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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.

How elephants could solve the biofuel problem

When it comes to weaning the world's motorists off their addiction to fossil fuel, few would have bet on finding part of the solution in the pungent depths of elephant droppings and a Swiss compost heap.

Stephen Foley: Politicians concerned with elections, not jobs

US Outlook: If US politics hadn't gone through the looking glass, its political leaders would have responded to yesterday's shocking jobs report with a promise to stimulate a clearly faltering economic recovery. Instead, tomorrow, they will head into negotiations on a massive programme of fiscal contraction.

Future of flight: Fuel for thought

The future of flight was supposed to come from hydrogen-powered planes, but kerosene still fuels the world's jets. So how will we fly when it runs out? Michael Fitzpatrick investigates

Britain drops 8 places down the world rankings

Britain has slipped eight places to 28th for the production of clean technology, such as recycling plants and biofuels, over the past two years.

The grass that prevents hare-razing effects

The spring antics of hares have delighted people for generations but in recent years, the animals have become an increasingly rare sight in the countryside, victims of 20th-century farming techniques.

KFC to stop using palm oil

Fast food chain KFC is to stop frying chicken in palm oil.

Biofuel policy is causing starvation, says Nestlé boss

Soaring food inflation is the result of "immoral" policies in the US which divert crops for use in the production of biofuels instead of food, according to the chairman of one of the world's largest food companies.

BP buys Brazil biofuels producer for $680m

BP is to buy a Brazilian biofuels company for $680m (£424m) in a "watershed moment" in the oil major's plans to expand its sustainable fuel business.

DuPont gobbles up food giant Danisco for $5.8bn

Dupont is buying the Danish food ingredients maker Danisco for $5.8bn (£3.7bn) as it looks to broaden its food and biofuels operations.

The Lincoln and the damage done

Neil Young's memorabilia warehouse burns down – and adapted eco-car that inspired album is to blame

Biogas from human waste

Householders began cooking and heating their homes with gas derived from raw sewage yesterday, under a £2.5m scheme which is the first of its kind in the country.

Twice the energy, half the emissions...

It’s often asked, but it’s important: how do we ensure a secure energy supply and at the same time build a cleaner energy system? The question is the same for the UK as it is for the whole world. And it immediately throws up more questions. What kinds of energy do we need? What is the role of technology? What behaviour change will be needed? What practical steps have been taken already? And what can an oil and gas company possibly do to help?

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