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 The company has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire

Cuadrilla, the fracking company responsible for a series of earth tremors around Blackpool in 2011, has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire after problems surfaced relating to the disposal of radioactive waste.

Health: No business like H2O business

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Serbs killed 44 members of one family

FEHMI MUCOLLI stood amid the charred ruins of his home yesterday and mourned the 44 members of his family massacred there by Serbian police.

Nike recalls water bottles

Nike recalls water bottles

Household water bills to be slashed by pounds 1bn

HOUSEHOLD WATER bills are to be slashed by pounds 1bn next week, a saving of around pounds 35 a year for the average domestic customer.

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Some water groups may escape full Ofwat cuts

THE WATER regulator hinted yesterday that there could be big regional variations in the one-off price cuts he imposes on the industry next year, with some companies escaping the full 15 to 20 per cent reduction depending on the size of environmental clean-up programmes.

Letter: A paler shade of green

IT WAS a surprise to read that the director of Friends of the Earth has fallen for New Labour's rhetoric about "putting the environment at the heart of policy making" ("Brown's green tax revolution", 14 March). Notwithstanding the Chancellor's tinkering with taxes in the Budget, it remains to be seen whether Labour will make the shift from taxing "goods" such as work and savings, to taxing "bads" such as pollution and resource depletion.

Thirsty world faces war over water

WATER, WATER everywhere - and there may be many fewer drops to drink in 25 years, researchers say. And that could lead to war for resources.

US fears the curse of the pickled dead

CALIFORNIANS, traditionally the first to sound the alarm about a new environmental scare, are now getting worried about the deadliest pollution threat yet - chemicals seeping from the grave.

Letter: Fluoride `choice'

Sir: Pamela Taylor (letter, 12 January) argues that the water industry's proposals offer choice over whether to fluoridate supplies. I would be interested to hear what choice I have as a consumer if I wish to avoid imbibing excess fluoride in my democratically fluoridated water. Pay my water rates and buy bottled water, presumably.

Letter: Flouride choice

Sir: Ninety-eight per cent of Europeans do not consume drinking water to which fluoride has been added. The 2 per cent are, almost exclusively, in the British Isles. There are no "communities wanting fluoridation" (letter, 12 January).

Experts' 10 steps to health equality

THE 10 best ways of closing the health gap between the rich and the poor, highlighted as a priority by ministers, have been drawn up by an expert committee.

Water shares hit by pounds 8.5bn clean-up threat

SHARES IN water companies fell sharply yesterday after the Government warned that it expected them to invest pounds 8.5bn on environmental clean-up programmes while still making "substantial" cuts in the average water bill.

Scientists find billions of tons of ice lying under the Moon's poles

THE MOON possesses up to 10 times more water than scientists previously thought possible, according to the latest results of a study that could become the basis of a plan to colonise the lunar landscape.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

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Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

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The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

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With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn