Government advice on third runway was 'unfair'

Devisive plans to build a third runway at Heathrow airport were given "conspicuously unfair" approval by the Government after it ignored its own targets to slash greenhouse gas emissions, the High Court has been told.

Campaigners in court to challenge Heathrow expansion

A coalition of local councils, "green" groups and residents will today mount a legal challenge to Government plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

Michael McCarthy: We must find out why the eel is disappearing

Jellied eels look revolting - but cooked any other way the flesh is firm, white and delicious

Solarcentury considers listing

Solarcentury, a renewable energy company founded by green campaigner Jeremy Leggett, is mulling a flotation on the London Stock Exchange.

Observations: Late latte show for Emily

Coffee shops have a special place in the history of pop. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, they were where frothy-lipped young British music fans hung out and one, the 2 I's (that's how the neon sign in London's Old Compton Street spelt it), is even credited as the birthplace of British rock'n'roll – its tiny basement stage having been the caffeine-fuelled launch-pad for Cliff Richard, Marty Wilde, Tommy Steele, Terry Dene and more.

Anthony Rose: 'A harvest of potential discontent was saved by the Indian summer'

According to Greenpeace, the wines of Burgundy are so badly threatened by rising temperatures that Meursault, Montrachet and Volnay could disappear for ever. Only an ostrich would deny the reality of climate change, but in the case of the 2008 vintage appearing on the market this month, Burgundy's growers must have wished for once that the climate had changed sooner rather than later. By and large, it was such a miserably cool, wet growing season that by as late as mid-September, even its most ardent admirers were writing the vintage off. But Burgundy has been the lucky region in the Noughties, and a harvest of potential discontent was saved, almost gloriously, by the Indian summer of the second half of September.

Nintendo defends its green credentials

Gamers who like to keep an eye on their impact on theworld as they fire up their consoles are facing something of a puzzle over which hardware to buy, as Greenpeace and Nintendo have gone head-to-head over how environmentally friendly the Japanese gaming giant is.

Talent 2010: The environmentalist, Ben Stewart

The battle to save the planet sometimes comes down to a battle to be heard, and amid the din of the information superhighway, that is becoming harder and harder. But one environmental campaigner is showing superlatively how it should be done.

Unilever suspends purchase of palm oil

Consumer goods giant Unilever today announced it was suspending purchases of palm oil from a major Indonesian supplier, following allegations by environmentalists the company was engaged in widespread illegal deforestation.

Boiler scrappage scheme unveiled

A new boiler "scrappage" scheme to help 125,000 households replace their old boilers with new, more efficient models was among a series of green measures in the Pre-Budget Report today.

Powering India: Feeding an insatiable need

Like most countries, India's electricity is distributed to its population via a large, centralised grid system. Through the construction of thermal power plants and large hydroelectric dams, the Government has added 150MW of installed generating capacity to this grid in the 62 years since Independence, yet such priority is given to feeding the insatiable demands of the cities that 78 million people in India are still living without an electricity connection.

City pay culture has spread to charities, union says

Research shows that more than 50 bosses earn in excess of £100,000

Grace Boyle: Greenpeace activists from India and UK climb Houses of Parliament in protest

Right now, fifty-five Greenpeace activists are standing on top of the houses of Parliament in Westminster

Rooftop protest continues as MPs return

More than 20 environmental campaigners remained on the roof of the Palace of Westminster today in a protest over climate change, while another 20 were being held by police.

Green activists jubilant as Kingsnorth shelved

E.on says coal plant is no longer needed as recession reduces electricity demand
Ben Little, right, is a Labour supporter while Jonathan Rogers supports the Green Party
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food + drinkNothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
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Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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