News High ideals: Labour has built around 400 homes in each of its local authority areas since the election

Conservative councils build only half as much affordable and social housing

Hilary Benn: We must lay down axes, pick up our shovels, and get tree-planting

Our ancient forests continue to fall at an alarming rate. Illegal logging and the international trade in illegal timber damage the environment, cost governments billions of dollars in lost revenue, encourage corruption, undermine the rule of law and fund armed conflict.

Ministers head to climate change talks

A raft of Government ministers are heading to the UN climate talks in Copenhagen in the coming days in a bid to push for an ambitious deal, officials said today.

Flood victims return home as more rain is forecast

Clean-up operation begins as homeowners face up to flood devastation in Cumbria

The 'biblical' deluge that broke all the records

Tributes are paid to PC Bill Barker, who died when a flooded river caused a bridge to collapse

Authorities powerless to prevent this disaster

Flood defences

Brown: We'll provide what's needed in flood crisis

The Government will provide anything needed to help during the flooding which has seen hundreds of people evacuated from their homes, Gordon Brown said today.

Terence Blacker: Britain's green and pleasant divided land

Because politicians only occasionally take into consideration what is happening in the British countryside, rural policies and initiatives, when they do come, often have an other-worldly, Alice in Wonderland feel to them.

UK to get 'motorways for animals'

Corridors of greenery that will allow endangered species to migrate form part of comprehensive review of country's wildlife

Tesco backs 'country of origin' meat drive

The UK's biggest retailer Tesco today backed the Conservatives' campaign to ensure food labels have better information to tell consumers where meat products come from.

Big stores counting the cost of ban on GM food

Supermarkets in talks on how to educate public about benefits of science

Councils blame supermarkets for £1.8bn cost of excess packaging

Supermarkets were blamed yesterday for wasteful packaging, adding an estimated £1.8bn to council tax bills.

Environment ministers pressed on cuts

Environment ministers refused to admit today whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' budget was being cut.

Benn hints at government spending cuts

A Cabinet minister has given the strongest indication yet that the Government will have to cut spending after the next general election.

Millions of homes 'at risk of flooding'

One in six homes in England is at risk of flooding, the Environment Agency warned today.

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