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.

Iranian public holidays to reduce pollution

The authorities have declared a two-day public holiday in Tehran and other cities in an attempt to reduce dangerous levels of air pollution.

Trial hopes to cut road pollution

The first UK trial using dust suppressants on roads to cut pollution caused by vehicles has been launched.

Green activities 'increase pollution'

People trying to be green by working from home or shopping online could actually be increasing carbon emissions rather than reducing them, according to a study published yesterday.

Light pollution is taking its toll on mating rituals of songbirds

The night-time glow from cities is affecting the birds of the forest. Light pollution from streetlamps and house lights that can reduce darkness over huge areas is having a real impact on the mating life of songbirds, new research has shown.

Gunman shot after taking hostages at TV station

A man who took three people hostage at the Discovery Channel's headquarters was shot dead last night after a four-hour stand-off with armed police.

Earth-watch centre approved

An earth-watch centre for monitoring climate change, pollution and natural disasters was been approved by the Science minister David Willetts. The £5m Earth Observation Hub at Harwell in Oxfordshire will serve as a base for controlling satellites as well as conducting research.

Hoil (NC)

Hot on the heels of Dirty Oil comes another doc about the despoliation of Canada and its ecology by oil-drilling profiteers, sanctioned by a government eager to maintain economic prosperity.

Pollen levels not due to peak until next month

If you are coughing and sneezing already, prepare for it to get worse. Pollen levels are not due to peak until next month and, with the late spring, forecasters are predicting they could be higher than ever.

Pic of the day: Glorious mud?

Amongst a throng of bodies daubed with sacred mud, a young Hindu boy raises his hands in quiet prayer. He is smothered in grey gloop – all that remains of a dried-up pond, which is believed to have healing powers.

Clean-up begins after cyanide pollutes Trent

Thousands of fish have been killed in one of the worst pollution incidents in Britain this year, after cyanide was spilled into the river Trent in Staffordshire.

Abattoir to pay £33,000 for pollution

An abattoir which supplies meat to high street stores was ordered to pay more than £33,000 today for pumping too much waste into a waterway.

Lloyd’s Names rest easy after court ends threat of personal liability

Thousands of Lloyd’s of London “Names” will sleep easier following a ruling in the High Court that ends the threat of billions of pounds worth of personal liabilities; 34,000 Names faced having to pay billions of pounds to settle asbestos, pollution and health hazard claims from the early 1980s.

Grace Boyle: Pollution is choking the beating heart of Bangalore

"I am not against development", said the filmmaker I met with today. "Of course not. "But the question we must ask ourselves is, development for whom, and at whose cost?"

US moves toward climate change rules

The US Environmental Protection Agency concluded today that greenhouse gases linked to climate change "endanger public health and welfare," setting the stage for regulating them under federal clean air laws.

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