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Solar companies mull legal challenge to Huhne

Solar power companies are considering a legal challenge to Government plans for a review of the "feed-in tariff" (FIT) scheme, set up last year to boost investment in green energy schemes.

Commercial solar farms 'cashing in on scheme'

Concerns that commercial solar "farms" are cashing in on an incentive scheme designed to boost small-scale renewables is prompting the Government to review the programme.

Ruck and Maul: Lawrence of Arabia hopeful of Gulf investment in Wasps

Wasps director and former captain Lawrence Dallaglio eased himself into the Arabian Gulf on Friday with a spot of drag racing, and a round of golf to follow yesterday, ahead of the innovative LV Cup match with Harlequins in Abu Dhabi this afternoon.

Solar-powered plane breaks world record

A solar-powered pilotless plane which was built in the UK has been recognised as having smashed the world record for the longest time spent in the air by an unmanned autonomous vehicle (UAV), after staying aloft for two weeks.

Radio 2010: The 101st amazing object – a wireless

The This Is Why I Pay My Licence Fee Award A History of the World in 100 Objects, a masterly sweep through the many ages of man led by the British Museum's Neil MacGregor, was the kind of thing the BBC does so well – big projects, superbly conceived and perfectly executed.

The IoS Christmas Appeal: Solar power frees thousands from risks of search for water

Simple pumps have saved villagers from a dangerous job

Climate change: In the balance

While many people believe in climate change, others are unconvinced. An exhibition at the Science Museum reflects this ambivalence, says Nick Duerden

A warren of streets: Eco-City 2020

As Russia plans to build a glass-domed undergound city deep beneath Siberian ice, Nick Duerden explores subterranean dwelling.

Voices from the frontline of global warming

An <i>IoS</i> special report on the people most affected by climate change

Ten years on, and still the brightest light in space

The International Space Station flies over the UK tonight, so keep your eyes peeled

Google: Why it's so much more than just a search engine

The technology firm's staff are allowed to spend one day a week indulging their own flights of inventive fancy. And the results, says Rhodri Marsden, could be extraordinary

Business Diary: A handbrake turn from BSM

The buyers at the British School of Motoring just can't seem to make up their minds. A little over a year ago, BSM dumped Vauxhall, its long-time supplier of motors, in favour of Fiat. The decision rather made one question the "British" claim made by the company's name, a point it now seems to have accepted too. Yesterday, BSM announced that from 2011 onwards, it will be dropping Fiat and buying its instructors' cars from, wait for it, Vauxhall. U-turns all over the road in other words.

The business on...Larry Hagman, Actor, aka JR Ewing

What's JR Ewing doing in the business section?

Come, come. JR was just about the greatest independent oil man in Texas (at least when Dallas was a top-rated soap). But it's not the character we're interested in. It's the actor who played him: Larry Hagman has just won a cool $11.5m (£7.2m) from Citigroup.

Consumers to pay extra £6 a year to revamp energy network

The cost of "rewiring" Britain's energy network could add an average £6 a year to consumers' dual fuel bills over the next decade, the industry regulator said today.

Let the power of the sun shrink your energy bills

A rise in domestic electricity generation has been stoked by a government pay-back plan plus offers of free solar panel installation. Simon Read reports
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Every regional power has betrayed the Kurds so Turkish bombing is no surprise

Robert Fisk on the Turkey conflict

Every regional power has betrayed the Kurds so Turkish bombing is no surprise
Investigation into wreck of unidentified submarine found off the coast of Sweden

Sunken sub

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In praise of foraging

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