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Caroline Flint, the shadow Energy Secretary, threw down the gauntlet to the big six energy companies yesterday, accusing them of over-charging customers and challenging them to close down their retail arms if they were unhappy with their profits.
Cuadrilla, the fracking company responsible for a series of earth tremors around Blackpool in 2011, has withdrawn applications for permits to frack in Lancashire after problems surfaced relating to the disposal of radioactive waste.
Egypt accounts for nearly a fifth of group's production
Protecting habitat and engaging the local community are crucial for both rhinos and elephants, says Christian Lambrechts, the managing director of Rhino Ark
There are rumours that the Queen’s Speech has been delayed because of a lack of interesting policies to put forward in a legislative programme.
Shadow Chancellor would shift the burden of the deficit to the rich, raising £10bn in three years
Spend most of the first day in Largo Bay, south-west of Kirkcaldy. There may be no finer location to watch the wintering seaduck for which Scotland is renowned. If the tide is high and the sun shining, start with the light behind you at the bay’s eastern edge, Ruddon’s Point. Look westwards for dense black rafts of scoters, mainly common scoter. A flash of white wings draws your attention to velvet scoters secreted among them. Check the flock carefully and you could even see surf scoter. There is no more regular British site for this North American visitor.
The University of Nottingham is the greenest university in the world, according to a new study.
Anti-fracking protesters in Bolton were left red-faced after gluing themselves to gas pumps at the wrong petrol station.
Scientists say it's too early to say whether Ceres could support microbial life, but a visit from the Dawn spacecraft in early 2015 should provide answers
Feeling the cold may be a healthy and sustainable way to lose weight
George Stinney was 14 when executed for a crime his family says he didn’t commit. A retrial may clear his name
The chief executive of the energy supplier Npower has claimed that energy bills in the UK are higher because the country's "old and draughty" houses waste so much gas and electricity.
Distribution companies accused of ‘utter complacency’ and neglecting their customers
The signal came at 18:16 GMT. Rosetta, the comet-chasing space probe launched by the European Space Agency a decade ago, had woken up.
Hive Active Heating combines a smartphone app with a connected thermostat to let customers control their heating on the go