News Former correspondent of the News of the World and Sunday Mirror Dan Evans arrives at the Old Bailey

“Shock” and “anxiety” ran through the editorial floor of the News of the World the day two people were arrested in 2006 in connection with phone hacking. The description, from the former News International staff journalist Dan Evans, was told to the jury at the phone hacking trial.

CBI calls for overhaul of fines for carbon emissions

The CBI is calling on the Government to overhaul the penalty system for excessive carbon emissions, branding its handling of the £1bn-a-year carbon reduction scheme as dishonest and "discredited" and demanding it is scrapped.

CBI calls for scrapping of penalties for carbons

System for excessive emissions is now 'discredited' and treated as just a tax

Cash in your attic? Old gadgets worth £762m binned

But are we throwing away money – and a chance to be green? Tom Bawden finds out

UK wastes billions as scrap is sent abroad

Lack of adequate recycling facilities and confusing legislation is hampering Britain's economy as demand for raw materials soars. Tom Bawden examines the case

Harriet Walker: 'We lose sight of each others' lives'

I'm back at work now, after six weeks' writing from the sofa, incapacitated first of all by a plaster cast, then simply by aching joints that had forgotten how to function and scar tissue so taut that walking felt like naughty elves shooting staples into my kneecap. The first day at my desk was, to my mind at least, just like when Jesus arrived at Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, yet without the bell-ringing or the crowds singing "Hosanna".

Slacker rock's incumbent king: Wavves

DS Smith pays €1.6bn for Swedish firm

DS Smith has spent €1.6bn (£1.3bn) buying the packaging division of a Swedish tissue-maker in a deal which it claimed made it Europe's biggest recycling company.

Throwaway society: almost half of England's 350 local authorities have scrapped the weekly bin collection

'Heavy-handed' bin fines face axe

Householders will no longer face fines for making "innocent mistakes" when putting out their bins under plans being announced by the Government this week.

Teachers 'in the firing line', says Michael Gove

Teachers have a responsibility to make sure pupils behave and succeed or they will find themselves "in the firing line", Michael Gove suggested today.

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UK cities keen to host 'green' bank

Cardiff, Bristol, Manchester, London and Liverpool have all expressed interest

Jane Fonda extols exercise but tops up with surgery

Editor-At-Large: Most Britons' idea of exercise is reaching for their Dairy Milk

I guarantee that the one sport we'll win gold medals at in 2012 is loafing. We'll excel at lounging on a sofa staring at a screen, one hand around a jumbo bar of Dairy Milk, the other resting by a can of fizzy liquid.

Christmas gift guide: Christmas with a conscience

Celebrate the season of peace and goodwill by choosing from these eco-friendly, fairly traded but stylish presents

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