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.

World's 2010 greenhouse gas emissions 'worst ever' says new report

The technology to tackle greenhouse gas emissions now exists. Are we brave enough to use it?

A leading thinker of the green movement argues that negative emission technology has the potential to be revolutionary - if we only it's deployed sensibly

Tim Harrison in the only lab known to be working on the technology

Exclusive: Pioneering scientists turn fresh air into petrol in massive boost in fight against energy crisis

Is scientific breakthrough a milestone on the road to clean energy?

British company turns water and air into petrol

A small British company has produced "petrol from air" using a revolutionary technology that promises to solve the energy crisis while at the same time helping to curb global warming by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

The interior of the planet 55 Cancri e - an extremely hot planet with a surface of mostly graphite surrounding a thick layer of diamond

Newly discovered 'super-Earth' is made of diamonds, say scientists

It may not twinkle like a star but it is still a diamond in the sky according to astronomers who have found a rocky planet similar to Earth but made of the precious gemstone.

Vast methane reservoir could be beneath Antarctic ice

A vast reservoir of the potent greenhouse gas methane may be locked beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, a study suggests.

Coalition 'united on carbon cuts', says Nick Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today dismissed claims of rifts within the coalition Government over its commitment to cutting carbon emissions, as he unveiled a £100 million investment in energy efficiency.

Something rather than nothing?: Okulsarlon glacial lagoon in Iceland

Why Does the World Exist?, By Jim Holt

A fine study of the laws of the universe interrogates what, if anything, came before the Big Bang

The alien jellyfish - which Dr Aderin-Pocock imagines could be the size of a football field and have an orange underbelly - would be generated from silicon as opposed to carbon, which is the basis of all life as we know it.

Aliens could resemble jellyfish the size of a football field says government advisor

According to a British satellite expert and government adviser the outlandish alien imaginings of Hollywood may not be quite alien enough...

Nuclear waste to burn at Sellafield?

Prism plant could burn UK's stockpile of plutonium waste

Leading article: Rio+20 - limited hopes are still better than none

In the 20 years since the first Earth Summit, there has been sadly little progress

Reef & Rainforest's tour promsies to reveal some of Borneo's most impressive wildlife, such as orang-utans and proboscis monkeys

Good work so far, but we're not seeing the wood for the trees

If you've ever seen large-scale deforestation, especially of the rainforest, and seen it close up when it's just happened, you feel you're in the aftermath of an armoured battle. The scale of the destruction stuns you: cleared ground which seems to be everywhere smoking, burning tree stumps flickering like huge candles. It feels as if some giant beast has torn off a great lump of the landscape and savagely consumed it, leaving bits of it bleeding behind.

A Greenpeace picture shows the deforestation at the Belo Monte Dam project, near Altamira, Brazil

The green movement at 50: Mission unaccomplished

In the fourth part of our series marking 50 years of the green movement, Michael McCarthy looks at the areas where environmental activism has failed

The Queen's Speech: Electricity market overhaul bids to bridge energy gap

An overhaul of the electricity market set out in the Queen's Speech aims to drive massive investment in low carbon power and bridge the looming energy gap.

£101m boost for bus travel

Bus travel received a £101 million Government boost today.

CBI calls for overhaul of fines for carbon emissions

The CBI is calling on the Government to overhaul the penalty system for excessive carbon emissions, branding its handling of the £1bn-a-year carbon reduction scheme as dishonest and "discredited" and demanding it is scrapped.

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