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A handful of retired constituents delivering their local MP a petition might not sound the most terrifying of prospects, but it prompted one Tory politician to call for police protection.

Government loses solar tariff bid

The Government has lost a bid to appeal to the UK's highest court over its plans to cut subsidies for solar panels on homes.

Overwhelming public support for windfall tax on energy firms

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Government loses solar panel appeal

The Government is to fight on after losing its bid in the Court of Appeal to cut subsidies for solar panels on homes.

Gas and electricity charges start to fall at last

Four of the big six energy firms announced cuts in charges this week. If the others haven't followed by the time you read this, they will surely do so early next week.

Court blow to solar power subsidy cut

Government plans to slash solar power subsidies were dealt a blow yesterday, after a High Court judge ordered an urgent hearing into the move.

Philip Hensher: The countryside is an illusion, so why not build?

It is true that we have come to the conclusion most newly-built houses are an abomination. But it need not be so

Bid to cut environment red tape

The Government today called on businesses to suggest ways to reduce the "burden" of regulations which protect the environment, as part of its drive to cut red tape.

Air pollution killing tens of thousands each year

Pollution in the air is leading to an invisible public health crisis that kills tens of thousands of Britons each year and shortens the lives of nearly 200,000 others, according to experts.

Mary Dejevsky: Fortnightly rubbish rounds <i>are not</i> a good thing

The once-every-two-weeks rubbish collection is a concept that supposedly derives from green concerns, but ends up giving greenery a bad name. The official sales pitch goes like this. We, you and everyone all want to be environmentally responsible, reduce waste and save the planet. So we, the council, will give you, the resident, a variety of colour-coded containers, a list of instructions almost as complicated as an application for a bank account ("it's money laundering, you know"), and halve the number of bin collections. The rubbish lorries will make fewer trips, spewing out less pollution. Once every resident has been re-educated into recycling to the highest of German standards, then hey presto: the planet will be one small step closer to being saved and we can all congratulate ourselves on being true friends of the Earth.

Government dumps promise to provide weekly bin collections

Eric Pickles declared last year: "It's a basic right for every Englishman and woman to be able to put the remnants of their chicken tikka masala in their bin without having to wait two weeks for it to be collected."

Government subsidy cut prompts solar outrage

Campaigners said the Government was 'crippling' the solar industry just as other nations were focusing on it

Coalition's green agenda is 'too vague'

The Government’s vision for protecting England’s environment over the next 50 years was criticised yesterday by environmental groups and rural campaigners, who said the plans were too vague and over-reliant on volunteers to repair the damage previously done to nature.

Porritt attacks Cameron's 'green' record

The chances that David Cameron will fulfil his promise to lead the "greenest government ever" are "vanishingly remote", Friends of the Earth has warned.

Titchmarsh named and shamed as peat compost row cuts up rough

A survey of some of Britain's leading gardening experts, including the former Gardeners' World presenter Alan Titchmarsh, shows less than half use peat-free compost.

Britain goes cold on new plants in Fukushima's wake

Japan's nuclear crisis has stalled the growing support for a UK "nuclear renaissance", a new poll reveals.

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