Ecology

Who'd be a wise man? Gold's gone through the roof, frankincense is

They journeyed from the East to pay homage to the boy king bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. But they would struggle to complete the feat today. Times for wise men have never been tougher. Gold prices are soaring on commodity markets, myrrh crops have been hit by drought – and now frankincense could soon be no more.

Protest over Olympic equestrian venue

Protesters gathered at Greenwich Park at a dry run for Olympic equestrian sports yesterday. They object to parts of the Royal Park being closed to the public for the 2012 Games, and say it will harm the ecology. Forty of the world's top riders took part in the dressage at the temporary arena.

Climate change puts the heat on Darwin's Chillingham cattle

The blast furnaces that powered the Industrial Revolution had only just begun belching clouds of carbon into the sky when, in 1860, Charles Darwin encouraged a Victorian nobleman to maintain accurate data on an intriguing herd of cattle living feral in the grounds of his medieval castle.

How you can make your mortgage go green

While more people are now recycling their waste or shopping ethically, ecological considerations have not made much progress in mortgages. The average lender pays little more than lip service to green issues and, sometimes, not even that.

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Proton GEN-2 GSX ecoLogic

"Can I afford not to be driving a Proton GEN-2 ecoLogic?" That’s the question Proton suggests visitors to its website looking for information about its LPG-powered mid-range car should be asking themselves.

LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) is an alternative fuel that can offer significant savings for drivers of cars that normally run on petrol (as opposed to diesel) and while there are all sorts of other factors to take into account when deciding what car to buy, you'd have to say that on the numbers, it's difficult to disagree with Proton's case.