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

Petrobras president Jose Sergio Gabrielli de Azevedo

Outrage at UK's $1bn loan deal with Brazil oil giant

Ministers have reneged on coalition promise to champion British firms investing in clean energy, say Greenpeace and WWF

Christmas gift guide: Christmas with a conscience

Celebrate the season of peace and goodwill by choosing from these eco-friendly, fairly traded but stylish presents

Panel party: A plywood paneled living room

Going against the grain: Craftsmen are making plywood their material of choice

It's lumped together with chipboard and MDF, but plywood is affordable, durable, attractive and environmentally friendly.

Market Report: Biomass subsidies give Drax new burst of energy

Analysts may have seen new proposed subsidies for biomass announced yesterday as merely a "mild positive" for Drax, but investors clearly felt differently as the power station operator shot up more than 10 per cent. The group closed at the top of the mid-tier index leaderboard, even though its chief executive attacked the measures for not going far enough.

Warning over green space plans

New plans for designating green spaces could mean communities lose out on being able to protect local areas they cherish, the UK's oldest conservation organisation has warned.

Tales From The Water Cooler: Aliens, share your eco-friendly tricks

News broke yesterday of a report by Shawn Domogal-Goldman, a scientist from Nasa's Planetary Science Division, which suggests that aliens from outer space may wipe us all out because they're mad at us about climate change.

The 10 best garden lights

When the sun goes down, there's no need to be left in the dark. Whether romantic or powerful, eco-friendly or chic, here's how to get that special glow.

Eco labels 'mislead consumers'

The UK is failing to deal with greenwash – the practice of making products sound more environmentally friendly than they really are. The problem arose because government guidelines to ensure "clear, accurate, relevant and verifiable" environmental claims were "non-binding". Ministers last year rejected MPs' calls for "direct intervention" to remove inaccurate and misleading claims. Instead they preferred to rely on eco-labelling schemes sponsored by industry or non-governmental groups.

'Greenwashing' companies forced to drop marketing claims

UK corporations accused of "greenwashing" have been stopped in their tracks by a campaign led by the paper and communications industries.

M&S outlines the benefits of going green

Marks & Spencer's Richard Gillies, the director of Plan A and sustainable business, and Hunter Lovins a sustainable business expert, outlined the case for green business at SA Partners' Lean & Green conference on Thursday.

Green Party calls for job-sharing MPs

MP's should be allowed to "job share", the Green Party's leader, Caroline Lucas, said yesterday.

Environment Quangos: Green initiatives in the firing line

Ministers have denied abandoning their green ambitions, despite abolishing nearly 40 environment and agriculture quangos. Most controversially, Caroline Spelman, the Environment Secretary, is scrapping the Sustainable Development Commission, which advises the government on money-saving green initiatives.

Environment quango axed

The sustainable Development Commission is expected to be axed today to save money.

Inquiry long overdue, says environmentalist Porritt

The population inquiry is long overdue, says Sir Jonathon Porritt, who until last year was the Government's chief environmental adviser as head of the Sustainable Development Commission.

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