed' Aceh's orang-utans

When the former rebel leader, Irwandi Yusuf, became governor of Indonesia's Aceh province, he proclaimed a "green vision" for the war-torn region. Lush forests would not be sacrificed for short-term profit, he promised. True to his word, he chased illegal loggers in his jeep.

All Brazil's cars to use ethanol

Two thirds of all cars in Brazil are fuelled with ethanol, said the chief executive of Petrobras, José Sergio Gabrielli, speaking last week at the World's 20th Petroleum Conference, in Doha, Qatar.

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