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.

Gas extraction probe urged over water pollution fears

Tom Greatrex, the shadow energy minister, is demanding a full government investigation into controversial “fracking” technology used to dislodge natural gas trapped in rocks after a new report linked the practice to water pollution for the first time.

'Time running out' on climate deal

Europe is still pushing for a strong deal on global warming as the latest international climate talks overrun, but time is running out to secure a "credible" agreement, UK ministers warned today.

A Masai member of the Trans African Climate Caravan of Hope at the Durban summit

Reluctance of 'big three' polluters dashes climate hopes

The chance of a binding new climate deal involving the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitters – China, the US and India – looks increasingly unlikely as the UN climate conference in Durban draws to a close today.

Julia Gillard's hand was forced on this policy by the need for Green support

Australia comes clean after deal on carbon emissions cap

Worst offending companies will have to pay tax penalty from next year

Obama backs down over plans to impose cleaner air laws

Environmental campaigners accuse President of caving to big business

Air pollution killing tens of thousands each year

Pollution in the air is leading to an invisible public health crisis that kills tens of thousands of Britons each year and shortens the lives of nearly 200,000 others, according to experts.

UK's carbon floor price 'could waste £1bn a year'

Government plans for a carbon floor price could waste £1bn a year and drag another 90,000 households into fuel poverty, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) will warn today.

Traces, By Ian Teh (Deep Sleep Editions £20)

Ian Teh is a Chinese-British photographer who has explored China's more remote provinces.

Anti-smog buildings could be the future, as pollution soars

Britain may face EU courts over poor air quality, but tests on new 'sponge-like' materials offer hope

Smog alert issued for Easter break

The Government today issued a "smog alert" for the Easter weekend for ozone and polluting particles known as PM10s, which can affect people's health.

Bathing waters profiled online

Ratings and information about beaches and swimming spots in England and Wales are now available online.

US judge halts damages claim over pollution in Amazon

An American judge has extended his temporary ban on the collection of $18bn (£11.1bn) in damages from Chevron, saying the US oil giant would be irreparably harmed if it had to pay compensation – ordered by a court in Ecuador – for pollution in parts of the Amazon rainforest.

'Superdairy' plan shelved over pollution concerns

Plans for the biggest dairy farm in western Europe have been withdrawn following an outcry from local and national campaigners.

Time to bite the dust: A new way to cut pollution is being tested in London

The capital is nearing the legal limit for the quantity of lung-clogging emissions in its atmosphere.

Picture of the Day: Red sky in the morning, pollution warning

This spectacular red sunrise observed yesterday morning over London has a scientific explanation. The same explanation also lends some support to the well-known piece of folklore saying that a red sky at night is a shepherd's delight, whereas a red sky in the morning is a sailor's warning.

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Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Woman who was sent to three Nazi death camps describes how she escaped the gas chamber

Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
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Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy