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.

CBI calls for scrapping of penalties for carbons

System for excessive emissions is now 'discredited' and treated as just a tax

James Cameron: If Britain is to survive economically, it must focus on low-carbon industry

Decisions that are being taken today to support investments that lock us into an old economic model will do little for future prosperity or growth.

Carbon emissions from aircraft, which are the fastest-growing of all CO2 emissions, may well be legally limited by future climate treaties

The Great Debate: Do we need another airport to keep London in the top flight?

Environment Editor, Michael McCarthy, and Travel Editor, Simon Calder, discuss the key issues

Carbon capture bid begins

Britain's biggest carbon capture pilot plant began siphoning emissions from SSE's 490 megawatt coal-fired station at Ferrybridge, Yorkshire, yesterday in an effort to prove the technology on an industrial scale.

Leading article: A welcome step towards sustainable air travel

On the face of it, the first passenger flight of Boeing's Dreamliner jet could hardly be expected to have environmentalists jumping for joy. With aviation blamed for 2 per cent of global carbon emissions – and warnings of a "multiplier" effect from exhaust belched at high altitudes – the green lobby, not unreasonably, has mass air travel firmly in its sights.

Candles shine new light on diamonds

Candle flames contain millions of tiny diamond particles, a university professor has discovered.

Artificial heart is latest advance in a story of pioneering medical science

Hal Hodson explains why a good heart is hard to find

DIY giant plans new sustainable future

B&Q is drawing up plans to lease rather than sell some of its big DIY products such as power drills as part of a sustainable business strategy.

Graphene discovery may lead to faster computers

Electronic devices, from mobile phones to computers, could work much faster if they were made from the thinnest substance in the world, scientists from Manchester University have discovered.

Michael McCarthy: Three solutions in one to a string of problems the free market could not deal with

There are lots of things the market will do for you, like lowering consumer prices or making companies lean, mean and keen, but one thing no one pretends the market will do is give you a clean planet.

British firms cry foul over Australia's carbon tax

FTSE 100 giants Rio Tinto and International Power have added their voices to the debate about Australia's plans for a carbon tax.

Why urban commuters can breathe more easily

David Phelan finds out that London no longer deserves to be known as the ‘Big Smoke’ – and discovers what other communities can do to follow its example

UK's carbon floor price 'could waste £1bn a year'

Government plans for a carbon floor price could waste £1bn a year and drag another 90,000 households into fuel poverty, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) will warn today.

China 'halts Airbus deal in carbon row'

China has halted a multibillion-euro aircraft order, placed with Airbus by Hong Kong Airlines, in protest at the European Union's plans to extend carbon dioxide emissions trading to air traffic, it was claimed yesterday.

Thinner, longer, golder... UK unveils Olympic torch

It is triangular, reflecting the three occasions that London has hosted the Games
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