News Drilling equipment at the Cuadrilla exploration drilling site in Balcombe

No fracking will take place at a site in West Sussex which was at the centre of large-scale protests last year, energy company Cuadrilla has told residents.

Postcard from... Nainital

The Hart district of Hampshire has been named the most desirable place to live in the UK. With 84 square miles of green wooded landscape and Hampshire's largest freshwater lake, the area has been dubbed

Hart can't possibly be the best place to live in Britain – there's not even a decent restaurant

Hampshire exile Jamie Merrill fails to see what’s so great about this particular slice of pricey commuter belt

Air quality regulations in Europe may not be sufficient to protect people from harmful sooty particles in traffic and factory fumes, research suggests

EU air quality rules are still too lax to protect us from pollution, study finds

Air quality regulations in Europe may not be sufficient to protect people from harmful sooty particles in traffic and factory fumes, research suggests.

Shanghai smog: Air pollution covers city

Air pollution hits severe levels as residents told to avoid outdoor activities

Postcard from... Naples

A senior church figure in southern Italy has added another transgression to the list of sinful activities: environmental destruction.

Milton Keynes introducing driverless public transport pods by 2017

Electric, two-passenger vehicles will run from the train station, ferrying passengers at 12mph for £2 a journey

Commuters brave the pollution in Huai'an, Jiangsu province, China

China's CCTV culture suffers as record high pollution and smog levels render country's 20 million surveillance cameras effectively useless

Experts claim that in many Chinese cities, pollution particles are so dense and compressed that they block light almost as effectively as a brick wall

Iran pollution and 'acid rain' sees at least 50 hospitalised

Spate of heavy rain and lightening is believed to have caused breathing problems for some in the heavily polluted city of Ahvaz

A record number of illegal rubbish tips and dumping grounds were shut down last year as part of a war on rogue operators who blight the countryside

Record number of illegal tips found

A record number of illegal rubbish tips and dumping grounds were shut down last year as part of a war on rogue operators who blight the countryside.

Bill Shorten and his wife, Chloe, after the election

Son of Tyneside union official becomes leader of Australia’s opposition

Five weeks after the Australian Labor Party suffered a humiliating defeat in the federal elections, the son of a former British waterside worker was elected its new leader last night.

The federal trial over the 2010 spill has resumed

BP ‘lied’ over true extent of its Gulf oil disaster

Second phase of trial opens with claims of negligence and lack of preparation

Professor Robert Oswald said that farmers living in intensively drilled areas should be 'very concerned'

Fracking sparks food safety concern as expert warns of serious risk to livestock

Professor Robert Oswald says his findings of deaths and deformities in American livestock are so alarming that Britain should halt the practice ‘until its impact is assessed’

Revealed: UK water companies are polluting rivers and beaches

Water companies are the most persistent polluters of England's rivers and beaches, with “pitiful” fines failing to curb their behaviour, it has been revealed.

The city’s environment councilor Gianfranco Bettin, said the 100,000-tonne Carnival Sunshine vessel, passed within 20 metres of the water front at Riva Dei Sette Martiri, 800 yards past the famous piazza

Cruise ship has alleged close call in Venice

The row over the presence of giant cruise ships in Venice’s lagoon was reignited this weekend after claims that a huge vessel belonging to the same company as the wrecked Costa Concordia sailed dangerously close to St Mark’s Square.

Protesters complained that police are using bully boy tactics

Balcombe fracking protesters complain of 'bully boy' tactics

About 10 people were arrested during demo against proposed local oil and gas development

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