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.

Go-ahead for carbon-capture power stations

The Government today signalled the go-ahead for a new generation of coal-fired power stations - but insisted they would be made to reduce their carbon emissions.

Green Jobs: Strict limits on carbon will be a key tool

Significant measures include cash for energy efficiency and technology

Emissions targets to be part of the Budget

Ed Miliband, the climate change minister, tells Andrew Grice how the Government will make Britain a greener country

£5,000 incentive to buy electric cars

Consumers could receive incentives of between £2,000 and £5,000 to buy an electric car from 2011, the Government announced today.

Solution to the carbon problem could be under the ground

Hope for the fight against climate change as study finds greenhouse gas can be buried without fear of leaking

Stern: 'Kingsnorth should be shelved'

There is no technology yet to make coal-fired station clean, says climate adviser

Letters: Council spending

Set councils free to spend more money on housing

Carbon cuts 'only give 50/50 chance of saving planet'

As states negotiate Kyoto's successor, simulations show catastrophe just years away

Revenge of the rainforest

The Amazon has long been the lungs of the world. But now comes dramatic evidence that we cannot rely on it in the fight against climate change

Professor Edwin Salpeter: Seminal astrophysicist who made pivotal contributions to the study of the universe

The astrophysicist Edwin Salpeter was a seminal figure in theoretical physics. His intellectual passions ranged widely and he made pivotal contributions to the study of the universe across a variety of fields.

Cameron vows green meter for every home

A Conservative Government will cut Britain's greenhouse gas emissions with a £1 billion investment in a high-tech National Grid network with a "smart meter" in every home, David Cameron said.

Last-ditch deal that bought off Cabinet dissenters

"There have been times when I wish that she had taken the decision," Geoff Hoon, the Transport Secretary, said of his predecessor, Ruth Kelly, after standing up to announce the Government's support for a third runway and sixth terminal at Heathrow. He was only half-joking.

Leading article: The runway that will never take off

There is not much doubt what the Government's decision about a third runway for Heathrow will be. This week, Geoff Hoon, the Transport Secretary, with the support of the Prime Minister, is likely to give the go-ahead to the expansion. Equally, however, there can be little doubt that the third runway will never be built.

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