News Cuadrilla operated drill site in Balcombe, West Sussex. The company has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire

Cuadrilla, the fracking company responsible for a series of earth tremors around Blackpool in 2011, has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire after problems surfaced relating to the disposal of radioactive waste.

Food drops and handouts for Australian flood victims

Military aircraft dropped supplies to towns cut off by floods in northeastern Australia as the prime minister promised new assistance yesterday to the 200,000 people affected by waters covering an area larger than France and Germany combined.

Northern Ireland to import water

The authorities in Northern Ireland came in for heavy criticism yesterday after water shortages affected tens of thousands of homes, some of which have had no running water for a week.

Bosses face demands to quit over burst pipes fiasco

Water bosses tonight faced demands to quit as engineers struggled to repair leaking pipes to tens of thousands of homes in Northern Ireland, amid fears the drinking water fiasco could develop into a major health emergency.

Still sparkling: Malvern Water flows again

An entrepreneur has said he plans to save Britain's most exclusive brand of spring water from drying up.

Second toxic spill feared as Hungarian reservoir wall cracks

Thousands told to be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice as thick wave of sludge is likely to descend on already polluted land

Leading article: A promise is a promise

It is now 10 years since the world's leaders signed up to the Millennium Development Goals, aimed at eradicating extreme poverty and hunger in the world, reducing disease, improving gender equality, achieving universal primary education and ensuring environmental sustainability. And it is now only five years away from the year 2015, when these targets were to be met.

Drink of water before meal aids weight loss

It must rate as one of the simplest diets, but scientists have nevertheless shown that drinking water before meals causes significant weight loss.

Access to clean water is 'human right', says UN

The UN General Assembly has declared access to clean water and sanitation a "human right" in a resolution that more than 40 countries, including the US and Britain, did not support.

China floods death toll rises to 175

Widespread flooding in southern China has caused 175 deaths, with 107 people missing and more storms expected, the government said today.

Flood deaths rise in southern China

Massive flooding in southern China has killed 132 people and forced 860,000 to flee their homes, and more storms are on the way, the government said today.

£1 buys 1000 litres of tap water. Or one bottle of the ionised variety

Martin Hickman reports on the latest and most daring attempt to turn humble H2O into a premium product

My life in travel: Ben Miller, actor and comedian

'A holiday is a crucible for personal relationships'

Robert Chesshyre: Cold? You should have been around in the 1950s

Crossing the hall to the kitchen was a dash across a glassy abyss

The Australian town that kicked the bottle

Drinking fountains replace shop-bought mineral water in environmental initiative

Water watchdog announces cut in bills

Households will benefit from an average £14 fall in water bills to £330 before inflation over the next five years, industry regulator Ofwat said today.

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