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

Along the river: the Peruvian Amazon

A luxury lodge with a mission in deepest Peru

The Amazon rainforest is under threat but, as Mark Rowe discovers, tourism could help to save the planet's most precious natural resource

The countryside village of Askrigg in the Yorkshire Dales

Fears of 'Black Wednesday' for green causes on Budget day

Activists expect bad news for the environment to be buried in detail of Osborne's speech

The Thames at low tide: 42 rivers and streams that run into it are on the Government's danger list

Water levels in 250 stretches of river are dangerously low

Officials review licensing system that allows farmers and businesses to abstract supplies

Polish report says shale gas extraction is not harmful

A scientific study in Poland has found that shale gas extraction at one site produced some toxic refuse but that the waste was reused and didn't harm the environment.

Ocean wildlife protected

Wildlife protection across a vast area of ocean has been declared around South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

A scene from Phelim McAleer's unfinished documentary 'FrackNation'

Raising cash is a gas for film-maker Phelim McAleer

When film-maker Phelim McAleer needed $150,000 to fund his new documentary, FrackNation, he didn't bother calling a bank, or meeting be-suited studio executives. Instead, he opened an account with Kickstarter, a modish "crowd-funding" website that helps interested members of the public club together in order to finance film, music, art, or other creative projects.

Rise in greenhouse gas emissions

The UK's greenhouse gas emissions rose in 2010, the first increase since 2003, figures confirmed today.

Martin Hickman: Short-term drive for profit is behind this travesty

Teeming with rare mammals, the Tripa swamp is an orangutan stronghold and vital carbon store in north-western Sumatra, an island larger than the UK whose natural wealth for decades has been relentlessly stripped by Indonesia's corrupt rulers. Nearly half its forest was burnt or chainsawed between 1985 and 2007, proportionally more than neighbouring Borneo, which is shared between Indonesia and the more orderly Malaysia and Brunei.

Taxi drivers: The United Cabbies Group, representing 2,000 of London's 21,000 cab drivers, is warning of gridlock if they are not allowed to use the Olympic Route Network of VIP lanes, which will ferry athletes and top brass through traffic to the Games. In September, hundreds of UCG cabs blockaded a hotel used by 2012 officials. The group is promising similar demonstrations unless it is given access to the controversial routes. The Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association, representing a third of drivers, says its members are 'very concerned' by the enormous number of traffic restrictions. In Surrey, taxi drivers plan to protest as the Olympic torch relay passes through Guildford because the council refuses to let them raise fares by 2.7 per cent to bring them in line with London cabbies.

Protesters face a robust police response if they get in the way

Olympic protests have a long history. In 1908, when Britain first hosted the Games, Irish athletes boycotted them due to the refusal of the government to grant Ireland independence. The 1968 Mexico event produced one of the most potent images of the civil rights movement, when US runners Tommy Smith and John Carlos gave black power salutes on the podium.

Professor Michael Mann who became a chief target of the climate change contrarians for being the outspoken author of an iconic graph of global warming science

Michael Mann: The climate scientist who the deniers have in their sights

He didn't court controversy, but is happy to make use of it

Nicholas Faith: Denigrating big projects is our national sport

The noise over HS2 has been grossly exaggerated. All people are really concerned about is the value of their dwellings

Green Philosophy: How to Think Seriously About the Planet, By Roger Scruton

With the Tory leadership distancing itself from the environmental agenda it had courted so keenly before the last election, and the Coalition government dangerously divided over green policies, philosopher Roger Scruton's thoughtful study on environmentalism in the conservative tradition arrives at a timely moment. Acknowledging that the environment is the most urgent political problem of our age – an intellectual step that already takes him beyond most Conservatives – the author, who is both a conservative and a conservationist, seeks to reclaim it from the clutches of the left.

Exploitation of Arctic resources under scrutiny

An MPs' inquiry into protecting the Arctic from exploitation through oil and gas drilling has been launched.

An artist's impression of the line connecting London with Britain's second city

Green light for high-speed rail stalls car lobby

Go-ahead for Britain's first major railway project for more than a century will be matched by retreat on promises to motorists

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Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

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