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 The company has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire

Cuadrilla, the fracking company responsible for a series of earth tremors around Blackpool in 2011, has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire after problems surfaced relating to the disposal of radioactive waste.

H2-WHOA! Australian town votes to ban sales of bottled water

A rural Australian town hoping to protect the earth and residents' wallets has voted to ban the sale of bottled water, the first community in the country – and possibly the world – to take such a drastic step in the growing backlash against the industry.

Australian town bans bottled water

An Australian town has banned bottled water, claiming to be the first in the country to revert to the tap for the sake of the environment and prompting the nation's largest state government to stop buying bottled water.

Credo: Wangari Maathai

Founder of Green Belt Movement and Nobel Peace Prize winner, 69

Martin Hickman: Bottled water can be green

Today I report on new research which shows that 63 per cent of diners always ask for, or prefer, tap water to bottled water. Cost and the environment are the most likely reasons. In some circumstances, though, bottled water can be the green choice.

Bottled water sales starting to run dry

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Troubled waters: Why we fell out of love with bottled water (and how the industry plans to win us back)

Bottled water. We all hate it now, don't we? Few products can rival its spectacular fall from grace. Government ministers rail against it ("morally unacceptable" in the pleasingly direct words of the environment minister, Phil Woolas) and shoppers no longer think it is fashionable.

Yippee! Houston we can turn urine into water

Astronauts fix purification equipment that will allow more crew on space station

The cursed children of Bhopal

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Ian McCartney MP

The Pandora column on 8 and 23 August referred to Ian McCartney and his advisory work for Fluor. We have been asked to make it clear that Mr McCartney personally receives none of the remuneration for this role: part of the fee is used to employ someone in the House of Commons from his Makerfield constituency and the rest is used to support the Women's Interlink Foundation ( www.womensinterlinkfoundation.org ), a charity based in India which provides disadvantaged women and children with drinking water, health treatments, housing and education. We apologise to Mr McCartney for not including this information in the letter we published from him and for the subsequent misleading Pandora item.

The tiniest miracle?

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The 5-minute Interview: Joely Richardson, actress

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Drinking eight glasses of water a day is healthy, right? Wrong.

It has become a deeply entrenched belief among the public - drink at least eight glasses of water a day to maintain health and wellbeing.

The Sketch: Rushing from the ridiculous to the sublimely ridiculous

The Solicitor General is reverting to her previous form after being semi-civilised by the Speaker; he did what he could. Now she sighs at questions again, and scowls, scoffs, tuts, patronises, jeers, sneers and informs people of their epic ignorance. Considering she has to defend the indefensible, and looks like she was drawn by a Beano artist, you have to admire her poise.

Joe Beeston: Chief executive of Highland Spring and champion of bottled water industry

Joe Beeston, chief executive of Highland Spring, presided over the growth of the mineral water to its present best-selling position and was living proof of the adage that you need a lot of bottle to sell water. He achieved "organic" status for Highland Spring in 2001, the first bottled water brand to be granted such status by the UK Soil Association, because it springs from organic land beneath the Ochil Hills, in central Scotland. He also boasted that he had pioneered mineral water for children, to wean them away from sugary drinks, introducing Highland Spring for Kids.

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