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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.

CHANGE AT THE PUMPS: THE CAMPAIGNERS WHO PUT THE BRAKE ON THE OIL COMPANIES

PROFESSOR DEREK BRYCE-SMITH started the British campaign against lead in petrol in the late 1960s. He incurred immense opposition from industry, government and the scientific establishment and was effectively marginalised. He was eventually vindicated in the 1980s and awarded a silver medal by the Royal Society of Chemistry for his pioneering work. Now largely retired as Emeritus Professor of Organic Chemistry at Reading University, he is still active in research on the effects of lead.

GM food banned in Monsanto canteen

MONSANTO, THE biggest promoter of genetically modified food, was hoist with its own petar when it was disclosed that it has a staff canteen in which GM produce is banned.

Parliament: Agriculture: Farmers get extra pounds 1.6bn to protect the countryside

A RADICAL shake-up of cash to help farmers protect the countryside was announced yesterday by the Agriculture Minister, Nick Brown, with a pounds 1.6bn package for the rural economy over seven years.

Letter: Terror law concern

Sir: Your article on the Government's proposed new law on "terrorism" (16 November) quotes me as saying that Friends of the Earth is "opposed to civil disobedience". This is not the case, and not what I said.

Blair attempts to woo greens

TONY BLAIR called leading environmentalists to Downing Street for a secret "private" meeting last week as green issues moved sharply up his agenda. And, in a separate meeting an hour earlier, two other prominent greens held talks with his top advisers.

Flesh and bone (plus mercury, DDT, lead...)

JOCASTA SHAKESPEARE thought she was careful about her food. Then she was tested for pesticides

Parliament: Environment: Watchdog `too close to industry'

A POLLUTION watchdog was yesterday accused of being "too close" to companies it monitors. The Environment Agency, which prosecutes firms that pollute land, rivers and atmosphere with dangerous chemicals, needs a "cultural shift", Friends of the Earth (FoE) campaigner Mike Childs told MPs.

Confusion over GM rules in restaurants

RESTAURATEURS ACROSS the country have expressed bemusement at labelling laws on genetically modified ingredients that came into force yesterday.

Ministers admit to `illegal' GM trials

GOVERNMENT TRIALS of genetically modified crops were plunged into chaos yesterday when the Environment Minister Michael Meacher had to admit the latest series of plantings were illegal.

The 50 Best; ET IN ARCADIA ECO - THE GREEN PRIMER

Green is good! Visiting a bottle bank once a month is no longer enough - it's time to do more for the environment. So Sharon Gethings asked the experts for their advice on how we can all be more eco-efficient: whether at home using fluorescent lightbulbs, helping out on a green holiday in the rice fields of Japan or joining a lobbying group. There is still time to save the world...
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David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

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Horst P Horst comes to the V&A

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Tim Sherwood column

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Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

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Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

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Tom Peck on Match of the Day at 50

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