Environment

Earth’s vegetation could be saturated with carbon by the end of the century and stop acting as a brake on global warming, scientists warn.

Climate Action: A consensus of the sensible can beat polluters' PR

Six steps the world should take to fight climate change

Professor Kevin Anderson, University of Manchester: 'Such a market-based approach is doomed to failure and is a dangerous distraction'

Plan to use financial markets to halt climate change is ‘doomed’

A leading scientist has dismissed the United Nations’ call for governments to use the world’s financial markets as the central weapon against climate change as being “doomed to failure and a dangerous distraction”.

First functioning carbon nanotube computer developed

Major breakthrough lays groundwork for future computing revolution

The proposals call for new natural gas-fired power plants to adhere to a limit of 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per megawatt hour

Obama administration unveils aggressive push to impose carbon limits on US power plants

Opponents say regulations will 'write off our huge, secure, affordable coal resources'

Scientists set to demolish Sellafield chimney on site of Britain’s worst nuclear accident

Demolition has begun on the site of Britain’s worst nuclear accident, as scientists are brought in to dismantle the infamous Sellafield chimney.

Alpine glaciers have receded significantly over the past century

Layers of soot from coal burning melted Alpine glaciers even in cooler climate of the 19th Century

Sooty air from coal burning triggered the initial melting of the mountain glaciers in the European Alps in the second half of the 19th Century when it caused the snow to turn grey and so reflect less sunlight back into space, scientists said.

Britain’s dirtiest coal power stations are to be allowed to bid for hundreds of millions of pounds’ worth of subsidies that could allow them to stay open well into the 2020s

Consumers to pay ‘dirty’ coal power subsidies for years

Setback for Britain’s carbon emissions targets as ministers choose cheap alternative to gas to meet energy demand

The Pipedream Skookum 29er Titanium is designed to hammer down muddy paths

Cycling review: Pipedream Skookum 29er Titanium

'Built for muddy trails, perfect for tackling potholes'

Whitelee Windfarm on the outskirts of Glasgow

Plan to make Britain's electricity supply almost entirely green by 2030 narrowly voted down by MPs

Tim Yeo, who tabled the amendment, left disappointed, but said high level of support would make it harder for coalition to "water down" targets on renewable energy in future

Clean power is good for jobs, bills – and Earth

In the next decade, a quarter of Britain's power supply will be switched off for good. This week MPs will vote on the Government's Energy Bill, which will determine what we replace it with. To tackle soaring energy bills, improve energy security and stop dangerous climate change, we must decarbonise the power sector by 2030.

New images, of a molecule rearranging its bonds at a single-atom resolution, captured by scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California

'Groundbreaking': Scientists capture unseen images of rearranging molecular bonds

Scientists using atomic force microscopy unintentionally capture the images

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has breached 400ppm for the first time in 5 million years

The climate change sceptics are winning - and the environmental lobby only has itself to blame

For all the Nobel prizes and predictions of global apocalypse and preaching to the converted, climate change remains a niche issue

Ben Moxham, David Cameron's adviser on energy and the environment, has quit No 10 after reportedly becoming frustrated at the slow pace of progress

Coalition faces an exodus of energy experts as funding for renewables is held up on grounds of cost

Blow to fight against climate change as CO2 in the atmosphere hits record high

Why Britain is failing to cut its carbon footprint

When imports are taken into account the UK's emissions are rising. Tom Bawden reports
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a news conference in Andorra

You've gone too far, UN chief tells North Korea

Ban Ki-Moon urges restraint as Pyongyang announces plan to reopen nuclear reactor

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A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
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'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
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A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
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Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
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Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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Why patients must rely less on doctors

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