Greenpeace took this photo of a camouflaged officer from the Russian Coast Guard pointing a gun at an activist

Russia accuses Greenpeace activists on seized ship of piracy

Protesters aboard ‘Arctic Sunrise’, including Britons, face charges

Armed Russian security officers storm Greenpeace ship and hold 30 activists at gunpoint, environmental group says

Activists have issued a plea to Vladimir Putin to order the Coast Guard - a branch of Russia's Federal Security Service - to 'holster their guns'

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Top civil servant Jeremy Heywood met Cuadrilla chief straight after Sussex fracking announcement

The Cabinet Secretary attended dinner organised by Office of Unconventional Gas and Oil

Fracking equipment in Balcombe: a Liberal Democrat Voice poll reveals that a majority of Lib Dem members are in favour of fracking

Not so green... Lib Dems support fracking and nuclear power

Nick Clegg today faces a split in his party over fracking, as green campaigners claimed the Lib Dems risked undermining their commitment to the environment if they backed the controversial drilling for shale gas.

Lord Howell: 'There are large, uninhabited and desolate areas, certainly in parts of the North East, where there is plenty of room for fracking'

Former energy minister Lord Howell (George Osborne’s father-in-law) says it’s fine to frack in ‘empty, desolate’ North-east

Tory grandee says there should be different rules for the South-east

Protesters from Greenpeace scaling the tallest building in western Europe, The Shard

The height of madness? Or a lofty ambition as six women scale Shard to make a point? It all ends in arrest anyway

Ambitious Greenpeace stunt drew neck-craning crowds and widespread media coverage for protest against Shell's Arctic drilling

The High Court has ruled in favour of reallocating some fishing rights from big producers to small-scale fishermen

Big fishing firms lose battle over quotas

High Court rules in favour of reallocating some fishing rights from big producers to small-scale fishermen

The CNC recently stepped up the number of officers guarding the Sellafield plant in Cumbria

Safety fears over elite police officers drunk on duty at UK’s nuclear sites

Police officers with the elite force that guards Britain’s nuclear power stations have been caught drunk, using drugs, misusing firearms and also accused of sexual harassment and assault.

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Revealed: Police officer Bob Lambert helped to write the leaflet that caused McLibel

Undercover infiltrator was the co-author of defamatory pamphlet about US fast-food giant

Shell executive responsible for controversial Arctic campaign to step down

Campaigners hope move heralds end of programme

West Burton Power Station in Nottinghamshire

Energy giant EDF drops lawsuit against climate change protesters after backlash

Energy giant EDF today dropped a £5m law suit against 21 climate change protesters that shut down the company’s new West Burton gas-fired power station last October.

Cracked earth of the drought-stricken Portodemouros reservoir in northern Spain. Worldwide concerns about climate change have dropped dramatically since 2009

Green fatigue sets in: the world cools on global warming

Worldwide concerns about climate change have dropped dramatically since 2009

EDF launches £5m civil claim against group of activists who shut down power station

The energy company EDF has launched a civil claim for £5m in damages against a group of activists who shut down one of its gas-fired power stations in a week-long protest last year.

Reddit, and four other things that failed to impress William Shatner

Trekkies on Reddit face divided loyalties as William Shatner, former captain of the SS Enterprise, has cast judgement on the popular forum, claiming it fosters bigotry and racism.

Government attempts to 'reclaim' the green agenda by ploughing £1 billion into effort to cut Britain's overseas gas reliance

Ministers will divert money currently earmarked to build a new gas fired power station into projects to cut electricity demand

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