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 The company has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire

Cuadrilla, the fracking company responsible for a series of earth tremors around Blackpool in 2011, has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire after problems surfaced relating to the disposal of radioactive waste.

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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.

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.

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.

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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