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.

UK pollution 'outsourced overseas'

Carbon emissions from goods imported and consumed in the UK are rising more quickly than greenhouse gases are being cut domestically, MPs warned today.

UK 'saturated' by light pollution

The UK's night skies are still "saturated" with light pollution, campaigners warned today after a survey suggested half the population cannot see many stars.

The gospel church that's so noisy it 'drowned out traffic'

A gospel church has been fined after neighbours complained about its services being too noisy.

All fuel is drained from stricken 'Concordia'

Authorities say they have removed all the fuel that was left aboard the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized off Italy.

British Summer Time will kick off this weekend with the first summery weather of the year

Summer's officially here (and so's the sun)

British Summer Time kicks off this weekend with the first summery weather of the year, with bright sunshine and temperatures in some places expected to reach 21 or even 22C.

According to a new book, increasing numbers of rivers in towns and cities in Britain are now so clean that anglers are fly-fishing in them for trout and grayling, which are specialised clean-water species

Look what’s struggling to swim the Thames now… trout

Previously filthy watercourses are now teeming with fish, a new book reveals

Amandha Fox and Luana Borgia are seeking to become the next mayor of Taranto

Naked ambition: the porn stars dancing into Italian politics

After months of sobriety in Italian politics since Silvio Berlusconi stepped down as prime minister, it's back to business as usual as three porn stars battle it out in mayoral contests.

Protesters try to stop Malaysian rare-earth plant

Up to 3,000 Malaysians staged a protest against a rare-earth refinery yesterday over fears of radioactive contamination.

Olympic clean-up is complete, says Environment Agency

Work to clean up the Olympic site and create the largest urban park in Europe for more than 100 years has been completed, the Environment Agency said yesterday.

Bird numbers plummet around stricken Fukushima plant

Researchers working around Japan's disabled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant say bird populations there have begun to dwindle, in what may be a chilling harbinger of the impact of radioactive fallout on local life.

Atmospheric conditions at London 2012 could affect runners

Polluted air could put Olympic athletes at risk, warn scientists

Olympic athletes could suffer impaired performance times and become ill as a result of London's unacceptably high levels of air pollution, leading respiratory scientists are warning.

Atmospheric conditions at London 2012 could affect runners

Polluted air 'puts Olympic athletes at risk'

Olympic athletes could suffer impaired performance times and become ill as a result of London's unacceptably high levels of air pollution, leading respiratory scientists are warning.

Tom Bawden: Cheap gas – the benefits and dangers

Every week somewhere in the world new evidence surfaces that confirms our worst fears about the environmental dangers of fracking.

Watchdog fiddles with €25m lifeline as Colosseum crumbles

Plans to restore Rome's crumbling Colosseum have hit another snag, after Italy's anti-trust watchdog declared that a €25m lifeline thrown by a luxury goods company breaks competition laws.

Peter Reading: Poet whose pessimism was pierced with humour

The poet Peter Reading spent many years rehearsing the final event, with such titles as Last Poems and Ob, immersed in what he himself called "a congenital English pessimism". But this did not stop him from being an amazingly prolific poet as well as a strikingly original one.

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Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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