Sport Sir Jackie Stewart feels that the change of engines in Formula One is a step in the right direction

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Start-Up Loans aid thousands of young businesses

More than 2,000 young entrepreneurs have signed up to the Government's start-up loans scheme, which offers Britons under 30 about £4,500 to help them start businesses.

The marsh fritillary butterfly is returning to parts of the West Country

Budget cuts may trigger 'perfect storm' of threats to UK wildlife

Conservationists voice concern as environmental policy faces massive shake-up

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The smog in Beijing last weekend was the worst on record. The city looked like it was in a sandstorm, like the inside of a smoker's lung, as one Beijinger put it, shaking his head.

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US imposes 'awful' ban on BP pitching for new work

The recent run of good fortune for BP ended yesterday as the US government accused it of showing "a lack of business integrity" over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and temporarily banned it from pitching for new federal contracts.

Meet the United State's first transgender elected state legislator

Democrat Stacie Laughton made history this month when she was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Perhaps the biggest surprise, says Laughton, was the campaign itself.

Green groups hit out at Osborne's 'Taliban' tag

Four of Britain's largest green groups challenged George Osborne last night over his slighting reference to climate change campaigners as the "environmental Taliban".

'Fair' green energy deal offered by mutuals

A rival to the Government's Green Deal – which offers homeowners cash incentives to make their homes more energy efficient – was launched this week.

Frequent flyer Palin: I'll offer to resign

Critics of TV traveller's emission-filled globe-trotting say he should quit green transport pressure group

Is this the greenest house in Britain?

It's self-electricity-generating, water-recycling, volcanic-rock-faced, low-flush toileted - and belongs to an MP

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