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

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Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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