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.

Our energy choices have caused the problem and they can solve it too

Everyone’s got something to say about the environment. Hands are wrung in response to stories of melting ice shelves, rising sea levels, escalating species extinctions and imminent runaway global warming. Sighs are heaved at yet another story of corporate misdemeanour or political slithering away from a binding target. Anger is directed at China and India’s ballooning economies. Blame is laid elsewhere, and we wait for solutions from someone, somewhere. We want the Government to sort it out on our behalf, industry to invent magic bullets and, failing that, maybe our children, so reassuringly eco-savvy these days, to clean things up in our wake. After all, if things are that bad someone will rectify things, won’t they?

The energy challenge in the face of dwindling supplies of coal, oil and gas

We must harness resources such as wind and nuclear power to create a sustainable and low-carbon economy

All new homes to run on green power by 2016

Developers failing to reach zero-carbon standards will be charged a levy to fund local energy plants

Green light for electric car grants

A promised grant of up to £5,000 towards the cost of an electric or ultra-low carbon car has survived Government cutbacks. The Transport Secretary Philip Hammond yesterday said the funding, first announced by the Labour government, will go ahead from January 2011.

Waste Britain: UK's emissions could be cut at flick of a switch

Basic energy-saving measures could slash domestic carbon gases by up to a third

Carbon airliner with a small footprint readied for take-off to Britain

Shortly after 9am on Sunday, a new chapter will begin in European aviation history when flight ZA003 touches down in Hampshire and heralds the arrival of the much-anticipated – and greatly-delayed – Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the world's first airliner to be largely built from carbon fibre.

How to regulate climate control

Scientists are trying to regulate the weather with ambitious experiments that may even tackle global warming. Is this a great step forward – or will it simply let the worst polluters off the hook?

£15m funding boost for 150 'green' buses

More than 150 "green" buses are to come into service following £15 million of additional Government funding announced today.

Emission cuts threatened by economic recovery

Britain is not on course to meet its climate change targets for reducing carbon emissions, the Government is bluntly warned today.

Why saving sperm whales is more important than ever

When the International Whaling Commission meets in Morocco next week to discuss lifting the moratorium on commercial whaling, delegates might pause to consider an unexpected fact: the faeces of sperm whales is helping to save the planet.

Judgement day looms for Neville's zero-carbon footprint

The Man United star is passionate about his flower-shaped property – but others are less than convinced by it

Your dream house could be within reach – if you're willing to get your hands dirty

From sun pipes to heat pumps, it's never been a better time to become an eco-builder. By Virginia Matthews

The battle for the beaches of Cancun

Mexico's best-loved sun and sand destination is fighting fierce and hard to stop the erosion of its beaches, but is the cost too high? Sarah Barrell reports

Investigators arrest 22 in carbon credit fraud inquiry

British officials have arrested 22 people as part of a Europe-wide investigation into carousel tax fraud related to CO2 emissions-credit trading.

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