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Going green never quite loses its capacity to surprise. Things that once seemed obvious turn out not to be. Once, we took it for granted that nuclear power was an environmental disaster story. Once, we thought windmills were a picturesque feature of a fairy-tale Middle Ages. Once, we thought British politics would never be the same because the Green Party won 15 per cent of the vote in the European Parliament elections of 1989.

Caroline Lucas, Britain's first Green MP, must now face some harsh realities

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Reading beam, £110, astrolighting.co.uk: If you’re a night owl who likes reading past midnight, invest in a LED bedside reading light such as the directional Napoli by Astro, which provides a narrow beam of focused light that won’t disturb your other half

Window Shopping: LED bulbs don't have to be all function over form

It's time to get familiar with light emitting diodes (LEDs) because, according to the Energy Saving Trust, LED technology is going to dominate the lights we use at home by 2015.Following a field trial of the technology at the end of last year, James Russill, EST's technical development manager, said: "LED is one of those rare technologies that performs better than the lighting system it is replacing but at the same time uses less energy."

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Nicholas Faith: Denigrating big projects is our national sport

The noise over HS2 has been grossly exaggerated. All people are really concerned about is the value of their dwellings

Exploitation of Arctic resources under scrutiny

An MPs' inquiry into protecting the Arctic from exploitation through oil and gas drilling has been launched.

Plans for a waste plant were halted in the Valpolicella region, where descendants of
Dante live

Dante's descendant saves Valpolicella wine from virtual inferno

After a campaign spearheaded by a direct descendant of the poet Dante Alighieri, a Venice court has refused planning permission to a cement company that wants to build a waste recycling plant in the heart of the Valpolicella wine region in northeast Italy.

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Gas extraction probe urged over water pollution fears

Tom Greatrex, the shadow energy minister, is demanding a full government investigation into controversial “fracking” technology used to dislodge natural gas trapped in rocks after a new report linked the practice to water pollution for the first time.

Labour MP calls for probe into fracking

Tom Greatrex, the shadow Energy Minister, is demanding a full-scale government investigation into the controversial "fracking" technology used to dislodge natural gas trapped in rocks, after a dramatic new report linked the practice to water pollution for the first time.

Fracking link to pollution may scupper use in Britain

Britain's fledgling shale gas industry could be stopped in its tracks after dramatic new evidence established a link for the first time between the "fracking" technology used to dislodge natural gas trapped in rocks and water pollution.

Poisoning link threatens future of fracking

US study casts doubt on controversial shale gas extraction process – as Government considers allowing its widespread use here
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