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

The Scot feels the sport needs to 'demonstrate our technology is ecologically sound' with switch to 1.6-litre V6 turbo-charged engines

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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.

US bans BP from pitching for new government work

Oil giant is punished for its 'lack of business integrity' over the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster in 2010

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.

As David Cameron meets today to discuss the Millenium Development Goals, he must not forget the environment

We have made progress on world poverty, but if the environment continues to suffer, thousands will be put at risk

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.

Slowly Does It:
The death of
Lonesome
George
highlights the
fragile ecosystem
of the
Galápagos

Planning system 'failing' wildlife

The planning system is failing to protect England's wildlife and natural areas, many of which are facing major declines, a report has warned.

The gospel church that's so noisy it 'drowned out traffic'

A gospel church has been fined after neighbours complained about its services being too noisy.

Gospel church fined over 'noisy' services

A gospel church was fined after nearby residents complained about its services being too noisy, it has been revealed today.

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