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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.

Editor-At-Large: Men blew it. Now only quotas will do women justice

The time has come for the blokes – and it is nearly always men – who run business in this country to change the way they operate. Every single day these men endorse discrimination on a massive scale. Change in British boardrooms isn't happening at a snail's pace, but a glacial one. Half the population, half the workforce and half of all customers are routinely passed over in the boardroom – and still our allegedly "female-friendly" government recoils from the notion of quotas.

Hundreds of bus services to be axed as councils cut subsidies

Hundreds of bus services, including vital links to remote rural areas, are to be scrapped or scaled back because of the squeeze on public spending, The Independent has discovered.

The Timeline: Rubbish collection

3000 BC Ancient waste

Welcome to the green holidays of the future

A new report shows that exotic travel produces far more carbon than spending a fortnight in Spain.

New plans push risk assessment to the front of annual reports

Business leaders and lobby groups agree with revised layout, so long as regulation is minimal

G20 leaders urged to impose Robin Hood tax on banks

An alliance of 183 organisations from 42 countries today issued a plea to world leaders to impose a tax on financial transactions to help meet the costs of the economic crisis and support developing nations.

Excessive meat-eating 'kills 45,000 each year'

Lowering meat consumption in the UK would prevent about 45,000 premature deaths a year, according to a new study.

Inquiry long overdue, says environmentalist Porritt

The population inquiry is long overdue, says Sir Jonathon Porritt, who until last year was the Government's chief environmental adviser as head of the Sustainable Development Commission.

Acid rain: An environmental crisis that disappeared off the radar

You can tell an environmental problem has gone off the radar screen when Friends of the Earth don't have anybody tracking it, and that's the case with acid rain. There is currently no acid rain campaigner at FoE in London (although they will cheerfully point you in the direction of an expert).

Hundreds protest at climate talks

Hundreds of campaigners staged protests inside and outside the UN climate talks today as security was ramped up for the arrival of world leaders for the closing days of the negotiations.

Government unveils smart meter plans

Energy suppliers will be responsible for installing "smart meters" for gas and electricity in all homes by 2020 under final plans for the scheme published by the Government today.

Terror Act used on climate activist

Terror legislation was used to stop a British climate change activist from travelling to Denmark, it has emerged.

Eco groups tell parties not to cut spending on environment

Green groups have urged Britain's political parties to match their spin with substance by including firm pledges on the environment in their election manifestos.

Tony Juniper: Forget nuclear and focus on renewables

Very careful analysis is still needed before going with the nuclear option. By making this choice we could inadvertently waste time and money and therefore not achieve what we could do by pursuing other options – for example, through energy efficiency, cleaner cars and renewable power.

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