Matthew Norman: Could hosepipe bans rip the Union asunder?

The last time Britain suffered a really gruesome drought, as a myriad of "the hazy summer of '76?" articles may soon remind us, the singles chart was headed by The Wurzels. Lest the subtle, subliminal messaging in their novelty hit tempt any farmers in the rainless South, East, South-east and parts of the Midlands to race to the agricultural-hardware showroom, I offer this warning. There is minimal point in buying a brand new combine harvester, in purest farming terms at least, in the present climatic conditions.

Matthew Norman: Could hosepipe bans rip the Union asunder?

Alex Salmond would seek to inveigle a chunk of sub-Saharan England to join a Greater Caledonia

'Crippling drought' hits south and east of England

Hosepipe bans and rising food prices are set to hit millions of Britons after the Government raised the prospect of a spring and summer drought across a swathe of England following one of the driest winters on record.

Hosepipe ban looms for south-east England

The prospect of hosepipe bans in the coming weeks was looming for parts of England today as drought was officially declared in the South East.

The Daily Star Sunday was barred from writing about Caroline Spelman's son Jonathan, 17

Minister's teenage son wins press privacy bid

A Cabinet minister's teenage son has won an injunction in the High Court against a tabloid newspaper to stop it from publishing a story about his private life.

The Environment Secretary, Caroline Spelman. wants accounts to include assessments of ecosystems

UK to press for global green accounting system

Britain will be pressing for governments everywhere to adopt "green accounting", formally putting a value on environmental assets such as forests as much as on economic output, at a major world conference on sustainable development to be held in Brazil in June.

Throwaway society: almost half of England's 350 local authorities have scrapped the weekly bin collection

'Heavy-handed' bin fines face axe

Householders will no longer face fines for making "innocent mistakes" when putting out their bins under plans being announced by the Government this week.

Rubbish bin fines to be abolished

Fines for people who put their rubbish in the wrong bin are to be abolished under plans to be unveiled this week.

Campaign group ClientEarth in Government pollution plan legal fight

An environmental campaign group today told a High Court judge that ministers had "unlawfully" failed to explain Government plans to improve air quality in line with European Union (EU) legislation.

Minister's cold feet on waste plant funding sets precedent

Withholding of PFI cash due to protest is bad news for similar operations planned across country.

UK seals deal over rhino horn trade

Britain has secured international agreement to clamp down on the illegal trade of rhino horn, which has become so sought after it is now worth more than diamonds, gold, heroin and cocaine.

Wildlife protection plans unveiled

The Government today unveiled targets to create half a million more acres of important habitat such as woodland and meadows in England over the next decade.

Badger protesters mobilise for battle

The fight to stop thousands of badgers being culled has been joined by the campaign group which played a key role in forcing the Government to drop plans to sell off forests.

Campaigners aim to stop badger cull

A campaign group which helped force the Government into an embarrassing u-turn over plans to sell off forests has set its sights on stopping a planned cull of badgers.

Majority objected to badger cull before policy was approved

Evidence of overwhelming public opposition to the proposed cull of badgers was withheld until the Government had decided to go ahead with the controversial plan.

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