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Maybe young people in the West just aren't that angry any more

Richard Willson: Political cartoonist and environmentalist

Best known as a caricaturist, political cartoonist, advertising artist and illustrator, Richard Willson was also an active environmental campaigner both in Britain and overseas.

Britain is seeking to replace its ageing fossil-fuelled plants with cleaner alternatives, including solar power

Ministers feel the heat over solar energy cuts

The slashing of the feed-in tariff for solar power has been ruled unlawful; today MPs claim the plans could be 'fatal' to the industry

Stocking Fillers: Grate cheese. Pause. Grill cheese. Pause

Christmas books of the year
Plans for a waste plant were halted in the Valpolicella region, where descendants of
Dante live

Dante's descendant saves Valpolicella wine from virtual inferno

After a campaign spearheaded by a direct descendant of the poet Dante Alighieri, a Venice court has refused planning permission to a cement company that wants to build a waste recycling plant in the heart of the Valpolicella wine region in northeast Italy.

Phillip Roe, one of the traditional owners in the area who is opposed to the gas facility, at James Price Point where the plant and a new port will be sited

Broome: Dubai Down Under

The far north-west of Australia is a sparsely populated oasis where ancient Aboriginal beliefs still prevail. The trouble is, there's gas there – and developers who want to turn it into a new Emirate. Kathy Marks reports from Broome

BP on trial over 'broken promises' that led to second oil spill in Alaska

BP could be forced to pay higher penalties over the 2006 Prudhoe Bay oil spill, the worst onshore pipeline leak in Alaska's history, depending on the outcome of a trial under way in Anchorage.

Trouble in the pipeline for the US and Canada

Keystone XL, taking oil from Alberta's tar sands to the Gulf, has set unions against the green lobby

Plea to restrict 'tar sands' oil

The UK Government was urged today to back moves to restrict "tar sands" from entering Europe, after the US delayed a decision on a controversial pipeline carrying the oil from Canada.

Steak served with salad, chips and béarnaise sauce

Amol Rajan: Gisele sells me on vegetarianism, or a version thereof

You probably think, on the basis of the picture to the left, that I don't have much in common with Gisele Bündchen. And you're right. But the Brazilian model aroused my deepest solidarity in an interview with Vogue this week. She loves to eat meat, she said. "But I also love animals. So what I find really helpful – you might think I'm crazy – is that before I eat meat I always take one second of silence to put my hands over it and bless it and be grateful at least that it was a life".

Rupert Cornwell: There's trouble in the pipeline for Obama

Out of America: A plan to import tar-sand oil from Canada will bring jobs and energy security, but environmentalists say the president must block it

Exclusive: BP to risk worst ever oil spill in Shetlands drilling

Internal report warns of ecological disaster if new well bursts

Government to raise speed limit on motorways

The speed limit on Britain's motorways is to rise to 80mph, but with a big expansion in the number of 20mph zones in cities and towns, i has learnt.

Kenya mourns death of Nobel peace laureate Wangari Maathai at 71

From a small village to global crusader for women, human rights and conservation: an extraordinary life story has ended

Ripping yarns: Celebrating the rich heritage of wool

From army uniforms to wacky weaves, wool is part of the fabric of British fashion. A new exhibition looks at its rich heritage. Harriet Walker reports

Who made me what I am?

Is it genes or upbringing that shapes our characters, talents and traits? As an adopted child, the question has always fascinated Kate Hilpern
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Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own