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Cuadrilla, the fracking company responsible for a series of earth tremors around Blackpool in 2011, has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire after problems surfaced relating to the disposal of radioactive waste.

Concern over water shortage at Olympic Games

Concerns have been raised about the “shortage” of free drinking water available at Olympic Games venues.

Two million flee monsoon floods in Assam

The worst monsoon floods in a decade to hit a remote Indian state have killed more than 80 people and forced around two million to leave their homes.

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Leading article: Rio+20 - limited hopes are still better than none

In the 20 years since the first Earth Summit, there has been sadly little progress

Thames Water boss Martin Baggs awarded large bonus

The boss of Thames Water has been awarded a bonus nearly equal to his annual salary after a year in which a hosepipe ban was announced and customer satisfaction "deteriorated".

Woman missing for a month in New Mexico forest found alive, along with her cat

An American woman and her cat lost for nearly a month in New Mexico's Gila National Forest have been found alive.

Nigerians strike over fuel hike

Normally bustling streets were empty as trade unions began a paralysing national strike in oil-rich Nigeria today, angered by soaring fuel prices and decades of government corruption.

It's not just your carbon footprint, now it's your water footprint

In the wake of growing consumer interest in carbon footprints, a new awareness of our water consumption has led to the notion of a &lsquo;water footprint&rsquo;. Andrew Wigley explores some of the reputational challenges for business

Humphrey Ker Is Dymock Watson: Nazi Smasher!, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

This is an enormously likeable and accomplished hour from Humphrey Ker, better known as one third – the tall, posh third – of sketch troupe the Penny Dreadfuls. In his debut solo show, Ker plays to his acting strengths, spinning a bonkers wartime yarn in which he plays a heavily accented array of characters from a Geordie killing machine to a Texan belle and a Romanian conjuror.

Advice to drink more water dismissed as harmful nonsense

The idea that we are short of water comes from a guideline in 1945 that adults should drink 2.5l every day

Second tremor in two months shakes local confidence

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Hospital patients 'left so thirsty doctors had to prescribe water'

Shortage of money is not the problem, but a failure to look beyond a patient's clinical needs, says the NHS Ombudsman

UK sends emergency drinking water to Japan

The UK is sending emergency drinking water to one of Japan's worst tsunami-stricken regions in response to an urgent request from the Japanese authorities, the Department for International Development (Dfid) said.

Irish student, 18, is first woman to win 'Young Scientist'

The UK Young Scientist of the Year award has been won by a woman for the first time.

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